NBA Power Rankings: 20 Players Who Are Killing It in 2022

NBA Power Rankings: 20 Players Who Are Killing It in 2022

Every year, we witness players sliding up and falling down the NBA power rankings as new talent emerges and other talent deteriorates. It’s always fun to follow these trends and see which NBA players are currently atop the best in the league, both in terms of production and wins.

The 2021-22 season began on October 19, 2021 and most teams have already played between 48-53 games as of February 1, 2022. That means we’ve already witnessed more than half of the regular season, evidenced by the 2022 NBA All-Star Weekend beginning in just a few weeks. 

With that said, plenty of superstars have positioned themselves as leaders among the NBA power rankings for players. Although there’s plenty more season to go before the 2022 playoffs begin, you can’t deny what some players have already accomplished in the 2021-22 season. 

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Which Players Stand Atop the 2022 NBA Power Rankings?

NBA Power Rankings: 20 Players Who Are Killing It in 2022
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The 2021-22 season has been an interesting one for many reasons. Although many of the players atop the NBA power rankings are who you would expect to see, there have been several surprise contenders this season. In fact, curating a list of the top-20 is rather difficult. 

You can start to see why when you consider the fact that some players like Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis, Bam Adebayo, Kris Middleton, LaMelo Ball, Bradley Beal, Zach LaVine, Jaylen Brown, KarlAnthony Towns, and Jrue Holiday aren’t going to be found on that list. 

Nonetheless, we’ve put together our current top-20 NBA power rankings among players. These are the players that are playing better than anyone right now and should continue playing that way as we prepare for All-Star Weekend and eventually the playoffs in just a couple of months. 

20. Dejounte Murray

Dejounte Murray is a point guard for the San Antonio Spurs. He’s currently having the best season of his career with 19.4 points, 8.4 rebounds, 9.1 assists, 2.0 steals, and 0.4 blocks in 34.3 minutes per game. He leads the league in steals and ranks fourth in assists per game. 

Murray has gradually improved each season of his career. He went from 3.4 points per game in 2016 to 8.1 points in 2017, 10.9 points in 2019 (after missing 2018 to a torn ACL), 15.7 points in 2020, and now 19.4 points in 2021. His assists, steals, and rebounds are all up from last year. 

19. Domantas Sabonis

Domantas Sabonis is a power forward for the Indiana Pacers. For the first time in his career, he’s arguably having a worse season than he did the year before. With that being said, he’s still productive enough to be considered among the league’s top players in the NBA power rankings.

Sabonis is currently averaging 19.1 points, 12.1 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.0 steals, and 0.5 blocks in 34.9 minutes per game. This is the third consecutive year that he’s topping 12 boards per game and he continues to be a major distributor for the Indiana Pacers’ offense. 

18. Rudy Gobert

Rudy Gobert is a center for the Utah Jazz. He’s one of the greatest defensive players of this generation and is putting that on full display once again this season. With that said, he’s also putting up more points, rebounds, and steals than he did a year ago, which is a major plus.

Gobert is currently averaging 16.0 points, 15.1 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.8 steals, and 2.3 blocks in 32.5 minutes per game. He’s leading the league in rebounds and field goal percentage, proving to be effective on both sides of the court. He’s a true gem in the league today. 

17. Chris Paul

Chris Paul is a point guard for the Phoenix Suns. He’s in the midst of his 18th season in the NBA, but he looks as young as ever with his ability to score, pass, and play defense. For the seventh time in his career, he is averaging a double-double in points and assists. 

Speaking of assists, he currently leads the league with 10.3 assists per game – his fifth time leading the league in that category. He’s averaging 14.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 10.3 assists, 1.9 steals, and 0.3 blocks in 32.9 minutes per game on one of the best teams in the league. 

16. DeMar DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan is a guard/forward for the Chicago Bulls. This is his first year in a Bulls’ uniform and things are going very well as he has his team in the No. 1 spot in the Eastern Conference. He currently has the sixth-most points per game in the entire league. 

DeRozan is averaging 26.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 0.8 steals, and 0.3 blocks in 34.9 minutes per game. He has proven to be clutch numerous times this season, helping to elevate his team to win after win. Alongside Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic, he has been dominant. 

