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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
33,337 12,716
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers

2
22,839 15,026
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder

3
26,928 16,862
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors

4
20,872 12,608
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder

5
20,613 8,008
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
James Harden Houston Rockets

6
16,206 7,027
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans

7
18,155 9,236
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Kyrie Irving Boston Celtics

8
16,628 6,640
Kawhi Leonard is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Kawhi Leonard Toronto Raptors

9
11,344 10,689
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Chris Paul Los Angeles Clippers

10
12,340 2,180
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks

11
9,142 5,062
Damian Lillard is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Damian Lillard Portland Trail Blazers

12
10,654 6,948
Paul George is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Paul George Indiana Pacers

13
7,743 6,526
DeMarcus Cousins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
DeMarcus Cousins Golden State Warriors

14
7,546 3,970
DeMar DeRozan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
DeMar DeRozan San Antonio Spurs

The Best Current NBA Centers

15
8,903 5,337
John Wall is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
John Wall Washington Wizards

16
8,185 3,724
Jimmy Butler is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Jimmy Butler Minnesota Timberwolves

17
8,927 4,730
Klay Thompson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Klay Thompson Golden State Warriors

18
6,578 8,283
Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Blake Griffin Detroit Pistons

19
7,725 10,765
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Dwyane Wade Miami Heat

20
3,438 544
Joel Embiid is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers

21
6,383 4,663
Draymond Green is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Draymond Green Golden State Warriors

Who Will Win the 2015 NBA Championship?

22
4,889 4,575
Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Kyle Lowry Houston Rockets

23
5,101 1,814
Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Kristaps Porzingis New York Knicks

24
5,751 5,950
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Kevin Love Cleveland Cavaliers

25
4,483 1,200
Karl-Anthony Towns is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Karl-Anthony Towns Minnesota Timberwolves

26
5,736 8,240
Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Carmelo Anthony New York Knicks

27
4,691 3,826
LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
LaMarcus Aldridge Portland Trail Blazers

28
3,554 1,120
Victor Oladipo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
idawg387 added Victor Oladipo Indiana Pacers

Basketball Teams with the Most Annoying Fans

29
3,872 2,049
Kemba Walker is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Kemba Walker Charlotte Bobcats

30
6,223 5,030
Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Isaiah Thomas Denver Nuggets

31
2,723 735
Ben Simmons is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
CalvinsJohnson added Ben Simmons Philadelphia 76ers

32
3,699 1,950
Gordon Hayward is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Gordon Hayward Boston Celtics

33
3,487 2,851
Andre Drummond is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Andre Drummond Detroit Pistons

34
1,378 175
Donovan Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Donovan Mitchell Utah Jazz

35
3,585 4,535
Andrew Wiggins is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
surag added Andrew Wiggins Minnesota Timberwolves

37 Celebrities Who Played High School Basketball

36
1,809 298
Jayson Tatum is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Jayson Tatum Boston Celtics

37
3,013 1,008
Devin Booker is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
STLsportsMGH added Devin Booker Phoenix Suns

38
3,209 1,821
Bradley Beal is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Bradley Beal Washington Wizards

39
2,137 870
Nikola Jokic is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Nikola Jokic Denver Nuggets

40
2,815 1,367
C. J. McCollum is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
C. J. McCollum Portland Trail Blazers

41
2,577 1,265
Rudy Gobert is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Rudy Gobert Utah Jazz

42
2,988 1,882
Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Al Horford Boston Celtics

The Most Hated Active NBA Players

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3,553 2,617
DeAndre Jordan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
poroporo20 added DeAndre Jordan Dallas Mavericks

44
3,495 5,411
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Dwight Howard Washington Wizards

45
4,913 6,886
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Derrick Rose Minnesota Timberwolves

46
3,332 3,297
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Marc Gasol Memphis Grizzlies

47
4,072 4,910
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Dirk Nowitzki Dallas Mavericks

48
2,830 2,364
Hassan Whiteside is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
RichMoyleJr. added Hassan Whiteside Miami Heat

49
2,323 2,214
Paul Millsap is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Paul Millsap Denver Nuggets

50
3,214 3,314
Andre Iguodala is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Current NBA Players
Andre Iguodala Golden State Warriors