Basketball Stars Master List


In an effort to identify holes in my growing basketball card collection, I have attempted to compile a complete list of the NBA's best players of the past 30 years.

The purpose of this list is not to rank each player's career accomplishments. My main goal here is to create a checklist of which players are represented in my Star Player Box and which players I need. The list is sorted by draft year, which I found to be the easiest way to catch every key player (there aren't any superstar players that went undrafted. I checked.)

Player names are in bold if I have their card. The teams represented are in parentheses. This adds a second layer to the list - I can focus on adding a card of a specific team (ex. Michael Jordan with the Wizards.)

I wanted this list to be roughly 100 players long, but I wasn't going to hold myself to that number if more (or fewer) players were deserving of inclusion. If you have any suggestions regarding who should (or should not) be on this list - or if you have cards to trade of players/teams I need - please let me know in comments!



active-career cards in my collection
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lakers)
Moses Malone (Hawks, Spurs, Bullets)
Robert Parish (Celtics)     
Alex English (Nuggets)     
Adrian Dantley (Mavericks) 
 
Dennis Johnson (Celtics)   
Bernard King (Bullets)
Larry Bird (Celtics) 
Maurice Cheeks (Spurs)         
Magic Johnson (Lakers)      
Kevin McHale (Celtics)        
Isiah Thomas (Pistons)     

Dominique Wilkins (Hawks, Celtics) could use more non-Hawks 'Nique
James Worthy (Lakers)    
Clyde Drexler (Rockets, Blazers) 
Michael Jordan (Bulls)  need an MJ Wizards card   
Hakeem Olajuwon (Rockets) need a Raptors Hakeem card

Charles Barkley (Rockets, 76ers, Suns)       
John Stockton (Jazz)      
Karl Malone (Jazz)   

Patrick Ewing (Knicks)     
Chris Mullin (Warriors)  could use a Pacers base card         
Joe Dumars (Pistons)        
Dennis Rodman (Bulls, Pistons, Spurs)     
Reggie Miller (Pacers)      
David Robinson (Spurs)  
Scottie Pippen (Bulls, Blazers)
Kevin Johnson (Suns)  

Mitch Richmond (Warriors, Kings)
Tim Hardaway (Warriors, Heat)

Gary Payton (Sonics)  could use some non-Sonics Glove    
Dikembe Mutombo (Nuggets, Nets) need a Hawks Dikembe card
Shaquille O’Neal (Lakers, Magic, Suns)   
Alonzo Mourning (Hornets)  need more Zo - especially Miami Heat
Chris Webber (Kings) need more C-Webb cards - especially Washington
Anfernee Hardaway (Magic, Suns)
Jason Kidd (Nets)  need more base cards of J-Kidd

Grant Hill (Pistons, Magic, Suns)  need more Hill - especially Pistons        
Kevin Garnett (Celtics, Nets, Timberwolves) need more KG Wolves cards 
Kobe Bryant (Lakers)         
Ray Allen (Celtics, Bucks, Sonics) could use more non-Celtics cards
Allen Iverson (76ers)  need a Nuggets AI. does he have a Grizzlies card?      
Steve Nash (Mavericks, Lakers, Suns)          
Tim Duncan (Spurs)      

Tracy McGrady (Rockets, Magic)  need some T-Mac Raptors cards
Dirk Nowitzki (Mavericks)        
Paul Pierce (Celtics, Nets)  could use a couple more Celtics cards       
Vince Carter (Mavericks, Grizzlies, Nets, Raptors)  
Manu Ginobili (Spurs)  need more Manu

Pau Gasol (Bulls, Lakers, Grizzlies)             
Tony Parker (Spurs)         
Yao Ming (Rockets)  

Amar'e Stoudemire (Suns, Knicks) added to my star box thanks to this project           
LeBron James (Cavaliers, Heat)     
Carmelo Anthony (Nuggets) need some more Melo - especially non-Nuggets
Dwyane Wade (Heat)       
Chris Bosh (Heat, Raptors)           
Dwight Howard (Rockets, Magic)  
Chris Paul (Clippers)  need some CP3 Hornets          
LaMarcus Aldridge (Blazers) could use a Spurs Aldridge card
Kyle Lowry (Raptors)  could use some more Lowry on any team  
Kevin Durant (Thunder)  need some KD cards with the Warriors      
Russell Westbrook (Thunder)
Kevin Love (Cavaliers)  need some Wolves Love  
James Harden (Rockets, Thunder)     
Stephen Curry (Warriors)     
DeMar DeRozan (Raptors)     
Blake Griffin (Clippers)  keeping an eye out for Pistons cards       
DeMarcus Cousins (Kings) keeping an eye out for Pelicans cards
John Wall (Wizards)            
Paul George (Pacers) could use more PG13 on Indy or OKC       
Gordon Hayward  
Klay Thompson (Warriors)  only have one Klay card
Kawhi Leonard (Spurs) 
Kyrie Irving (Cavaliers)          
Kemba Walker (Hornets)  only have one Kemba card
Isaiah Thomas (Celtics, Suns)  
Jimmy Butler (Bulls)               
Damian Lillard (Blazers)       
Anthony Davis (Pelicans)    
Bradley Beal          
Draymond Green    
Giannis Antetokounmpo   
Joel Embiid     
Andrew Wiggins (Timberwolves)
Karl-Anthony Towns        
Kristaps Porzingis   

Ben Simmons                 
Donovan Mitchell
Nikola Jokic



As you can see the 'have' list gets pretty sparse after about 2004. Jason Kidd is the only retired star I'm missing from the last 30 years
(not anymore - thanks, Billy!) but there are plenty of older Hall of Famers not yet represented in my collection. Here's a complete list of post-career cards I have:

post-career cards only
Bill Russell (Celtics)
Alex English (Mavericks)
Nate Archibald (Kings)

Louie Dampier (Colonels)
George Mikan (Lakers)
Jerry West (Lakers)
Elgin Baylor (Lakers)

Alonzo Mourning (Heat)
Oscar Robertson (Bucks)
Bernard King (Knicks)

Wilt Chamberlain (76ers)
Julius Erving (76ers)
Maurice Cheeks (76ers)





Thanks for reading!


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