Which player will get the most credit?
ESPN’s Dan Wetzel and Kevin Pelton analyze the top 20 players of all-time and offer their take on who will be the most remembered for their achievements on and off the field.1.
Michael Jordan, Magic: Jordan was a Hall of Famer who spent his prime playing for the Chicago Bulls.
Jordan won three championships and led the Bulls to four straight NBA titles in the 1990s, winning two more with the Atlanta Hawks.
He played for the Los Angeles Lakers for eight seasons and averaged 32.5 points, 5.8 assists and 3.3 rebounds a game.
Jordan was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008 and was inductee into the Hall of Champions for his work with the Los Angels Angels in 2001.2.
Kobe Bryant, Lakers: Bryant was an All-Star during the 1998-99 season for the Lakers, where he led them to a playoff appearance in the Western Conference finals against the San Antonio Spurs.
He was an MVP candidate in 2003-04 for the league’s best defense, which was also led by Dwight Howard.3.
Michael Phelps, USA: The four-time gold medalist is considered by many to be the greatest swimmer of all time, winning gold medals in the 200-meter freestyle and 200-yard butterfly in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.
He also won four Olympic gold medals and two silver medals.4.
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers: James was a first-round pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1998 NBA draft and helped the Cavaliers to two championships.
James was an NBA All-Defensive Second Team selection in 2010 and was selected to the Naistith Memorial Sports Hall of Honor in 2008.5.
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder: Durant won two championships with the Thunder, leading the team to four consecutive NBA Finals appearances.
Durant was an 11-time All-NBA First Team selection and won six NBA championships with Golden State, which won four championships with him.6.
LeBron Wade, Miami Heat: Wade was an eight-time NBA All, All-Defense First Team member and MVP of the 2005 NBA Finals.
He helped the Heat to five NBA championships and four conference titles.7.
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks: Nowitzi was the league MVP in 2004-05 and was a six-time MVP.
He led the Mavericks to three championships in six seasons and was named to the NBA All Star Game four times.8.
Kevin Garnett, Minnesota Timberwolves: Garnett was a two-time Defensive Player of the Year and was an eighth-generation member of the Timberwolves organization.
He won four NBA championships.9.
Larry Bird, Boston Celtics: Bird was a four- time All-star, four-year All-Rookie First Team, MVP and a four time NBA Defensive Player in 1988, 1994, 1997 and 2002.10.
Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks: Anthony was the NBA’s best point guard and a five-time Finals MVP.
The Knicks won three NBA championships in five seasons and finished in the top three three times.11.
Kobe, Los Angeles Kings: Kobe was a three-time champion and an eight time NBA All Defensive Second Team member.
He spent the past seven seasons with the Lakers and averaged 35.5-34.5 PPG, 5 RPG and 6.3 APG.12.
Michael Olowokandi, Dallas Stars: Olowovandi played for eight years with the Stars, winning a franchise-record seven championships.
He finished with 589 assists and 675 steals for 2,082 points and 1,919 rebounds.13.
LeBron, Cleveland Cavs: LeBron was the reigning MVP and was the top overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft and spent the next seven seasons in the NBA with the Cleveland Browns.
He retired after the 2016-17 season and led Cleveland to two NBA Finals championships.14.
Kevin Martin, San Jose Sharks: Martin won three Stanley Cup championships with Los Angeles in 2007, 2008 and 2010.
He earned the league Most Valuable Player award in 2011 and was chosen to the All-MVP team in 2010.15.
LeBron Michael, Miami Cavaliers: Michael was the first overall pick of Cleveland in the 2006 NBA Draft, where the Cavaliers won three titles and finished second in the Eastern Conference.
He averaged 27.1 points and 10.5 rebounds in a career that included three seasons with Cleveland.16.
Carmack Stuiver, Philadelphia Flyers: Stuiviver was a five time All Star and a six time All American and won three Olympic gold medal with the U.S. and was elected to the National Hockey League Hall of Heroes in 2016.17.
Jason Kidd, New Jersey Nets: Kidd was an Eastern Conference First Team All-Time Player and won the 2008 NBA MVP award.
He went on to win five NBA titles with the New York Nets and New Jersey Devils and was also named to NBA Allstar teams in 2009, 2010 and 2012.