Re-Ranking the Top 10 NBA Players in the World, Post-Olympics Edition

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Re-Ranking the Top 10 NBA Players in the World, Post-Olympics Edition
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LeBron James entered the Summer Olympics as the presumptive best player in the world, but can we say the same eight games later?

Of course, these games aren't a perfect barometer for ranking talent.

Minutes are scarce by NBA standards, roles are unique and there's no question that guys playing for a team like Spain or Argentina have a greater opportunity to shine than James Harden, Andre Iguodala or Anthony Davis. The United States' depth translates into a pretty good 12th man.

For that matter, some of the NBA's best and brightest didn't even show up for the games.

But, with the season drawing ever closer, now is as good a time as any to take a look forward and rank the NBA's best based on their 2011-12 performances and, where applicable, what they accomplished at the Summer Olympics.

These rankings say a bit about who you'd want on your team and the impact each guy makes on every game, but they also take into account skill and overall ability. And yes, that means it's a bit guard-heavy given the current state of the league's big men.

Of course, everyone has a slightly different measure by which they define the best, and that's perfectly alright.

That said, here's one look at how the league's 10 best currently stack up.

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