The Top Current NBA Players

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List Criteria: Only players currently in the NBA.

This list of the best basketball players in the NBA today ranks all of the league's current standout top players and NBA stars. 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 to truly determine who is the best player in the NBA today. 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 favorites as well.

More than just the top 10 NBA players right now, this list has all the league's currently greatest athletes. Vote up your own favorite basketball stars, and if your favorite player isn't represented, make your own list and add them to the rankings.
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    Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Current NBA Players


    Stephen Curry Point guard, Shooting guard

  2. 2
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    Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Current NBA Players

    most listed
    Kevin Durant Small forward

  3. 3
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    - 4,568
    LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Current NBA Players

    the people's #1
    LeBron James Small forward, Power forward, Point forward

  4. 4
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    - 2,371
    Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Current NBA Players


    Russell Westbrook Point guard

  5. 5
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    - 1,893
    Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Current NBA Players


    Kyrie Irving Point guard

  6. 6
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    Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Current NBA Players

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Chris Paul Point guard

  7. 7
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    Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Current NBA Players


    Anthony Davis Power forward, Center

  8. 8
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    Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Current NBA Players

    often listed
    Dwyane Wade Point guard, Shooting guard

  9. 9
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    - 2,382
    James Harden is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Current NBA Players

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    James Harden Shooting guard

  10. 10
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    Shooting guard, Small forward

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  11. 11
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    Kawhi Leonard is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Current NBA Players


    Kawhi Leonard Shooting guard, Small forward

  12. 12
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    Damian Lillard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Current NBA Players

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    Damian Lillard Point guard

  13. 13
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    - 2,370


    Power forward

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    DeMarcus Cousins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Current NBA Players


    DeMarcus Cousins Center

  15. 15
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    Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Current NBA Players

    voting closed at #9
    Kobe Bryant Point guard, Shooting guard, Swingman

  16. 16
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    Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Current NBA Players

    voting closed at #15
    Tim Duncan Power forward, Center

  17. 17
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    - 1,198
    John Wall is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Current NBA Players

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    John Wall Point guard

  18. 18
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    Klay Thompson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Current NBA Players

    ranked low on reranks
    Klay Thompson Shooting guard

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Small forward, Forward

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    Jimmy Butler is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Current NBA Players


    Jimmy Butler Small forward

  21. 21
    + 1,325
    - 518
    Draymond Green is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Current NBA Players


    Draymond Green

  22. 22
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    Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Current NBA Players


    Kyle Lowry Point guard

  23. 23
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    - 2,116
    Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Current NBA Players


    Derrick Rose Point guard

  24. 24
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    - 666
    DeMar DeRozan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Current NBA Players


    DeMar DeRozan Shooting guard

  25. 25
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    Power forward, Center

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    - 1,898
    Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Current NBA Players


    Kevin Love Power forward, Center

  27. 27
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    - 1,399
    Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Current NBA Players


    Dirk Nowitzki Power forward

  28. 28
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    Andrew Wiggins is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Current NBA Players

    added by surag
    Andrew Wiggins

  29. 29
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    Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Current NBA Players

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Dwight Howard Power forward, Center

  30. 30
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    Andre Drummond is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Current NBA Players


    Andre Drummond Power forward, Center

  31. 31
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    - 427
    Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Current NBA Players

    ranked low on reranks
    Isaiah Thomas Point guard

  32. 32
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    - 1,423
    Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Current NBA Players

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Tony Parker Point guard

  33. 33
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    - 578
    DeAndre Jordan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Current NBA Players

    ranked low on reranks & added by poroporo20
    DeAndre Jordan Center

  34. 34
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    - 1,081
    Chris Bosh is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Current NBA Players


    Chris Bosh Power forward

  35. 35
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    Andre Iguodala is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Current NBA Players


    Andre Iguodala Shooting guard, Small forward

  36. 36
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    Power forward, Center

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Shooting guard, Small forward

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    Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Current NBA Players


    Marc Gasol Power forward, Center

  39. 39
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    Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Current NBA Players

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Rajon Rondo Point guard

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    Hassan Whiteside is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Current NBA Players

    added by RichMoyleJr.
    Hassan Whiteside Center

  41. 41
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    - 65
    Karl Anthony Towns is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Current NBA Players

    ranked low on reranks
    Karl Anthony Towns Center, Power Forward

  42. 42
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    - 354


    Small forward, Point forward

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  43. 43
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    Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Current NBA Players


    Serge Ibaka Power forward, Center

  44. 44
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    - 578
    Paul Millsap is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Current NBA Players


    Paul Millsap Power forward

  45. 45
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    - 429
    Kemba Walker is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Current NBA Players


    Kemba Walker Point guard

  46. 46
    + 667
    - 594
    Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Current NBA Players


    Al Horford Small forward, Power forward, Center

  47. 47
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    - 1,092


    Small forward

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  48. 48
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    Zach Randolph is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Current NBA Players


    Zach Randolph Power forward, Center

  49. 49
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    Bradley Beal is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Current NBA Players


    Bradley Beal Shooting guard

  50. 50
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    - 472
    J. R. Smith is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Current NBA Players

    ranked low on reranks
    J. R. Smith Shooting guard

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