Today, we'll be ranking the players from 25 to 18. More in another article. So here are 25-18.
25. Allen Iverson
The Answer has been through a lot in his life and has endured a lot throughout his NBA career. I believe once he wins a ring, he can climb over some of the players here. A guy who literally stands under six-feet tall has been probably the most dominant players statistically for the past decade in the NBA. He's a monster and nobody can stop him.
Iverson has won an MVP back in 2001 after leading a bad 76ers team to the Finals. It was shocker they even made it to the Eastern Conference Finals! He has won Rookie of the Year, been an eleven-time All-Star, and is a four-time scoring champion. He has also won the All-Star game MVP twice.
For his career, A.I. has averaged 26.7 points per game, 6.2 assists per game, 3.7 rebounds per game, and 2.2 steals per game. So dominant. Along with that, he was one of the very few to reach past 25,000 points. With some time left for his career, we could see Iverson somewhat higher on this list in a few years.
But he has had a great career, definitely no doubt about that.
24. Kevin Garnett
The Big Ticket has delivered a lot in his NBA career. From his time with the Minnesota Timberwolves to his winning ways with the Boston Celtics, Garnett is so fierce and well never back down. He is probably the most determined player to ever play in the NBA, in my opinion.
Garnett has been a one-time NBA champion, won an MVP award in 2004, Defensive Player of the Year in 2008, 13-time All-Star, one time All-Star MVP, and several other notable accomplishments. At 34, he still has time to play more in the NBA before he officially decides to call it a career.
For his career, K.G. has averaged 15 points per game, 7.4 rebounds per game, and 2.5 blocks per game. He has done a lot in his career and I see him climbing higher.
23. Karl Malone
I'd probably rank Karl Malone number one or two as the one of the best players to not win the NBA Finals. Malone had two chances but couldn't bring it in against Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. Malone was special for the Jazz and had a special role with the Lakers.
Malone has many accomplishments, being a two-time MVP, 13-time All-Star, two-time All-Star MVP, and has also been part of the 50th Anniversary Team. Malone just couldn't get a ring and I feel bad for him. But has had a tremendous career and is 23rd best player to ever play in the league, in my view.
The 6'9" forward has averaged 25 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 3.6 assists for his career.
22. David Robinson
Robinson helped mentor Tim Duncan, who is also mentioned in this list, and has been a great player with a fabulous career in the NBA. He just made it to the Hall-of-Fame a year ago as part of a great class featuring also Michael Jordan and John Stockton. And yes, to spoil your reading, they are mentioned on this list as well for a matter of fact.
Robinson has won two championships with the Spurs, all past his prime and late in his career in 1999 and 2003. He was an MVP back in 1995 and has also been a ten-time All-Star. Other accomplishments include winning DPOY, winning ROY, and winning the Sportsmanship Award.
The 7'1" center has averaged 21.1 points, 10.6 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game in his career.
21. John Stockton
John Stockton, to some of the young folks, was like a Steve Nash in the 1980's and 1990's. But he was a better version. Much better. Stockton was amazing and stayed true to his team, playing with them for his entire career since 1984 all the way up to 2003. He led them to two NBA Finals', but they got beaten down by MJ and the Bulls.
Stockton has great accomplishments in his career, like being a ten-time All-Star, being on the 50th Anniversary All-Time team, and several others. Stockton has helped make Karl Malone has both had one of the most dominant tandems in the NBA history.
The 6'1" guard has averaged 13.1 points, 10.5 assists, and 2.7 rebounds for his career.
20. Patrick Ewing
I would have to rank Patrick Ewing in the Top Three, at the least, for the best players to not win a ring. He was so damn close but just couldn't get it. And that hurts. Ewing was a valuable member of the Knicks and tried to stay true to his word that he would win a championship with the Knicks. But his guarantees never came true. He's been to the Finals twice in his career, and has sadly been 0-2. One was with the Knicks and the other was as an assistant coach with the Magic.
Ewing has many accomplishments. He seemed to be the future of the Knicks after being picked number one overall in the 1985 NBA Draft. Ewing has been an eleven-time All-Star, has won ROY, and several other accomplishments.
The seven-foot center has averaged 21 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 1.9 assists for his career.
19. Charles Barkley
Now when you see Sir Charles, he's chucking nonstop and is just some big old fat guy who shares basketball opinions on TNT while also being a sponsor for Taco Bell along with his antics with Dwyane Wade on several T-Mobile commercials. He is also that guy with a terrible golf swing. Yes, he has had also had some weird times in his playing career, but there is no need to go into it. It sucks Barkley never won a ring either.
Barkley has had several accomplishments, like winning MVP, being an eleven-time All-Star, one-time All-Star Game MVP, and being featured on the 50th Anniversary team.
Barkley was a tremendous rebounder for his size at 6'6". It's amazing of his ability to score and rebound. Barkley has averaged 22.1 points, 11.7 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game in his career.
18. Isiah Thomas
Although he was a terrible coach and General Manager with the New York Knicks, Thomas however was great basketball player back in the time when Jordan, Larry Bird, and Magic Johnson were playing. Thomas was a great guard and probably ranks in the Top 10 All-Time in the category there.
On my list, he is one of the Top 20 Players of All-Time.
Though he retired a bit early at 32, Thomas already won two rings with the Detroit Pistons and was inducted to the Hall-of-Fame quickly in 2000. Thomas has been a twelve-time All-Star, two-time All-Star MVP, NBA Finals MVP, U.S. Olympian, and also had his jersey retired.
For his career, the 6'1" guard has averaged 19.1 points, 9.2 assists, and 3.5 rebounds per game in his career.
Who will be next? Will it be John Havlichek at 17? Julius Erving? Even Moses Malone? Find out in rankings 17-11!