Who is the most versatile player in the NBA outside of LeBron James?
Josh Smith. Great athlete, does a good deal of everything on defense, big guy, decent perimeter game. Has a decent jumpshot, as well, but this can be overshadowed by his overconfidence in it. But once you get past his bad shot selection, he's a guy who can do a lot for a team.
Andre Iguodala. He can defend most 1-4's. He's got great vision, high IQ, he has a decent shot and is a good finisher, and he's a good All-Around player.
Probably Paul George at this point. He can defend a whole bunch of positions, can shoot, drive and pass (a little).
I still think versatility is an overrated selling point though. I'd rather have a guy who's excellent in a few things than passable in everything.
If we're talking purely offensive versatility, then I'd probably say Andre Miller; he can post you up (as we saw in the playoffs), he can shoot it, he can create shots for others and he can drive it.
Andre Miller? I think someone might have slipped your mind, I hate the guts out of Kobe, I mean I absolutley hate him, how he plays makes me sick, but Id say hes is more versatile on offense then Miller seeing as he does just about everything better.. better free throw shooter, Midrange, and from three (faaaaar beter from three), better post playe, better slasher, better finisher, better off all, good passer when he wants to (however rarely). Hes all around a far more versatile player on offense.
Maybe I'm turning the clock back a bit, but Paul Pierce has been one of the more versatile players since joining the league. He can play either wing position, and has played point-forward for the Celtics many times over the years. He can go off and score if needed, but can also be the teams main facilitator when called upon. I've grown to appreciate Pierce's versatility over the years.
I would love to say Durant is right behind LeBron in terms of versatility, but for some reason he doesn't want to take that next step in guarding and playing multiple positions. At nearly 7', with a humongous wingspan and speed like a gazelle, it amazes me how much I still want from Durants overall game.
Too bad Lamar Odom is washed up. I'd have chosen him.
Overall I'd say Iggy, Carmelo, or Paul George, but I want to put it out there that Joakim Noah is incredibly versatile defensively. Not only does he have the height and strength to defend any big in the league, he has the foot speed and lateral quickness to stay in front of all but the quickest perimeter players. I think he is still underrated.
Dude does everything.
Anthony Davis...especially on the defensive end
Kevin Garnett back in his minnesota days was all over the court on defense and orchastrated the offense as a player that is "6'11 and 5/4". He'd check point guards post players get every board, pass and shoot. He was special and I'm glad I got to see him play.
But today, other than Lebron, Id go with Paul George. Hes nearly 6'10 (not sure if this is a legit measurement), hes one of the best perimeter defenders and defends the best wing players game in and out, also can defend 1-4 in todays league (in certain situations), he hits the boards very well for a wing, canshoot the three, and can hit the open man. Very well rounded player.
Id also like to mention Iggy, Kobe (not as much anymore) and KD are fairly versatile.
Gordon Hayward, not everyone gets to see him a lot but he has a very good all around game and makes his teammates better, the kind of guy you love to play with.
A lot of good names have been thrown out so far. If this discussion was happening 5 years ago, the answer would be Shawn Marion.