NBA Goes Green: Basketball's Top 10 Hybrids

Dani CaplanCorrespondent IJuly 14, 2010

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The economy is rough. Pollution is rampant. There is one solution that assists the end of both issues: hybrids. 

The NBA got the memo, and have plenty of hybrids of their own. The Combo Guard (PG/SG), the Combo Forward (SF/PF), and the Point Forward.  These hybrid players give teams a chance to get the most bang for their buck, which is crucial in such a recession. 

Here is a look at the top ten hybrid players in the NBA.

Honorable Mention: Jason Terry, Rodney Stuckey, Channing Frye, Brando Roy, and Russel Westbrook.

 

10.  Jeff Green

Green has tools to play both forward positions.  He is tall, tough, and a good rebounder, which all help his ability to play the Power Forward position.  In terms of his Small Forward skills, he can shoot from long distance and he has some handles.  Another sign of his efficiency is his comparatively low price, at $3.5 million per year.

 

9.  Jamal Crawford

Crawford is predominantly a Shooting Guard due to his scoring ability, but he has played some point in crunch-time.  His ability to score tough jumpers landed him the closer job while a member of the New York Knicks.  With his combo-guard ability, he lands in the top 10 hybrids, but his lack of being a true Point Guard keeps him from climbing this list.

 

8.  Tyreke Evans

Evans is a Point Guard in a Shooting Guard’s body.  His 6'6" frame allows him to see some time on the wing.  As a rookie, he proved to be skilled in more than one way.  He is a great scorer (20.1 PPG), rebounder (5.3 RPG), and passer (5.8 APG).  If he’s only No. 8 on this list, then you know it must be full of efficient talent.

 

7.  Antawn Jamison

The best part about Jamison is that you get the same production from either forward position.  He has great post moves on slower big men, so he plays lots of Power Forward; though, he also has range, so he can play as an over-sized Small Forward, which causes major match-up issues for defenders.

 

6.  Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade is a part-time Shooting Guard, a part-time Point Guard, and a full-time superstar.  He does it all from the back-court.  He scores with ease and distributes the ball well.  He’s one of those wing players who closes games from the point, and does so extremely well (with the exception of his late-game giveaway against the Cavs).

 

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