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NBA Rank

ESPN.com's NBA experts and the TrueHoop Network have once again come together to rank the top NBA players via the #NBArank project, counting them down from No. 30 to No. 1 on Twitter (@NBAonESPN). The 2012 #NBArank project had LeBron James as the league's best player, while SportsNation preferred Kevin Durant. Who tops your rankings as the 2012-13 season comes to an end?

All stats from 2012-13 season through games of April 8.

Top NBA players

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony

Knicks F
28.4 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 2.5 APG

Chris Bosh

Chris Bosh

Heat F
16.7 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 53.2% FG

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant

Lakers F
27.0 PPG, 6.1 APG, 5.5 RPG

Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry

Warriors G
22.5 PPG, 6.9 APG, 45.2% 3-pt FG

Tim Duncan

Tim Duncan

Spurs F/C
17.7 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 2.7 BPG

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant

Thunder F
28.4 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 4.5 APG

Marc Gasol

Marc Gasol

Grizzlies C
14.3 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 1.7 BPG

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin

Clippers F
18.2 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 53.9% FG

James Harden

James Harden

Rockets G
25.8 PPG, 5.9 APG, 4.8 RPG

Al Horford

Al Horford

Hawks C
17.4 PPG, 10.2 RPG, 1.1 BPG

Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard

Lakers C
16.7 PPG, 12.5 RPG, 2.4 BPG

Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving

Cavaliers G
22.5 PPG, 5.8 APG, 1.6 SPG

LeBron James

LeBron James

Heat F
26.9 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 7.2 APG

Joakim Noah

Joakim Noah

Bulls C
12.2 PPG, 11.4 RPG, 2.2 BPG

Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki

Mavericks F
16.9 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 47.4% FG

Tony Parker

Tony Parker

Clippers G
20.6 PPG, 7.5 APG, 35.3% 3-pt FG

Chris Paul

Chris Paul

Clippers G
17.0 PPG, 9.6 APG, 2.4 SPG

Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade

Heat G
21.3 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 5.0 APG

Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook

Thunder G
23.4 PPG, 7.6 APG, 1.8 SPG

Deron Williams

Deron Williams

Nets G
18.7 PPG, 7.7 APG, 1.0 SPG

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Dwight Howard's "will he or won't he" saga wasn't quite as protracted as, say, Brett Favre's (Brett, if you're reading this, don't get any ideas, yeah?), but if he had his way last season, Howard wouldn't have necessarily ended up with the Lakers. Howard said he originally wanted to be traded to the Brooklyn Nets, joining Deron Williams and Joe Johnson in an East Coast power trio. Given how everything ended up this offseason, should the Magic have made the trade?


Nets or Lakers?

Dwight Howard is part of a potentially powerful Big Three, but he could have gone a much different route.

SportsNation

Which team would have been better?

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    66%
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The Nets may be in the middle of building a squad to rival the NBA's best. After acquiring Joe Johnson from the Hawks (a move that makes Deron Williams more likely to come back), the team is discussing a trade that would bring Dwight Howard on board. The move would immediately make the Nets a team to be reckoned with, although the asking price for Howard is incredibly steep. Still, it'd be worth it for a team in its first year in a new location to have multiple superstars already in place to greet fans.


Championship contenders?

Howard is one of the most dominant defensive players in the league, and alongside Williams and Johnson could really step up his offensive game.

SportsNation

Would the Nets be a championship favorite with Dwight Howard, Deron Williams, and Joe Johnson?

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    49%
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    51%

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A steep price?

The Nets could be mortgaging their future with this trade -- Brook Lopez has proven himself a skilled scorer, and losing three first-round picks could severely limit the team's flexibility.

SportsNation

Which team would get the better end of this theoretical trade?

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Better trio?

The Heat's Big Three have already proven their championship chops, but would they be overtaken by the theoretical Nets trio?

SportsNation

Which Big Three would be better?

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    36%
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Deron Williams has narrowed down his choice of teams to two: the Brooklyn Nets and Dallas Mavericks. Where will he end up?

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Dwight Howard's vacillation on committing to the Magic for next season has reached an end. Kind of. Howard officially won't opt out of his contract next season, meaning that he'll have at least one more year in Orlando -- unless the Magic trade him anyway, that is. It's definitely a possibility -- they might decide to cut ties sooner rather than possibly later, as they may not feel Howard is totally committed to the team.


Future champs?

Dwight Howard is clearly one of the NBA's elite players, but is he the type of star who can carry a team to a title?

SportsNation

Will the Magic ever win a championship with Dwight Howard?

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    28%
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    72%

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A long-term deal?

A big consideration in keeping or trading Howard is whether he'll sign with the team long-term. They might just go through this whole ordeal with him again next season.

SportsNation

Will Dwight Howard sign a long-term deal with the Magic in the future?

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    22%
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    78%

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Effect on Williams?

Rumors had Howard going to the Nets before this whole situation. Deron Williams likely would stay if Howard went to New Jersey, but what does this mean for the Nets now?

SportsNation

What does Dwight Howard's decision to stay in Orlando at least one more year mean for Deron Williams?

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    40%
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    46%
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    14%

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A bigger fracas?

LeBron James' "Decision" was higher-profile, but Dwight Howard's decision was a big deal in a different way.

SportsNation

Which player's free-agency drama was a bigger soap opera?

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    77%
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    23%

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