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Jordan Spieth, LeBron James among the best male athletes of 2015

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Jordan Spieth, LeBron James among the best male athletes of 2015

20. Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants

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19. Derrick Henry, Alabama

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18. Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros

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17. Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans

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16. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

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15. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

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14. Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich

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13. James Harden, Houston Rockets

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12. Zack Greinke, Los Angeles Dodgers

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11. Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks

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10. Kyle Busch

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9. Jake Arrieta, Chicago Cubs

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8. Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays

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7. Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens

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6. Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals

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5. Novak Djokovic

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4. Tom Brady, New England Patriots

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3. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

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2. Jordan Speith

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1. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors

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Another enthralling year of sports is just about in the books, which means it's again time for annual roundups highlighting the best of the last 12 months.

Here, we recap the best male athletes of 2015. From improbable performances on the pitcher's mound, to remarkable runs to the NBA Finals, to adding another Lombardi trophy to the case, this year was one of the most thrilling in recent history.

SEE ALSO: Top sports moments and storylines of 2015

Studs like LeBron James and Bryce Harper are shoo-ins, but stars who entered the year as lesser-known commodities also earned their spot here -- remember Jordan Speith's dominant run over the summer.

Click through the gallery above to see how we ranked this year's best male athletes, and tweet us at @AOLSports with your reactions.

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