The NBA’s best broken down

There are many factors that are necessary to winning a basketball game, especially in the professional level. There’s team chemistry, skill level, coaching, and determination. Although these are the more prominent factors, there is one that almost everyone seems to overlook, and that is intelligence.

How is intelligence used on the court, you may ask. It is a dominant part of basketball, most people may not recognize it but players like Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, and Dwyane Wade are geniuses. They may not be the typical genius who excels academically and make contributions by inventing innovative software but they are geniuses none the less. Not everyone can make decisions in a split second that can impact a game positively but these players do it exceptionally well. Making a shot with .3 seconds left on the clock is extremely difficult. Think about all that the player has to do in that time period. They have to locate the rims location on the court, decide how much energy needs to be put on the ball in order to achieve an optimum result, and shoot the ball so that it cannot be touched by the defender. That takes an immense amount of brain power to do and 99.9% of the people in the world probably could not pull it off.

Even if you take a look at the typical play with 24 seconds on the shot clock, there is still a lot of decision making and judgement involved. Say, a player gets the ball at the three point line with 18 seconds left on the clock. Many things will impact what that player decides to do with the ball. If his team is ahead by 30 points, he may decide to take a relatively difficult shot or cross his defender over because even if his shot misses or move fails, the game is already won. Say his team is down by 2 points and there is a minute left in the fourth quarter. The player will most likely try to pass the ball to someone who is in the same situation as himself or has an open shot. The factor that separates the NBA’s best from the average player is that a player such as Lebron James or Kobe Bryant would try to make the play themselves. If the defense would expect them to pass, they would shoot or drive. Their unpredictable nature is what makes them so good. You may recall an NBA commercial from not to long ago when Mickael Pietrus stated that Kobe Bryant is the best player in the NBA because of how unpredictable he is.

The two key factors that make an NBA player great are unpredictable nature and intelligence. Other factors are important but not neccessary. Larry Bird was poorly built and out of shape and was also one of the best NBA players of all time, wonder why?

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