Absolute Freaks: The 10 Most Athletic Players in the NBA

November 17th, 2010 by Eric Shapiro Leave a reply »
Arguably, every NBA player is an elite athlete.  It is probably the most athletic of all sports, but which player is more athletic than the rest?

This ranking of NBA athletes is based on athletic ability for the individual's size.  This combines a player's leaping ability, speed, explosiveness, agility, strength, and body control.

For all of these individuals, the game comes naturally to them.  Along with technique and skill, their athleticism makes it much easier for them to succeed on the court.

There are so many tremendous players who could be chosen for this distinction, and narrowing this list was extremely difficult, but these are my top ten athletes currently playing in the league.

Honorable Mention: Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers- Even after missing the entire 2009-2010 season due to leg surgery, Blake Griffin can easily be considered one of the NBA's top athletes.  

On opening night, ESPN analyst Hubie Brown characterized Griffin by exclaiming that he can “run like a deer” and “is a blur.”  At 6-10, Blake has one of the most explosive leaps in the league and consistently plays above t ...

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