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The Top 100+ NBA Players Today

Updated August 20, 2020 1.5m votes 125.4k 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
    36,622
    5,564

    TeamsMilwaukee Bucks

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

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    #69 of 115 The Funniest Professional Athletes#13 of 38 Celebrities Whose Names Are Hardest to Spell

  • Kawhi Leonard2
    38,500
    12,333

    Kawhi Leonard

    Small forward

    TeamsLos Angeles Clippers, Toronto Raptors, San Antonio Spurs

    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

  • LeBron James3
    53,313
    22,603

    LeBron James

    Power forward

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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

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  • Joel Embiid4
    15,501
    5,962

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers

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

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    #34 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time#21 of 107 The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

  • Nikola Jokić5
    11,525
    4,350

    TeamsDenver Nuggets

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

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    #1 of 31 Every Player Over 7 Feet Tall In The NBA Today, Ranked#3 of 72 The Best Current NBA International Players

  • Luka Dončić6
    9,097
    1,846

    Luka Dončić

    Small forward

    TeamsDallas Mavericks

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

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    #23 of 232 The Best White Players in NBA History#101 of 161 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings

  • Damian Lillard7
    20,260
    9,423

    Damian Lillard

    Point guard

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers

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

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    #5 of 53 The Best Current Wing Players in the NBA#14 of 69 All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked

  • Anthony Davis8
    29,463
    14,101

    Anthony Davis

    Power forward, Center

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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

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    #17 of 107 The Greatest Lakers of All Time#51 of 329 The Most Obnoxious Athletes

  • James Harden9
    34,401
    16,922

    James Harden

    Shooting guard

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets

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

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    The Best Harden Vol. 3 Colorways, Ranked#31 of 256 The Top NBA Players Of All Time

  • Jayson Tatum10
    6,355
    2,641

    Jayson Tatum

    Small forward

    TeamsBoston Celtics

    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

  • Devin Booker11
    7,737
    3,395

    Devin Booker

    Shooting guard

    TeamsPhoenix Suns

    Devin Armani Booker (born October 30, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for...  more
  • Donovan Mitchell12
    7,355
    3,066

    Donovan Mitchell

    Shooting guard

    TeamsUtah Jazz

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

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  • Pascal Siakam13
    3,035
    1,183

    Pascal Siakam

    Power forward

    TeamsToronto Raptors

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

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    #23 of 151 The Best European NBA Players of All Time#771 of 874 Big Grid relations

  • Karl-Anthony Towns14
    10,365
    4,828

    Karl-Anthony Towns

    Center

    TeamsMinnesota Timberwolves

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

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    #62 of 96 The Best Rebounders in NBA History#11 of 25 NBA Stars You Should Definitely Follow On IG

  • Ben Simmons15
    8,529
    3,831

    Ben Simmons

    Point guard/forward

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers

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

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    #8 of 78 The Best Philadelphia 76ers of All Time#20 of 55 The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked

  • Trae Young16
    2,250
    816

    Trae Young

    Point guard

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks

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

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    #27 of 54 The Most Hated Active NBA Players#4 of 26 The Greatest Oklahoma Sooners Basketball Players of All Time

  • Kemba Walker17
    10,241
    4,864

    Kemba Walker

    Point guard

    TeamsBoston Celtics

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

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    #2 of 41 The Greatest UConn Basketball Players of All Time#1 of 66 The Best Charlotte Hornets Players of All Time, Ranked

  • Jamal Murray18
    1,991
    729

    Jamal Murray

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    TeamsDenver Nuggets

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

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    #8 of 141 The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time#79 of 96 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today

  • Victor Oladipo19
    9,258
    4,393

    Victor Oladipo

    Shooting guard

    TeamsHouston Rockets

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

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    #6 of 65 The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time#16 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

  • D'Angelo Russell20
    4,003
    1,685

    TeamsGolden State Warriors

    D'Angelo Danté Russell (born February 23, 1996) is an American professional basketball player...  more
  • Bradley Beal21
    6,848
    3,458

    Bradley Beal

    Shooting guard

    TeamsWashington Wizards

    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#1 of 56 The Best NBA Players from Missouri

  • Khris Middleton22
    2,960
    1,362

    Khris Middleton

    Small forward, Forward

    TeamsMilwaukee Bucks

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

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    #23 of 52 The Best NBA Free-Throw Shooters Ever#5 of 41 The Best NBA Players from South Carolina

  • Paul George23
    21,110
    11,488

    Paul George

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    TeamsLos Angeles Clippers

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

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    #73 of 74 The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017#14 of 51 The Best Current NBA Free-Throw Shooters

  • Ja Morant24
    370
    72

    Ja Morant

    Point guard

    TeamsMemphis Grizzlies

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

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    #6 of 76 The Best Point Guards Currently in the NBA#4 of 55 Who Is The Fastest Player In The NBA Right Now?

  • De'Aaron Fox25
    2,716
    1,229

    De'Aaron Fox

    Point guard

    TeamsSacramento Kings

    De'Aaron Fox (born December 20, 1997) is an American professional basketball player for the...  more

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    #2 of 16 NBA Players Who Stream On Twitch#6 of 30 NBA Players Who Should Finally Do The Slam Dunk Contest