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Ranking the Top 20 NBA Players Right Now

Sat 25 September 2021 | 7:00

Nowadays, NBA is one of four major professional sports leagues held in the United States and Canada, which a wide range of fans follow the matches seriously. Stay with us by ranking the top 20 NBA players right now.

As the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA) conveys, the sports world has seen many outstanding basketball players whose astonishing performance and records have made them memorable.

So, there is no wonder how basketball fans who have followed the professional basketball league in North America have had at least one favorite hero. However, talking about all of them in one article is impossible, and we have only focused on ranking the top 20 NBA players.

The 76th season of the well-liked competitions will start on 19 October 2021, from mid-October to mid-April, as the 2021-22 season. Our team in Sportmob has prepared an article in the following containing top NBA players of all time. So, without more ado, let's start.

Ranking the Top 20 NBA Players Right Now

Now, if you are ready, join us to read about the top NBA players and team rosters.

Bam Adebayo

  • Age: 24

  • Team: Miami Heat

  • Position: Power Forward- Center

As an NBA All-Star and the NBA All-Defensive Second Team within 2019-20, Edrice Femi "Bam" Adebayo is the 20th name on ranking the top 20 NBA players right now. After signing his rookie scale contract with Miami Heat, Adebayo joined them for the 2017 NBA Summer League. He ended the season after participating in 69 matches, averaged 6.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.

His first career triple-double was in December 2019 with a career-high 30 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists against the Atlanta Hawks. One year later, through signing a five-year contract with the Heat, he kept playing there, and with 16 points, 12 rebounds, and ten assists, Adebayo logged his first triple-double of the 2021 season.

Bradley Beal

  • Age: 28

  • Team: Washington Wizards

  • Position: Shooting Guard

Ranking the top 20 NBA players right now includes Bradley Emmanuel Beal's name, whose current team, Wizards, chose him with the third overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft.

He has earned various honors during his career history, which we have listed only the ones he achieved during recent years, including three NBA All-Star in 2018, 2019, and 2021, All-NBA Third Team in 2021, and NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2013.

Unfortunately, his plan to participate in the 2020 US Olympic team, which the Coronavirus postponed to 2021, suffered a disruption. After appearing in three exhibition matches, the positive test for the Coronavirus ruled him out for the Tokyo Olympics. 

Donovan Mitchell

  • Age: 25

  • Team: Utah Jazz

  • Position: Shooting Guard

The list of 

top NBA players of all time

 contains the name of Donovan Mitchell, the American professional basketball player for Utah Jazz. While he was spending his rookie season, through performing brilliant performance, he got the title of the NBA All-Rookie First Team and then achieved the 2018 Slam Dunk Contest.

Mitchell became a Western Conference reserve in February 2021 for the NBA All-Star Game, which was the second back-to-back All-Star selection. In the middle of April, his ankle sprained within the match against the Indiana Pacers, which deprived him of participation in the final 16 competitions of the regular season. 

Trae Young

  • Age: 22

  • Team: Atlanta Hawks

  • Position: Point Guard

The 22-year-old professional player, whose name is on the list of top 20 NBA players right now, is Raffor Trae Young. Scout.com, Rivals, and ESPN considered him one of the greatest basketball players in the 2017 recruiting class. The same year, Young became the second-best point guard by ESPN.

However, other websites disagreed with it and placed him the third-best. The young talented player has recorded some awards in his career history, such as NBA All-Star in 2020, NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2019, Wayman Tisdale Award, and Consensus first-team All-American in 2018.

Kyrie Irving

  • Age: 29

  • Team: Brooklyn Nets

  • Position: Point Guard

Kyrie Andrew Irving is the professional player that the Cleveland Cavaliers selected with the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft, and then he became the Rookie of the Year.

After becoming All-Star seven times and a member of the All-NBA Team, in 2016, Irving gained an NBA championship with the Cavaliers. Irving, the winner of the Most Valuable Player (MVP) prize for the 2014 All-Star Game, made another Finals appearance in 2017, and then through asking the Boston Celtics for a contract.

After two years of playing, he joined Brooklyn Nets as a free agent. Gaining gold at the 2016 Summer Olympics and the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup are two of Irving's achievements which he has won through his playing for the United States national team.

Paul George

  • Age: 31

  • Team: LA Clippers

  • Position: Small Forward- Shooting Guard

The list of 

ranking the top 20 NBA players right now

 includes Paul Clifton Anthony George's name. Being an NBA All-Star, member of the All-NBA Team, and NBA All-Defensive Team respectively for seven, six, and four times, Paul George currently plays for the Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA.

