2012 NBA Player Rankings: 1-5

ESPN.com and the TrueHoop Network are ranking every NBA player -- and counting them down on Twitter (@NBAonESPN), from No. 500 to No. 1. As the rankings are announced, you can also find them here on the pages of ESPN.com.



Kevin Durant | @KDTrey5
Oklahoma City Thunder | SF | Age: 23 | 2011 rank: #6



Dwight Howard | @DwightHoward
Los Angeles Lakers | C | Age: 26 | 2011 rank: #2



Chris Paul | @CP3
Los Angeles Clippers | PG | Age: 27 | 2011 rank: #4



Derrick Rose | @drose
Chicago Bulls | PG | Age: 23 | 2011 rank: #8

What is #NBArank?

#NBArank is the Twitter hashtag to use if you want to get involved in the discussion or just follow along.

You can also follow along here: @NBAonESPN

How did we rank the players?

We asked 104 experts to rate each player on a 0-to-10 scale, in terms of "the current quality of each player."

Here is the full list of voters from ESPN.com, the TrueHoop Network, TrueHoop TV, Daily Dime Live, ESPN TV, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, espnW, ESPN The Magazine, ESPN Insider, ESPN Fantasy, ESPN Games, ESPN Dallas, ESPN Los Angeles, ESPN Chicago, ESPN New York, ESPN Stats & Information, ESPN Topics and ESPN Analytics.