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04/22/2013 07:50 am ET

The 13th-annual Ranking Of The NBA's Top-50 Players, Part 1 - Grantland

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ou should never force yourself to finish something important because of an artificially imposed deadline. Just ask Justin Timberlake's last album. So even if February's trade deadline passed without my annual "Who has the NBA's highest trade value?" extravaganza — my single favorite column to write every year — what seemed like laziness was really just veteran savvy. See, this column is like a pizza: You can't yank it out from the oven before it's ready.

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