The season is arrived. Debating who the best NBA player is is one of the most frequent subjects in basketball conversation. It was time to revive our annual preseason rankings of the top NBA players with the new season just around the brink.
List Of Top 10 Best NBA Players In The World 2022
1. Antetokounmpo Giannis
By winning a title and the MVP of the Finals in 2021, Antetokounmpo ascended to the peak of the NBA.
Khris Middleton’s knee injury before the start of the 2022 playoffs prevented him from repeating with Milwaukee. However, Antetokounmpo reminded us that he is currently the league’s alpha after a seven-game series against the Celtics in which he averaged 33.9 points, 14.7 rebounds, and 7.1 assists.
2. Kevin Durant
After facing off against Giannis when James Harden and Kyrie Irving were injured, Durant made a strong case for being the best player in the world at the end of the 2021 season.
However, Antetokounmpo has now passed him. Durant missed the majority of 2021–22 due to an injury, and the Nets’ difficult regular season ended with a first-round exit. Durant might be able to recover his title as the best player in the world with the help of his new team.
3. Stephen Curry
After playing the best defense in basketball for six straight games, he won his first Finals MVP title.
Curry still has plenty of time left to terrorize rival defenders with his renowned shooting stroke, and it’s difficult to predict when he’ll slow down at this point.
4. Nikola Jokic
Jokic improved in 2021–22, playing practically the whole regular season without Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr., to earn the MVP title for the second consecutive year.
Jokic may not receive the same MVP attention as Denver’s health improves, but he will undoubtedly have a chance to climb this list as he attempts to guide the Nuggets to a championship.
5. Joel Embiid
There is a case to be made that Embiid ought to have won MVP the past two seasons. Given his output, it’s difficult to contest that, yet Nikola Jokic is regrettably still alive.
In 2022–2023, will he eventually surpass the MVP threshold? Will Embiid be fit enough to lead his team beyond the second round of the playoffs? Embiid is one of the best five basketball players, regardless of how those questions are resolved.
6. Jayson Tatum
Tatum took a major step forward in 2022, leading the Celtics past Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jimmy Butler to get the Celtics into the Finals for the first time in 12 years.
As he sits on the outside of the top-five looking in, Tatum will need to get back to the Finals and perhaps win a championship to climb to the top of this list.
7. Luka Dončić
Luka Doncic advanced past the first round of the playoffs and helped the Mavs defeat the top-seeded Suns to get to the Western Conference Finals after losing to Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers for the previous two seasons.
You’ll have a chance to win any game against any opponent when you have a player like Doncic on your team.
8. LeBron James
LeBron James has had a rough couple of years since winning the NBA championship, which makes it strange to see him this low on an NBA player list.
He has missed significant amounts of time due to injuries the past two seasons, and as a result, the Lakers were eliminated from the playoffs in 2021 and 2022, respectively. James is still a powerful elite. In 2022, he scored 30 points on average. For the past two seasons, he has simply not had the same significant impact on the game. We’ll see if a renaissance occurs in 2022–2023.
9. Kawhi Leonard
Leonard might be a lock for the top five players in the world when he’s in good condition. Leonard will have to climb back up this list as he attempts to win it all with the Clippers after sitting out the entire 2021–2022 season as well as the 2021 playoffs.
10. Ja Morant
Ja Morant, who became one of the game’s brightest rising stars in 2021–22, completes the top 10. He received the Most Improved Player title, came in seventh in the MVP voting, and helped the Grizzlies to the second-best regular-season record in the NBA. Morant is a point guard who has one of the few rim-rattling skills among players.