It's starting to get a little crowded atop the NBA's superstar hierarchy.
LeBron James has held down primary position for quite a while, but with so many legitimate contenders hot on his heels lately, a change could be on the way. Chief among said challengers are Paul George and Kevin Durant, two ever-improving luminaries who earned the season's first Player of the Month honors in their respective conferences.
Watch out, King James; that crown you're wearing is a hot commodity.
As a refresher, we're out to rank the NBA's best and brightest here. So statistics, intangibles and team success are all going to factor in. There will be no extra points awarded for commercials, shoe deals or excessive use of offspring as a marketing tool.
That last one is largely responsible for Chris Paul's exclusion from the top three. We get it, CP3; little Chris is adorable. But it's not fair to stick him in front of the camera in an effort to incur favor in our rankings.
Otherwise, this isn't rocket science. Here come the superstars.