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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 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.

1
34,467 12,959
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers

2
23,554 15,467
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder

3
27,692 17,335
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors

4
21,330 13,224
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder

5
21,325 8,234
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
James Harden Houston Rockets

6
16,839 7,226
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans

7
18,746 9,537
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Kyrie Irving Boston Celtics

8
17,211 6,886
Kawhi Leonard is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Kawhi Leonard Toronto Raptors

9
13,003 2,274
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks

10
11,644 11,020
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Chris Paul Los Angeles Clippers

11
10,923 7,213
Paul George is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Paul George Indiana Pacers

12
9,414 5,316
Damian Lillard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Damian Lillard Portland Trail Blazers

13
7,952 6,853
DeMarcus Cousins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
DeMarcus Cousins Golden State Warriors

14
7,817 4,165
DeMar DeRozan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
DeMar DeRozan San Antonio Spurs

15
9,127 5,529
John Wall is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
John Wall Washington Wizards

16
8,461 3,870
Jimmy Butler is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Jimmy Butler Minnesota Timberwolves

17
9,222 4,896
Klay Thompson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Klay Thompson Golden State Warriors

18
6,679 8,632
Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Blake Griffin Detroit Pistons

19
7,854 11,153
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Dwyane Wade Miami Heat

20
3,849 611
Joel Embiid is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers

21
6,569 4,872
Draymond Green is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Draymond Green Golden State Warriors

22
5,342 1,914
Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Kristaps Porzingis New York Knicks

23
5,009 4,762
Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Kyle Lowry Houston Rockets

24
5,873 6,144
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Kevin Love Cleveland Cavaliers

25
4,735 1,264
Karl-Anthony Towns is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Karl-Anthony Towns Minnesota Timberwolves

26
1,648 262
Donovan Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Donovan Mitchell Utah Jazz

27
3,826 1,176
Victor Oladipo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
idawg387 added Victor Oladipo Indiana Pacers

28
5,809 8,536
Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Carmelo Anthony New York Knicks

29
4,820 3,935
LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
LaMarcus Aldridge Portland Trail Blazers

30
2,020 404
Jayson Tatum is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Jayson Tatum Boston Celtics

31
2,979 809
Ben Simmons is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
CalvinsJohnson added Ben Simmons Philadelphia 76ers

32
4,029 2,117
Kemba Walker is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Kemba Walker Charlotte Bobcats

33
3,872 2,013
Gordon Hayward is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Gordon Hayward Boston Celtics

34
3,584 2,932
Andre Drummond is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Andre Drummond Detroit Pistons

35
6,330 5,237
Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Isaiah Thomas Denver Nuggets

36
3,190 1,049
Devin Booker is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
STLsportsMGH added Devin Booker Phoenix Suns

37
3,646 4,667
Andrew Wiggins is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
surag added Andrew Wiggins Minnesota Timberwolves

38
2,279 912
Nikola Jokic is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Nikola Jokic Denver Nuggets

39
3,327 1,874
Bradley Beal is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Bradley Beal Washington Wizards

40
2,921 1,412
C. J. McCollum is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
C. J. McCollum Portland Trail Blazers

41
3,094 1,935
Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Al Horford Boston Celtics

42
2,683 1,311
Rudy Gobert is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Rudy Gobert Utah Jazz

43
3,639 2,676
DeAndre Jordan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
poroporo20 added DeAndre Jordan Dallas Mavericks

44
1,094 240
Jaylen Brown is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Jaylen Brown Boston Celtics

45
3,403 3,363
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Marc Gasol Memphis Grizzlies

46
3,549 5,521
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Dwight Howard Washington Wizards

47
4,980 7,000
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Derrick Rose Minnesota Timberwolves

48
4,147 4,997
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Dirk Nowitzki Dallas Mavericks

49
2,894 2,438
Hassan Whiteside is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
RichMoyleJr. added Hassan Whiteside Miami Heat

50
761 164
Clint Capela is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Clint Capela Houston Rockets