Nick thinks James Harden is a Top 15 player in the NBA right now — forget that his 2011-2012 numbers are almost identical to Kevin Martin, who didn’t even have his best season last year.
Nick clearly is leaning on some dead brain cells for that take.
While I do believe Harden upgrades the Rockets’ roster, he may not be a Top 25 player, even … or is he?
Here’s my NBA Top 25 players going into the season. Agree or disagree on the exact order, I simply listed 25 players I feel are at the top of the league.

1. LeBron James, MIA

2. Kevin Durant, OKC

3. Kevin Love, MIN

4. Kobe Bryant, LAL

5. Chris Paul, LAC

6. Blake Griffin, LAC

7. Pau Gasol, LAL

8. Josh Smith, ATL

9. Russell Westbrook, OKC

10. Dwight Howard, LAL

11. Al Jefferson, UTA

12. Andrew Bynum, PHI

13. Rudy Gay, MEM

14. Dirk Nowitzki, DAL

15. Paul Pierce, BOS

16. LaMarcus Aldridge, POR

17. Deron Williams, Nets

18. Marc Gasol, Mem

19. LaMarcus Aldridge, Por.

20. Carmelo Anthony, Knicks

21. Tony Parker, SA

22. Joe Johnson, Nets

23. Kevin Garnett, Celtics

24. Paul Milsap, Utah

25. Manu Ginobili, SA

Outside looking in: Marcin Gortat, James Harden, Ty Lawson, Brandon Jennings


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