Tier 1: Best of the Best: Lebron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo
This tier includes only these two players because in my opinion these are the only two players that are competing for an MVP. They are both very dominant on their stat line. Giannis averages 30 points and 15 rebounds, and lead his team to the best record in the league. LeBron leads the league in assists and his Lakers are arguably the favorites to win the championship. These are the only players in the NBA that can singlehandedly lead their team to a championship.
Tier 2: Superstars: Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Luka Doncic
These are players that will consistently be an All-star starter and occasionally compete for an MVP. These players can't compete for a championship by themselves and need an All-star to help them. When Kawhi Leonard won a championship he had Kyle Lowry. When Stephen Curry won a championship he had Klay Thompson. If you put a strong team around these players, they could go to the championship.
Tier 3: Above All-star: Damian Lillard, KAT, Joel Embiid, Kyrie Irving, Paul George, Russell Westbrook
Every player on this list will/have consistently made All-star teams year after year and have been named to an All-NBA team. These are great #2 players to pair with a superstar. Players on this list will sometimes put up MVP numbers for a period of time. For example, Damian LIllard put up 50+ points multiple times this season and KAT shot 41% from three as a big man. Just having one of these guys on your team could get you to the playoffs but not the championship.
Tier 4: All-Star: Ben Simmons, Bam Adebayo, Donovan Mitchell, Brandon Ingram, Devin Booker, Jayson Tatum, Kemba Walker, Bradley Beal, Jimmy Butler, Klay Thompson, Trae Young, Pascal Siakam, Nikola Jokic, Chris Paul
Every player on this list has been an All-star within the last 2 years. And although there is lots of competition for an All-star team, more than half of these players will most likely be named to an All-star team in 2021. Some of these players have potential to be superstars: Ben Simmons, Donovan Mitchell, Jayson Tatum, Nikola Jokic, Trae Young, Devin Booker. But, all of these guys have another star player to help them make the playoffs. Jokic has Murray, Mitchell has Gobert, Simmons has Embiid, Siakam has Lowry. And if they don't have another star player their team did not make the playoffs. Bradley Beal, Devin Booker, Brandon Ingram, Trae Young. So by themselves no one on this list can make the playoffs without another star.
Tier 5: Almost All-stars: Khris Middleton, Andre Drummond, Zach LaVine, D'Angelo Russell, Domantas Sabonis, DeMar Derozan, Rudy Gobert, Kristaps Porzingas, Kyle Lowry
On this list almost everyone has been an All-star (except for Zach LaVine). These are players who may be All-star caliber but may never be an All-star ever/again. These are classic #3's. They can be part of a trio to compete for a championship but they're not good enough to pair with as a duo or by themselves. This is why I believe the Bucks, Raptors, and Mavericks will never be good enough to compete for a championship unless they add another piece. These are all teams with a duo but have never solidified themselves as winners and have never gone to the championship. And I know in the case of the Mavericks Luka is still young. However, unless Kristaps gets really good they need to add another piece to their team.
Everybody on these 5 tiers I consider elite players. They all can help bring a team its ultimate goal: a championship.