The NBA's handful of legitimate superstars are often taken for granted. They're a tiny sect of elite players (basketball's proverbial one percent) who are so consistently extraordinary that we sometimes forget they're human.
Believe it or not, they make mistakes and are even capable of stringing two quarters of poor play together (though these instances are rare).
The process of becoming a superstar isn't a short one, and several of the league's current best players (most notably James Harden and Stephen Curry) were left off the list because part of what allows an All-Star to elevate himself towards that higher tier of excellence is consistency played out over more than one year.
Being a true superstar involves making those around you better while impacting both ends of the court on various levels.
Here's a ranking of the league's current superstars based on their bodies of work this season. Each player's current stock status is judged from what he's done in his last 10 games.