If you've ever played a game of one on one basketball, you'll know that it's not your typical brand of hoop. A test of will, strength, desire, and intelligence, a mano e mano duel is essentially a chess game translated to the hardwood.
If an opponent is overmatched, the game will be over faster than Allen Iverson's tenure with the Memphis Grizzlies. If both competitors possess a similar skill set however, one on one ball makes for quite the spectacle.
In these duels, it is sometimes not the best full court player who emerges victorious. Sometimes, its the player who is the most creative. The player who, when he has picked up his dribble, has the uncanny ability engineer a miraculous sequence of pump fakes, offensive rebounds, and defensive stands impossible to replicate amidst the pace of a 5 on 5 setting.
With that said, Bleacher Report presents 10 of the most intriguing one on one matchups amongst the NBA's best. Be it at a jam packed arena, your high school gym, or even your own driveway, these can't-miss matchups would take this classic brand of basketball to a whole new level.
-Games are played to 21 by ones, with anything beyond the three point arc worth two points
-Current players only, also taking age into account
-There are no referees. Players are responsible for calling their own fouls
-No water breaks allowed
-Win by two