Ever since Dr. James Naismith first invented the game of basketball in America way back in 1891, it has been the nation's most loved sport. Thanks to the emergence of National Basketball Association (NBA), the basketball fever has spread length and breadth. From spectacular dunks and remarkable alley-oops to sweeping three-pointers, basketball is one sport that has successfully managed to keep the spectators on the edge of their seats always. No wonder why die-hard fans (and fanatics) cannot get enough of the game and its players. Talking about basketball players, of the thousands of players who have ever been a part of this sport, some of them have been really, really unforgettable. Some were skillful, others champions. But of all the men who have chased the ball down the court, only some of them have gone to become legends. Go through the timeline, trivia, and interesting facts of the all-time American basketball greats and learn all about their talents, intangibles, and accomplishments in the biographies here.
Michael JordanMichael Jordan
17 February 1963
Basketball player
Kobe BryantKobe Bryant
23 August 1978
Basketball Player

LeBron JamesLeBron James
30 December 1984
NBA Star

Dennis RodmanDennis Rodman
13 May 1961
Basketball Player

Scottie PippenScottie Pippen
25 September 1965
Basketball Player

Kareem Abdul-JabbarKareem Abdul-Jabbar
16 April 1947
Basketball Player, Basketball Coach
Phil JacksonPhil Jackson
17 September 1945
Former Basketball Player, Executive & Coach

Stephen CurryStephen Curry
14 March 1988
Basketball Player

Steve KerrSteve Kerr
27 September 1965
Basketball Player
Kawhi LeonardKawhi Leonard
29 June 1991
Basketball Player

Damian LillardDamian Lillard
15 July 1990
Basketball Player
Larry BirdLarry Bird
07 December 1956
Former Basketball Star

Wilt ChamberlainWilt Chamberlain
21 August 1936
Basketball Player

Allen IversonAllen Iverson
07 June 1975
Basketball Player

Vince CarterVince Carter
26 January 1977
Basketball Player

Carmelo AnthonyCarmelo Anthony
29 May 1984
 
Charles BarkleyCharles Barkley
20 February 1963
Basketball Player

Kevin DurantKevin Durant
29 September 1988
Basketball Player

Dwyane WadeDwyane Wade
17 January 1982
NBA Basketball Star

J. R. SmithJ. R. Smith
09 September 1985
Basketball Player
Devin BookerDevin Booker
30 October 1996
Basketball Player

Kyrie IrvingKyrie Irving
23 March 1992
Basketball Player
Kevin GarnettKevin Garnett
19 May 1976
NBA Star

James HardenJames Harden
26 August 1989
Basketball Player

Russell WestbrookRussell Westbrook
12 November 1988
Basketball Player
Dwight HowardDwight Howard
08 December 1985
Basketball Player

Yao MingYao Ming
12 September 1980
Basketball Player
Bill RussellBill Russell
12 February 1934
American basketball player

Chris PaulChris Paul
06 May 1985
Basketball Player

LaMelo BallLaMelo Ball
22 August 2001
Basketball Player
Derrick RoseDerrick Rose
04 October 1988
Basketball Player

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Seth CurrySeth Curry
23 August 1990
Basketball Player
Zion WilliamsonZion Williamson
06 July 2000
Basketball Player

Tim DuncanTim Duncan
25 April 1976
 

Hakeem OlajuwonHakeem Olajuwon
21 January 1963
Basketball Player

Jimmy ButlerJimmy Butler
14 September 1989
Basketball Player
Wes UnseldWes Unseld
14 March 1946
Basketball Player
Lamar OdomLamar Odom
06 November 1979
Basketball Player

Blake GriffinBlake Griffin
16 March 1989
Basketball player

Gregg PopovichGregg Popovich
28 January 1949
Basketball Coach

Jayson TatumJayson Tatum
03 March 1998
Basketball Player
Doc RiversDoc Rivers
13 October 1961
Basketball Coach

