The NBA GOAT Series (Late) 2021 List

The GOAT series returned for its second year and in honor of the NBA’s 75th Anniversary, the plan was to announce the top 75 players based on the formula I created.

This list was completed during the 2021 offseason and I slowly released numbers 75-21 on the Mavs Outsiders Podcast but that progress was interrupted and I never got back to it.

Since then we’ve crowned a new champion, and the events of the 2021-2022 season will definitely impact these rankings.

With all of that established, I have been urged to release the 2021 list anyway (Thanks Rolo) so here it is!

The list is based on a formula you can find on the Methodology page. You will also see that I changed the weight of some awards based on how far the game has come and I had to decide who would have received some awards in the early years of the league before things like MVP and All-Defense teams existed. You can find those details on the Added Awards and Adjustments pages.

Overall this is a fun exercise and I plan to update it every year going forward.

Bold = Active Player

RankPlayer NameGOAT Points
1Michael Jordan1,300.30
2Lebron James1,235.17
3Kareem Abdul-Jabbar1,140.55
4Bill Russell987.40
5Julius Erving851.20
6Wilt Chamberlain818.50
7Larry Bird715.40
8George Mikan709.00
9Tim Duncan686.24
10Magic Johnson679.50
11Kobe Bryant673.04
12Karl Malone650.67
13Shaquille O’Neal639.98
14Bob Pettit589.70
15Kevin Durant572.70
16Hakeem Olajuwon569.11
17Moses Malone495.10
18Stephen Curry473.37
19Jerry West448.60
20Giannis Antetokounmpo433.10
21Bob Cousy421.00
22Dirk Nowitzki420.71
23Neil Johnston411.90
24Oscar Robertson410.30
25Allen Iverson398.77
26Elgin Baylor373.60
27Rick Barry371.80
28Charles Barkley345.37
29James Harden344.57
30Russell Westbrook330.04
31Mel Daniels323.00
32Artis Gilmore322.05
33Steve Nash316.54
34Kevin Garnett302.34
35George Gervin298.20
36David Robinson278.18
37Paul Arizin277.50
38John Havlicek267.20
39Dolph Schayes254.80
40Bob Feerick254.50
41Connie Hawkins252.00
42Kawhi Leonard234.00
43Willis Reed231.80
44Dwyane Wade228.41
45Nikola Jokic228.00
46Dwight Howard217.54
47George McGinnis211.40
48Anthony Davis210.60
49Spencer Haywood204.50
50Jason Kidd203.10
51Billy Cunningham200.90
52Chris Paul200.07
53Dominique Wilkins199.24
54Elvin Hayes187.10
55Damian Lillard183.47
56John Stockton167.31
57Bill Walton166.00
58Bob McAdoo163.00
59Dave Cowens158.10
60Isiah Thomas155.70
61Gary Payton152.44
62Wes Unseld146.50
63Joe Fulks139.00
64 Bernard King138.07
65Scottie Pippen136.84
66Derrick Rose136.00
67Walt Frazier128.50
68Ben Wallace122.84
69Carmelo Anthony120.18
70Clyde Drexler118.54
71Dan Issel118.10
72David Thompson112.80
73Bill Sharman111.50
74Alex English109.40
75Tony Parker106.67
76Patrick Ewing106.10
77Chauncey Billups105.34
78Hal Greer103.70
79Paul Pierce103.61
80Dennis Johnson103.50
81Sidney Moncrief103.50
82Tracy McGrady103.34
83Pete Maravich102.20
8 4James Worthy100.84
85Dikembe Mutombo99.84
86Tiny Archibald93.40
87Bob Davies93.00
88Rudy Gobert92.31
89Donovan Mitchell92.00
90Joe Dumars86.84
91Adrian Dantley86.00
92Jerry Lucas84.70
93Tom Heinsohn84.50
94Max Zaslofsky83.00
95Kyrie Irving80.54
96Dennis Rodman80.24
97Sam Jones80.00
98Joel Embiid76.50
99Mack Calvin73.00
100Kevin McHale73.00
100 Greatest Players in BAA/NBA/ABA History

I linked to a few of the articles that give you more information about the top players on this list and in the future, each player will have their own dedicated page.

So sound off! Which rankings do you hate? Which ones do you love? Who do you think made the biggest leap between 2021 and 2022?

Stay tuned for the WNBA GOAT Series coming soon and the 2022 NBA GOAT Series update!

-Bibs

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