Ranking the NBA’s top 20 stars heading into 2013 is a little like organizing the Forbes list of the world’s richest people into tiers—some guys have it better than others, but really, everyone’s doing pretty darn well.
LeBron James and Kevin Durant are duking it out in the best MVP race in years, and plenty of other stars have climbed a few rungs in the ladder. Life is good among the NBA elite, but who's got it the best?
To make our list, guys naturally have to put up impressive raw statistical figures, but because plain old scoring averages can be misleading, we’re going to pay extra attention to the context in which these guys are accumulating their numbers. Put another way, if a guy is throwing up empty stats for a bad team simply because somebody has to score, we’ll frown on it.
Sorry, Kyrie Irving. Wins matter.
Oh, and before we get started, it's worth mentioning that injured players aren't ranked. So if you were hoping to find Andrew Bynum, Derrick Rose or the recently returned Steve Nash, you'll be disappointed.
2012 is in the books, and we've ranked the top 20 NBA stars (plus some honorable mentions) heading into the new year. Please enjoy.
All stats are accurate through games played Dec. 30, 2012.