We haven't yet known the joy of a 2013-14 regular-season game, but that's OK. We still have plenty of information on which to base the first edition of this year's NBA superstar rankings.
For now, we'll use a combination of factors to place the league's best 20 players in order. Last year's performance will be a huge determinant, but preseason play and a little bit of guesswork about the future will be factors as well.
A preliminary note: Injured players are ineligible for these rankings. Missing a game or two with a sprained ankle won't necessarily disqualify anyone, but a prolonged absence will. If a guy's not playing, it's hard to make any judgments on his game.
Also, art and science are going to collide here. Because the term "superstar" is inherently ambiguous, there's going to be some wiggle room in the rankings. Make no mistake, though; the numbers are going to matter in a major way.
Team context, recent performance and intangibles will also determine which superstar deserves recognition as the NBA's best and which ones fill in the spots behind him.
Enough with the rules. Let's rank!