NBA Power Rankings: The 10 Most Freakishly Athletic Players in the League

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NBA Power Rankings: The 10 Most Freakishly Athletic Players in the League
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Arguably, every NBA player is an elite athlete.  It is probably the most athletic of all sports, but which player is more athletic than the rest?

This ranking of NBA athletes is based on athletic ability for the individual's size.  This combines a player's leaping ability, speed, explosiveness, agility, strength, and body control.

For all of these individuals, the game comes naturally to them.  Along with technique and skill, their athleticism makes it much easier for them to succeed on the court.

There are so many tremendous players who could be chosen for this distinction. Narrowing this list was extremely difficult, but these are my top 10 athletes currently playing in the league.

Honorable Mention: Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers. Even after missing the entire 2009-2010 season due to leg surgery, Blake Griffin can easily be considered as one of the NBA's top athletes.  

On opening night, ESPN analyst Hubie Brown characterized Griffin by exclaiming that he can “run like a deer” and “is a blur.”  At 6'10", Blake has one of the most explosive leaps in the league and consistently plays above the rim.

He is a dominant rebounder, has extreme toughness and strength, and possesses rare speed and agility in the open floor.

Shannon Brown, Los Angeles Lakers. Shannon Brown is an extraordinary athlete best known for his highlight dunks in transition, but he is just as capable of rising up and throwing down in the half-court as well.  

Brown's large wingspan allows him to block the passing lanes and rack up steals on the defensive end.  

This explosive jumping ability and quickness on both ends of the floor are what really separate Shannon Brown from most other NBA players

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