Is he "King" of the hill?
It's never easy to rank the NBA's top 50 players because it requires forced comparisons between guards, forwards and centers. Nevertheless, I'm going to take a shot at it.
The emphasis will be on the current season, but the previous two years will also be considered. My plan is to describe each player with a single sentence because, frankly, I'm not getting paid for this. Why overdo it?
OK, let's roll...
A power forward playing out of position at center, Horford posts impressive statistics but doesn't wow during live action.
He's a rookie, and an injury has hampered his athleticism (showcased above), but Wall's production has been surprisingly impressive in lieu of the circumstances.
Always an extremely talented offensive player, Beasley has been permitted to spread his wings with the Timberwolves this season (21.4 PPG).
After signing a massive contract this offseason, JJ has battled an injury and played uninspired basketball when active.
Provides less scoring than ever, but continues to facilitate (seventh in APG) and contribute to a winning culture.
Won't blow you away with his '10-11 stats, but Jefferson is a crafty low-post player and solid all-around power forward.
"Captain Jack" is a skilled, versatile offensive player but takes too many nights off mentally to crack the top 40.
"J Smooth" is the best all-around player on his team but still underperforms given his talent and sheer athleticism.
"J Rich" is now a member of the Orlando Magic, but regardless of the setting he is a capable scorer with a knack for knocking down pressure shots.
"Wil the Thrill" has developed his game, harnessed his skills, and is the most improved player in the NBA.
He's an unorthodox player, but Wallace has undeniable ability on both sides of the ball, particularly on the defensive end.
A gifted post player with a seemingly endless variety of moves, Aldridge needs to be a more consistent rebounder and defensive force to ascend the list.
The best pure shooter in the NBA is a consistent and underrated all-around performer for the Celtics.
His offensive repertoire lacks polish, but Noah joins Dwight Howard atop the list of defensive big men.
Has effectively stepped into Carlos Boozer's vacated role as the second-best player on Deron Williams' Jazz.
One of the elite ballhandlers and slashers in the league, Harris is a mesmerizing offensive weapon.
Along with Wilson Chandler and Paul Millsap, Felton is one of the most all-around improved players in the game (thanks, Mike D'Antoni).
Has developed into one of the most unstoppable perimeter performers in the business (ninth in PPG).
Scola is a well-rounded power forward who is putting up monster numbers, possessing the versatility to outwork or out-finesse his opponents.
Raptors fans (all six of them) can only hope that Bargnani continues to develop similarities to Dirk Nowitzki.
A true stat rat, "Z-Bo" is a crafty scorer and rebounder in the paint.
An established winner who is playing inspired ball for one of the NBA's most successful teams.
Can be a top-20 player if he utilizes his length and athleticism to become a force on the defensive end.
He has the most unusual perimeter release in the league, but Martin is a gifted scorer (10th in PPG) who always seems to find a way.
Has really diversified his offensive arsenal but needs to drastically improve his rebounding to crack the top 20.
He's been one of the top fantasy performers of the season, but I'm not buying him as a potential superstar with the ability to carry a team to the playoffs.
Bosh has been the target of an awful lot of criticism, but the reality is that he's a consistent and talented power forward with an incredibly soft touch.
Rondo's assist numbers are ridiculous, but he won't climb any higher unless he improves his outside shooting.
I have a bit of a soft spot for skilled big men with four championship rings and a boatload of clutch individual performances.
Does a surprisingly nice job playing the Karl Malone to Chris Paul's John Stockton.
I left "KG" for dead last year, but he's forced me to change my tune with some near-flawless basketball this season.
Manu's still got it, and he's a legitimate MVP candidate for the Spurs this season.
I may be getting a little carried away with Griffin at the 18 spot...but seriously, did you see what he did against the Knicks earlier this year?
He's probably one of the top five offensive players in the game; it's just a shame that his style isn't conducive to long-term team success.
Granger is a truly pure scorer but hasn't stayed healthy enough over time to crack my top 15 (and he's pissed about that, as you can probably see in this photo).
This dude is explosive, and the match hasn't been lit...yet.
He's the best passer in the NBA but isn't the league's premier point guard because of subpar defense and an unwillingness to shoot as much as he should.
The best all-around player on the best all-around team in the league.
His flopping, flailing and facial expressions make people want to strangle him, but no one can deny Pau's incredible basketball ability.
If "D Rose" continues to develop at this rapid pace, it won't be long before he's the top point guard in the world and a top-five player overall.
I've always had difficulty looking past CP3's lack of size, but lately he's been able to impress me with something other than his jaw-dropping statistics: his uncanny feel for the game.
One of my favorite players in the league, "D-Will" is easy to summarize: He doesn't have any weaknesses.
I don't know how much longer 'Melo will be wearing that Nuggets uniform; regardless of location, he's a smooth and skilled baller who is an absolute joy to watch.
I've always been a huge Amar'e fan, and I'm happy that he's been able to show that he doesn't need Steve Nash to shine as brightly as the NBA's other superstars.
One of the hardest workers and most dedicated players in the league, Dirk would collect his second MVP trophy if the season ended this very moment.
There's no denying the improvement in his offensive repertoire, which means the sky's the limit for "Superman."
"D-Wade" is a relentless two-way player who is a three-point stroke away from perfection.
"Durantula" is leading the league in scoring, again—if only he could muster that kind of consistency on the other end of the court.
It's awfully difficult to watch LeBron play without thinking that he's the best basketball player in the universe...
...But then I remember this one, little thing: LeBron hasn't won a single ring. If he ever gets past that hurdle, then he can rightfully challenge my boy Kobe for the top spot.
For now, the King of L.A. reigns supreme. Justice is served.