One of the most recurring topics in basketball discourse is debating who the best player in the NBA is. We’ve typically waited until the preseason to rank the best players in the association but with the NBA playoffs coming to a close, why not jump into it now?
From the start of the playoffs with Anthony Edwards’ near 40-piece in Memphis, the common theme this postseason was the revolution of the youth in the NBA. With the rise of young stars like Ja Morant, Luka Doncic and Jayson Tatum, the next generation is starting to dethrone some of the stars that have been dominating the league for an extended period of time. We saw Tatum send home Kevin Durant first and then followed that by sending home the defending Finals MVP in Giannis Antetokounmpo.
We’ve seen the decline of longtime superstars like James Harden, who we ranked No. 5 coming into this season, and the rise of longtime All-Stars in Jimmy Butler, who we tabbed at No. 19 in October. Harden, Anthony Davis, and Damian Lillard were the three notable dropouts from our preseason list.
While we’ll still rank our top 50 players in the league come October 2022, we’ll give a sneak peak before the NBA Finals with our top 10 best players in the league as of right now.