15. Devin Booker

Devin Booker is a guard for the Phoenix Suns. He’s a large reason why his teammate Chris Paul is able to rack up so many assists. Booker has been the key player on the Suns ever since they drafted him in 2015 and he continues to be the man in Phoenix to this day. 

Booker is currently averaging 25.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.0 steals, and 0.4 blocks in 33.7 minutes per game. He currently ranks 13th in points per game, despite seeing a slight drop in numbers compared to last season. Still, he can score as well as anyone in the NBA. 

14. Ja Morant

Ja Morant is a point guard for the Memphis Grizzlies. He’s one of the hottest young players in the NBA and continues to improve every year. He draws a lot of comparisons, but the most compelling is Derrick Rose. The two share similar athleticism, vision, and scoring prowess. 

Morant is currently averaging 26.1 points, 6.0 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 1.3 steals, and 0.4 blocks in 33.1 minutes per game. He ranks eighth in points per game and 14th in assists per game. He’s on pace to set career-highs in points, rebounds, steals, and blocks per game this season.

13. Paul George

Paul George is a forward for the Los Angeles Clippers. While many people doubt his ability to perform in the playoffs, there’s no doubting his dominance in the regular season. Of course, injuries have limited his playing time this year as he has only appeared in 26 games thus far. 

George is currently averaging 24.7 points, 7.1 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 2.0 steals, and 0.4 blocks in 35.5 minutes per game. There’s no telling whether or not we’ll see George again this year as he contemplates season-ending surgery, but he was definitely good when he was on the court.

12. Donovan Mitchell

Donovan Mitchell is a guard for the Utah Jazz. He is one of the more consistent players in the league, especially if you look at his numbers over the past five seasons. He has scored more than 20 points each season, while his rebounds and assists hover at around five per game. 

This season, Mitchell is averaging 25.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.6 steals, and 0.2 blocks in 33.5 minutes per game. He ranks 12th in points per game and is anchoring one of the best teams in the NBA – alongside Rudy Gobert, Mike Conley, and Jordan Clarkson.

11. Jayson Tatum

Jayson Tatum is a forward for the Boston Celtics. He continues to prove his dominance in the NBA and has emerged as one of the biggest scoring threats the league has to offer. He ranks seventh in points per game and 24th in rebounds per game, showing his talent in multiple ways.

Tatum is currently averaging 26.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.0 steals, and 0.8 blocks per game. He makes nearly three three-point field goals per game and shoots them at a 38% clip. He also does a great job of getting to the free throw line, making over five per game. 

10. Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler is a forward for the Miami Heat. His team wouldn’t be the same without him. He’s the heart and soul of the locker room, bringing the same intensity and passion to the game every single night. His teammates feed off his energy and it shows when they take the court. 

Butler is currently averaging 22.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.9 steals, and 0.5 blocks in 34.1 minutes per game. He does a little bit of everything on the floor, which opens the floor up for his teammates. With that said, he has been hit with several nagging injuries so far this season.

9. James Harden

James Harden is a guard for the Brooklyn Nets. He has been one of the league’s top scorers for quite some time and continues to show it to this day, but he has also emerged as one of the league’s best passers as he beats teams in multiple ways. He’s a joy to watch every night. 

Harden is currently averaging 23.0 points, 8.1 rebounds, 10.1 assists, 1.3 steals, and 0.7 blocks in 37.0 minutes per game. He isn’t afraid to play long minutes, he ranks second in the league in assists (behind Chris Paul), and is making over seven free throws (87%) per game this year. 

8. Luka Doncic

Luka Doncic is a point guard for the Dallas Mavericks. He’s one of the NBA’s most popular players for his ability to do just about anything on the floor – as well as his charm and personality. He’s a triple-double threat every time he steps foot on the basketball court.

Doncic is currently averaging 25.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 8.9 assists, 1.2 steals, and 0.5 blocks in 35.0 minutes per game. He ranks fifth in assists per game, 11th in points per game, and 20th in rebounds per game this season. He also makes over two three-point field goals per game. 

