Featured Gallery, NBA / Jan 3, 2011 / 6:44 pm

If you could have anyone’s game in the NBA, whose would it be?

Chris Paul

Chris Paul (photo. Daymon Gardner)

Now that Christmas wish lists have been addressed (or ignored), it’s time for New Year’s resolutions. So in other words, if you missed out on something you wanted as a gift, now you can resolve to work for it.

If only it worked that way in basketball. Surely Rajon Rondo wouldn’t mind opening a fancy box on Dec. 25 containing a consistent three-point shooting stroke — and surely a lot of Boston fans would have lined up to give that box to Rondo as a gift — but in reality, he has to work on hitting threes. Same for LeBron James‘ post game, Brook Lopez‘s rebounding, and any other skill a player is lacking.

Meanwhile, the rest of us can wish (or work) for the entire skill sets of our favorite players. Maybe you prefer the prototype or the flashy version. Maybe you want to be a do-it-all type or a specialist. If you could, would you want to play like Chris Paul or Derrick Rose? Kobe Bryant or Dwyane Wade? Dwight Howard or Pau Gasol?

If you could have any player’s game in the NBA, whose would it be and why?

Tell us in the comments and we’ll run some of the best answers in the next issue of Dime.

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  • SkyGriever

    I’d like Duncan’s game. Slow, powerful, efficient, and always to the point.

  • http://writethefuture.tumblr.com Chris Wise

    I’ll take Melo for 100, Alex.

    Deron Williams, second option.

  • Rainman

    Andrea Bargnani with Kevin Loves Rebounding and Toughness.

  • Stunnaboy2K11

    I can 100% vouch for the Rondo comment, I’d sell my iPod and personally fund this jump shot research.

  • blazerboy

    ill take broys ability to take over the game with ray allens jumper and throw in drose’s explosiviness just for fun

  • Stunnaboy2K11

    Hmm, Give me JR Smitty- Incredible hops, sick handles and the ability to shoot your face off when heated up. If I ever get into a game of 21 and make the first shot its over.

    Or I could cheat and take KoBron (LeBron’s athleticism handles and passing with Kobe’s J and post game)

  • Slickyrickyross

    Give me Lebron’s body and current game and I’d work on that post game and jump shot.
    If not D. Will

  • Blue Cheezy

    Andrei Kirilenko. You know it takes game to get that yearly bonus he got

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    @6 – you seriously think LeBron’s handles are better than Kobe’s? seriously?

  • sh!tfaced

    Steve Nash. And you don’t have to change anything else. To make up for Steve’s lack of D, I’ll just apply some of that Derek Fisher dirty-ass sneakiness and acting and you won’t have to worry about me on defense…

  • DizzyDutch

    Javale McGee

    but for real, Blake Griffin, just punching on people all the time

  • k to the mart

    Ill take Kobe Bryant’s game. He has no flaws at all. He is good at everything and great in many areas. The only thing that holds him back at times is his competetive drive which forces him to take unnecessary tough shots. I guess its a gift and a curse…

  • QQ

    I’ll have Steve Nash’s playamaking and handling, and I promise I’ll do defensive drills 23 hours a day.

  • myke_bigga

    I would take Carmelo’s game, because he has the most versatile offensive skill set in the league. He can drive, shoot, get to the line, pass, and even handle the ball. Also his game relies more on skill and accuracy instead of speed and athleticism, so even when he’s past his prime he will still be a lethal scorer. And let’s not even talk about being clutch!!!

  • RJCrobinson

    Derrick Rose with a carmelo jump shot

  • http://slam will

    i’d want blake griffin rebounding ron artest defense lebron james scoring raymond felton passing derrick rose handles nd amare stoudemire toughness. GGGGGGGGGGGGGGOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNIIIIIIIIIIIIIIICCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • the boss

    if its any1s it has to be melo. but the ultimate would be roses speed, griffins hops, melos j, and loves rebounding, with rondos hands

  • http://bounce eyes

    1.Steve Nash with Rondo’s attributes defensively.
    2.Kobe’s game & skill with Lebron’s personality
    3.Gilbert Arenas & Carmelo Anthony playing the one with D
    4.Joe Johnson/Deron Williams/Jamal Crawford
    5Tony Parkers tdrop &speed & Kings/Grizz White Chocolate
    6.Dwight Howard/Rasheed Wallace/KG/Duncan & Dirk
    7.Nate Robinson,Chris Paul,Ish Smith,Patty Mills,with some KYRIE IRVING.

