Nearly every player in the NBA is a world-class athlete—very few who excel on the highest level of professional basketball can get away with merely average physical skills.
But while most high-level basketball players have (or have had) abilities that most of us can only dream of, there are still those who serve as outliers when compared to their peers.
In every era there has been a certain group of NBA stars who were stronger, faster, or jumped higher than the rest.
Perhaps the nature of the sport lends itself to attracting a special brand of talent, but a number of phenomenal athletes have blessed the game of basketball with their unique brand of artistry.
As the NBA embarks on yet another season, here's a look back at a few of the players throughout history whose physical gifts far surpassed the rest.