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The Top Current NBA Players

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 List of the best basketball players in the NBA today. It's common to see lists of the greatest basketball players of all time, but considerably more difficult to consider athletes' relative strengths while their careers are still ongoing. Looking back on the career of a Michael Jordan or Magic Johnson once it's complete, there are many factors to consider - number of championships, overall contribution to great teams, even just looking at the statistics. But who can say while a player is still competing whether their peak years are in front of them or behind? And harder still to compare their merits in comparison to other players who may be injured, have overall less experience playing professionally or are just going through a slump.

This list attempts to sort through all the NBA's current all stars to find the most talented, and the players who are the most essential to have on a winning team. LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, two of the most iconic and celebrated players to ever compete, dominated in the early rankings, but a number of other challengers for the title - such as Chicago Bulls phenom Derrick Rose and the legendary Carmelo Anthony - have become more recent favorites. Vote up your own favorite basketball stars, and if your favorite player (or team) isn't represented, make your own list and add them to the rankings.

List Criteria: Only players currently competing in the NBA.

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    the people's #1 &most listed
    LeBron James

    1984 More
    100
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    1988 More
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    Chris Paul

    1985 More
    93
  4. 4
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    1978 More
    91
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    Dwyane Wade

    1982 More
    85
  6. 6
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    1988 More
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    Carmelo Anthony

    1984 More
    85
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    Tim Duncan

    1976 More
    84
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    James Harden

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    83
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    Derrick Rose

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    83
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    1986 More
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    1988 More
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    Kyrie Irving

    1992 More
    80
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    Blake Griffin

    1989 More
    79
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    1982 More
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    Dwight Howard

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    77
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    Stephen Curry

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    74
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    Dirk Nowitzki

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    Paul George

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    73
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    John Wall

    1990 More
    67
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    Deron Williams

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    Kevin Garnett

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    Joakim Noah

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    Paul Pierce

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    Andre Iguodala

    1984 More
    64
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    1985 More
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    LaMarcus Aldridge

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    63
  28. 28
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    Steve Nash

    1974 More
    62
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    1977 More
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    Lamarcus Alridridge

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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Josh Smith

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    Zach Randolph

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    Tyson Chandler

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    David Lee

    1983 More
    60
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    1986 More
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    1983 More
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    Pau Gasol

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    58
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    Ray Allen

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    58
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    Luol Deng

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    58
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    niche appeal
    DeMarcus Cousins

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    57
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    Joe Johnson

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    Al Jefferson

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    56
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    1985 More
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    Serge Ibaka

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    1990 More
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Amar'e Stoudemire

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    55
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    Al Horford

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    54
  49. 49
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    1993 More
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    Andrew Bynum

    1987 More
    54
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