Best NBA Players Performing a Specific Play in the Past 10 Years

Eduardo JimenezContributor IJune 30, 2011

Best NBA Players Performing a Specific Play in the Past 10 Years

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    In this 18 slide roller coaster ride you will be presented with the elite players at performing a specific play in the game of basketball during the past 10 years.

    Every slide will contain the winner, a description of why I chose him, seven honorable mentions that came to mind and some media content for your viewing pleasure. 

Best "In Your Face" Dunker: Vince Carter

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    Vince Carter has the best collection of poster dunks throughout NBA history. His leaping ability is unmatched by any other player.

    Runner Ups: Jason Richardson, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin, Dwyane Wade, Amare Stoudemire, Tracy McGrady.

Best Flashy Dunker: Vince Carter

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    Vinsanity cant quite leap like he used to, but throughout his career Vince Carter has displayed a full arsenal of high flying dunks that would get you off your seat at least once a game.

    Runner Ups: Jason Richardson, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Tracy McGrady, Desmond Mason, Steve Francis.

Best Shot Blocker: Dikembe Mutombo

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    Dikembe Mutombo will block your shot and then let you know all about it. His signature "SHAKE FINGER" is still impersonated by today's players when they reject a shot. Mutombo's prime was in the 1990's, but he was still shaking fingers in the new millennium as he asserted his dominance against the new breed.

    Runner Ups: Ben Wallace, Tim Duncan, Shaquille O'Neal, Kevin Garnett, Dwight Howard, Marcus Camby, Josh Smith.

Best Mid-Range Shooter: Kobe Bryant

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    They don't call him "Black Mamba" for nothing. No one in the history of the game displayed a more complete mid range game than Kobe Bryant. He has the crossover, the head fakes, the foot work and the shooting ability to master the perimeter every single night.

    Runner Ups: Brandon Roy, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Ray Allen, Richard Hamilton, Reggie Miller, Gilbert Arenas.

Best Alley-OOP Dunker: Vince Carter

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    Once again it's Vince. What can I say, he is amazing. Carter has shown windmills, tomahawks, posters and many more in alley-oops.

    Runner Ups: Blake Griffin, Josh Smith, Kevin Garnett, JaVale McGee, Dwight Howard, Amare' Stoudemire, Shaquille O'Neal.

Best Three Point Shooter: Ray Allen

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    Ray Allen holds the record for most 3-point field goals in a NBA career. He has it all—consistency, leaping, high release, stamina and quick release. And he knows how to position himself best for a good look from downtown.

    Runner Ups: Kobe Bryant, Reggie Miller, Gilbert Arenas, Rashard Lewis, Jason Richardson, Michael Redd, Steve Nash.

Best Thief: Allen Iverson

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    Allen Iverson was very sneaky and as quick as a cat when he was ready to steal the ball from the big men in the post.

    Runner Ups: Jason Kidd, Chris Paul, John Wall, Rajon Rondo, Shawn Marion, Gerald Wallace, Caron Butler.

Best Crossover: Dwyane Wade

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    Dwyane Wade's crossover will get the defenders completely out of the picture. It's a fan favorite, but it's also a huge reason for his premiere scoring ability.

    Runner Ups: Stephon Marbury, Allen Iverson, Derrick Rose, Steve Nash, Baron Davis, Jason Williams, Gilbert Arenas.

Best Euro-Step: Manu Ginobli

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    Very few player perform the euro-step move in NBA games before Ginobli. It's a move used a lot in international basketball and should be every guards number one choice to get around a big man in the paint.

    Runner Ups: Dwyane Wade, Paul Pierce, Allen Iverson, Tyreke Evans, Derrick Rose, Rajon Rondo, Kobe Bryant.

Best Fade Away Shooter: Kobe Bryant

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    This was a close call between him and Dirk Nowitzki, but Kobe's fade away jumper leaves opponents scratching their heads when trying to stop him.

    Runner Ups: Dirk Nowitzki, Reggie Miller, Carmelo Anthony , Rasheed Wallace, Tracy McGrady, Manu Ginobli, Vince Carter.

Best Circus Shot Maker: Dwyane Wade

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    Dwyane Wade can be upside down, facing the other basket or have ten hands in his face—and despite all this he is still a pretty good percentage shot.

    Runner Ups: Kobe Bryant, Vince Carter, Allen Iverson, Manu Ginobli, Antawn Jamison, Nick Young, LeBron James.

Best Put Back Dunker: Dwight Howard

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    Dwight's build and leaping ability make him hard to box out of the paint when a missed shot ricochets off the rim. His put backs sound like thunder and look like explosions.

    Runner Ups: Shaquille O"Neal, JaVale Mcgee, Amare Stoudemire, Stromile Swift, Kevin Garnett, Vince Carter, LeBron James.

Best Passer: Steve Nash

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    Steve Nash will make you think he has eyes on the back of his head by the way he finds his teammates on the floor. They are also extremely accurate for such a unique, flashy style.

    Runner Ups: Jason Kidd, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, LeBron James, John Wall, Jose Calderon, Baron Davis.

Best Free Throw Shooter: Ray Allen

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    Ray Allen rarely misses from the free throw line. This is due to his unbelievable shooting ability, strong mentality and great consistency. 

    Runner Ups: Steve Nash, Dirk Nowitzki, Reggie Miller, Jose Calderon, Mo Williams, Chauncey Billups, Yao Ming.

Best Charge Taker: Shane Battier

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    It's a shame that the NBA statistics department does not keep track of the numbers of charges a player takes. I'm pretty sure Shane would be at the top of the list. He's a premiere defender in this league.

    Runner ups: Tim Duncan, Chuck Hayes, Derek Fisher, Jermaine O'Neal, LeBron James, Jason Kidd, Steve Nash.

Best Rebounder: Kevin Love

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    Kevin Love rebounded the basketball last season at a record setting pace that awed everyone. His double-double number were pretty much the same as his numbers of game played.

    Runner Ups: Dwight Howard, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Blake Griffin, Ben Wallace, Shaquille O'Neal, Marcus Camby.

Best Clutch Shot Maker: Paul Pierce

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    Paul Pierce is the model for clutch shot making. A clear look from the right side perimeter area is money in the bank. 

    Runner Ups: Kobe Bryant, Manu Ginobli, Tim Duncan, Steve Nash, Vince Carter, Tracy McGrady, Gilbert Arenas.

Best Isolation Player: Kobe Bryant

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    Kobe will keep you guessing every time you have to single handedly shut him down. All you can do is pray he misses.

    Runner Ups: Paul Pierce, Allen Iverson, LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki, Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, Tracy McGrady.