Chuck ConnorsChuck Connors
10 April 1921
Actor

Victor OladipoVictor Oladipo
04 May 1992
Basketball Player

Jeremy LinJeremy Lin
23 August 1988
Basketball Player

Anthony DavisAnthony Davis
11 March 1993
Basketball Player
Lonzo BallLonzo Ball
27 October 1997
Basketball Player

Klay ThompsonKlay Thompson
08 February 1990
Basketball Player
Kyle KuzmaKyle Kuzma
24 July 1995
Basketball Player

Kyle LowryKyle Lowry
25 March 1986
Basketball Player

Sue BirdSue Bird
16 October 1980
Basketball Player
Romeo MillerRomeo Miller
19 August 1989
Rapper, Model, Actor

Joakim NoahJoakim Noah
25 February 1985
Basketball Player
Paul GeorgePaul George
02 May 1990
Basketball Player

Shareef O'NealShareef O'Neal
11 January 2000
Shaquille O'Neal's Son

Pete MaravichPete Maravich
22 June 1947
Basketball Player

Ime UdokaIme Udoka
09 August 1977
American-Nigerian Basketball Player

Julian NewmanJulian Newman
06 September 2001
Basketball Player
Rajon RondoRajon Rondo
22 February 1986
Basketball player

Iman ShumpertIman Shumpert
26 June 1990
Basketball Player

LiAngelo BallLiAngelo Ball
24 November 1998
Basketball Player

Paul PiercePaul Pierce
13 October 1977
NBA small forward
Chris BoshChris Bosh
24 March 1984
Basketball Player

Dell CurryDell Curry
25 June 1964
Basketball Player
Draymond Jamal Green Sr.Draymond Green
04 March 1990
Basketball Star

Jerry SloanJerry Sloan
28 March 1942
Basketball Player

DeMar DeRozanDeMar DeRozan
07 August 1989
Basketball Player
Erik SpoelstraErik Spoelstra
01 November 1970
Basketball Coach

Zach LaVineZach LaVine
10 March 1995
Basketball Player
Tyronn LueTyronn Lue
03 May 1977
Basketball Coach

Rick CarlisleRick Carlisle
27 October 1959
Basketball Coach

Robert ParishRobert Parish
30 August 1953
Basketball Player
Jeff Van GundyJeff Van Gundy
19 January 1962
Basketball Coach

Andre DrummondAndre Drummond
10 August 1993
Basketball Player
Aaron GordonAaron Gordon
16 September 1995
Basketball Player

Detlef SchrempfDetlef Schrempf
21 January 1963
Basketball Player

Sam CassellSam Cassell
18 November 1969
Basketball Player

Thurman MunsonThurman Munson
07 June 1947
Baseball Player
Spud WebbSpud Webb
13 July 1963
Basketball Player
Ralph SampsonRalph Sampson
07 July 1960
Basketball Player

Zach RandolphZach Randolph
16 July 1981
Basketball Player

Dennis JohnsonDennis Johnson
18 September 1954
Basketball Player

Richard JeffersonRichard Jefferson
21 June 1980
 
Gerald GreenGerald Green
26 January 1986
Basketball Player

George GervinGeorge Gervin
27 April 1952
Basketball Player

Monta EllisMonta Ellis
26 October 1985
Basketball Player

Rudy GayRudy Gay
17 August 1986
Basketball Player

Justin HolidayJustin Holiday
05 April 1989
Basketball Player
Don NelsonDon Nelson
15 May 1940
Basketball Player

Adam MorrisonAdam Morrison
19 July 1984
Basketball Player
Nick Van ExelNick Van Exel
27 November 1971
Basketball Player

Chandler ParsonsChandler Parsons
25 October 1988
Basketball Player
Rudy TomjanovichRudy Tomjanovich
24 November 1948
Basketball Player
Shaun LivingstonShaun Livingston
11 September 1985
Basketball Player