Kleeman’s Jump Hook: Ron Artest and the NBA’s Best Defenders

April 6th, 2010 by Robert Kleeman Leave a reply »
No one finds high-scoring D-Leaguers quite like the Golden State Warriors. Don Nelson summoned undrafted rookie Anthony Morrow and then watched him drop 37 points on the L.A. Clippers in his NBA debut. Clippers call-up Mike Taylor also went bananas from the field in his first NBA regular season showing. Wannabe scoring champs are a dime a dozen, and you can find an anxious shot jacker at any college, or on any D-League squad. Players who excel at frustrating these ball-chucking dynamos are as difficult to unearth as any athlete in any sport. Since most college standouts learn and play zone defense with frequency, they come to the NBA unprepared for the stronger, more athletic, and faster ballers they will face. In the pros, man-to-man coverage often becomes as vital to success as team defense. What flies in college stays on the tarmac in the NBA. You can get away with defenselessness here...if you play with the Warriors. With that in mind, who are some of the league's most bothersome defenders? Which players merit a toast for their preparation and skill on the uphill end of the court? I put the following list in alphabetical, not numerical order. Consider this piece a sam ...

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