ESPN.com's NBA experts and the TrueHoop Network have once again come together to rank every NBA player via the #NBArank project, counting them down from No. 500 to No. 1, on Twitter (@NBAonESPN). The 2011 #NBArank project had LeBron James as the league's best player, and so did SportsNation's rankings. Will King James remain on the throne in 2012?

Top NBA players

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony

Knicks F
2011-12 stats: 22.6 PPG, 3.6 APG, 6.3 RPG

LaMarcus Aldridge

LaMarcus Aldridge

Trail Blazers F
2011-12 stats: 21.7 PPG, 8.0 RPG

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant

Lakers F
2011-12 stats: 27.7 PPG, 4.6 APG, 5.4 RPG

Andrew Bynum

Andrew Bynum

76ers C
2011-12 stats: 18.7 PPG, 11.8 RPG, 1.9 BLKPG

Chris Bosh

Chris Bosh

Heat F
2011-12 stats: 18.0 PPG, 7.9 RPG

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant

Thunder F
2011-12 stats: 28.0 PPG, 3.5 APG, 8.0 RPG

Pau Gasol

Pau Gasol

Lakers F
2011-12 stats: 17.4 PPG, 10.4 RPG, 1.4 BLKPG

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin

Clippers F
2011-12 stats: 20.7 PPG, 10.9 RPG

Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard

Lakers C
2011-12 stats: 20.6 PPG, 14.5 RPG, 2.1 BLKPG

LeBron James

LeBron James

Heat F
2011-12 stats: 27.1 PPG, 6.2 APG, 7.9 RPG

Kevin Love

Kevin Love

Timberwolves F
2011-12 stats: 26.0 PPG, 13.3 RPG

Steve Nash

Steve Nash

Lakers G
2011-12 stats: 12.5 PPG, 10.7 APG, 3.0 RPG

Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki

Mavericks F
2011-12 stats: 21.6 PPG, 6.8 RPG

Tony Parker

Tony Parker

Clippers G
2011-12 stats: 18.3 PPG, 7.7 APG, 2.9 RPG

Chris Paul

Chris Paul

Clippers G
2011-12 stats: 19.8 PPG, 9.1 APG, 3.6 RPG

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo

Celtics G
2011-12 stats: 11.9 PPG, 11.7 APG, 4.8 RPG

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose

Bulls G
2011-12 stats: 21.8 PPG, 7.9 APG, 3.4 RPG

Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade

Heat G
2011-12 stats: 22.1 PPG, 4.6 APG, 4.8 RPG

Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook

Thunder G
2011-12 stats: 23.6 PPG, 5.5 APG, 4.6 RPG

Deron Williams

Deron Williams

Nets G
2011-12 stats: 21.0 PPG, 8.7 APG, 3.3 RPG

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