Our NBArank countdown is back for its 11th season. And after unveiling players Nos. 100-51, Nos. 50-26 and Nos. 25-6 throughout the week, we’ve finally reached the top five. We’ve already stated the cases for each superstar, but who was voted in as the league’s best player?
Will LeBron James retain his throne? Will Giannis Antetokounmpo add the No. 1 spot to his list of accolades? Could 22-year-old Luka Doncic leapfrog them all? Here are the very best players for the 2021-22 season. To get the final NBArank prediction, we asked our expert panel to vote on pairs of players: Kevin Durant vs. James Harden, Luka vs. Zion Williamson, Giannis vs. Stephen Curry, LeBron vs. Nikola Jokic … and the list goes on.
We asked, “Which player will be better in 2021-22?” Voters had to predict what they expected from each player during the season. Note: Because of knee injuries that will sideline both for most of the 2021-22 season, the LA Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard and the Denver Nuggets’ Jamal Murray were excluded from this season’s rankings.
No. 5: Stephen Curry —
No. 4: Luka Doncic
No. 3: LeBron James
No. 2: Giannis Antetokounmpo
No. 1: Kevin Durant