By RantSports Staff on May 27, 2014
When you tune into the NBA these days, you’re looking for players who can light up the scoreboard and own the highlight reels on a nightly basis. The plays made by these players create emotional reactions that are only relevant if seen live. So if you’re working late or stuck at your kid’s soccer practice, Slingbox allows you to make sure you never miss the 15 most exciting players in the NBA to see live.
He’ll be 36 when the 2014 NBA season starts, but the Big German still fills the seats in Dallas with Mavs fans who just can’t get enough of his unique skill set. No big man has ever played the game the way he does, much less a seven-footer. His incredible shooting ability and one-legged, fadeaway jumpers make the crowds go wild and you just have to see it happen live to believe it.
There’s arguably no player in the league faster and quicker than this Frenchman who is a “little guy” in the NBA at 6-foot-2. He slices into the paint like a knife through butter and his incredible ability to finish at the rim from awkward angles with incredible english on the ball off the glass is unrivaled. Some of the plays he makes just force you to shake your head when seen live.
A super exciting sophomore, the small-school sensation from the Bay Area is a dream come true for the Blazers, who finally seem to be getting over that wasted No. 1 pick on Greg Oden. The 23-year-old point guard competed in all five All-Star events, and for good reason: he can make plays other guys can’t, no matter their size or skill set.
Living up the hype as a No. 1 pick, Kyrie Irving carries the Cavaliers on a nightly basis with his incredible offensive play. To see a player handle the ball the way he does while making it look so easy is hypnotizing…and will make you want to head to the rec center right away to try out those moves for yourself.
Another No. 1 overall pick, John Wall is finally doing what he was drafted to do for the Wizards. In his fourth season, he led Washington to a first-round playoff series upset win over the Bulls. Fans in attendance would rather have seen Derrick Rose play, but Wall made sure they saw a premier point guard in action…and didn’t disappoint.
Although he’s not exactly a shutdown defender, to put it nicely, James Harden was born to put the basketball in the hoop and he does it incredibly well on a nightly basis. When the Rockets need a miracle shot, he makes it look easy. If you’re big on offense, Harden is the guy for you to see live every time Houston plays.
There are a lot of explosive players in the NBA, but Russell Westbrook is arguably the most explosive of all of them. He can run like the wind and jump out of the gym, which makes him impossible to guard one-on-one, especially in the open court. Seeing some of the lightning-fast plays this guy makes is worthing watching live…but don’t blink because you might miss them.
The NBA has a lot of guys who can jump high and dunk hard, but Blake Griffin takes that to a new level. The guy just has a knack for being in the right place for an alley-lop all the time. In fact, he sometimes hits his head on the backboard because he’s flying so high. Any player who makes plays like that is worth watching live.
No player in the NBA can shoot like Stephen Curry. Period. End of story. When you look up “splash” in the basketball urban dictionary, his picture is there. Well, it would be if there was such a thing. While other players make it rain with their shooting, Curry makes it snow. He’s got the best stroke in the game and his shots are something else to see live.
The last of a dying breed, Kevin Love is a rebounding machine and the shots he makes on the offensive end are absurd, especially for a big man. He’ll pop to the corner and knock down a three right after boxing out a player much bigger than him and whipping a three-quarter-court outlet pass. Stuff like that just doesn't register in your head unless you see it live.
One of the best point guards in the league, Chris Paul makes passes and shots that just leave you shaking your head. He’s extremely quick and, because he’s stocky for “little guy in the NBA, he’s very strong and able to bang with bigger defenders. Because of that strength, he can also guard bigger players on the defensive end, making him must-see TV with the Clippers.
Scoring is in Melo’s genes; the man can drive, shoot and finish at the rim like he was born to do it. He doesn’t play much defense and he’s somewhat inconsistent, but when he’s on, he’s on. When Melo has one of those Melo-type games, seeing it live will make you remember it forever.
An often overlooked and underrated superstar, Paul George’s game makes you shake your head and ask out loud, “How did he do that?”
Well, we don’t know, but we absolutely love watching because his game is…well, impossible. The shots he makes from the angles at which he makes them are absurd and his athleticism is off the charts. When he makes on of those PG-type plays, you just can’t help but subconsciously beg for more.
With a seven-foot-plus wing span, Kevin Durant is like a giraffe running up and down the hardwood. Then this super-skinny, lanky star pulls up and puts in a three-pointer that is smoother than satin sheets and makes you go, “Whoa! What was that?!”
The weird angles from which he’s able to hit incredibly difficult shots look easy when it’s him, which is why his game is must-see TV.
Even if you’re not a basketball fan, you know LeBron James and you enjoy watching him. The King has the most complete game of any player in the league and he can literally do anything on both ends of the floor. Hitting threes, driving the lane, dunking thunderously, locking down opponents and making passes that are so fast you can barely see them are all things he does on a nightly basis. Watching him play live is well worth it.
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