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Sports Illustrated ranks LeBron James as the NBA's best player

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According to Sports Illustrated, LeBron is still the NBA's reigning king.

Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James is still on top.

Sports Illustrated today released the final part of their 'Top 100 players of 2016' NBA player rankings and once again, the magazine named LeBron the league's top player. Ranked No. 2 is Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, while New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis came in at No. 3. Rounding out the top-5 are Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry and Houston Rockets guard James Harden, who came in at No. 4 and No. 5 respectively.

SI put LeBron at the top of its list partly due to his sensational playoffs. With Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love both hurt, James was the driving force behind the Cavs making the NBA Finals and he accounted for 52 percent of the Cavs offense - more than 10 percent more than what Curry and Harden accounted for on their respective teams.

LeBron's No. 1 rankings also comes after he didn't finish first or second in MVP voting since 2011 and his numbers were also largely down from his last two years with the Miami Heat.

LeBron is joined by four teammates on SI's 'Top 100' list.  Love came in at No. 17 overall, Irving came in at No. 23 overall, center Timofey Mozgov came in at No. 68 and forward Tristan Thompson came in at No. 70.