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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
39,319 14,911
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
26,770 18,056
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
31,796 19,510
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
24,442 10,027
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
23,434 16,514
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
19,856 8,510
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
20,777 7,853
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
21,276 11,508
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
17,489 2,735
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
13,166 8,287
Paul George is listed (or ranked) 10 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

11
12,731 13,468
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 11 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

12
11,291 6,412
Damian Lillard is listed (or ranked) 12 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

13
9,130 5,417
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
10,955 5,882
Klay Thompson is listed (or ranked) 14 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

15
8,840 8,789
DeMarcus Cousins is listed (or ranked) 15 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

16
9,872 4,907
Jimmy Butler is listed (or ranked) 16 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

17
9,994 6,959
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
7,217 1,427
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
7,635 10,010
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
8,638 13,041
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
5,198 1,652
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
5,873 1,906
Karl-Anthony Towns is listed (or ranked) 22 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

23
5,773 5,637
Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 23 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

24
6,343 2,758
Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Dallas Mavericks
Kristaps Porziņģis is a Latvian professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is 7 ft 3 in (2.21 m) tall, and plays both the power ...more

25
7,289 6,158
Draymond Green is listed (or ranked) 25 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