Building the Perfect NBA Player

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Have you ever wondered what the perfect NBA player would look like? If you were in a laboratory and could create your own basketball player, how would they turn out? I took all the best qualities among the current NBA players and created an unstoppable freak of nature.

Size: Tacko Fall

At 7’5, Tacko Fall is currently the tallest player in the NBA. Trying to shoot or grab rebounds over Tacko for an entire game would be extremely difficult.

Shooting Ability: Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry is the greatest shooter the NBA has ever seen. In NBA history, individual players have made 286 three-pointers or more in a single season only six times. Four of those seasons belong to Curry. If he stays healthy, the Warriors superstar will shatter the record for most career three-pointers.

Handles: Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving is a magician when it comes to handling the basketball. Thanks to his dribbling ability, he can get to whatever spot on the court whenever he wants. It’s almost as though Kyrie’s has an invisible string connecting the ball to his hand.

Wingspan: Tacko Fall

The first-year Celtic with yet another appearance on this list. Prior to this season, Tacko recorded an absurd 8’4 wingspan, the second largest recorded wingspan in NBA history only behind Manute Bol’s wingspan of 8’6.

Passing Ability: Nikola Jokic

Despite being a center, Jokic is routinely amongst the NBA’s leaders in assists. If you haven’t already, I highly recommend looking up his passing highlights on YouTube. Jokic’s passing is a big reason why the Nuggets are consistently able to put up points.

Rebounding Ability: Andre Drummond

Drummond has led the NBA in rebounds per game for the past two regular seasons and is on track to lead the league yet again. No other player equals Drummond’s rebounding ability.

Speed: De’Aaron Fox

Out of the entire NBA, Fox is the quickest player in the game, especially with the ball in his hands. Fox’s blazing speed is a major reason why he is averaging 20 points per game.

Basketball IQ: Chris Paul

Chris Paul has never been the strongest or the fastest. Standing at 6’0 he has certainly never been the tallest player. Despite all of that, the Thunder point guard has only continued to be one of the leagues better point guards. Paul’s basketball IQ is a big reason why he has made ten all-star games.

Leadership: Damian Lillard

Damian Lillard has single-handedly changed the culture within the Portland Trailblazers organization. Despite playing in the brutal Western Conference, Lillard has led them to the playoffs for the past six seasons. Lillard is a great leader because he treats all of his teammates equally and respectfully.

Strength: Steven Adams

Steven Adams is undoubtedly one of the most intimidating figures in the entire NBA. Because of his massive strength, no one likes going up against the Oklahoma City big man for an entire game.

Mentality: Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of the game’s fiercest competitors. The Greek Freak will do whatever it takes to bring an NBA championship to Milwaukee.

Durability: Joe Ingles

Your best ability is your availability. Over his entire career, Ingles has played in 460 out of a possible 464 regular-season games. You can always count on the Jazz small forward being healthy and ready to play.

Defensive Ability: Giannis Antetokounmpo

We all know about the video game-like numbers Giannis puts up, but we can’t ignore the fact that he has also emerged as a phenomenal defensive player. The Greek Freak was named to the NBA all-defensive team in 2019 and will be a candidate to win the defensive player of the year award this season. At 6’11, Giannis has the height to guard anybody but also possesses the athleticism to hang with the fastest players in the league.

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