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LeBron James' banner week leads Heat to top of rankings


The greatest basketball players in the world will gather in Houston this weekend for a star-studded exhibition. But there will be one star who will stand out above his peers -- much like he has all season.

If you've been trapped under a rock, that player is LeBron James. The NBA is witnessing James in his prime, a breathtaking sight considering he's been dominating the league for nearly a decade. But LeBron's play this season -- particularly over the Heat's current seven-game winning streak -- is the best basketball we've seen since the NBA legend who turns 50 this weekend was racking up titles in the Windy City like parking tickets.

Thanks to his current tear of seven straight 30-point games, the league's best leading man has once again propelled the Heat atop the Power Rankings, leapfrogging the Spurs and Thunder. No player has had a bigger impact on his team this season than LeBron, who will likely win his fourth Most Valuable Player award in five years as long as voters aren't tired of writing his name down.

While it would be cruel to compare each team's leading man to LeBron, it's fair to examine the impact of each team's best player on its season. With that in mind, here's where all 30 teams stand heading into the All-Star break, with an eye on the players who have been leading the way.

(Note: All statistics and records are through Feb. 14.)