The 10 Best NBA Players of All-Time From the Pac-12

Kevork Djansezian

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jason Kidd and Bill Walton are among the top NBA players who are also Pac-12 alums.

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar C UCLA - Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers

Every time you see a greatest players in the history of the NBA list, Kareem is almost always number two or number three, as Bill Russell or Wilt Chamberlain sometimes gets the edge. Arguably the best big man to play the game and the NBA's all-time leading scorer, there's nothing more to say about Kareem that hasn't been said and his accolade list is too long to even get into.

2. Jason Kidd PG Cal - Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, New Jersey Nets, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks

One of the best point guards of all-time, Kidd was at his best with the Nets when he led a not that great of a team to back-to-back Finals. The best second-best player on those teams was Kenyon Martin and he even led them to two wins over the Spurs in the 2003 Finals. It would probably be a battle between Kidd and Steve Nash for best point since Stockton has retired.

3. Bill Walton C UCLA - Portland Blazers, San Diego/Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics

Love him or hate him as a commentator, Walton is inarguably one of the best to ever play the game of basketball. Had it not been for some tragic injuries to Walton's feet, I would expect that Walton would actually be right up there with Kareem in the greatest of all-time rankings.

4. Gary Payton PG Oregon State - Seattle Sonics, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat

Payton is probably right after Stockton as the best point guard of the 90s and he was one of the best defensive point guards of all-time.

5. Reggie Miller SG UCLA - Indiana Pacers

Ray Allen may have eclipsed Miller as the best shooter of all-time, but I would argue that Miller was more clutch and had more success as the leader of a team.

6. Paul Westphal SG USC - Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, Seattle Sonics, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns

Westphal may be more well known as a coach these days, but at one time he was one of the best scorers in the league and a perennial all-star.

7. Gail Goodrich SG UCLA - Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Jazz

Goodrich is actually remembered more for his college career, but he had a fine NBA career and has his number retired by the Lakers. He was one of their best players on their first championship team in 1972.

8. Kevin Johnson PG Cal - Cleveland Cavs, Phoenix Suns

Johnson only had a brief prime, but during that time was one of the best point guards of the early-90s and was integral in the Suns getting to the Finals in 1993.

9. Tom Chambers PF Utah - San Diego Clippers, Seattle Sonics, Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, Charlotte Hornets, Philadelphia 76ers

The underrated big man is best known for being one of the best white dunkers of all-time. People tend to forget that he was a four-time all-star though.

10. Chauncey Billups PG Colorado - Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors, Denver Nuggets, Minnesota T-Wolves, Detroit Pistons, Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers

It took Billups a while to find himself in the NBA, but when he did, he did it in a big way, leading the Pistons to a championship in 2004 and earning MVP honors.

Others considered

A.C Green PF Oregon State - Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat

Shareef Abdur-Raheem SF Cal - Vancouver Grizzlies, Atlanta Hawks, Portland Blazers, Sacramento Kings

Lonnie Shelton PF Oregon State - New York Knicks, Seattle Sonics, Cleveland Cavs

Jason Terry PG Arizona - Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics

Terrell Brandon PG Oregon - Cleveland Cavs, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota T-Wolves

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