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Who’s the best player in the NBA? It’s a fun conversation starter — the kind of question that is both definitive and abstract. Every person views the game of basketball differently. Every person brings certain values or biases to a conversation. If you ask 10 people who the best player in basketball is, you’re liable to get five or six or seven different answers. Especially now, with league parody being greater than it has ever been.
It feels like the NBA has more stars than ever. More great, MVP-caliber players than ever. We’re on the heels of a truly historic MVP race. The top three candidates — Jokic, Embiid, Giannis — all put up numbers in line with or surpassing MVPs of yesteryear. But only won could win. It speaks to how much great basketball is being played nowadays.
With that in mind, I have tackled the impossible task of ranking the top 100 NBA players. Several factors ultimately contribute to this list — team context, past success vs. recent success, injuries, my own personal preferences — but in the end, the guiding principle is simple. Which players contribute to winning the most?
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