The 10 Best NBA Players from the 1990s
No matter which way you cut it -- championships, MVPs, advanced stats -- the GOAT is The GOAT for a reason. He was the greatest across any era. But what other players also stood out among the countless great players during that decade?
Like we tend to do here at numberFire, we'll find the answer to that question using advanced analytics.
Basketball Reference's win shares is the best place to start. And in case you're unfamiliar, win shares is an estimate of the number of wins contributed by a player. Based on this, Basketball Reference has compiled a year-by-year list of the top 10 players in regular season win shares.
Based on that, it's not hard to pinpoint the top 15 to 20 players of that decade. You see the same names throughout the 1990-91 to 1999-2000 seasons. But let's narrow it down to the top 10 players.
The only qualification is that the player participated in at least five seasons in that era. Beyond that, the top 10 are ranked according to their win share total per season. We'll also take a look at their totals, total number of seasons within the top 10 and their single best season in the '90s.
Before we move on to the list, please keep in mind that we prorated (multiplied by 1.64) the win share totals from the 1998-99 season in order to account for the 50-game strike-shortened season.
Having established that, let's take a trip back to the 20th century.