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Top 25 NBA players in history: We try to settle the debate

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Top 100 NBA Players: Biggest Snubs

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?

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.

Let us know what you think in the comments below and on Twitter at @AOLSports.

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Top 25 NBA players in history: We try to settle the debate

25. Scottie Pippen

(Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

24. Chris Paul

(Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

23. Jason Kidd

 (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

22. Kevin Durant

(Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images)

21. Steve Nash

(Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)

20. Karl Malone

(Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)

19. Kevin Garnett

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18. Isiah Thomas

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17. Charles Barkley

(Photo by Brian Drake/NBAE via Getty Images)

16. Dirk Nowitzki

 (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

15. Moses Malone

(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/NBAE/Getty Images)

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

(Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

9. Bill Russell 

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8. Wilt Chamberlain

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5. Larry Bird

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4. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

(Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)

3. LeBron James

(Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

2. Magic Johnson

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