Ranking the Biggest Showboats in the NBA

Danny Dukker@DannyDukkerCorrespondent IIApril 25, 2012

Ranking the Biggest Showboats in the NBA

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    The NBA is home to many characters and some like to express themselves just a little more than the rest. Most players can get away with a little showing off, while some should really stick to the basics.

    This list will count down the top 10 players who love to make the highlight reel, and as you will see, some don't make it for the right reasons.

10. Ricky Rubio

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    In his rookie year, Rubio established himself as one of the most exciting players in the league. If there is a chance for a flashy pass, Rubio will take it without hesitating.

    A three needs to be made? Rubio will put one up even though he is not exactly a marksman. Fancy layups, passes between the legs of defenderscrazy dribbling, and whatever other highlight play you can think of, he has it.

9. Brandon Jennings

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    I can compliment one part of Brandon Jennings' game—he is fearless, really fearless. If there is an opportunity for a three, he takes it. Of course, the opportunity never has to come, as sometimes he just feels like it.

    Watch this video and tell me how many of the shots were good shots. By good I mean not over multiple people and not from three feet behind the line.

    His crossover are deadly, too, but those are not really forced.

8. Jason Terry

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    It's a bird, it's a plane...no, it's Jason Terry celebrating after a terrible shot.

    Terry has been a top bench player in the league for the past few years, but he is not one to shy away from a big shot. He also does not mind getting a tattoo of a championship trophy on his arm.

    Aside from taking the big shot, Terry also loves to strike a variety of poses after his shot, with his "jet" one being his most popular. 

7. Shannon Brown

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    The name Shannon Brown is synonymous with dunking, and he loves to fly. Nothing is too fancy to him, and like most fancy dunkers, he appeared at the Slam Dunk contest and put on a show there as well.

    It wasn't the best performance, but definitely better than the dunks layups I would have shown off.

6. Sergei Ibaka

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    Ibaka is one of the best shotblockers in the league, and if you don't believe me you can either watch the video on your left or this one. Ibaka is never scared to face anyone under the rim, and will usually send the shot back.

    He is also a great dunker who uses that long wingspan and athleticism to win battles on the other side of the court. Oh, and let's not forget, he eats stuffed animals.

5. J.R. Smith

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    J.R. Smith is not just known for his dunks, but he also loves to take an occasional three. It usually comes at a random point where he gets the ball, looks at the defense, and takes a shot right in his man's face.

    It does go in...sometimes.

4. Russell Westbrook

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    OKC fans know how much Russell loves the spotlight in clutch time. Outside of that he is also known around the league for his vicious throwdowns.

    Some of which apparently come after the whistle. 

3. Jamal Crawford

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    Crawford has a very unique jumpshot. It involves falling after every contested three-point shot he takes. I'm not criticizing it—if it works it works.

    Other than his fall down shot, he is also a great dribbler who has one of the deadliest crossovers in the league.

2. Blake Griffin

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    What? No. 2?

    Yes, Blake is No. 2. Griffin is the best dunker in the league, and if there is a chance for a dunk, he takes it. That includes if a seven-footer is standing in the way.

    Unfortunately, I could not find enough footage to show his dunking ability. There was this other dunk, but that's it.

1. Tim Duncan

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    Wait, something here doesn't seem right.

1. JaVale McGee

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    There we go!

    The reason Blake is No. 2 is because he chooses to show off on offense, while JaVale here does it on both ends of the court.

    Not to mention, Griffin makes me stand up in awe while JaVale makes me fall down with laughter.


    That's it! Hope you enjoyed and leave a comment below with your thoughts and maybe someone I missed!