    Would also take Rafer Alston starting the whole Final series agaisnt the Lakers. Skip to My Lou & Daryll Hill Showtime would have had fans jumping out their seats. Too bad the Knicks could have had them. Raymond Felton passing LOL. Die Hard fan. I’m not mad.

  • the truth

    lebron’s body with kobe’s footwork and jumper…AKA a basketball god

  • derik

    Young injured free Grant Hill, he does everything so easily back in the days, and he has a great personality.

  • raffi

    lamar odom. OH THE VERSATILITY!

  • RJCrobinson

    Dwight howard with a mark price jumper, and cp3 handles

  • http://www.chess.com smoove chips

    @ rjcrobinson.
    thats not a wish list…lol
    thats a felony in any langauge,in any city at any time.

    i’d take kobe’s game,lebron’s physique,running on brandon roy software. An assassin that never loses his cool,is constantly evolving skillwise with a body that almost nullifies the need to have any talent whatsoever.
    my awesome just straight WRECKED your awesome !!!!!!!!

  • mac

    Eddy Curry’s body, Brian Cardinal’s hops, Kwame Brown’s hands, Shawn Marion’s jumper, Hasheem Thabeet’s handle, Jamal Crawford’s defence and Hamed Haddadi’s lowpost prowess.

  • S-SiN

    Dwayne Wade.

  • Ltron-3000

    Deron Williams… he’s the complete point gaurd, he can shoot from anywhere, penetrate at will, has the vision to see through walls almost, defense is solid (he can d up most 2 gaurds in the league) and his athletiscm is underrated look at last years all-star game

  • ??

    Marko Jaric…. My game’s got Adrianna Lima

  • http://www.dimemag.com Jesse

    The 2003 version of T-Mac. Nothing to change there!


    JR Smith

  • LoBezn0

    I’d take Jason Kidd’s game overall, but with the athleticism of his prime and his current 3pt percentage.

  • lebacire

    id take deron all day… can play defense coz of his size among guards and can beat the hell out of any guards bcoz of his skill power and shooting…

  • mo.B.bad

    if I had to pick one player to be like, which is kinda the point of the article:

    Rondo over Rose (Rose has skills, but Rondo is a classic PG)

    D-Will over CP3 (bigger, stronger, better)

    Wade over Kobe (Wade’s ability to draw fouls is unmatched!)

    LeBron over Durant (take that physicality and work at a post game and you’d be unplayable)

    Howard over Gasol (Pau has a smooth game but Dwight is just more of a beast – which is more fun)

    Shaq over TD (same as above)

    but if I could play the combo game; I’d be Dwight Howard with Tim Duncan’s post game and Ray Allen’s shooting stroke.

    nuthin’ ta f*** wit.

  • karizmatic

    I’d take Kobe’s game…I love the idea of a shooting guard who is able to give his opponent buckets in the post. The fact that he sought out Olajuwon, who is my favorite center is just more reason for me to covet his game. But then if you say you want Kobe’s game aren’t you just really saying you want Jordan’s game since his game is so obviously patterned after Jordan?

  • bigdoggchad

    Melo or JR Swish

  • Cicely

    Definately Rudy Gay. He’s agile and he’s powerful once he gets to the rim. His stroke is one of my personal favorites in the league.

  • Nella

    @ Mac


  • north

    Give me Jamal Crawford’s game and I’d be happy. I live up in Canada so I wouldn’t feel so bad breaking ankles everytime I step on the court… free health care takes away the guilt. Who wouldn’t want to have the ball on a string and a seriously wet jump shot?

  • Kudabeen

    Ray Allen…Shooters fade slow and easy, plus you can’t forget how explosive he is as an athlete along with his handle.

  • http://twitter.com/tjtibbs TJ Tibbs

    Mike Miller because as a shooter with size and some defensive ability, I would be able to play on any team and in any system. I would be able to guard 3 positions and either be the focal point of an offense , a second option or simply just a spot up shooter.

