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List Rules Vote up the most talented players currently playing basketball 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 currently playing. 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, Kobe Bryant, 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 active player in the NBA today. LeBron James and Stephen Curry, 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 Houston Rockets phenom James Harden and the legendary Russell Westbrook—have become favorites as well.

Who's the best player in the NBA today? 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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1
37,960 14,044
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Los Angeles Lakers LeBron Raymone James is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. Standing at 6 ft 8 in and weighing 250 lbs., he has started ...more

2
25,704 17,193
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Golden State Warriors Kevin Wayne Durant is an American professional basketball player who plays with the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association. Standing at 6 ft 9 in and weighing 240 pounds, ...more

3
30,485 18,748
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Golden State Warriors Wardell Stephen "Steph" Curry II is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association. Listed at 6 ft 3 in tall ...more

4
23,241 9,399
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Houston Rockets James Edward Harden, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association. Harden played college basketball for ...more

5
22,852 15,434
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association. Westbrook played college basketball ...more

6
18,926 7,997
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
New Orleans Pelicans Anthony Marshon Davis, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association. He plays the power forward and ...more

7
19,651 7,478
Kawhi Leonard is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Toronto Raptors Kawhi Anthony Leonard is an American professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association. Leonard, a 6-ft 7-in, 230-lb small forward, played college ...more

8
20,435 10,846
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Boston Celtics Kyrie Andrew Irving is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association. Irving was born in Melbourne, Australia but grew up in West ...more

9
15,715 2,589
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Milwaukee Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo (born December 6, 1994) is a Greek professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Nicknamed the "Greek ...more

10
12,421 12,441
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Houston Rockets Christopher Emmanuel Paul (born May 6, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has won the NBA Rookie of the ...more

11
10,581 6,071
Damian Lillard is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Portland Trail Blazers Damian Lamonte Ollie Lillard is an American professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association. Lillard is a 6 ft 3 in point guard from Oakland, ...more

12
12,007 8,067
Paul George is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Indiana Pacers Paul Clifton Anthony George is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association. George played high school ...more

13
8,770 4,851
DeMar DeRozan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
San Antonio Spurs DeMar Darnell DeRozan is an American professional basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the USC Trojans and ...more

14
8,571 8,069
DeMarcus Cousins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Golden State Warriors DeMarcus Amir Cousins is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball at the ...more

15
9,474 4,440
Jimmy Butler is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Philadelphia 76ers Jimmy Butler III is an American professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After playing one year of college basketball for Tyler ...more

16
10,362 5,506
Klay Thompson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Golden State Warriors Klay Alexander Thompson is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association. Listed at 6'7", he plays ...more

17
9,763 6,391
John Wall is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Washington Wizards Johnathan Hildred Wall, Jr. is an American professional basketball point guard for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association. A Raleigh, North Carolina native, Wall was ...more

18
6,305 1,294
Joel Embiid is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Philadelphia 76ers Joel-Hans Embiid is a Cameroonian professional basketball player who plays for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association. The 76ers drafted Embiid third overall in the 2014 ...more

19
7,276 9,583
Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Detroit Pistons Blake Austin Griffin is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the ...more

20
8,350 12,382
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Miami Heat Dwyane Tyrone Wade, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. He has established himself as one of the most ...more

21
4,733 1,445
Victor Oladipo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
idawg387 added Indiana Pacers Kehinde Babatunde Victor Oladipo is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association. Oladipo played college ...more

22
6,031 2,435
Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
New York Knicks Kristaps Porziņģis is a Latvian professional basketball player for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is 7 ft 3 in (2.21 m) tall, and plays both the power ...more

23
5,466 1,672
Karl-Anthony Towns is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Minnesota Timberwolves Karl-Anthony Towns Jr. is a Dominican-American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the ...more

24
7,102 5,689
Draymond Green is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Golden State Warriors Draymond Jamal Green Sr. is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Green, who plays primarily at the power forward ...more

