LeBron James might be the biggest villain in the NBA, but it's impossible to overlook the talents that have carried him to two straight Most Valuable Player awards.
With his remarkable all-around game and improved defense, LeBron has clearly cemented a place as one of the best players in the world.
Kobe Bryant remains a cold-blooded assassin in the clutch, tailoring his game to do whatever the moment calls for.
Then there is Kevin Durant, who is rapidly rising up the list of NBA greats.
The league's best scorer looks to take the next step this season and knock the King off his lofty perch.
The criteria for this list won't be solely based on statistics or career accomplishments. It will primarily be based on impact players we'll have in the upcoming season.
Here's a look at the NBA's top 50 players heading into the 2010-2011 season.