  • Derrick

    Deron Williams – the guy has a sick crossover that can break ankles, this allows him to get to the rim when he needs to and has the body to go inside. His jumper and range are reliable and can hit the big shot when needed. The guy also plays with a toughness and intensity that few if any can match. Oh, and not to mention he plays the game the right way.

  • J-Chau

    If I could, I would. And it would definitely be Brandon Jennings. People still don’t appreciate his game and just strictly putting him down. Shake you left or right, pull-up in your face. Oh yes, he’s got the swagger.


    Rashard Lewis’ contract, Eddy Curry’s playing time, Wade’s endorsements, Tony Parker’s looks and Vujacic’s fiance.

  • Ian

    en fuego
    “currys playin time” hahahaha i wouldnt mind having that one either with lewis contract.

    for me id take manus game hold the flopping.

  • TL

    Jason Williams back in his prime with Sactown. The things that I would do to non NBA caliber players…

  • Mo

    You Deron Williams wannabees would want his game without the high turnovers right?

    Ltron-you remember the last thing he did in that ASG right? Turned the ball over. LOL.

  • flegman

    Hakeem OR Deron.

  • top_gun

    Rose and Griffin are the two flashiest players in the NBA right now. I’d love either one of their game.

  • K-Dawg

    I’d take Nash’s skill set in a heartbeat. The things that guy can do at his size are incredible. If Nash had defensive abilities, he’d be unstoppable!

  • K-Dawg

    Kevin Johnson had mad skills back in the day too. I like Durant’s skill set as well. If that guy puts on some beef… watch out!

  • nizzio

    D-Rose speed with Nash’s ability to control the game. How bout doing all of that with a LeBron physique. Damnnnnn

  • AZ

    Ahh.. Jordan/Magic

  • YB

    This question is easy. Melo’s game without a doubt.

  • dlight

    How about all ya’ll get off yo momma’s couch and hit the gym. Do some drills for 2 hours a day and see what shakes out, you’d be surprised and not standing on the sideline once the ten have been picked waiting for nexxxxxtttt!

    Happy New Year!

  • joe

    JR Smith, or maybe allen iverson

  • Donte

    i want to be like mike

  • Emmett

    D-Rose. Great athleticism, strong finishing ability, filthy handle, a jumpshot which has improved to a legit level, and I get to play in Chicago. The only reason I didn’t take my man Kobe is because he is aged and has lost some bounce ( but retained all clutchness and outside scoring ability ). If this were all-time, I’d choose Kobe circa ’05-’06.

  • Kyle

    Steve Nash, but with the lack of help he gets now… Dirk Diggler(cool ass nickname)or D-Rose.

    If we’re talking retired players back in their prime, Bird or Barkley.

  • http://twitter.com/CazzWonder Anthony Hartsfield

    I’m inclined to go w/ the versatile talent set of Lamar Odom. Its incredibly rare to find a 6’10” forward w/ the shooting & ball handling abilities he possesses. Coupled w/ efficient athleticism, Odom is an amazing anomaly that may never fulfill his inherent capabilities.

  • KB8toSG8

    2006 Kobe. Nuff said.

    If you go by today’s standards though:

    Kobe with Griffin’s athleticism. That would be so unfair that even I know it isn’t funny :P

    DWill as the backup player.

  • http://Twitter.com/JR_Isomotion3 JR Anthony

    CHRIS PAUL!!! The best point guard in the game, the toughest and most competitive..And dont underestimate his jumpin ability like dwight howard did lol CP3!!

  • 12th Man

    Motivated Vince

  • Clayton

    d-wade! the guy has great athleticism, gets into the lane at will, is fearless, finishes at the rim and is excellent at getting to the line. One of the better defenders in the game also with a sick handle, underrated passing and a dirty crossover. He also has a good midrange game, post game and can get hot from 3. the guy is clutch.

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  • ab40

    Orlando T-Mac he had the smoothest game I’ve ever seen. Great court vision, scoring ability and the potential to be a beast on D. From players now I’d say melo. Bully ball at it’s finest a complete arsenal of post and perimter moves.. it’s not a bad problem to have.