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Updating the Top 100 NBA Players at the First-Quarter Mark of the 2012-13 Season

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Updating the Top 100 NBA Players at the First-Quarter Mark of the 2012-13 Season
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It's amazing how much talent is present in the NBA, especially when you take a look at the top 100 players in the league.

I can almost guarantee it right now: When you're looking through the rankings, you'll stop and scratch your head over the low ranking of one or more stars. Then you'll keep ascending up the leaderboard and quickly realize that the league is deeper than you thought. 

That's what happened to me, over and over. 

Then again, this shouldn't be too surprising. This is the NBA. It's where amazing happens. 

The 100 players that will be presented over the ensuing slides were not ranked solely on their production during the 2012-13 season. After all, the sample size is far too small for that to be a viable method. Instead, the rankings are based on a combination of early-season performances, expectations and success in the past. Proven players do receive some advantage. 

The rankings are admittedly subjective, as it's absolutely impossible to rank players in an entirely objective manner. Basketball stats can tell us a lot, but each one has its own flaws—and defense, for example, is impossible to truly quantify. 

Feel free to leave a note in the comment section telling me where you agree or disagree, but remember to keep it civil.

 

Note: All stats are current through Monday, Dec. 11. 

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