RANKED: The 32 Greatest Players In NBA History

32. Chris Paul - Houston Rockets/Los Angeles Clippers/New Orleans Hornets - Point Guard



Career averages: 18.7 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 9.9 APG, 2.3 SPG
Individual Accolades: 9-time All-Star selection, 8-time All-NBA selection, 9-time All-Defensive selection, 2006 NBA Rookie of the Year, 4-time Assists leader (2008, 2009, 2014, 2015), 6-time Steals leader (2008, 2009, 2011-2014)
 
When ranking point guards based upon their play on both sides of the court, Chris Paul stands out as a true force. Paul is highly efficient on the offensive end. He's averaged 18.7 PPG and 9.9 APG over the course of his career -- including shooting at a 47.3-percent clip from the field. Defensively, he's been a 7-time All-Defensive First Team selection. While no one questions Paul's leadership or competitiveness on the floor, his lack of postseason success limits his relative ranking when compared to his peers.

31. Scottie Pippen - Chicago Bulls/Portland Trail Blazers - Small Forward



Career averages: 16.1 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 5.2 APG, 0.8 BPG, 2.0 SPG
Individual Accolades: 6-time NBA Champion, 7-time All-Star selection, 7-time All-NBA selection, 10-time All-Defensive selection, 1995 Steals leader
 
Every great player needs the “Robin” to his “Batman.” Fortunately for Michael Jordan, his “Robin” also happens to be one of the greatest players to ever play the game. Pippen was a monster on the defensive end. He possessed ability to guard multiple positions effectively. His unselfishness on offense also complemented Jordan well. Pippen mostly played within the flow of the offense. Rarely did you see him force anything on that side of the court. With that said, Pippen could score the basketball when called upon to do so.

30. Rick Barry - Golden State Warriors - Small Forward



Career averages: 24.8 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 4.9 APG, 1.1 SPG
Individual Accolades: 1-time NBA Champion, 1-time NBA Finals MVP (1975), 8-time NBA All-Star, 6-time All-NBA selection, 1966 Rookie of the Year, 1-time Scoring Champion (1967), 1-time Steals leader (1975)
 
Rick Barry played during an era in which three-pointers weren't recorded. Had he played with a three-point line, Barry likely would be the owner of many records from behind the arc. The former University of Miami star was a highly complete offensive player. While Barry's prowess from the perimeter is universally lauded, he also was excellent as a playmaker. To this day, Barry holds NBA Finals records for the highest scoring average in a Finals series (36.3 PPG) and field goals made in a single Finals game (22).

29. Jason Kidd - New Jersey Nets/Phoenix Suns/Dallas Mavericks - Point Guard



Career averages: 12.6 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 8.7 APG, 1.9 SPG
Individual Accolades: 1-time NBA Champion (2011), 10-time All-Star selection, 6-time All-NBA selection, 9-time All-Defensive selection, 1995 co-Rookie of the Year, 5-time Assists leader (1999-2001, 2003, 2004)
 
He wasn’t the star he once was when he finally captured the ever-elusive NBA championship in 2011, but Kidd still found ways to contribute. Kidd's longevity and ability to stay relevant despite his waning athleticism is a key reason he will be remembered as an all-time great. Few who played the game evolved as well as Kidd did throughout his career. In his heyday, Kidd could run and gun with the best of them. He was an all-time great passer, as well as an elite defender and rebounder at the point guard position.

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