NBA All-Out-Of Position Team

Peter Emerick@@peteremerickSenior Writer IIJune 6, 2012

NBA All-Out-Of Position Team

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    The NBA is full of players who can play multiple positions, and play them well.

    From LeBron James being able to run the point at 6'8'' and 250 pounds, to Dirk Nowitzki being one of the most deadly shooters in the game at 7'0'' and 245 pounds, there are a number of players who could excel no matter where they're playing on the court.

    It's time to dream up a team of NBA players, playing out of their current positions, that will make the 2012 NBA all-out-of-position team.  

    Ahead you'll find the first and second-team selections for the NBA all-out-of-position team. 

Second Unit Center: Luol Deng

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    Player Profile6'9'', 220 lbs.

    Typical PositionSmall Forward

    Luol Deng might seem like quite an oddball choice here for being able to play the center position, but just hear me out.

    Not only did Deng rank in the top 20 this past season in rebounds, with an average of 6.7 per game, he's also considered one of the top defensive players in the NBA.

    Sure, Deng's not going to overpower anybody in the paint with his 220-pound frame, but his adherence to the fundamentals of the game certainly will help him stay competitive on the defensive side of the ball.

    Deng's post game isn't too shabby either, which he'll use out of the paint to create mismatches and outplay defenders.  Deng at the center position doesn't seem so outlandish now, does it?

Second Unit Power Forward: Dwyane Wade

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    Player Profile6'4'', 220 lbs.

    Typical PositionShooting Guard

    Dwyane Wade isn't going to let anyone push him around, and that's why he's a perfect candidate to come off the bench at the power forward spot.

    Wade also happens to have one of the best post games of any shooting guard in the NBA not named Kobe Bryant.  His ability to post up bigger defenders, even power forwards, and hit fadeaway jumpers over their outstretched hands will give him a clear advantage at the four spot.

    Wade also plays much bigger than his 220-pound frame allows him to.  Wade is a physically intimidating defender, and he doesn't leave that physicality on the defensive side of the ball.

    A second-unit frontcourt of Dwyane Wade and Luol Deng might not sound intimidating on paper, but on the defensive side of the ball they will be a force to be reckoned with. 

Second Unit Small Forward: Derrick Rose

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    Player Profile6'3'', 190 lbs.

    Typical PositionPoint Guard

    Derrick Rose at the small forward position on the NBA all-out-of-position team is an absolute no-brainer.

    If Rose was two inches taller and weighed 25 more pounds, there's no doubt in my mind that he would be on the same level as a little-known player named LeBron James.

    The intensity and veracity that Rose brings to the game is what helps him continually go up against bigger and stronger defenders, making them look like NBA D-league players in the process.

    Rose will be able to approach the game at the small forward position the same way he does when he's running the point for the Chicago Bulls.  He'll be able to hit shots on the perimeter and also penetrate into the lane with explosive agility.

    As a small forward, Rose will still be one of the most dangerous players in the league.  

Second Unit Shooting Guard: Kevin Love

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    Player Profile6'10'', 260 lbs.

    Typical PositionPower Forward

    Even though Kevin Love is listed as a power forward with the Timberwolves, he realistically plays every position on the floor besides running the point.

    The range that exists in Love's jumper is reason enough to put him at the two-guard spot on this team, as he'll be able to do what he does best—shoot long-range three balls.

    Love certainly isn't the most athletic player in the NBA, but he shoots the ball like a shooting guard and he's quick enough to hang with quicker guards on the defensive side of the ball.

    It's not often a 6'10, 260-pound power forward wins an NBA three-point contest.  But when he does, he earns himself a spot as a shooting guard on the NBA all-out-of position team.  

Second Unit Point Guard: Kevin Durant

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    Player Profile 6'9'', 235 lbs.

    Typical PositionSmall Forward

    Kevin Durant would be a massive point guard, and him running the point would certainly be an amazing sight to see.

    In all honesty, Durant could probably play any position on the court aside from center, because he's just that versatile of a player.  Just imagine the mismatches he would create at the point, consistently using his 6'9'' frame to launch jumpers over much smaller defenders.

    Durant isn't the best ball handler in the NBA, but he's consistent enough to run the point. Durant could create shots for himself with ease off the dribble, and in doing so, become nearly impossible to defend.

