10 Most Lopsided One-Way Players in the NBA

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10 Most Lopsided One-Way Players in the NBA
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In the NBA, there are worse things to be than a one-trick pony. Plenty of players have made a living as a one-dimensional role player. While not everyone can be a LeBron James dominate-all-aspects type talent, players have survived in the association while possessing just one major ability.

Sometimes one-dimensional players are called stars, especially when their talent is scoring. Plenty of big-time scorers can only get the ball in the basket. There are also role players that have only one skill—be it as a spot up long-ball shooter, a big time shot-blocker, or as a perimeter defender.

The NBA’s history is littered with one-dimensional players.  Manute Bol was a famous blocker, Bruce Bowen was a tenacious defender, and Steve Kerr was an excellent perimeter shooter. All three were integral parts of successful teams.

There are plenty of players who succeed thanks to one spectacular ability. Let’s take a look at ten of the NBA’s most one-dimensional players.

Note: For this article, I relied heavily on both Synergy Sport Technology’s excellent statistics as well as ESPN’s Jon Hollinger’s usage rates. I highly recommend both.

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