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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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38,587 14,347
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
26,146 17,580
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
31,046 19,091
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
23,736 9,685
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
23,110 15,908
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
19,377 8,202
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
20,130 7,661
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
20,808 11,143
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
16,468 2,666
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
12,528 12,940
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
12,506 8,167
Paul George is listed (or ranked) 11 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

12
10,862 6,228
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
8,922 5,095
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
8,691 8,375
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
10,599 5,676
Klay Thompson is listed (or ranked) 15 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

16
9,641 4,661
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
9,857 6,648
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
6,710 1,355
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
7,431 9,766
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
8,465 12,706
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
4,950 1,542
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
6,194 2,588
Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 22 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

23
5,639 1,796
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
7,180 5,916
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
5,654 5,461
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