The roster of players are part of the game's new "NBA Greatest" mode. Here are the players:

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (and his nigh-unstoppable skyhook)
  • Larry Bird
  • Wilt Chamberlin
  • Julius Erving
  • Patrick Ewing
  • Ervin "Magic" Johnson
  • Michael Jordan
  • Karl Malone
  • Hakeem Olajuwon
  • Scottie Pippen
  • Oscar Robertson
  • Bill Russell
  • John Stockton
  • Isiah Thomas
  • Jerry West

Of course, any such list is going to invite arguments, just as any such discussion of NBA greats would in your neighborhood sports bar. I'm sad that Elgin Baylor, Cylde "The Glide" Drexler, and George Mikan aren't in the game (though I guess they could be added as DLC). At least all of the players in the Legends list are from the NBA's "50 Greatest Players" list.

This article originally appeared on as NBA 2K12's Full Roster of Legends