The GOAT series is back for year three and there was a lot of movement from 2021 to 2022.
The fun thing about this list is that there are many active players who are still moving up the list and those who are exiting their prime years and sliding down.
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.
You may have some questions about where certain players landed and I’ve tried to anticipate those so check the section after the table to see if your question is already answered.
Bold = Active Player
|Rank||Player Name||GOAT Points||Movement|
|17||Stephen Curry||534.87||Up 1|
|18||Moses Malone||489.1||Down 1|
|19||Giannis Antetokounmpo||472.9||Up 1|
|20||Jerry West||443.2||Down 1|
|28||Nikola Jokic||344.1||Up 17|
|29||Charles Barkley||342.87||Down 1|
|30||James Harden||336.37||Down 1|
|33||Russell Westbrook||321.24||Down 3|
|34||Steve Nash||316.74||Down 1|
|35||Kevin Garnett||301.84||Down 1|
|36||George Gervin||295.4||Down 1|
|37||David Robinson||276.58||Down 1|
|38||Paul Arizin||274.7||Down 1|
|39||John Havlicek||264.4||Down 1|
|40||Dolph Schayes||254.8||Down 1|
|41||Bob Feerick||254.5||Down 1|
|42||Connie Hawkins||248||Down 1|
|43||Kawhi Leonard||233.5||Down 1|
|44||Willis Reed||231.8||Down 1|
|45||Dwyane Wade||221.81||Down 1|
|47||Chris Paul||215.84||Up 5|
|48||George McGinnis||211.6||Down 1|
|49||Anthony Davis||208.6||Down 1|
|50||Spencer Haywood||204.5||Down 1|
|51||Jason Kidd||203.1||Down 1|
|52||Billy Cunningham||199.8||Down 1|
|61||Isiah Thomas||155.7||Down 1|
|62||Gary Payton||152.24||Down 1|
|63||Wes Unseld||146.5||Down 1|
|64||Joe Fulks||139||Down 1|
|67||Bernard King||135.27||Down 3|
|68||Derrick Rose||130||Down 2|
|69||Walt Frazier||128.5||Down 2|
|70||Ben Wallace||122.84||Down 2|
|71||Clyde Drexler||117.94||Down 1|
|72||Dan Issel||113||Down 1|
|73||David Thompson||112||Down 1|
|74||Bill Sharman||111.5||Down 1|
|75||Carmelo Anthony||110.08||Down 6|
|76||Tony Parker||106.67||Down 1|
|78||Alex English||104.2||Down 4|
|79||Patrick Ewing||104.1||Down 3|
|80||Hal Greer||103.7||Down 2|
|82||Paul Pierce||103.11||Down 3|
|83||Dennis Johnson||103||Down 3|
|84||Pete Maravich||101||Down 1|
|85||James Worthy||100.84||Down 1|
|86||Dikembe Mutombo||99.84||Down 1|
|87||Tracy McGrady||97.34||Down 5|
|89||Tiny Archibald||93.6||Down 3|
|90||Bob Davies||93||Down 3|
|91||Donovan Mitchell||88||Down 2|
|92||Joe Dumars||86.84||Down 2|
|93||Joel Embiid||85.5||Up 5|
|94||Jerry Lucas||84.7||Down 2|
|95||Tom Heinsohn||84.5||Down 2|
|96||Adrian Dantley||84.2||Down 5|
|97||Max Zaslofsky||83||Down 3|
|98||Dennis Rodman||80.24||Down 2|
|99||Sam Jones||80||Down 2|
|100||Kyrie Irving||78.94||Down 5|
Players you probably have questions about
Steph Curry: Steph is an interesting case. For one, most think he should have an additional Finals MVP and if he did win that award, he would have 50 additional points and be 1 spot ahead of Kevin Durant. Since we can’t undo history, there are other ways for him to catch KD.
Many don’t realize this, but Steph isn’t a top 50 All-Time scorer yet. That should change this season. He currently sits at 51 with 20,064 points. He has not played 70 games since 2017 with a 5-game and 51-game season mixed in but we will assume he plays around 65 games this season. He scored 1600 points last season so if he repeats that number he could jump as high as 42nd.
The Warriors are also in a great position to repeat which would put him in line for a potential MVP and/or Finals MVP. Let’s say he has a perfect season winning both of those awards, he’d be All-NBA 1st team as well. A season like this would put him around 7th All-Time in next year’s update.
Nikola Jokic: The man has two MVP awards. That’s going to boost him tremendously based on the way the formula is set up. In a future iteration, I may weight MVP by the percentage of 1st-place votes but for now, all MVPs are created equally.
Luka Doncic and Devin Booker: Both jumped into the list after reaching the minimum playoff games played threshold for their playoff averages to matter. You can always look at this ranking as a projection for the younger guys. For example, Donovan Mitchell fell in the rankings.
The Robins of Dynasties: The formula is designed to find the Batmans. While many Robins are on the list if you were not THEE guy on any of those teams it was going to be difficult for you to break the top 50.
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 will make the biggest leap going into next season?
Stay tuned for the WNBA GOAT Series coming before the start of the next WNBA season!