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LeBron James and the 15 Greatest Players in NBA History at Getting to the Rim
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LBJ takes it hard through any and all defenders

There have been a litany of players throughout the years whose ball handling skills, speed, and determination made them impossible to stop from getting to the rim.  LeBron James is the most recent example of a guy who there is just no way to stop from either scoring outright, getting fouled, or doing both and getting a three point play.

But who came before James?  Who laid the groundwork for the style of play we see in James and others, like Derrick Rose, who find a way to get theirs every time, no matter what defenses do?

For the purposes of this slide show, I have chosen to only include perimeter players.  Clearly, if you are a big man and already at the rim, then there is no getting to the rim.  Sure, there are big guys who faced up and did it from the perimeter, but that requires an unfair edge, since they often operate from 12-14 feet and in, while point guards and wingmen have to break an opponent down from as far out as feet beyond the three point line.  So, you won't find guys like Blake Griffin, Shawn Kemp, David Robinson, or any other great face-up big men in this slide show.

That said, let's look at 15 guys who defenders had no answer for, who could get to the rim with ease.

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