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FOR SEPT. 25, 2017


Sports fans love debates that go on forever with no real resolution—and few sports are better suited to those kinds of arguments than basketball. With that in mind, The Crossover needs your help deciding who would win a one-on-one tournament featuring today's biggest stars. SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S NBA staff picked 32 of the game's best players and seeded them in a March Madness--style bracket. LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Russell Westbrook are among the favorites—but will one of them take the crown? Go to and vote for the winner, matchup by matchup. We'll whittle down the list throughout the week and reveal the champion on Friday.


Dominant athletes come in all shapes and sizes, and we cheer for the more diminutive among them—4'9" Olympic gymnastics gold medalist Simone Biles or hot-hitting 5'6" Astros second baseman José Altuve—as much as we do for the giants among us, like 6'6" Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski or 7'3" Knicks big man Kristaps Porzingis. This got us thinking: Who's the best current athlete at every height? Go to on Friday to see our definitive list.