Virtually every player leaguewide has some combination of speed, size, strength and leaping ability, but when it comes to the most gifted athletes around, some simply have it all—or are so renowned in one category that they make up for shortcomings in other areas.
When thinking about the game's best athletes, it's true that a few are also known as the game's best players. The two don't have to be mutually exclusive, so luckily for those not in MVP or championship contention, individual highlights are worth more than team success in this scenario.
The NBA is where amazing happens, and while there's no one defining characteristic when naming the league's best athlete, some are simply a step ahead of the rest on an entertainment level.
*Rankings and statistics are current as of March 10 at 1:30 a.m. ET.