Top Ten NBA Players of the 90s

This page contains a summary of the top-ten (sub-pages) for each position and the top ten players of the 90s in general.

Top Ten Point Guards of the 90s

Top Ten Shooting Guards of the 90s

Top Ten Small Forwards of the 90s

Top Ten Power Forwards of the 90s

Top Ten Centers of the 90s

It was a really difficult task to rank the top ten players of the 90s as there were so many great players in that golden era of basketball. I mean it was difficult to identify and put in order the 9 players that will complete the top ten, as number one was reserved by the man himself, Michael Jordan the best that ever played the game. The domination of the center position during the 90s is manifested by the inclusion of four centers in the top-10.

1. Michael Jordan

Points Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks
Career 30.1 6.2 5.3 2.3 0.8
1992-93 32.6 6.7 5.7 2.8 0.8
1990-1998 30.8 6.3 5.1 2.3 0.7

2. Hakeem Olajuwon

Points Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks
Career 21.8 11.1 2.5 1.7 3.1
1993-94 27.3 11.9 3.6 1.6 3.7
1990-1999 23.9 11.6 3.0 1.8 3.5

3. Karl Malone

Points Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks
Career 25.0 10.1 3.6 1.4 0.8
1989-90 31.0 11.1 2.8 1.5 0.6
1990-1999 27.2 10.8 3.7 1.4 0.9

4. David Robinson

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Points Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks
Career 21.1 10.6 2.5 1.4 3.0
1993-94 29.8 10.7 4.8 1.7 3.3
1990-1999 24.4 11.5 3.0 1.6 3.4

5. Charles Barkley

Points Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks
Career 22.1 11.7 3.9 1.5 0.8
1992-93 25.6 12.2 5.1 1.6 1.0
1990-1999 22.4 11.6 4.2 1.5 0.6

6. Scottie Pippen

Points Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks
Career 16.1 6.4 5.2 2.0 0.8
1993-94 22.0 8.7 5.6 2.9 0.8
1990-1999 19.2 7.2 5.9 2.2 0.9

7. John Stockton

Points Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks
Career 13.1 2.7 10.5 2.2 0.2
1989-90 17.2 2.6 14.5 2.7 0.2
1990-1999 14.9 2.9 11.9 2.3 0.2

8. Shaquille O’ Neal

Points Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks
Career 23.7 10.9 2.5 0.6 2.3
1993-94 29.3 13.2 2.4 0.9 2.9
1993-1999 27.1 12.2 2.5 0.8 2.6

9. Clyde Drexler

Points Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks
Career 20.4 6.1 5.6 2.0 0.7
1991-92 25.0 6.6 6.7 1.8 0.9
1990-1998 20.9 6.4 5.7 1.8 0.7

10. Patrick Ewing

Points Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks
Career 21.0 9.8 1.9 1.0 2.4
1989-90 28.6 10.9 2.2 1.0 4.0
1990-1999 24.1 11.0 2.1 0.9 2.7

5 responses to “Top Ten NBA Players of the 90s

  1. bedawo

    I really enjoyed this website and appreciated what I feel to be a highly honest and intelligible observer of the game due to an exceptionally well ranked list in every position! What an era of mastery..

  2. nba90's

    I think shawn kemp should be on this list and Gary Payton to

  3. nba90's

    Also Duncan was pretty good in 1999

  4. 1. Jordan, 2. Olajuwon, 3. Robinson, 4. Barkley, 5. Drexler, 6. Pippen, 7. Stockton, 8. O’Neal, 9. Ewing, 10, K. Malone. Karl Malone’s poor performances late in the playoffs bring him down considerably in my evaluation. Barkley outplayed him one-on-one, and so I rate him somewhat ahead of Malone although injuries limited Barkley from about ’95. Drexler in the early 90s was among the four best off guards of the past 40 years. Only Jordan, Kobe, and Wade were better through this period. His combination of offensive, passing, & defensive skills place him above those rated after him in my reckoning. I might even rate him ahead of Barkley.

    • I remember Clyde ‘The Glide’ was an excellent player. However, I think that his career is divided between the 80s and 90s and in this sense I do not rate him higher (he wasn’t that dominant in late 90s as he was in late 80s and early 90s). I have to say that Karl Malone is a player that I didn’t like back then, but he was always among the top scorers and rebounders in the league, while his (and Stockton’s) Jazz was a protagonist throughout the 90s. I believe that in terms of consistency he was a top-5 player in the 90, even though I recognize the fact that he had the luxury to play alongside John Stockton that made his life much easier.

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