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The Top 100+ NBA Players Today  

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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 an athlete still plays whether their good 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 most popular and famous 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. Then head over and vote on the best NBA players of the 2010s.

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Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top 100+ NBA Players Today
Golden State Warriors

Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Position: Point guard, Shooting guard

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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top 100+ NBA Players Today
Los Angeles Lakers

Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Position: Small forward, Power forward, Point forward

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Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top 100+ NBA Players Today
Brooklyn Nets

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Position: Small forward

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Kawhi Leonard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top 100+ NBA Players Today
Los Angeles Clippers

Birthplace: Riverside, California

Nationality: United States of America

Position: Shooting guard, Small forward

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James Harden is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top 100+ NBA Players Today
Houston Rockets

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Nationality: United States of America

Position: Shooting guard

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Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top 100+ NBA Players Today
Los Angeles Lakers

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Nationality: United States of America

Position: Power forward, Center

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Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top 100+ NBA Players Today
Milwaukee Bucks

Birthplace: Athens, Greece

Nationality: Greece

Position: Small forward, Point forward

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Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top 100+ NBA Players Today
Houston Rockets

Birthplace: Long Beach, California

Nationality: United States of America

Position: Point guard

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Damian Lillard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top 100+ NBA Players Today
Portland Trail Blazers

Birthplace: Oakland, California

Nationality: United States of America

Position: Point guard

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Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top 100+ NBA Players Today
Brooklyn Nets

Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Nationality: United States of America, Australia

Position: Point guard

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Paul George is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top 100+ NBA Players Today
Los Angeles Clippers

Birthplace: Palmdale, California

Nationality: United States of America

Position: Shooting guard, Small forward

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Klay Thompson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top 100+ NBA Players Today
Golden State Warriors

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Nationality: United States of America

Position: Shooting guard

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Jimmy Butler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top 100+ NBA Players Today
Miami Heat

Birthplace: Houston, Texas

Nationality: United States of America

Position: Small forward

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Joel Embiid is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top 100+ NBA Players Today
Philadelphia 76ers

Birthplace: Yaoundé, Cameroon

Position: Center

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DeMar DeRozan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top 100+ NBA Players Today
San Antonio Spurs

Birthplace: Compton, California

Nationality: United States of America

Position: Shooting guard

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Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top 100+ NBA Players Today
Oklahoma City Thunder

Birthplace: Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Position: Point guard

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DeMarcus Cousins is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top 100+ NBA Players Today
Los Angeles Lakers

Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Position: Center

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Nikola Jokic is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top 100+ NBA Players Today
Denver Nuggets

Birthplace: Sombor, Serbia

Nationality: Serbia

Position: Center

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Luka Dončić is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top 100+ NBA Players Today
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Dallas Mavericks

Position: Guard, Small forward

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Kemba Walker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top 100+ NBA Players Today
Boston Celtics

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Nationality: United States of America

Position: Point guard

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Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top 100+ NBA Players Today
Detroit Pistons

Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Nationality: United States of America

Position: Power forward

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John Wall is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top 100+ NBA Players Today
Washington Wizards

Birthplace: Raleigh, North Carolina

Nationality: United States of America

Position: Point guard

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Karl-Anthony Towns is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top 100+ NBA Players Today
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Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top 100+ NBA Players Today
Toronto Raptors

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Nationality: United States of America

Position: Point guard

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Victor Oladipo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top 100+ NBA Players Today
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Indiana Pacers

Birthplace: Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Position: Shooting guard

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