NBA Power Rankings: The Top Ten Left-Handed NBA Players
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I've often heard people say that left-handed people are naturally gifted at basketball.
Although some people say this is merely because players tend to force their opponents left, giving them an open driving lane with their preferred hand.
After recently hearing a friend boasting about his left-handed superiority in basketball, I decided to take a look at some of the top lefty shooters in the NBA and see for myself if the rumors had any basis in fact.
Naturally, there's really no way of knowing and it's probably not at all true.
Nonetheless, it has led me to write the following article. Enjoy.
10. Tayshaun Prince, Detroit Pistons
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2010-2011 Stats: 14.7 points, 4.70 rebounds, 2.8 assists
Career Stats: 12.7 points, 4.7 points, 2.7 assists
Tayshaun Prince is one of the league's top defenders and a one time champion.
Although not an elite scorer, Prince has long been considered to be one of the league's most underrated players.
Prince has a well rounded offense and uses his length to bother opponents on the defensive end.
Prince is also one of the league's most clutch defenders, who is well known for his game-winning block on Reggie Miller in the 2004 Eastern Conference Finals, which enabled the Pistons to advance to the finals.
9. Mike Conley Jr., Memphis Grizzlies
Conley is having a career season
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2010-2011 Stats: 13.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 6.6 assists
Career Stats: 11.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 4.9 assists
Despite speculation after the first three years of his career that Mike Conley would be unable to maintain his spot as the Memphis Grizzlies' starting point guard. Conley has started to prove his doubters wrong this year.
Conley is averaging career highs in point and assists this season and has showcased his impressive lefty stroke.
Conley has started to come through in the clutch this season and is probably wishing that the Grizzlies were in the Eastern Conference.
Despite a decent record, the Grizzlies are sitting a few games outside the playoff circle in the West and will need to step it up to make it to the postseason.
8. David Lee, Golden State Warriors
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2010-2011 Stats: 16.2 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists
Career Stats: 13 points, 9.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists
Although his stats have dropped since his all-star season in 2009-2010, David Lee is still producing at a very high level and averaging close to a double-double.
Lee is a very solid passer for a big man, and has joined Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis to complete a formidable Warriors' big three.
Although nearly ambidextrous, Lee is naturally left handed and possesses a dependable mid ranged jumper along with a plethora of post moves. He is easily one of the league's top lefties.
7. Michael Beasley, Minnesota Timberwolves
2010-2011 Stats: 20.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists
Career Stats: 15.7 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists
After being traded from the Miami Heat to the Minnesota Timberwolves for next to nothing, Beasley is making Miami regret failing to receive good value for him.
Beasley's scoring output has risen by six points from last season, and he has joined forces with Kevin Love to give the Minnesota Timberwolves a formidable duo at the forward spots.
Beasley has hit the 30-point mark six times this season, including a career high 42 points against the Sacramento Kings early in the season.
The troubled forward has found his place in Kurt Rambis' triangle offense and is a much improved shooter, displaying a very dependable lefty stroke from three and mid range.
6. Zach Randolph, Memphis Grizzlies
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2010-2011 Stats: 20 points, 13.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists
Career Stats: 17.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists
Randolph is the superior of the two lefty shooters in the Memphis Grizzlies starting lineup.
A double-double machine, Randolph is putting up similar stats to Dwight Howard (minus the blocks, of course).
Throughout his career, Z-Bo has displayed a solid mid-ranged jump shot and an ability to make the occasional three.
Although not always in the best shape, Randolph knows how to use his big body to his advantage and is easily one of the league's top five rebounders.
5. Brandon Jennings, Milwaukee Bucks
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2010-2011 Stats: 17.9 points, 4 rebounds, 5.5 assists
Career Stats: 16.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, 5.7 assists
Brandon Jennings has brought life back to the Milwaukee Bucks franchise and established himself as one of the league's most exciting young players.
Jennings broke onto the scene last season as a rookie sensation, scoring 55 points in a thrilling victory over the Golden State Warriors.
Although his shot is inconsistent, when Jennings is on his lefty stroke is one of the best in the league.
Jennings runs the point guard spot very efficiently for Milwaukee and teamed with Andrew Bogut and John Salmons to make the NBA fear the dear last season.
Jennings has missed all but 25 games thus far in the season due to a broken left foot, but in his limited action he was putting up very solid numbers, and recorded his first-career triple double.
Jennings is a future all-star n the NBA, and should continue to excite fans for many years to come.
4. Josh Smith, Atlanta Hawks
2010-2011 Stats: 15.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.8 blocks
Career Stats: 14.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.2 steals, 2.3 blocks
I decided to display Josh Smith's full stat line, just to show how versatile he really is.
Smith is one of the league's top defenders, a high-flying dunker, a triple-double threat and a solid shooter. There is very little that this guy cannot do.
Smith has improved his shot selection from previous years and is rebounding at a career rate. Smith's jumper and range have both expanded, and although he isn't the best lefty in the league, he isn't far off.
3. Lamar Odom, Los Angeles Lakers
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2010-2011 Stats: 15.6 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists
Career Stats: 14.7 rebounds, 9.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists
Odom is another versatile lefty forward, who gets the nod over Smith for his experience and championship pedigree.
After helping lead the U.S. to victory in the 2010 FIBA World Championships, Odom is having a resurgent season on the Lakers, improving his stats greatly from the past two years.
With the return of Andrew Bynum, Odom has returned to his role as sixth-man, but is still producing at an excellent rate for the defending champions.
Barring another injury to Andrew Bynum, Odom should continue to contribute off the bench and should win the Sixth-Man of the Year Award with little competition.
If his impressive stats aren't enough, his outstanding 58% field goal percentage ought to do the trick.
2. Chris Bosh, Miami Heat
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2010-2011 Stats: 18.6 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists
Career Stats: 20.1 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists
After starting his career in South Beach very poorly, Chris Bosh soon picked it up and proved himself to be perhaps the most important of the Miami Heat Triumvirate.
Although his statistics are down from last seasons, this is to be expected due to his union with two of the league's top scorers.
Bosh is still exceeding expectations and managing to contribute at a similar pace to his days in Toronto, and his mid-ranged jumper is as reliable as ever.
Although he won't be the Heatle who takes the last shot in a close game, Bosh is the only inside scorer the Heat have, and his play could decide whether the Heat have what it takes to win a championship.
1. Manu Ginobili, San Antonio Spurs
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2010-2011 Stats: 18.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.9 assists
Career Stats: 15.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists
Manu Ginobili. The best player on the best team in the league, and the best left-handed player in the league. He won't win MVP, but maybe he should.
Ginobili is easily the craftiest player in the league, and his ability to get into the lane and finish with either hand is uncanny.
Ginobili has been the most clutch player in the league this season, with a couple of impressive game winning shots, along with a game saving charge on a Carmelo Anthony drive.
Ginobili is a fantastic passer, shooter and defender. He has been key in the revitalization of the Spurs, and hopes to lead San Antonio to it's fourth championship of the decade.
If he manages to do so, Ginobili could earn himself a place in the NBA Hall of Fame.