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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.
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1
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard
2
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard, Shooting guard, Swingman
3
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Small forward, Power forward
4
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Small forward
5
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard, Shooting guard
6
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard
7
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard
8
Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Small forward, Forward
9
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard
10
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Power forward, Center
11
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard
12
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Shooting guard
13
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Power forward
14
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard
15
Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Power forward
16
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Shooting guard
17
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Small forward
18
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Power forward, Center
19
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard
20
Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Power forward, Center
21
Andre Iguodala is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Small forward
22
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard
23
Chris Bosh is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Power forward
24
Rudy Gay is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Small forward
25
Deron Williams is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 2012 NBA Players
Point guard