Best Of 2012 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
578 332
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Small forward, Power forward, Point forward

2
502 270
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard, Shooting guard, Swingman

3
476 284
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Small forward

4
375 178
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard

5
337 190
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard

6
317 173
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard, Shooting guard

7
256 143
Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Small forward, Forward

8
275 158
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard

9
316 198
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard

10
240 159
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Power forward, Center

11
243 173
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Power forward, Center

12
219 134
Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Power forward

13
195 105
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Power forward, Center

14
200 118
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard

15
207 114
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Shooting guard

16
163 63
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard

17
162 113
Deron Williams is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard

18
190 106
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Power forward

19
167 103
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Small forward

20
196 118
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard

21
158 121
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Power forward

22
138 85
Andre Iguodala is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Shooting guard, Small forward

23
131 63
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Shooting guard

24
125 93
Tyson Chandler is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players

25
130 77
Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Power forward, Center

26
118 70
Rudy Gay is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Small forward

27
121 73
Chris Bosh is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Power forward

28
106 63
Josh Smith is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Power forward

29
115 67
Manu Ginóbili is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Shooting guard

30
124 66
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard, Shooting guard

31
103 75
Danny Granger is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Small forward, Power forward

32
89 61
LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Power forward, Center

33
107 83
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Power forward, Center

34
91 55
John Wall is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard

35
106 77
Ricky Rubio is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard

36
85 51
Joe Johnson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

37
95 65
Monta Ellis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard, Shooting guard

38
91 63
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Power forward, Center

39
101 111
Andrew Bynum is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Center

40
84 49
Roy Hibbert is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Center

41
111 95
Jeremy Lin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard

42
62 25
Joakim Noah is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Center

43
78 54
DeMarcus Cousins is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players

44
48 43
Al Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Power forward, Center

45
59 42
Zach Randolph is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Power forward, Center

46
44 29
Ty Lawson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard

47
34 19
Brandon Jennings is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard

48
64 65
Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Power forward, Center

49
47 27
Iman Shumpert is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
piobubba added Point guard

50
28 11
Paul Millsap is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Power forward