NBA Superstar Rankings: James Harden and Joakim Noah Surging Toward the Top

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NBA Superstar Rankings: James Harden and Joakim Noah Surging Toward the Top
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March may be a month filled with madness, but it would be sheer insanity if we failed to give the NBA's biggest superstars their due credit. 

Moving day takes place on Saturday in PGA Tour action, but the Association should consider February and March the league's moving months. As you might expect, there are more than a few superstars taking advantage of the opportunity and leading their teams on to bigger and better things. 

In the Eastern Conference, Joakim Noah has spearheaded a fantastic run by the Chicago Bulls, dominating teams with his versatile offense and incredible defensive presence. In the NBA's stronger conference, James Harden has exploded in the scoring column, and he's pacing a scorching Houston Rockets squad. 

You can expect to see each superstar prominently featured, but they won't be the only ones. 

As I'm still holding down the fort for Bleacher Report's Grant Hughes, it's only fair that I afford him the opportunity to explain the criteria, which was also made clear in the last edition

As a refresher, we're ranking the NBA's superstars on a number of criteria. On-court production is critical, but team success, media cache and other intangibles also matter. Basically, we're out to honor the league's most transcendent, skilled and recognizable talents.

This isn't just a ranking of the best players in the league. You can find that elsewhere, so don't just immediately write something off as incorrect when it initially puzzles you. 

These rankings are about superstardom, especially when it's come in recent days and weeks. Nothing less, and nothing more. 

 

Note: All stats, unless otherwise indicated, come courtesy of Basketball-Reference and are accurate as of March 14. 

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