Ranking NBA Big Men with Best Guard Skills

December 1st, 2012 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »
A lot of NBA big men think they have guard skills, but only a select few truly possess the talents of their backcourt counterparts. Marc Gasol, for example, essentially runs the Memphis Grizzlies offense with his pinpoint passing. Plenty of other bigs, like Dirk Nowitzki, have used some of the league’s best perimeter strokes to mimic the play of sharpshooting guards. And we haven’t even mentioned the NBA’s most devastating new pair of “power forwards,” LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony.

Before ranking the NBA big men with the best guard skills, it’s important that we set some parameters.

The primary tenet here is that the player must actually be a power forward or center. That means guys like Kevin Durant and Danilo Gallinari, who are both over 6’10”, don’t qualify as “big men” for our purposes because they’re just wing players who happen to have big-man height. We all know they’re really just oversized guards.

The second rule in our rankings is that we’re emphasizing the word “skills.” Lots of bigs try to impersonate guards, but most such attempts result ...

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