In grading the top 25 NBA stars at the first-quarter mark of the season, we are evaluating those players who entered the 2012-13 season as established NBA stars already.
The criteria used to determine who those established stars were included the following.
That list totaled 26 players.
Derrick Rose, Dirk Nowitzki, Andrew Bynum and Steve Nash were then removed from this evaluation as a result of their injuries.
That left three open spots.
Those were filled by the top three players in terms of efficiency last year, or PER, who were neither All-NBA selections nor All-Stars.
Tim Duncan, Al Jefferson and Manu Ginobili made this list based on PER last season.
Chris Bosh, Marc Gasol, LaMarcus Aldridge, Deron Williams, Paul Pierce, Joe Johnson, Andre Iguodala, Luol Deng and Roy Hibbert were all evaluated as a result of making the All-Star team.
The remaining 13 players were All-NBA first-, second- or third-team selections last season.
Each of those top-25 stars were then graded on their overall performance through the first quarter of this season.
*Statistics are up to date through December 10, 2012