Date of achieving the honors of the NBA All-Rookie Second Team back to the period the Indiana Pacers selected him with the 10th overall pick of the 2010 NBA draft. Nicknamed "PG13", George earned the title of the NBA's Most Improved Player in 2013.

It coincided with gaining his first All-Star selection. In 2014, George's broken leg caused him to miss 2014-15. However, after recovering in 2016, he returned to competitions as excellent as the past and earned another All-Star.

Chris Paul

  • Age: 36

  • Team: Phoenix Suns

  • Position: Point Guard

Christopher Emmanuel Paul is a professional basketball player with a career history, including various honors, such as the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award, and Olympic gold medals. His name has been amongst NBA All-Star teams, All-NBA team, and NBA All-Defensive teams, respectively 11, ten, and nine times.

Nicknamed CP3, Chris Paul was the president of the National Basketball Players Association between 2013 to 2021. Paul, whose name is among the highest-paid athletes in the sports world, owns advertisement deals for some stunning companies, like Air Jordan and State Fram. 

Devin Booker

  • Age: 24

  • Team: Phoenix Suns

  • Position: Shooting Guard

The following paragraph is about Devin Armani Booker, the son of the former basketball player of the University of Missouri, Melvin Booker. When he was 21, by scoring over 60 points within one match, he made himself the youngest player who did it, that in a game against Boston Celtics, he enhanced it to 70 ones.

The brilliant player also earned the title of the youngest player during NBA history through his back-to-back 50-point matches. As statistics show, the average of 27.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 45/32/91% shooting throughout consecutive 40-point competitions in the Finals made him the third basketball player during NBA history who could do it. 

Jayson Tatum

  • Age: 23

  • Team: Boston Celtics

  • Position: Small Forward- Power Forward 

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Jayson Tatum has earned several honors, such as NBA All-Star in 2020 and 2021, All-NBA Third Team in 2020, NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2018, and Third-team All-ACC in 2017. 

Despite performing astonishing performance, the positive test for COVID-19 led him to miss multiple matches in 2021. On 9 April 2021, in a game against Minnesota Timberwolves, Tatum left a brilliant playing from himself, a career-high 53 points, 16 field goals, and 15 free throws.

The performance made him the youngest Celtic player who could score more than 50 points and placed his name behind Larry Bird and Kevin McHale as the third-highest number of points in the team. 

Jimmy Butler

  • Age: 31

  • Team: Miami Heat

  • Position: Small Forward

Jimmy Butler III, nicknamed Jimmy Buckets, is one of the other names on the list of the ranking the top 20 NBA players right now. Having played for Tyler Junior College, the college basketball, Jimmy Butler moved to Marquette University. Butler has recorded the honors of All-NBA Team and NBA All-Defensive Team in his career history respectively four and five times. 

Following earning 13 points, ten rebounds, and 13 assists on 18 February in 2021 in a match against the Sacramento Kings and three back-to-back triple-doubles, Butler became the first player in the franchise history.

Anthony Davis

  • Age: 28

  • Team: Los Angeles Lakers

  • Position: Power Forward- Center

The presented list regarding the top 

NBA players and team rosters

 includes Anthony Marshon Davis Jr's name, an American professional basketball player. He currently plays as a power forward/ center for Los Angeles Lakers. 

Through the first season of his appearance with them in 2020, Anthony won an NBA championship. Apart from various honors he achieved, including the USBWA National Freshman of the Year, NABC Defensive Player of the Year, and the Pete Newell Big Man award, Anthony had an efficient role in earning much success for Kentucky and led it to a national championship. All these achievements and honors made him the most prominent basketball player in the NCAA competition. 

Damian Lillard

  • Age: 31

  • Team: Portland Trail Blazers

  • Position: Point Guard

One of the other American professional basketball players, who currently plays as a point guard for the Portland Trail Blazers, whose name is among the presented list, is Damian Lamonte Ollie Lillard. After playing for the Weber State Wildcats and being selected by Portland, Lillard became the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2012.

His famous big shots in the clutch have earned him the nickname of "Dame Time." Receiving NBA All-Star selection six times has placed Lillard's name beside Clyde Drexler as one of two players who could do it during the Blazers franchise history. 

James Harden

  • Age: 32

  • Team: Brooklyn Nets

  • Position: Shooting Guard/ Point Guard

James Edward Harden's brilliant career history has deserved him to be on the list of 

ranking the top 20 NBA players right now

. From 2009, which he started playing professionally, Harden has earned a wide range of honors.

