The 2021-22 NBA season is nearing the end and we're back with an updated edition

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The 2021-22 NBA season is nearing the end and we're back with an updated edition of our top 30 player rankings ahead of the NBA Playoffs.It's been over three months since The Sporting News last released a top 30 list came to usher in the new calendar year. As one could imagine, a few things have changed since then.This time around, we're including players sidelined due to injury, and for good reason. What if Kawhi Leonard returns for the playoffs and changes the tide in the Western Conference? How do season-ending injuries impact the league-wide standing of players like Damian Lillard or Bradley Beal? Including everyone regardle s of their current status gives a more comprehensive snapshot of the NBA as it stands right now.These rankings are a collaborative effort from TSN's global NBA staff, with 11 writers and editors representing five different continents. Each voter ranked their top 30 players in the league, with a sliding scale of points attached to each ranking. Players were ranked in order of total points received.NBA LEAGUE PASS: Sign up to unlock live out-of-market games (7-day free trial)Here is Jaquan Johnson Jersey the top 10 presented with more context around their season along with the highest and lowest ranks from our panel of voters. For those interested in simply seeing the entire top 30 list, you can .10. James Harden, 76ers NBA Entertainment Highest rank:9Lowest rank:15New scenery, same ranking.Harden again rounds out the top 10, reaffirming his status as a top-10 talent in the NBA, regardle s of location. Now a member of NFL Buffalo Bills Jersey the Sixers, Harden's pursuit of a title continues in Philadelphia, where he's averaging 22.0 points and 9.8 a sists while getting acclimated to new teammates and a new system.9. Chris Paul, Suns NBA Entertainment Highest rank:8Lowest rank:15Paul, who will turn 37 during the 2022 NBA Playoffs, is doing it all in his 17th NBA season. Despite mi sing time with an injury, CP3 is averaging 14.9 points and a league-leading 10.7 a sists for a Suns team that has the league's best record by a mile.MORE:After coming two wins shy of that elusive NBA title, Paul and the Suns are primed for another deep run in 2022.8. Luka Doncic, Mavericks Highest rank:4Lowest rank:9Doncic has dropped a few spots since the last time around but don't let that fool you.Look at Doncic's season averages of 28.3 points, 9.1 rebounds and 8.7 a sists and you'd be hard-pre sed to believe he got out to a rough start to Tim Settle Jersey the season. Doncic is peaking and the , which should only mean good things in the postseason.Don't forget the fact that he's only 23.7. Kawhi Leonard, Clippers (NBAE via Getty Images) Highest rank:4Lowest rank:10We haven't seen Kawhi play since last June but he lands at seven this time around. Do you know how good you have to be to earn that high of a ranking without playing in nearly a year?Kawhi'sthatgood.LA hasn't ruled out Leonard potentially returning for postseason action, which would immediately make the Clippers one of the scariest lower seeds in NBA history.MORE: 6. LeBron James, Lakers NBA Getty Highest rank:4Lowest rank:9LeBron has fallen out of the top five this time around but a sixth-place ranking for the fourth-oldest player in the league is nothing short of impre sive.In his 19th (!) season, James could take home the NBA scoring title as he's currently averaging a career-best 30.3 points per game, though it hasn't been enough for his Lakers team, who could mi s the postseason altogether.MORE:Team struggles aside, LeBron continues to defy logic, gravity and Father Time by playing at an All-NBA level ahead of his 20th NBA season.5. Stephen Curry, Warriors NBA Entertainment Highest rank:4Lowest rank:7As his shooting cooled down, so did MVP talks surrounding Curry, but that's not enough to drop him out of the top five.This is the part where I remind you that "cooled down" is relative for Curry, who is knocking down a league-leading 4.5 3s per contest at a 38.0 Matt Breida Jersey percent clip this season.Injury has put a halt to Curry in the regular season but should he and a healthy Golden State team click in the playoffs, the team could be primed for a deep run.MORE: 4. Joel Embiid, 76ers NBA Getty Images Highest rank:2Lowest rank:8After an MVP-caliber season in 2020-21, Embiid has gotten even better as an encore.As such, he is sure to be an MVP finalist again this season.MORE:Embiid has been the personification of dominance this season, averaging a career-high 30.2 points per game to go along with 11.6 rebounds and a career- Micah Hyde Jersey best 4.2 a sists per contest. In addition to his offensive dominance, Embiid continues to be a difference-maker on the defensive end, where he anchors things for Philly.With Harden by his side, Embiid is eyeing an NBA title. The only top-10 duo on this list is clearly talented enough to get it done.3. Nikola Jokic, Nuggets Getty Images Highest rank:1Lowest rank:5Speaking of getting better, the reigning MVP has tapped into another level, improving upon an incredible MVP campaign in 2021.Not only does Jokic have the counting stats with 26.8 points, 13.7 rebounds and 8.0 a sists per game, but he also is an advanced stats darling, leading the league in several categories including Win Shares, BPM, PER and On/Off margins.MORE:The most important stat is that because of Jokic's play the Nuggets are 47-32 despite being without Jamal Murray all season and Michael Porter Jr. playing in just nine games.Jokic makes it look easy for himself while somehow making life easier for his teammates at the same time. It's no wonder why he earned first-place votes.2. Kevin Durant, Nets Highest rank:1Lowest rank:5After landing at Dawson Knox Jersey first on the preseason list, Durant comes in a No. 2 for the second straight time.Considering he mi sed a large chunk of the season with a knee injury, that's saying something.Durant is so much more than a scorer, but this season he continues to remind us that he can score the ball in ways that no one else that has ever played the game can. He's turned in three 50-point games this season, including a career-high 55 points against the Hawks on April 2.BY THE NUMBERS: This is when we focus on the "so much more than a scorer" part, as Durant is averaging a career-best 6.1 a sists per game, displaying a willingne s to put on any hat the team needs him to wear on any given night.Durant and the Nets could give the Clippers a run for the "scariest low seed" title.1. Giannis Antetoko
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