Basketball The Top Current NBA Players  

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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
41,519 17,099
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
29,315 19,321
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Golden State Warriors
Kevin Wayne Durant (born September 29, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one season of ...more
3
34,273 21,114
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
26,622 11,319
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
24,396 18,839
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
21,266 9,834
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
23,487 8,410
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
22,694 12,920
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
20,996 2,990
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
14,741 8,949
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
12,970 6,894
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
13,297 15,003
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 12 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
13
12,018 6,711
Klay Thompson is listed (or ranked) 13 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
14
9,768 6,353
DeMar DeRozan is listed (or ranked) 14 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
15
10,647 5,662
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
9,284 10,023
DeMarcus Cousins is listed (or ranked) 16 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
17
8,747 1,684
Joel Embiid is listed (or ranked) 17 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
18
10,420 7,911
John Wall is listed (or ranked) 18 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
19
8,151 10,862
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
4,861 1,393
Nikola Jokic is listed (or ranked) 20 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
21
5,970 2,721
Kemba Walker is listed (or ranked) 21 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
22
5,954 2,053
Victor Oladipo is listed (or ranked) 22 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
23
6,550 2,260
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
6,159 6,380
Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 24 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
25
7,740 6,850
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