Because mentioning all of them is impossible, we have listed the recent ones here, including NBA All-Star nine consecutive times from 2013 to 2021, All-NBA First Team in 2014, 2015, and from 2017 to 2020. Additionally, at the 2012 Summer Olympics and 2014 FIBA World Cup, in which the United States national team won gold medals, Harden had appeared as a member of the team.

Joel Embiid

  • Age: 27

  • Team: Philadelphia 76ers

  • Position: Center- Power Forward

Joel Hans Embiid, the 27-year-old Cameroonian professional basketball player who is now a Philadelphia 76ers' player, has allocated the seventh place of today's list to himself.

Though the 76ers had drafted him with the third overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft, Embiid did not make his debut for the following two seasons because he suffered multiple foot and knee injuries. Following his first appearance in the 2016-17 season, Embiid, nicknamed "the Process," became the NBA All-Rookie First Team, while he only played in 31 games. 

Luka Doncic

  • Age: 22

  • Team: Dallas Mavericks

  • Position: Point Guard- Small Forward

Coming from Slovenia, Doncic is one of the current players of the Dallas Mavericks and one member of the Slovenian national team. His early appearance for Real Madrid, playing at age 16, made him the youngest player in the club history.

After two years of playing for them, Doncic led the club to the 2018 EuroLeague title and earned the EuroLeague MVP and Final Four MVP victories. As the ACB Most Valuable Player, Doncic won consecutive EuroLeague Rising Star and recorded the ACB Young Player honors in his career history.

Nikola Jokic

  • Age: 26

  • Team: Denver Nuggets

  • Position: Center

Nikola Jokic, the Serbian professional player, is one of the other stars who has allocated one place of the presented list of today's article. His first All-Star and All-NBA First Team selections back to the 2018-19 NBA season when he led his team, the Nugget, to the Western Conference Semifinals.

Nicknamed "the Joker," Jokic is the winner of the Olympic silver medal at the 2016 Rio Games. He is a star whose name is also amongst the list of top 10 on the all-time NBA players with the highest rate of triple-doubles. Additionally, Jokic is the record holder of the fastest triple-double, which he achieved through only 14 minutes and 33 seconds. 

Stephen Curry

  • Age: 33

  • Team: Golden State Warriors

  • Position: Point Guard

The following paragraph is about a basketball player who has gotten the most excellent shooter in NBA history's title from most analysts and players. Wardell Stephen "Steph" Curry II, the 33-year-old player of the Golden Warriors, has aroused a revolutionizing in the game of basketball through stimulating players to employ the three-point shot.

By taking a glance at Curry's career history, who has won the NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) two times, you will find many honors and awards there, such as seven-time NBA All-Star and three NBA championships with the Warriors.

LeBron James

  • Age: 36

  • Team: Los Angeles Lakers

  • Position: Small Forward

Considered one of the most notable basketball players in NBA history, who most debates compare him frequently with Michael Jordan, LeBron Raymone James is the star who has placed himself third on the current list.

Nicknamed "King James," LeBron is the only player who could achieve NBA championships with three franchises, the Cleveland, the Miami Heat, and the Lakers, as NBA Finals MVP. Some of outstanding LeBron's achievements are NBA championships, NBA MVP awards, NBA Finals MVP awards, which he has recorded four ones of each honor in his career history. 

Giannis Antetokounmpo

  • Age: 26

  • Team: Milwaukee Bucks

  • Position: Power Forward- Small Forward

Nicknamed Greek Freak, Giannis Sina Ugo Antetokounmpo is the star whose name has filled the second place on the list, 

ranking the top 20 NBA players right now

. Antetokounmpo, who has stunning size, speed, and ball-handling skills, which rarely can you find in other players, have abled him to pass half a court via only a single dribble. The abilities established him as one of the most devasting slashers and transition scorers in the 2016-17 season.

Additionally, he became the first player in NBA history to end a regular season amongst the top 20 in total points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks in the same season. One of his other honors is winning the NBA Most Valuable Player Awards consecutively in 2019 and 2020.

Kevin Durant

  • Age: 32

  • Team: Brooklyn Nets

  • Position: Small Forward

Now, it is time to read about Kevin Durant, who has brought his name on the first place of the list, "Ranking the Top 20 NBA Players Right Now." The owner of two NBA championships has achieved an NBA Most Valuable Player Award and four NBA scoring titles. Additionally, Durant has won two Finals MVP Awards, two NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Awards, and the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. 

Durant has also had a brilliant performance in international plays as a member of USA Basketball that gained three Olympic gold medals in 2012, 2016, and 2020 and the 2010 FIBA World Championship. It was all about ranking the top 20 NBA players right now. Now, if you have any comments, share them with us via the comment section.

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