    Scoring wouldn't be Durant's only strength at the point.  He also has excellent court vision, which would allow him to effectively facilitate the offense to his teammates as the court general. 

First Team Center: Carmelo Anthony

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    Player Profile6'8'', 230 lbs.

    Typical PositionSmall Forward

    While Carmelo Anthony's 6'8'' frame would hold him back a bit at the center position, his basketball I.Q. would make up for that disadvantage.

    When 'Melo isn't launching up three-balls and dropping 30-plus points a night, he's posting up defenders and out-playing bigger, stronger players around the paint.

    'Melo won't be an intimidating force on the defensive side of the ball, but he'll all but make up for that when he has the ball on offense, relying on his fadeaway jumper to get the job done in and around the paint. 

    'Melo is a much more physical player than he puts on at times, and sticking him at the center position would put that clearly on display.  When 'Melo is forced to play bigger than he is, he rises to the occasion, and that's exactly what he'll do as the starting center for the NBA all-out-of position team.

First Team Power Forward: Kobe Bryant

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    Player Profile6'6'', 205 lbs.

    Typical PositionShooting Guard

    It goes without saying that Kobe Bryant is a jack-of-all trades.  He has the heart and the confidence to play any and all positions on the court.  Kobe could run the point or hold his own in the paint at the center position, but for this team, Kobe's earned a spot as the starting power forward.

    Not only is Kobe one of the best back-down shooting guards in the game, he's hands down one of the best back-down players to ever play the game, regardless of position.

    While other power forwards will have a serious size advantage over Kobe, he will minimize that advantage with his turnaround jumper and his tenacity on the defensive side of the ball. 

    Kobe will be a force to be reckoned with at the power forward position.  He'll be almost impossible to stop in the post, and when he's not in the post, he'll be blowing by defenders off the dribble.  

First Team Small Forward: Russell Westbrook

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    Player Profile6'3'', 187 lbs.

    Typical PositionPoint Guard

    Russell Westbrook is another player who could play a number of positions on this team.  He approaches the game with a reckless abandon that makes him one of the most special players in the NBA.

    Time and time again, Westbrook drives into the paint and soars over players much bigger and much stronger, and he does so with an intensity that helps him play bigger than he is.

    At the small forward spot Westbrook will be able to play the game the way he does now, relying on his outside jumper when necessary, but using his ability to penetrate to really do some serious damage.

    Defensively speaking, Westbrook will have no problem hanging with bigger small forwards, because he will equalize their size advantage with the intensity and physicality that he brings to the game. 

First Team Shooting Guard: Dirk Nowitzki

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    Player Profile7'0'', 245 lbs.

    Typical PositionPower Forward 

    Dirk Nowitzki is among the best pure shooters in the NBA, and that's saying something for a seven-foot tall power forward.

    Nowitzki is a perfect fit to be the starting shooting guard on the NBA all-out-of-position team. Not only is he able to hit jumpers from nearly anywhere on the court, but he's also able to create shots for himself off the dribble, which is an absolutely integral component of being a successful shooting guard.

    There are times now when Nowitzki finds himself on the perimeter, acting as a shooting guard, and that's part of what makes him such an obvious choice for this spot.

    Defensively speaking, Nowitzki will be somewhat of a liability, but that won't matter when he's draining three-ball after three-ball over much smaller defenders.  

First Team Point Guard: LeBron James

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    Player Profile6'8'', 250 lbs.

    Typical PositionSmall Forward

    Out of every player in the NBA right now, LeBron James is the one that could effectively and efficiently play every single position on the court.

    Just this past season LeBron has ran the point for the Heat, and he's even gone up against Kevin Garnett at the center position in the 2012 NBA Playoffs.  To say that LeBron is the most versatile player in the game would be a massive understatement.

    At the point, LeBron will have no problem using his size to his advantage as he blows past smaller and less physical defenders with a ridiculous level of ease.

    Defensively speaking, LeBron will have no problem guarding players at the point, because he does it right now with an extremely high level of efficiency.  As a point guard, there's no limit to how productive LeBron will be.

    The thought of LeBron having the ball in his hands every time his team comes up the court is something that should invoke terror into every player not on the NBA all-out-of-position team. 


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