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LeBron top NBA player in 'Power 100'

LeBron James of the Miami Heat looks on

LeBron James of the Miami Heat looks on during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at American Airlines Arena. (Jan. 19, 2012) Photo Credit: Getty Images

Bloomberg Businessweek ranked LeBron James highest among NBA players in its annual Power 100 sports rankings this year.

James came in at No. 4 overall, up from No. 11 last year. Shaquille O'Neal, the highest ranked NBA player in 2011 at No. 6, fell one spot to No. 7 this year.

The rankings, released last night, take into account "a measure of performance, popularity and marketability," according to Bloomberg Businessweek.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was No. 1 overall, followed by two more quarterbacks: Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady.

Altogether, 19 current and former NBA players ranked in the top 100. Where they fell:

4. James
7. O'Neal
13. Kobe Bryant
14, Dwight Howard
16. Dwyane Wade
17. Kevin Durant
24. Dirk Nowitzki
30. Derrick Rose
35. Blake Griffin
54. Kevin Garnett
56. Amar'e Stoudemire
63. Deron Williams
64. Monta Ellis
68. Tim Duncan
70. Russell Westbrook
73. Steve Nash
75. Carmelo Anthony
85. Kevin Love
90. Pau Gasol

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