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Russell Westbrook and 7 Most Explosive Athletes in the NBA

Brandon ReiterCorrespondent IIJanuary 8, 2017

Russell Westbrook and 7 Most Explosive Athletes in the NBA

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    The NBA is so special because it attracts the greatest athletes from around the country to display levels of athleticism you cannot see anywhere else. While it is great to see a hot shooter, there is nothing more exciting than an electrifying dunk, or an insane play that makes you wonder how it was humanly possible in the first place.

    The following people are the players you see pumping a crowd up by consistently making highlight reel plays. They are the most explosive athletes in the NBA.

7. Serge Ibaka

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    Most of the other players are on this list because of their offensive capabilities, but Ibaka makes the cut for the level of intensity he brings to the defensive side of things. He makes block after block, which makes defenders look stupid.

    As a product of the home grown Oklahoma City Thunder, Ibaka is a unique player that explodes on the defensive side of the ball.

6. Carmelo Anthony

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    When Melo is hot he is one of the most entreating players to watch. He can nail a consistent mid-range jumper, or put the ball on the ground and beat most defenders off the dribble. This double threat makes him one of the hardest people to guard. 

    Despite his streaks of greatness, Melo experiences too many dry spells, where he shoots his team out of the game. For him to be considered on the same level as LeBron and Durant he would have to play some defense as well as constantly play like he did in April.

5. Monta Ellis

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    For some reason I am yet to understand, Monta Ellis continues to fly well under the radar. Golden State pretty much gave up on him and their season by sending him to Milwaukee. However, under these tough circumstances Ellis has shown some great spurts of superstar level capabilities. He's fast, has a good shot and is an unbelievable ball-handler. In about two or three years Monta Ellis will reach his peak and become a serious MVP candidate. 

4. Dwight Howard

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    Despite his absurd level of immaturity, Dwight Howard is the last great center in what has evolved into a point guard league. He has a 40 inch vertical, and can outclass any matchup that tries to take him out of the paint. He can out-muscle pretty much anyone in the NBA for a rebound. His athleticism allows to explode to the basket in a dominating way.

    His inability to make up his mind and lack of passion for the game has led to many haters, but he still has plenty of time to mature and win a championship.

3. Russell Westbrook

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    He shoots way more than he should, he's not the conventional point guard, and he takes away from Kevin Durant.

    Having said that, Russell Westbrook plays hard, and wins games. He may be unconventional and shoot a lot, but he can make a shot from anywhere on the floor. He gives Oklahoma City another offensive weapon. While the pick and roll is fun and cute, the double threat is much more appealing and over the years it has led to greater success.

2. Blake Griffin

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    Combined with the addition of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin's pure athleticism has led fans to give L.A. the nickname "Lob City". Griffin is so explosive that there could be an entire SportsCenter special on his dunks, yet he's only been playing in the NBA for two years.  

    Each time Blake Griffin throws down over a defender it makes people wonder what we missed the year he got injured and had to sit out. He's built like a linebacker and is virtually "unguardable". What used to be a laughing stock of a basketball program, the Clippers have been given a new look and a new set of expectations all thanks to Blake Griffin.

1. LeBron James

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    Love him or hate him, LeBron is a freak of an athlete.

    There's just no other way to put it—he isn't human. I don't mean that he's a robot, but after years of watching him play, I've come to the conclusion that LeBron is a cross between a gorilla and a bull. Just think about it...

    All joking aside, LeBron is probably the most athletic person to ever pick up a basketball. With the right training LeBron could be a decent NFL tight end if he really wanted to. On top of that, he's never been injured for a long period of time, unlike Jordan who missed most of his second season due to a broken foot.

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