Between the 82-game regular season and the ensuing NBA postseason, the ranking of the league's best players have been shaken up quite a bit. Young studs are starting to work their way up in the Top 50, and the elites are battling amongst themselves for supremacy.
These rankings are based primarily on the events of the 2012-13 campaign. Past events and trends have been taken into account, but they're still secondary concerns. We can't work exclusively based on this season, or else we'd be ranking seasons rather than players.
To be eligible, a player must have appeared in at least 40 games during the regular season, or half of a team's postseason games. If you didn't show up, how can you be a top player?
Unfortunately, that disqualifies the following standouts, who would almost certainly be included otherwise: Kevin Love, Rajon Rondo, Derrick Rose, Andrew Bynum and possibly Anderson Varejao.
Did your favorite player make it into the Top 50? How many ranked players does your team of choice have?
You'll have to read on to find out.
Note: All stats, unless otherwise indicated, are current up until the NBA Finals and come from Basketball-Reference.com and ESPN.com.