If All-Star Weekend presents the best players an opportunity to scheme with one another on forming the next super team, it is also a time for reflection.
With over half the season's games in the rearview mirror there's plenty of material to debate the game's most important questions.
Will Michael Carter-Williams coast to a surprising Rookie of the Year win or does preseason favorite Victor Oladipo have big plans for the final 30 games? (My money is on Oladipo.)
When will time finally run out on Mike Woodson's tenure in New York? (He's probably not going anywhere, for now.)
Did Blake Griffin really slap Justin Bieber in a Starbucks? (One can only hope.)
Commissioner David Stern's swan song season has seen some significant shuffling of the deck in terms of the NBA's elite and we're here to rank the 10 best players as they (mostly) all descend on New Orleans.
This largely scientific job takes Player Efficiency Rating (PER), Estimated Wins Added (EWA), plus/minus (P/M), and team record into account in unequal parts. X-factor nuggets such as the aforementioned Bieber incident add clout to each player's argument.
And the 10 best players in the NBA in 2013-14 (preceded by a few Honorable Mentions) are...