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The Top 100+ NBA Players Today

Updated March 22, 2021 1.3m votes 125.8k voters 1.1m views264 items

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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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    Giannis Antetokounmpo (born December 6, 1994) is a Greek professional basketball player for...  more

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    Kawhi Leonard

    Small forward
    Kawhi Anthony Leonard (, born June 29, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for...  more

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    #4 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time#135 of 168 The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History

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    LeBron James

    Power forward
    LeBron Raymone James Sr. (born December 30, 1984) is an American professional basketball...  more

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    Nikola Jokić (born February 19, 1995) is a Serbian professional basketball player for the...  more

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    #14 of 232 The Best White Players in NBA History#13 of 130 The Best European NBA Players of All Time

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    Joel Hans Embiid (born 16 March 1994) is a Cameroonian professional basketball player for the...  more

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    Luka Dončić

    Small forward
    Luka Dončić (born February 28, 1999) is a Slovenian professional basketball player for the...  more

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    #98 of 100 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today#71 of 269 The Top NBA Players Of All Time

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    Damian Lillard

    Point guard
    Damian Lamonte Ollie Lillard is an American professional basketball player for the Portland...  more

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    Anthony Davis

    Power forward, Center
    Anthony Marshon Davis Jr. (born March 11, 1993) is an American professional basketball player...  more

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    Jayson Tatum

    Small forward
    Jayson Christopher Tatum (born March 3, 1998) is an American professional basketball player...  more

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    #28 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time#7 of 76 The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time

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    Devin Booker

    Shooting guard
    Devin Armani Booker (born October 30, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for...  more
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    Donovan Mitchell

    Shooting Guard
    Donovan Vernell Mitchell Jr. (born September 7, 1996) is an American professional basketball...  more

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    James Harden

    Shooting guard
    James Edward Harden Jr. (born August 26, 1989) is an American professional basketball player...  more

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    Karl-Anthony Towns

    Center
    Karl-Anthony Towns Jr. (born November 15, 1995) is a Dominican-American professional...  more

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    #11 of 25 NBA Stars You Should Definitely Follow On IG#3 of 16 NBA Players Who Stream On Twitch

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    Ben Simmons

    Point guard
    Benjamin David Simmons (born 20 July 1996) is an Australian professional basketball player for...  more

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    #9 of 78 The Best Philadelphia 76ers of All Time#42 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

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    Trae Young

    Point guard
    Rayford Trae Young (born September 19, 1998) is an American professional basketball player for...  more

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    #25 of 40 The Most Hated Active NBA Players#4 of 26 The Greatest Oklahoma Sooners Basketball Players of All Time

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    Jamal Murray

    Point guard
    Jamal Murray (born February 23, 1997) is a Canadian professional basketball player for the...  more

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    #180 of 199 The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018#20 of 20 Who Are the Biggest NBA Draft Busts This Season?

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    Kemba Walker

    Point guard
    Kemba Hudley Walker (born May 8, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the...  more

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    #2 of 115 The Best Charlotte Hornets Players of All Time, Ranked#2 of 41 The Greatest UConn Basketball Players of All Time

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    Pascal Siakam

    Power forward
    Pascal Siakam (born April 2, 1994) is a Cameroonian professional basketball player for the...  more

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    #7 of 48 The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time#91 of 96 The All-Around Best Athletes of 2019

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    Victor Oladipo

    Shooting guard
    Kehinde Babatunde Victor Oladipo (born May 4, 1992) is an American professional basketball...  more

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    #43 of 227 The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History#6 of 65 The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time

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    Bradley Beal

    Shooting guard
    Bradley Emmanuel Beal (born June 28, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for...  more

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    #3 of 87 The Best Washington Wizards of All Time#2 of 56 The Best NBA Players from Missouri

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    D'Angelo Russell

    Point guard
    D'Angelo Danté Russell (born February 23, 1996) is an American professional basketball player...  more

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    #9 of 33 The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time#4 of 112 The Best NBA Players from Kentucky

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    Ja Morant

    Point guard
    Temetrius Jamel "Ja" Morant (born August 10, 1999) is an American professional basketball...  more

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    #9 of 72 The Best Point Guards Currently in the NBA#4 of 55 Who Is The Fastest Player In The NBA Right Now?

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    Edrice Femi "Bam" Adebayo (born July 18, 1997) is an American professional basketball player...  more

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    #12 of 141 The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time#13 of 100 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today

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    Paul George

    Small forward
    Paul Cliftonantho George (born May 2, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for...  more

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    Khris Middleton

    Small forward
    James Khristian Middleton (born August 12, 1991) is an American professional basketball player...  more

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