The 2013 NBA All-Star Game is coming up, and it's time for me to hand out mid-term grades for the league's biggest stars.
So here's the deal: I'm going to rank the top 25 players in the NBA—according to yours truly and based on some sort of Secret Sauce-like recipe that accounts for talent, potential impact and current performance—and then assign each guy a grade to account for what he's done in 2012-13.
Why wouldn't I just rank the top 25 according to their grades? Because such wouldn't be quite so reflective of where (I think) players stand in relation to one another in the bigger picture. For instance, I could give, say, David Lee a better grade for what he's done this season than I give Dwight Howard for what he's done (which I did), but I still wouldn't pick the former ahead of the latter if we were holding a league-wide re-draft of some sort.
Got it? Cool. Let's get a move on with the list, then, before my need to explain myself reaches Hannah Horvath-like heights of confusion.