NBA 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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1
617 351
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Small forward, Power forward
2
547 288
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard, Shooting guard, Swingman
3
501 305
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Small forward
4
414 187
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard
5
351 204
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard
6
339 180
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard, Shooting guard
7
273 154
Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Small forward, Forward
8
290 167
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard
9
332 208
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard
10
252 170
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Power forward, Center
11
251 184
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Power forward, Center
12
208 111
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Power forward, Center
13
227 138
Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Power forward
14
209 122
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard
15
215 119
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Shooting guard
16
172 69
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard
17
168 120
Deron Williams is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard
18
196 110
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Power forward
19
173 107
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Small forward
20
202 123
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard
21
164 125
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Power forward
22
142 88
Andre Iguodala is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Small forward
23
137 67
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Shooting guard
24
128 76
Chris Bosh is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Power forward
25
133 79
Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Power forward, Center