John Wall, Aaron Brooks and the 25 Most Dangerous NBA Players on the Fast Break

James Schmidt@@james_schmidt1Correspondent INovember 9, 2010

John Wall, Aaron Brooks and the 25 Most Dangerous NBA Players on the Fast Break

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 06:  Aaron Brooks #0 of the Houston Rockets moves the ball in front of Derek Fisher #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 6, 2009 in Los An
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    Hey guys, Rockets Featured Columnist James Schmidt here, I'm going to be talking about the 25 best players on the break in the NBA. This is going to be in no particular order, so don't post comments about him being better than him. 

    The fast break is one of the most exciting plays in basketball and it sets up some of the best dunks and alley-oops in the game. It's the strength of some players in the league, so here we go. I'm no going to go to in depth because the video says it all. Enjoy!

John Wall

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    The first overall pick out of Kentucky for the Washington Wizards is fast, athletic and quick. He can get to the rack at will and finish with a powerful dunk or a finesse layup. On the fast break, he is even more deadly.

    With his quickness, he can get ahead of the pack and explode to the basket and have no trouble finishing. Seeing as he is barely 20, he is only going to get better.

Aaron Brooks

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    Aaron Brooks is one of the fastest—if not the fastest—players in the game. Not only is he fast, though, but he is quick—and trust me, there is a big difference. 

    The thing with Aaron is even though he is barely six feet tall—and that's being generous—he has very big hands and can put very tricky spin on the ball for layups.

    Add this to having one of the best three-point shots in the game, and Brooks can either pull up for the trey or take it to the rack while making his defenders look like snails in the distance.

LeBron James

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    As much as I despise the guy, I gotta give him props for what he does well. That is the fast break.

    He has excellent court vision and obviously can dunk on anybody at will if he has the momentum. Also, being very fast for his size adds into his unique skill set. A surprisingly good passer, he can find his teammates while they are running the break with him.

    Watch out for this Miami team: If they get in the fast break, it's game over.

Chris Paul

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    Chris Paul: in my opinion, the best point guard in the league. His smart decision-making and innate ability to finish at the rack make him unstoppable on the break.

    But what happens if you stop the ball? I guess I'll just have to go with a between-your-legs pass to a wide-open Trevor Ariza for the slam. 

Monta Ellis

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    The Warriors weren't one of the highest-scoring teams on the break just cuz. No, it was because of this man, Monta Ellis.

    One of the best scorers in the game, Ellis can basically hit any kind of tricky shot you want him to.

    And for being such a high scorer, he is also a surprisingly good passer, just making it all the better for Warriors fans.

Rajon Rondo

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    Rajon Rondo will basically drive you crazy on the fast break because you don't know if he's faking the layup or if he's actually shooting it.

    Add the fact he's probably the best passer in the league, and all he has to do is kick it out to Pierce or Allen or whoever is waiting patiently wide open on the three-point line and BOOM, you got an assist.

Dwyane Wade

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    When Wade is in the open court...look out below.

Russell Westbrook

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    Like the announcer said: It's what he does best.

    I think from the video, we can all agree about that.

Derrick Rose

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    Derrick is quick, a great passer and—obviously from this video—a very good dunker.

    Definitely three things you want if you're going to be a good fast-break player.

Rudy Gay

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    Rudy Gay is very athletic and obviously a very good finisher at the rim.

    He can explode out of the pack on breakaways and throw it down hard.

Carmelo Anthony

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    Carmelo is very athletic and a very good finisher at the rim.

    When he gets out on the fast break, SportsCenter had better get ready for a "Top 10" play.

Jason Kidd

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    Jason Kidd doesn't run the break too well anymore because of his age, but he sure can help his teammates get into it with a precision pass.

    I mean, on this play nobody was even thinking about him getting the ball to Jason Terry—the defense was trying to stop the ball and Kidd snuck it right in to Terry for the dunk.

Trevor Ariza

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    "Up to Arrrrizzaaaa!"

    When Ariza disrupts a pass with his long arms, he's going to be looking to dunk all over you on the fast break—and for the most part, he will dunk all over you.

Jason Richardson

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    Yeah he's still got it.

    When he goes up on the fast break, he's usually coming down with two more points for his team on exciting and spectacular dunks like that.

    He gets the crowd "oohing and ahhing."

Blake Griffin

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    For the few games he's played in the NBA, all I can say about Griffin is, "That's filthy."

    I think the video is all you need to know about him finishing on the break, but trust me there are many more just as good on the Web.

Kevin Durant

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    When you're 6'10" and as long as Kevin Durant is, I think it literally might be impossible to stop you on the fast break. It's just too easy.

DeMar DeRozan

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    "Kid Dynamite" is one of the more underrated players on the break, but I think after he showed you what he could do in the dunk contest, you could tell this kid was something special.

    He shows you he is able to dunk with flair even when a person is there. (Incidental rhyming, I know...)

Eric Gordon

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    Well, he's the guy who lost to DeMar DeRozan for the dunk contest slot in in the Rookie-Sophomore game. It just makes you think if this guy lost, how good is the guy who won? Must be pretty darn good.

Corey Brewer

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    Derek Fisher was in his way? Didn't seem like it. Look at this one on Robin Lopez.

Andre Iguodala

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    Andre Iguodala is so athletic that when he has momentum like that, it's nearly impossible to stop him.

    He is also a pretty smart player, so he can make the pass if he needs to.

Josh Smith

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    Josh Smith is, in my opinion, the most athletic player in the league. Being 6'9" and having an incredible wingspan kinda helps, too.

Tony Parker

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    Tony Parker is a fantastic finisher—enough said.

Deron Williams

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    Deron is so quick, yet so big for a point guard, that when he gets into the open court, he's so quick you can't stop him, and he's so big you can't stop him.

    It's almost, I don't know, unstoppable?

Amar'e Stoudemire

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    I really can't remember the last time Amar'e went on a break and didn't dunk on somebody.

Steve Nash

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    Nash, like Kidd, sets his teammates up for easy buckets on the break.

    It's guys like Nash and Kidd who give their teammates opportunities for highlight-reel dunks.


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    Alright guys thanks for reading my slideshow. Nice to see some of you made it through without getting bored.

    Well I'm nearly 100 percent sure I missed some people, so go ahead and comment who you think I missed.

    Once again, thanks and have a wonderful day, folks.