1. Michael Jordan
Accomplishments: 14-time All-Star, Five-time NBA MVP, Six-time NBA Champion, Nine-time All-Defensive First Team
Team(s): Chicago Bulls
Career Stats: 30.1 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 5.3 APG, 2.3 SPG, 0.8 BPG
Years Played: 1984-1998; 2001-2003
If we tried to get into listing all of Jordan's accolades and awards, we'd quickly run out of room. Quite simply, he is indisputably the greatest basketball player of all-time. It's not just that he could outscore anyone at any time; instead, it was his sheer will to win that separated Jordan from everyone else. It wasn't that he was just a competitive guy. He was pathological. His legendary intensity caused rifts with some teammates, but was also the reason why MJ has more rings than he can wear on one hand.
His work ethic meant that in clutch moments that would test his resolve, Jordan would be ready to rise to the task. From the shot over Craig Ehlo all the way to an eerily similar jumper over Byron Russell, Jordan proved that time and again no moment was too big for him. In six Finals appearances he took home six Finals MVPs and his teams never played a Game 7 in any of them. That, more than anything else, is why he has to be considered the best ever.