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NBA, The NBA's 30 Best Go-To Players / Sep 20, 2010 / 2:30 pm

Ranking the NBA’s 30 Go-To Guys (#28: Brook Lopez)

Brook Lopez

In basketball, being a go-to guy isn’t always about who takes the last-second shot. It’s the guy who regularly gets the basketball when things are getting tense in the fourth quarter; the guy expected to calm things down when teammates are getting antsy; the guy called upon to snuff out an opponent’s rally or spark a rally of his own; the guy who’s not just supposed to make shots, but make the right decisions. Bottom line: Who do you want the offense to run through when everything is on the line? Read More »

Ranking the NBA’s 30 Go-To Guys (#29: Andrea Bargnani)

Last year, in the weeks leading up to the NBA season, I ranked the League’s go-to guys. Using the rationale that even the most balanced team has one identifiable if-all-else-fails leader that they look to in crunch time (see Team USA and Kevin Durant), I picked one player per squad for a final list of 30. Again, ONE PLAYER PER TEAM. Read More »

Ranking the NBA’s 30 Go-To Guys (#30: Michael Beasley)

Michael Beasley (photo. Chad Griffith)

Last year, in the weeks leading up to the NBA season, I ranked the League’s go-to guys. Using the rationale that even the most balanced team has one identifiable if-all-else-fails leader that they look to in crunch time (see Team USA and Kevin Durant), I picked one player per squad for a final list of 30. Again, ONE PLAYER PER TEAM.

Being a go-to guy isn’t always about who takes the last-second shot. It’s the guy who regularly gets the basketball when things are getting tense in the fourth quarter; the guy expected to calm things down when teammates are getting antsy; the guy called upon to snuff out an opponent’s rally or spark a rally of his own; the guy who’s not just supposed to make shots, but make the right decisions. Bottom line: Who do you want the offense to run through when everything is on the line? Read More »

The NBA's 30 Best Go-To Players / Nov 23, 2009 / 9:30 am

The NBA’s best go-to guys (redux): Ben Gordon

Ben Gordon

For six weeks leading up to this NBA season, I ranked and filed the League’s go-to guys. Using the rationale that even the most harmonious, balanced team has one if-all-else-fails alpha male that they look to in crunch time, I picked one player per squad for a final list of 30. (A concept that went over a lot of people’s heads; I can’t tell you how many “How is Ray Allen not on the list and Boris Diaw is?” e-mails I got.) Read More »

NBA, The NBA's 30 Best Go-To Players / Oct 29, 2009 / 9:00 am

The NBA’s 30 best go-to players (#1: Kobe Bryant)

Kobe Bryant

Who do you want your offense to run through with everything on the line? Counting down 30th to 1st (one per team), I’ve ranked the League’s go-to guys…

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#1: KOBE BRYANT, L.A. Lakers

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NBA, The NBA's 30 Best Go-To Players / Oct 27, 2009 / 11:51 am

The NBA’s 30 best go-to players (#2: Dwyane Wade)

D-Wade (photo. Mannion)

Who do you want your offense to run through with everything on the line? Counting down 30th to 1st (one per team), I’ve ranked the League’s go-to guys…

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#2: DWYANE WADE, Miami Heat

They say Kobe is the closest thing to Jordan since Jordan. They might be right. Read More »

NBA, The NBA's 30 Best Go-To Players / Oct 26, 2009 / 10:00 am

The NBA’s 30 best go-to players (#3: Paul Pierce)

Paul Pierce

Who do you want your offense to run through with everything on the line? Counting down 30th to 1st (one per team), I’ve ranked the League’s go-to guys…

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#3: PAUL PIERCE, Boston Celtics

Between thanking God, his mama, and all of Chi-town and South Cack, Kevin Garnett made sure to remind the world that the 2008 NBA championship meant he was “certified.” Read More »

NBA, The NBA's 30 Best Go-To Players / Oct 23, 2009 / 8:00 am

The NBA’s 30 best go-to players (#4: LeBron James)

LeBron James

Who do you want your offense to run through with everything on the line? Counting down 30th to 1st (one per team), I’ve ranked the League’s go-to guys…

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#4: LEBRON JAMES, Cavaliers

Under a different set of circumstances and a different kind of criteria, I could easily argue that LeBron is the all-around, pound-for-pound best player in basketball. In fact, save for the existence of one Usain Bolt, I could argue for ‘Bron as the top active athlete in any sport today. Read More »

NBA, The NBA's 30 Best Go-To Players / Oct 22, 2009 / 10:00 am

The NBA’s 30 best go-to players (#5: Tim Duncan)

Tim Duncan

Who do you want your offense to run through with everything on the line? Counting down 30th to 1st (one per team), I’ve ranked the League’s go-to guys…

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#5: TIM DUNCAN, San Antonio Spurs

Figuring out where to slot Tim Duncan on this list wasn’t nearly as difficult as figuring out whether he really should be called the Spurs’ go-to guy. Read More »

NBA, The NBA's 30 Best Go-To Players / Oct 20, 2009 / 4:33 pm

The NBA’s 30 best go-to players (#6: Dirk Nowitzki)

Dirk Nowitzki

Who do you want your offense to run through with everything on the line? Counting down 30th to 1st (one per team), I’ve ranked the League’s go-to guys…

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#6: DIRK NOWITZKI, Mavericks

Whoever came up with the line, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression,” should have made a fortune off advertising royalties — and they just happened to coin the phrase that has defined Dirk Nowitzki’s career. Read More »