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The NBA playoffs tipped off this weekend with an array of outstanding performances. But no one captivated our panel quite like the man who was on top of the NBA world at the end of last season's playoffs: LeBron James. The three-time MVP (and surely to win his fourth shortly) opened the defense of Miami's title with a near-perfect performance against the Bucks, finishing with 27 points on 9-of-11 shooting while adding 10 rebounds and eight assists. That was enough for James to edge fellow Class of 2003 member Carmelo Anthony, who took home his first scoring title and tossed in 36 points in New York's playoff-opening win over the Celtics.
The rest of the top five truly represented the wide world of sports, with a Dutch soccer star, a Mexican boxing champion and a Russian hockey MVP. That's how our panel ranked them. Do you agree? Check out the complete top 10 and let your voice be heard in the comments.
2013 Cross-Sport Power Rankings panel: Sara Walsh, John Buccigross, Robert Flores, Michael Smith, Bram Weinstein, Mike Hill, Jorge Andres, Charissa Thompson, DJ Gallo, Jim Basquil, Kevin Connors, Jeff MacGregor and Steve Weissman
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The Cross-Sport Power Rankings week runs from Tuesday to Monday, covering all sporting events in that seven-day span.