The level of talent in the NBA is at an all-time high, and with it comes its own set of challenges in deciphering and identifying the best of the best. How to choose the best phrase in a literary masterpiece? Or the most delicious meal in a Michelin-starred five-star restaurant? After a certain point, it becomes just a matter of personal preference, and even then the decision maker can fluctuate from day to day, hour to hour, minute to minute.
Thus, we come to the inevitable torture of ranking the top 100 players in the NBA.
Stephen Curry, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Giannis Antetokounmpo are very different from physique to skill set to personality. And yet we must somehow correctly arrange them in order of magnitude? The analytics are helpful. Praise can be the deciding factor. But in the end, it all comes down to your gut.
That’s why here at CBS Sports we take a consensus approach. Each of our NBA reviewers has compiled their own list of the 2022-2023 NBA Top 100 Players, subject to ups and downs. Then, through a not-so-complicated process, we came up with one great list to manage them all. (To show you how difficult it is, none of our writers had the top six players in the same order.)
Agony exercise like this is totally the case. We like to say, “So-and-so is a top 10 player in the league.” Oh yes? Let’s see the list. You’ll drive yourself crazy for days before realizing that the player you wanted to put there isn’t even close.
Debate like this is one of the reasons why we love sports. The games are interesting and the fandom is different from any other social institution, but questions like these feed our passion. Who is the best NBA player? The topic deserves a lengthy and complex discussion, and hopefully we did it right with our list and analysis.
So, back to the sport we love and the butterflies that can only come with the new season.
With that in mind, let’s move on to the list. (For a closer look at positions, CBS Sports also breaks down its ratings into, , , as well as .)