25
5,538 5,328
Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Toronto Raptors Kyle Lowry is an American professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association. He attended Cardinal Dougherty High School in Philadelphia and declared ...more

26
6,197 6,926
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Cleveland Cavaliers Kevin Wesley Love is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association. He is a three-time All-Star and holds the ...more

27
2,465 617
Donovan Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Utah Jazz Donovan Corey Mitchell Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Louisville ...more

28
3,870 1,149
Ben Simmons is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
CalvinsJohnson added Philadelphia 76ers Benjamin David Simmons is an Australian professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for one season with ...more

29
4,723 2,332
Kemba Walker is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Charlotte Hornets Kemba Hudley Walker is an American professional basketball player for the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Walker was drafted ninth overall by the Charlotte ...more

30
2,709 723
Jayson Tatum is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Boston Celtics Jayson Christopher Tatum is an American professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Tatum attended hometown ...more

31
5,221 4,359
LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Portland Trail Blazers LaMarcus Nurae Aldridge is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association. Aldridge, a 6 ft 11 in, 240-pound ...more

32
3,002 1,084
Nikola Jokic is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Denver Nuggets Nikola Jokić is a Serbian professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He also represents the Serbian national basketball team ...more

33
3,762 1,254
Devin Booker is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
STLsportsMGH added Phoenix Suns Devin Armani Booker is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He attended Moss Point High School in Moss Point, Mississippi ...more

34
4,309 2,434
Gordon Hayward is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Boston Celtics Gordon Daniel Hayward is an American professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball at Butler University for two ...more

35
3,972 3,238
Andre Drummond is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Detroit Pistons Andre Jamal Drummond is an American professional basketball player who plays with the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association. He was one of the top rated basketball players in ...more

36
6,019 9,486
Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Houston Rockets Carmelo Kyam Anthony (born May 29, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has been named an NBA All-Star ten ...more

37
3,713 2,079
Bradley Beal is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Washington Wizards Bradley Emmanuel Beal is an American professional basketball player who currently plays with the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association. The 6'5" shooting guard played ...more

38
3,113 1,496
Rudy Gobert is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Utah Jazz Rudy Gobert is a French professional basketball player who currently plays for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association. He also represents the French national basketball team in the ...more

39
3,268 1,595
C. J. McCollum is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Portland Trail Blazers Christian James "C. J." McCollum is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association. He was drafted ...more

40
3,453 2,153
Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Boston Celtics Alfred Joel Horford Reynoso is a Dominican professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the University of ...more

41
6,589 5,833
Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Denver Nuggets Isaiah Jamar Thomas is an American professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The 5-foot-9-inch (1.75 m) point guard played three years ...more

42
3,837 5,143
Andrew Wiggins is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
surag added Minnesota Timberwolves Andrew Christian Wiggins is a Canadian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for ...more

43
1,416 467
Jaylen Brown is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Boston Celtics Jaylen Brown (born October 24, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one year of college basketball ...more

44
3,922 2,911
DeAndre Jordan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
poroporo20 added Dallas Mavericks Hyland DeAndre Jordan Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one season of college basketball for ...more

45
1,067 333
Clint Capela is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Houston Rockets Clint N'Dumba-Capela is a Swiss professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). On June 26, 2014, Capela was selected with the 25th overall ...more

46
3,622 3,621
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Memphis Grizzlies Marc Gasol Sáez is a Spanish professional basketball player who currently plays for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association. He was drafted 48th overall in the 2007 ...more

47
5,441 7,272
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Minnesota Timberwolves Derrick Martell Rose is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association. He played one year of college ...more

48
3,101 2,666
Hassan Whiteside is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
RichMoyleJr. added Miami Heat Hassan Niam Whiteside is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the Marshall ...more

49
3,672 5,940
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Washington Wizards Dwight David Howard is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association. Howard, who plays center, had an outstanding high ...more

50
4,358 5,415
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Dallas Mavericks Dirk Werner Nowitzki is a German professional basketball player who currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association. An alumnus of Röntgen Gymnasium and the ...more