With about 25 games to go in the 2013-14 NBA season, the league’s top stars have already treated fans to some incredible individual performances. We’ve seen players like Paul George and Stephen Curry make the leap to superstardom, and usual suspects like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Carmelo Anthony have continued to enjoy their usual nightly success.
James and Durant, in particular, have treated us to one of the most competitive MVP races we’ve seen in a long time, with both players putting up historically good numbers through the first two-thirds of the year. To a degree, their superlative efforts have actually overshadowed some of the incredible seasons other players are having, and if you haven’t been playing close attention you might have missed the emergence of some of the league’s great young players.
The All-Star game is now in the books, the trade deadline has passed, and the season’s final leg is now in full force. This is when teams will be leaning on their stars more than ever to either get them into the playoffs or improve their seeding, and the game’s best will respond with their most impressive stretches of the season. While this list may be reshuffled after we’ve seen these final two months of the regular season, here are the 25 Best Players in the NBA Right Now.