The Best NBA Players Of 2023



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The National Basketball Associate is currently experiencing an all-time high in show-stopping talent, promising prospects, and eclectic skill sets as the best basketball players from around the world are making their way to the NBA and changing the way the game is played. As the 2023 NBA season is underway,  the best players in the NBA offer fans an incredible show of high-flying dunks, lights-out shooting, incredible feats of athleticism on both sides of the ball, and a masterful competition that will have fans on the edge of their seats. With each passing season, new players enter the conversation of best NBA players, so this of course leads to the question, who are the best NBA players of 2023?

From grizzled vets who are widely considered to be some of the greatest of all time like Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and LeBron James who are proving they age like a fine wine and are still just as dominant as ever in the league, to the next generation of superstar talent in players like Giannis Antetokounmpo, Anthony Davis, and Nikola Jokic proving that their time is now,  not to mention the next generation of game-changing talent in Luka Doncic, Zion Williamson, and Ja Morant; Suddenly the league has the deepest and most talented set of players it has ever seen. With so much phenomenal talent in the league, it is nearly impossible to determine who the best player in the NBA is, and that is where you come in.

Vote up who you believe is the best NBA player of 2023 and leave your mark in NBA history, then, be sure to check out The Best NBA Players of All Time and The Greatest NBA Coaches of All Time to get a full history of the world of the National Basketball Association.

  • Luka Dončić
    Photo: @lucadoncic / Instagram
    103 votes

    Luka Doncic may be the most dominant, unstoppable, and flat-out masterful player the league has ever seen, and the scariest part about him is the fact that the man is just barely 23 years old. There is a reason the phrase “Luka Magic” has taken the NBA world by storm, the man is an absolute wizard on the court. A beautiful blend of James Harden and LeBron James, Luka Doncic may not have the flashiest athleticism or the quickest footspeed, but what he knows how to do is put the ball in the basket better than nearly anyone in the league, and he is damn good at it. 

    Highest Career Achievements
    3× NBA All-Star (2020–2022)
    3× All-NBA First Team (2020–2022)
    NBA Rookie of the Year (2019)
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (2019)

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
    Photo: Keith Allison / Wikimedia Commons

    Giannis Antetokounmpo has quickly grown to become not only one of the best NBA players of the 2023 season, but one of the best players the world has ever seen. The two-time MVP and 2021 NBA Finals champion has continued to grow and evolve his game with every passing season, and has become a human highlight reel each and every night, giving fans around the NBA can't miss TV. At just 28 years old, Antetokounmpo is smack in the middle of his prime, and it is about time he reminded the NBA world exactly why he is a generational talent.

    Highest Career Achievements
    NBA Champion (2021)
    NBA Finals MVP (2021)
    2× NBA Most Valuable Player (2019, 2020)
    NBA Defensive Player of the Year (2020)
    NBA 75th Anniversary Team

  • Nikola Jokić
    Photo: @nuggets / Instagram
    90 votes

    The Serbian Slammer, The Joker, Yoke, whatever you want to call him, be sure to put the greatest in front of Nikola Jokic's name. Arguably the greatest center the NBA world has seen since Shaquille O'Neal, Jokic is one of the most dominant, and phenomenal basketball players to ever lace up his sneakers. Coming off of back-to-back MVP's and finally getting his squad healthy, Jokic is ready for the run of his life, finally able to take a fully healthy team to the promised land. One of the best offensive players in the league, a good defender, and the best passing big man the league has ever seen, Jokic is on his way to doing something only Larry Bird has ever done, win 3 MVPs in a row.

    Highest Career Achievements
    2× NBA Most Valuable Player (2021, 2022)
    4× NBA All-Star (2019–2022)
    3× All-NBA First Team (2019, 2021, 2022)
    All-NBA Second Team (2020)
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (2016)

  • 4
    84 votes

    It is unfathomable to think that Jayson Tatum is barely 24 years of age. The 6-foot 8-inch swing-man for the Boston Celtics has already completely established himself as one of the best players in the league, proving Boston with an electrifying offense and a terrifying defense. Tatum only continues to grow each year in the league, and heading into the 2022-23 season, he has become favored to win league MVP, and for good reason. Aside from being a warrior on the court, Tatum has become an excellent leader off the court for his teammates and is looking for one goal, to get back to the NBA finals and get his revenge.

    Highest Career Achievements
    NBA Eastern Conference Finals MVP (2022)
    All-NBA First Team (2022)
    All-NBA Third Team (2020)
    3× NBA All-Star (2020–2022)
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (2018)

  • Kevin Durant
    Photo: @nets / Instagram
    68 votes

    Just when you think Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets are done, they make sure to let you know that they aren't going anywhere. Durant, at 34 years old in his 16th season, continues to be one of the smoothest and silkiest players the NBA has ever seen. At nearly seven feet tall with an absolutely gorgeous jump shot, Durant is an unstoppable scoring machine who, whether people want to give him his credit or not, has taken and exceeded in a leadership role over the past few months, lifting the Nets out of total chaos and becoming one of the most dominant contenders in the league.

    Highest Career Achievements
    2× NBA champion (2017, 2018)
    2× NBA Finals MVP (2017, 2018)
    NBA Most Valuable Player (2014)
    6× All-NBA First Team (2010–2014, 2018)
    NBA 75th Anniversary Team

  • Joel Embiid
    Photo: @joelembiid / Instagram
    70 votes

    A dominant back-to-the-basket center with a silky smooth jump shot, Joel Embiid continues to show the NBA world that he is on another level from nearly any other big man in the history of the league. A masterful two-way player and arguably the best defender in the league, Embiid loves taking away opponents' baskets almost as much as he loves stuffing opponents in theirs. With a worrisome injury history seemingly behind him, Embiid has managed to get in the best shape of his career as time goes by, and at just 28 years of age, he is smack in the middle of his prime. The NBA world knows how incredible Embiid is, but now, he is on a mission to prove The Process is a winner, and take his team to the chip.

    Highest Career Achievements
    5× NBA All-Star (2018–2022)
    4× All-NBA Second Team (2018, 2019, 2021, 2022)
    3× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2018, 2019, 2021)
    NBA scoring champion (2022)
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (2017)