The Best NBA Players Of 2022

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Vote up the best active players in 2022.

Who are the best NBA players in 2022? This NBA list ranks all of the league's top players and NBA stars playing in 2022. Who can say while an athlete still plays whether their good years are in front of them or behind? And harder still to compare their merits in comparison to other players who may be injured, have overall less experience playing professionally, or are just going through a slump. But, who has been the best NBA player of 2022? Which NBA players do you love to watch in 2022? 

When it comes to the best active player in the NBA today, LeBron James and Stephen Curry, two of the most iconic and celebrated players to ever compete, deserve to be high up in the rankings, but a number of other challengers for the title—such as the defending champion Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks and the reigning MVP Nikola Jokic. Not to mention Kevin Durant and Luka Doncic!

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  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
    Photo: Keith Allison / Wikimedia Commons

    While LeBron might have the "Greek Freak" beat in career achievements, Milwaukee's reigning champion and two-time MVP is certainly in the discussion for the NBA's current Best in Show. Giannis terrorized the Eastern Conference last year en route to his first Finals MVP. Now, the 5x All Star is back for more, having paced Milwaukee to top playoff seed so far. Giannis play on both sides of the court (NBA All-Defensive First Team the last three years straight) has him squarely in the conversation of best NBA player in 2022.

    • Position: Power forward
    • Birthplace: Athens, Greece
    • Teams: Milwaukee Bucks
  • Luka Dončić
    Photo: Erik Drost / flickr / CC-BY 2.0
    2
    607 votes

    If there were any questions about whether a healthy Dallas is for real, Dončić and co. answered them in their third game of 2022 - a 99-82 thumping of the Western Conference leading Golden State Warriors. The two-time All Star and former Rookie of the Year (2019) proved he can go toe-to-toe with Steph Curry and out-gun him. The Slovenian international, still only 22 years old, is pacing the Mavericks with a ludicrous 25/8/9 average stat line this year, while the team wins at a lowly 33% clip when their superstar Dončić sits. 

    • Position: Small forward
    • Birthplace: Ljubljana, Slovenia
    • Teams: Dallas Mavericks
  • 3
    769 votes

    Widely regarded as one of the greatest point guards of all time, and as the greatest shooter in NBA history, Curry is also credited with revolutionizing basketball by inspiring teams and players to routinely utilize the three-point shot. Curry is not only a 3x NBA champion, but a 2x NBA MVP, 7x All Star, and 2x Scoring Champion. And in 2022, he's still going strong - pacing the Golden State Warriors at the top of the Western Conference standings. Curry may not be the most physically imposing player on this list, but he's done it his way: with style, with class, and with the most lights out three point stroke you've ever seen.

    • Position: Point guard
    • Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States of America
    • Teams: Golden State Warriors
  • Nikola Jokić
    Photo: All Pro Reels / flickr / CC-BY-SA-2.0
    4
    644 votes

    The three-time NBA All-Star won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award for the 2020–21 NBA season after a stellar year, in which the Serbian big man put the Nuggets fully on his back and took the team to the Western Conference Semifinals. In the process Jokić became the lowest-drafted player in NBA history to be named MVP. With his sidekick Jamal Murray expected out for most of 2022, what has Jokić done? Only kept a limited Nuggets roster in playoff contention by averaging 25.7/14.0/7.0 per night! 

  • 5
    509 votes

    Set in 21st-century Boston, The Brothers Celtics-mazov is a passionate philosophical story that enters deeply into the question of free will, dealing with problems of faith, doubt and reason in the context of a modern NBA, with a plot that revolves around the subject of patricide (forcing Brad Stevens to give up). In this story, two brothers named Jayson and Jaylen vied for the love of their father (Brad Stevens) for years, while besting each other night after night, but in the process drove away their loved ones (Gordon Hayward, Kemba Walker, even Al Horford for a while) until it all imploded and only Jayson and Jaylen remained. By this point, we've reached the epilogue of Jayson and Jaylen's tale.

    Jayson is clearly the superior player and a 2× NBA All-Star in back-to-back seasons. He's younger, averages slightly more points, rebounds, assists, and blocks, and is generally the more efficient player. But this also means his trade value is higher, perhaps prohibitively so. Point being, the C's have to trade one of these guys soon. There's not enough room in Boston for the both of them and either could return a bounty on the open market. We all just want to see Jaylen and Jayson happy again in 2022. That's all we want. 

    • Position: Small forward
    • Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri
    • Teams: Boston Celtics
  • Kevin Durant
    Photo: @nets / Instagram
    6
    579 votes

    Durant has clocked in as the NBA scoring leader so far in 2022 at 29.7 points per game. He's an unstoppable scorer, extremely efficient (25+ PER), and a monster of a small ball center. To boot, his Nets were about one inch off his toe away from heading to - and likely winning - the NBA Finals last season. The 11× NBA All-Star, 2x NBA champion, and former MVP can do everything, except convince Kyrie to Hesi-jimbo his way into a vaccine shot. Hopefully with Irving returning for Brooklyn's remaining away games, we can actually gauge for the first time how far the Nets might go in this year's playoffs (barring injuries). 

    • Position: Small forward
    • Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America
    • Teams: Brooklyn Nets