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
585 336
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Small forward, Power forward

2
511 271
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard, Shooting guard, Swingman

3
481 289
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Small forward

4
385 179
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard

5
341 193
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard

6
321 175
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard, Shooting guard

7
261 144
Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Small forward, Forward

8
279 160
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard

9
319 201
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard

10
244 161
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Power forward, Center

11
245 175
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Power forward, Center

12
220 135
Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Power forward

13
198 106
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Power forward, Center

14
203 121
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard

15
208 117
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Shooting guard

16
164 64
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard

17
162 115
Deron Williams is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard

18
191 107
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Power forward

19
168 104
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Small forward

20
197 120
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard

21
139 85
Andre Iguodala is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Shooting guard, Small forward

22
159 123
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Power forward

23
132 64
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Shooting guard

24
126 94
Tyson Chandler is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players

25
131 78
Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Power forward, Center