7. Trae Young

Trae Young is a point guard for the Atlanta Hawks. He continues to play villain in the NBA as many people continue to doubt his ability. Still, he proves them wrong every single night when he makes scoring and dishing assists look easy. Despite his lack of size, he holds his own. 

Young is currently averaging 27.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, 9.3 assists, 1.0 steal, and 0.1 blocks in 34.5 minutes per game. He currently ranks fifth in points per game and third in assists per game – the only player to land in the top-five in both scoring and passing, which is hard to do. 

6. LeBron James

LeBron James is a forward for the Los Angeles Lakers. He continues to defy father time as he’s playing in his 19th season in the NBA. Although injuries appear every now and then, he’s still one of the most productive and dominant players in the game – offensively and defensively.

James is currently averaging 29.1 points, 7.7 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1.1 blocks in 36.6 minutes per game. He currently ranks third in points per game and 17th in assists per game. He shoots 52% from the field and 35% from the three-point line, which is impressive. 

5. Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo is a forward for the Milwaukee Bucks. He’s coming off a season where he led his Bucks to their first championship in 50 years. Many people doubted him and even more tried to convince him to build a super team elsewhere, but he did it on his terms.

Antetokounmpo is currently averaging 28.8 points, 11.2 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.0 steal, and 1.4 blocks in 32.6 minutes per game. He ranks fourth in points per game, seventh in rebounds per game, and shoots 53% from the field. His free throw numbers have improved this season. 

4. Nikola Jokic

Nikola Jokic is a center for the Denver Nuggets. He’s coming off a season where he won his first MVP award, becoming the lowest draft pick to ever win the award – he was selected 41st overall in 2014. He continues to impress people with his ability to score, pass, and rebound. 

Jokic is currently averaging 26.0 points, 13.7 rebounds, 7.8 assists, 1.4 steals, and 0.8 blocks in 33.0 minutes per game. He’s not only one of the best passing big men in the league, but he’s one of the best passers period. He shoots 57% from the floor and 38% from long range. 

3. Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry is a point guard for the Golden State Warriors. He isn’t just one of the greatest point guards of all-time, but continues to be one of the most lethal shooters in the game today. He’s currently in his 13th season in the NBA and is proving to have much more left in the tank. 

Curry is currently averaging 25.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.5 steals, and 0.4 blocks in 34.7 minutes per game. He shoots 41% from the field and 38% from long range. He’s not having the 30-point season that he had a year ago, but he also has more help from others this year. 

2. Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid is a center for the Philadelphia 76ers. He has emerged as one of the best players in the game, if not the best player period. He’s averaging a 20-point double-double for the fourth year in a row and is on-pace to set career-highs in both points and assists this season. 

Embiid is currently averaging 29.1 points, 10.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 0.9 steals, and 1.4 blocks in 32.9 minutes per game. He ranks second in points per game and ninth in rebounds per game. He averaged 34.0 points and 10.8 rebounds in 14 games throughout the month of January. 

1. Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant is a forward for the Brooklyn Nets. He has been plagued by injuries in recent years, but he is back and better than ever this year. He’s scoring at an enormous rate and his shot is as unstoppable as we remember it. The NBA is in a better place when he’s healthy. 

Durant is currently averaging 29.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 0.8 steals, and 0.9 blocks in 36.5 minutes per game. He plays big minutes on the floor and for good reason. He currently leads the league in points per game – something he has already done four times in his career. 

Which Teams Stand Atop the 2022 NBA Power Rankings?

With most teams between 48-53 games into the season, as of February 1, 2022, the NBA power rankings and standings are starting to take shape. By now, we know which teams are here to bring it and which ones are quickly letting it slip away. It’s what happens every year. 

As it stands right now, the top-five teams in the Eastern Conference include the Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, Philadelphia 76ers, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Milwaukee Bucks. The Brooklyn Nets and Charlotte Hornets have positioned themselves not far behind those first five teams. 

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The top-five teams in the Western Conference include the Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, Utah Jazz, and Denver Nuggets. The Dallas Mavericks, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Los Angeles Clippers aren’t far behind in the NBA power rankings. 

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