Whether it’s Manu Ginobili faking defenders out of their shoes or Chris Paul sucking in the defense for an over-the-top lob, some of the NBA’s most spectacular highlights come from the league’s craftiest players.
Obviously, talent and physical abilities matter, but we’re not talking about anti-gravity hops or blazing speed here.
Craftiness isn’t defined by any one particular trait. Instead, it’s a combination of basketball IQ, creativity, a little bit of trickery and maybe even be a dash of weirdness.
Overall, to make this list, you’ve got to have a track record of outsmarting the opposition by doing something unconventional or unexpected.
Often, the league’s wiliest players develop these unique methods to compensate for holes in their games or waning athleticism. In other instances, they are just born with a handful of cunning moves.
These tricks of the trade help define many of today’s most unconventionally effective stars. By way of example, try to imagine Rajon Rondo without seeing that signature behind-the-back fake in your mind.
Try not to get crossed up on a Eurostep and make sure you don’t reach. We’re about to chronicle the 10 craftiest players in the NBA.