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The most influential players in NBA history

Hoopshype's colleagues have conducted a survey among NBA players to determine which are the most influential in the history of the best basketball


Hoopshype’s colleagues have conducted a survey among NBA players to determine which are the most influential in the history of the best basketball league in the world. In total, the prestigious publication asked 52 people between former and current players in the league. Open bar to determine the reason for the influence: the game, longevity, historical significance, music, style, being a brand, being an idol… This is the list from most to least influential:

  1. Michael Jordan
  2. Lebron James
  3. Allen Iverson
  4. Kobe Bryant
  5. magic johnson
  6. Stephen Curry
  7. Shaquille O’Neal
  8. Larry Bird
  9. bill russell
  10. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  11. Dirk Nowitzky
  12. Earl Lloyd
  13. Wilt Chamberlain
  14. Julius Ervin
  15. oscar robertson
  16. Steve Nash
  17. Kevin Garnett
  18. Spencer Haywood
  19. Drazen Petrović
  20. Moses Malone
  21. Manu Ginobili
  22. Yao Ming
  23. Jeremy Lin
  24. Damian Lillard
  25. jerry west
  26. Tracy McGrady
  27. eddie jones

Voting analysis

There are no doubts in the first two places. long, Michael Jordan He is considered, for everything, the sports part and the commercial part, the most influential player in the league. Behind there is a Lebron James that also marks an era at a sports level and at a media influence level, with a social discourse, more appreciated in these times than in those of MJ (where a guy involved like Kareen Abdul-Jabbar was sacked, in fact he occupies the tenth position despite being the highest scorer in history and being a critical character on a social level).

The main surprise on the list is Allen Iverson’s third place, who appears ahead of Kobe Bryant. His influence on the league in terms of style (tattoos, clothing, speech) was so influential at the time that he determined a new style for the league. Behind, the classics remain above: Stephen Curry can’t beat magic johnson, but it does happen to Larry Bird. The triples are the triples…