The NBA is the Nation Basketball Association (NBA) professional basketball league in North America. It is divided into 30 teams and is one of the most important professional sports leagues in the United States. Basketball Association of America, the premier men’s professional basketball league, got its start in New York City on June 6, 1946, and on August 3, 1949 changed its name to National Basketball Association of the National Basketball Association. In this post, we are not going to discuss the NBA as much as we are going to discuss the Most Popular NBA players of all time. Without further ado, let’s talk about the Most Popular NBA players of all time. 

1• LeBron James

His accomplishments include winning four NBA championships, four MVP awards, four NBA Finals MVP awards, three All-Star MVP awards, and two Olympics gold medals. LeBron James SR plays for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association, and he was born on December 30, 1984. 

2• Tim Duncan 

On April 25, 1976, Tim Duncan was born. Former American basketball player and coach nicknamed “The Big Fundamental”, he is one of the greatest players in NBA history. He won five championships, two MVP awards, three NBA Finals MVP awards, and was a 15-time all-star. 

3• Michael Johnson

Johnson, known by his initials MJ, is an American businessman and former professional basketball player. He was born on February 17, 1963. He won six NBA Finals MVP awards, ten scoring titles, five MVP awards, ten All-NBA first team selections, and fourteen NBA all-star game selections. 

4• Larry Bird

Born on December 7, 1956, Larry Bird is an American professional basketball player and coach. Nicknamed “the Hick from French Lick ” and ” Larry Legend”, Bird is widely considered one of the greatest players ever, winning twelve NBA all-star games, two NBA MVP awards, and receiving the NBA Most Valuable Player award three consecutive years. 

5• Kareem Abdul Jabbar

Kareem Abdul Jabbar was an American professional basketball player who played 20 seasons in the NBA for the Los Angeles Lakers. Born on April 16, 1947, he was a nine time All-Star, 15 time NBA all-defensive team selection, and a record six time NBA most valuable player.

6• Kobe Bryant

The late NBA superstar Kane Bryant was an American professional basketball player and a shooting guard who played all 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA. He won five NBA championships and was an 18 time All Star and 15 time member of the all-time NBA Finals MVP list. 

7• Kawhi Leonard 

In the NBA, Kawhi Leonard plays for the LA Clippers of the National Basketball Association. He was born on June 29, 1991, he has won two championships with the team; he has been an All Star five times, as well as selected to the NBA First Team on three occasions. Kawhi Leonard has been selected to the All Defensive team on seven occasions, as well as the Defensive Player of the Year award seven times.

8• Jimmy Butler

Billy Butler is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. He was born on September 14, 1989 and was a six-time NBA all-star, a four-time member of the All-NBA Team, as well as a five-time member of the NBA All-Defense Team. 

9• Luka Doncic

The Slovene professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the national basketball association, Luka Doncic, was born on February 28, 1999. He won the Euroleague MVP award in addition to the Final Four MVP award, and he won Euroleague Rising Stars and ACB best young player awards in consecutive years. 

10• Julius Erving 

The American basketball player born on February 22, 1950 is known as Dr. J. He is best known for his 16 years as a professional player. With the Virginia Squires, the New York Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers, Erving won three championships, four MVP awards, and three scoring titles. 


There have been many other popular NBA players over the years, but it’s challenging to include all of them in this article. All the NBA popular players that are listed above are some of the most popular NBA players. If we have left out any other NBA popular players, please let us know.