The NBA is a star-driven league, and these 25 players reign supreme over the rest of their teammates and opponents going into the 2012-13 season.
Without at least one of the members of this elite group, it's awfully difficult to win a title.
The Denver Nuggets might have something to say about that, thanks in large part to their depth, but Ty Lawson and Andre Igudoala were two of the very first players left off. So for all intents and purposes, you aren't going to win a title without a star player.
From defensive stalwarts to offensive powerhouses, these are the 25 best players in the league right now (assuming health).