It's all about what's come to pass during the early portion of the current campaign, as we're curious about how the Association's best and brightest at each and every position stack up so far. These rankings will ultimately look quite different by the end of the year, but it's interesting that it's taken such a short time for the established cream to rise to the top. Even without previous seasons factoring into the analysis, the players who have tended to populate the premier spots in past rankings have already largely jumped up into the discussion for the No. 1 spots. They're the ones who have helped their teams out the most, not necessarily by being the best players on the best teams, but by making the biggest difference when they're on the court. These players have produced in volume, but they've also maintained impressive levels of efficiency. And they've tended to have a positive impact on both ends of the court. Big names who score in bulk but don't necessarily help out their teams (see: Bryant, Kobe) will not be given more credit for glamorous production. Note: All stats, unless otherwise indicated, come from Basketball-Reference. This article will reference box plus-minus numbers in many instances, which indicate a player's performance as compared to the league-average level of production.
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