Ranking the 25 best players in NBA history

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It's a debate you've surely participated in countless times, and one that will never stop evolving: Who are the best players to ever step foot on an NBA court?

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It's difficult to compare the current stars to all-time greats, but with some veterans, it's already time to put them in the conversation, based on what they've accomplished to this point. Factors like inferior athleticism obviously benefitted players of several decades ago, which has to be accounted for, too.

Below, we tried our hand at ranking the 25 best NBA players ever.

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Ranking the 25 best players in NBA history

25. Scottie Pippen

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24. Chris Paul

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23. Jason Kidd

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22. Kevin Durant

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21. Steve Nash

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20. Karl Malone

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19. Kevin Garnett

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18. Isiah Thomas

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17. Charles Barkley

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16. Dirk Nowitzki

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15. Moses Malone

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14. Jerry West

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13. Oscar Robertson

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12. Julius Erving

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11. Kobe Bryant

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10. Hakeem Olajuwon

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9. Bill Russell 

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8. Wilt Chamberlain

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7. Shaquille O'Neal

(AP Photo/Justin Sullivan)

6. Tim Duncan 

(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

5. Larry Bird

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4. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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3. LeBron James

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2. Magic Johnson

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1. Michael Jordan

(AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

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