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The Top 100+ NBA Players Today

Updated August 20, 2020 1.5m votes 125.2k voters 1.1m views294 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 Antetokounmpo1
    38,266
    5,659

    Giannis Antetokounmpo

    Small forward, Point forward

    TeamsMilwaukee Bucks

    Giannis Antetokounmpo (born December 6, 1994) is a Greek professional basketball player for... more on Wikipedia
  • Kawhi Leonard2
    40,116
    12,743

    Kawhi Leonard

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    TeamsLos Angeles Clippers

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

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  • LeBron James3
    55,869
    23,485

    LeBron James

    Small forward, Power forward

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

    LeBron Raymone James Sr. (; born December 30, 1984) is an American professional basketball... more on Wikipedia

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  • Joel Embiid4
    16,143
    6,085

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers

    Joel Hans Embiid (born 16 March 1994) is a Cameroonian professional basketball player for the... more on Wikipedia
  • Nikola Jokić5
    11,924
    4,461

    TeamsDenver Nuggets

    Nikola Jokić (born February 19, 1995) is a Serbian professional basketball player for the... more on Wikipedia
  • Luka Dončić6
    9,420
    1,854

    Luka Dončić

    Guard, Small forward

    TeamsDallas Mavericks

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

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  • Damian Lillard7
    21,032
    9,878

    Damian Lillard

    Point guard

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers

    Damian Lamonte Ollie Lillard is an American professional basketball player for the Portland... more on Wikipedia
  • Anthony Davis8
    30,725
    14,677

    Anthony Davis

    Power forward, Center

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

    Anthony Marshon Davis Jr. (born March 11, 1993) is an American professional basketball player... more on Wikipedia
  • Kemba Walker9
    10,691
    4,991

    Kemba Walker

    Point guard

    TeamsBoston Celtics

    Kemba Hudley Walker (born May 8, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the... more on Wikipedia
  • Jayson Tatum10
    6,601
    2,730

    Jayson Tatum

    Small forward

    TeamsBoston Celtics

    Jayson Christopher Tatum (born March 3, 1998) is an American professional basketball player... more on Wikipedia
  • Pascal Siakam11
    3,163
    1,151

    Pascal Siakam

    Power forward

    TeamsToronto Raptors

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

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    #20 of 146 The Best European NBA Players of All Time#7 of 50 The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time

  • Devin Booker12
    8,023
    3,485

    Devin Booker

    Shooting guard

    TeamsPhoenix Suns

    Devin Armani Booker (born October 30, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for... more on Wikipedia
  • Donovan Mitchell13
    7,671
    3,184

    Donovan Mitchell

    Shooting guard

    TeamsUtah Jazz

    Donovan Vernell Mitchell Jr. (born September 7, 1996) is an American professional basketball... more on Wikipedia
  • Karl-Anthony Towns14
    10,952
    5,063

    Karl-Anthony Towns

    Center

    TeamsMinnesota Timberwolves

    Karl-Anthony Towns Jr. (born November 15, 1995) is a Dominican-American professional... more on Wikipedia
  • Ben Simmons15
    8,921
    3,960

    Ben Simmons

    Point guard/forward

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers

    Benjamin David Simmons (born 20 July 1996) is an Australian professional basketball player for... more on Wikipedia
  • Trae Young16
    2,299
    813

    Trae Young

    Point guard

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks

    Rayford Trae Young (born September 19, 1998) is an American professional basketball player for... more on Wikipedia
  • James Harden17
    35,781
    17,624

    James Harden

    Shooting guard

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets

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

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  • Jamal Murray18
    2,025
    736

    Jamal Murray

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    TeamsDenver Nuggets

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

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    #9 of 141 The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time#103 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

  • Victor Oladipo19
    9,671
    4,528

    Victor Oladipo

    Shooting guard

    TeamsHouston Rockets

    Kehinde Babatunde Victor Oladipo (born May 4, 1992) is an American professional basketball... more on Wikipedia
  • D'Angelo Russell20
    4,133
    1,706

    TeamsGolden State Warriors

    D'Angelo Danté Russell (born February 23, 1996) is an American professional basketball player... more on Wikipedia
  • Bradley Beal21
    7,068
    3,605

    Bradley Beal

    Shooting guard

    TeamsWashington Wizards

    Bradley Emmanuel Beal (born June 28, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for... more on Wikipedia
  • Paul George22
    21,953
    11,976

    Paul George

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    TeamsLos Angeles Clippers

    Paul Cliftonantho George (born May 2, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for... more on Wikipedia
  • De'Aaron Fox23
    2,824
    1,259

    De'Aaron Fox

    Point guard

    TeamsSacramento Kings

    De'Aaron Fox (born December 20, 1997) is an American professional basketball player for the... more on Wikipedia
  • Khris Middleton24
    3,052
    1,407

    Khris Middleton

    Small forward, Forward

    TeamsMilwaukee Bucks

    James Khristian Middleton (born August 12, 1991) is an American professional basketball player... more on Wikipedia
  • C. J. McCollum25
    6,134
    3,263

    C. J. McCollum

    Shooting guard

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers

    Christian James McCollum (born September 19, 1991) is an American professional basketball... more on Wikipedia

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