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The Best 2012 NBA Players 

Blake Edwards
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The best 2012 NBA players are the talented point guards, forwards and centers in the National Basketball Association who enjoyed the most success in the 2011-2012 season. These players from across the NBA lead the league in points, rebounds, assists, blocks and other statistical categories while also captivating audiences and wooing fans. Regardless if you're a Los Angeles Lakers fan or root for the Boston Celtics or any team in between, it's hard to argue that these are not the best 2011-12 NBA players.

Like other professional sports, there are a bevy of ways to judge which player is the best in the NBA including by statistics and an athlete's overall career. As the shortened 2011-12 NBA season comes to a close, the likes of Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder and LeBron James of the Miami Heat are among the top three in the league in points per game.

But being called the best in the league is more than just scoring points with leaders in rebounds, assists, blocks and steals also extremely valuable to their respective teams. Rajon Rondo leads his Boston Celtics and the league in assists, with Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns coming in second. Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic is the man in terms of rebounds, more than one rebound per game more than his next highest competitor, Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Each of these players do one thing or another best and lead the league in those areas however the true test will be if these players, like Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks did in the 2010-11 season, can lead their teams to the NBA Championship. Some will go down as the top NBA players of all time while others will simply go home to their ridiculously hot NBA wives. Either way, it's not bad being an NBA player.
list ordered by
1
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard and Shooting guard from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
2
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Small forward from Washington, D.C., United States of America
3
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States of America
4
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard from Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
5
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard from Long Beach, California
6
Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Small forward and Forward from Red Hook, New York City, New York, United States of America
7
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Small forward and Power forward from Akron, Ohio, United States of America
8
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard from Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America
9
Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Power forward from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
10
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Power forward and Center from Santa Monica, California, United States of America
11
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Power forward and Center from Christiansted, United States Virgin Islands
12
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Power forward from Greenville, South Carolina, United States of America
13
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard and Shooting guard from Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
14
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard from Bruges, Belgium
15
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Shooting guard from Los Angeles, California
16
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Power forward and Center from Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America
17
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard from Melbourne, Australia
18
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Small forward from Oakland, California, United States of America
19
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard from Johannesburg, South Africa
20
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Power forward from W├╝rzburg, Germany
21
Andre Iguodala is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Small forward from Springfield, Illinois
22
Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Power forward and Center from Brazzaville, Congo
23
Deron Williams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard from Parkersburg, West Virginia
24
Tyson Chandler is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Center from Hanford, California
25
Rudy Gay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Small forward from Baltimore, Maryland