#NBArank 1: LeBron James
ESPN.com and the TrueHoop Network are ranking every NBA player for the third straight year -- and counting them down on Twitter (@ESPNNBA), from No. 500 to No. 1.
||LeBron James | @KingJames
Miami Heat | SF | Age: 28 | 2012 rank: #1
James, Michael Jordan and Bill Russell are the only players to win the regular-season MVP award and an NBA championship in consecutive seasons.
James has won four MVP awards in the last five seasons. Only three players in NBA history have won five MVP awards in their career: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (six), Michael Jordan (five) and Bill Russell (five). No player has ever won five MVPs in six seasons.
-- ESPN Stats & Information (@ESPNStatsInfo)
This year, we asked our ESPN Forecast panel to predict the overall level of play for each player for the upcoming NBA season. This includes both the quality and the quantity of his expected contributions, combined in one overall rating.
OUR NEW PREDICTION ENGINE
These #NBArank predictions are powered by ESPN Forecast.
As the rankings are announced, you can also find them here on the pages of ESPN.com.
We are starting by running through the "first" 100 players on Sept. 16, and thereafter we will count them down one at a time on Twitter, until Oct. 29, opening night in the NBA.
What is #NBArank?
#NBArank is the Twitter hashtag to use if you want to get involved in the discussion or just follow along.
You can also follow along here: @ESPNNBA
How did we rank the players?
We asked our ESPN Forecast panel to rate each player on a 0-to-10 scale, in terms of "the overall level of play for each player for the upcoming NBA season."
NBA Player Rankings: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11-15 | 16-20
21-25 | 26-30 | 31-40 | 41-50 | 51-60 | 61-70 | 71-80 | 81-90 | 91-100
101-120 | 121-140 | 141-160 | 161-180 | 181-200 | 201-225 | 226-250
251-275 | 276-300 | 301-325 | 326-350 | 351-375 | 376-400 | 401-500