NBA Power Rankings: Top 10 Off-Hand Players in the League

Rich Kurtzman@@RichKurtzman Senior Analyst IJanuary 5, 2011

NBA Power Rankings: Top 10 Off-Hand Players in the League

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    NBA players are some of the most physically gifted and talented in the world.

    Their seemingly unlimited leaping ability matched with their huge stature is awe-inspiring alone.

    But the players in the Association are so good, they learn how to score at all costs, even if it means finishing with their non-dominant hand.

    The NBA truly is "Where Amazing Happens."

    And this slideshow highlights a multitude of those astonishing individual efforts by some of the greatest players in the NBA today (and even a few of some retired stars).

Honorable Mention

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    Carmelo Anthony is usually bad at finishing with his left, but this deserves mention.

    How about this reverse windmill layup by Monta Ellis?

    Charles Barley lays it up with his left hand on Michael Jordan?

    Here's a sweet lefty by His Airness in the 1993 NBA Finals.

Rasheed Wallace

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    I realize Sheed doesn't play anymore, but the man was one of the best off-handed players ever.

    Don't believe me? You have to watch the video of him making back-to-back halfcourt jumpers, one with either hand! Yes, it was in practice, but it was so spectacular I had to get him in on this list.

    And here's a nice spin out of the post to finish with his left.


Tracy McGrady

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    Yes, T-Mac has faded from stardom after many injuries took away his explosive ability.

    But he has to be mentioned not only for the spectacular break-away dunk around Kobe above, but for making this free throw left-handed as well.

    Here's another south-paw dunk from T-Mac, this one on the end of a left-handed drive.

Blake Griffin

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    Blake Griffin wasn't even going to be on this list until I saw this monstrous lefty dunk from earlier this season.

    Griffin is like a freight train when he gets running down the lane, no one wants to get in his way for fear they may lose a limb.

    He's a man-beast, especially when using his amazing leaping ability. If the young Griffin can continue to learn how to maximize using his off-hand, it will only help quicken his growth on the court.

Chauncey Billups

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    Billups has been balling in the NBA for a decade and a half, with all that experience comes the knowledge and strategy to learn a multitude of shots.

    Mr. Big Shot can sink a much-needed bucket from behind the arc, or he can drive the hoop and finish with his off-hand or with a reverse lay-up, up and under the hoop.

    Plus, watch him closely when fouls are called off the ball, he can usually be seen throwing up all kinds of wild shots, from the ones a sky-high to the wild left-handed tosses.

Brandon Roy

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    Roy is still an up-and-coming player in the NBA, but he is quite close to being a surefire star.

    He's shown some super ups and when he can stay healthy, Roy is raw.

    In the first video, Roy dunks it left-handed on the break, and in this video, he dunks it lefty all over David West's face.

    Now Brandon, please stay healthy and show us more of this! The fake right, lay-up left ala Michael Jordan.

Carlos Boozer

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    Boozer is one of the better post players in the NBA and he utilizes both hands well down low.

    Carlos Boozer isn't the flashiest player, he's not usually going to dunk all over people, but he's great at the finger roll lay-up with both hands.

Pau Gasol

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    Like Boozer, Gasol loves the post and he likes to use his left hand lots of the time.

    Gasol is the king of having his back to the hoop, spinning and tossing a floating left-handed hook shot into the net.

    Also, if the spin works to fake out his defender, Gasol finishes very well at the hoop with his off-hand too.

Steve Nash

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    Nash is a great player, always deservedly garnering respect as one of the best point guards in the game.

    Nash is a nasty passer, and it's his ability to use his off-hand that allows him to dish and dime his teammates so well. At 10.6 assists per game, Nash currently ranks No. 2 in the NBA, and he's produced double-digit dimes per contest in 7-8 seasons.

    Beyond passing, Nash uses both hands well when he drives and gets to the rim, making him an almost indefensible threat on the NBA hardwood.

LeBron James

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    LeBron James, love him or hate him, is the most dominant player in the NBA today.

    He's an absolute beast, size-wise and when just discussing his amazing athletic abilities.

    LeBron can slash to the hoop, crab dribble with both hands, and while most of his dunks are with his dominant right hand, James finishes as strong with his left hand as anyone in the league.

    LeBron shoots 75 percent at the rim, and being able to use both hands is a huge asset.

    Of course, he can also pass with his left and he loves to chase down opponents and block their shots into the crowd with either hand as well.

    Check out this spinning left-handed floater he made a few years ago!

    One more, a left-handed dunk by LBJ on Chris Bosh before both were teammates.

Kobe Bryant

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    Kobe has been the most hated players in the NBA for years because hands-down, he's one of the best, no matter what hand he's using.

    Every fan knows how well Kobe can shoot when he's on, the turnaround fadeaway, the mid-range jumper and even the deep killer three-pointer with a hand in his face.

    But not everyone knows Kobe actually sank a three left handed a few years ago!

    Plus, Kobe has some of the best dribbles, he can pass well and Bryant can finish with either hand with ease.


    Rich Kurtzman is a freelance journalist actively seeking a career in journalism. Along with being the CSU Rams Examiner, Kurtzman is a Denver Nuggets, Denver Broncos and NBA Featured Columnist for, the Colorado/Utah Regional Correspondent for and a weekly contributor to

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