athletes 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.
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563 321
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
LeBron James Small forward, Power forward, Point forward

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465 271
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Kevin Durant Small forward

3
480 267
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Kobe Bryant Point guard, Shooting guard, Swingman

4
324 182
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Chris Paul Point guard

5
356 174
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Derrick Rose Point guard

6
308 167
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Dwyane Wade Point guard, Shooting guard

7
243 140
Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Carmelo Anthony Small forward, Forward

8
263 151
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Russell Westbrook Point guard

9
310 194
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Rajon Rondo Point guard

10
236 169
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Dwight Howard Power forward, Center

11
231 157
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Kevin Love Power forward, Center

12
191 102
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Tim Duncan Power forward, Center

13
197 115
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Tony Parker Point guard

14
211 133
Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Blake Griffin Power forward

15
200 110
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
James Harden Shooting guard

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157 59
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Kyrie Irving Point guard

17
157 111
Deron Williams is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Deron Williams Point guard

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186 104
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Kevin Garnett Power forward

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163 102
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Paul Pierce Small forward

20
192 115
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Steve Nash Point guard

21
152 119
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Dirk Nowitzki Power forward

22
132 83
Andre Iguodala is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Andre Iguodala Shooting guard, Small forward

23
128 60
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Ray Allen Shooting guard

24
123 90
Tyson Chandler is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players

25
129 75
Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Serge Ibaka Power forward, Center

26
117 68
Rudy Gay is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Rudy Gay Small forward

27
103 63
Josh Smith is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Josh Smith Power forward

28
121 60
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Stephen Curry Point guard, Shooting guard

29
115 73
Chris Bosh is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Chris Bosh Power forward

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109 67
Manu GinĂ³bili is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Manu GinĂ³bili Shooting guard

31
102 74
Danny Granger is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Danny Granger Small forward, Power forward

32
87 60
LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
LaMarcus Aldridge Power forward, Center

33
90 54
John Wall is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
John Wall Point guard

34
105 83
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Pau Gasol Power forward, Center

35
105 77
Ricky Rubio is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Ricky Rubio Point guard

36
95 64
Monta Ellis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Monta Ellis Point guard, Shooting guard

37
83 51
Joe Johnson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Joe Johnson Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

38
90 63
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Marc Gasol Power forward, Center

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

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83 49
Roy Hibbert is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Roy Hibbert Center

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62 25
Joakim Noah is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Joakim Noah Center

42
109 94
Jeremy Lin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Jeremy Lin Point guard

43
77 54
DeMarcus Cousins is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players

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59 41
Zach Randolph is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Zach Randolph Power forward, Center

45
48 43
Al Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Al Jefferson Power forward, Center

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

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

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

49
28 10
Paul Millsap is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Paul Millsap Power forward

50
47 27
Iman Shumpert is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
piobubba added Iman Shumpert Point guard