share

Smoothest NBA players, by position, of all time.

Moon River
Moon River's picture
Registered User
Joined: 08/11/2010
Posts: 948
Points: 1635
Offline
Smoothest NBA players, by position, of all time.

My definition of smooth is a player that played the game with a sense of effortlessness but were also clearly playing at a very high level. It is not that they were not playing hard (they did). It is just that they did not look like they were playing hard. They not only produced but did so with a style that, IMO, you are born with, not taught.

I was hard pressed to find more current players to add, but am sure they are out there.

PG: Kenny Anderson
SG: George Gervin
SF: Jamal Wilkes
PF: Sam Perkins
C: Akeem Olajuwon


UNCbasketballbum
UNCbasketballbum's picture
Registered User
Joined: 10/05/2011
Posts: 948
Points: 1884
Offline
Ray Allen at the 2,

Ray Allen at the 2, effortless shooting stroke and an explosive athlete back in the day...

ENOGSIWONdede
Registered User
Joined: 05/12/2012
Posts: 511
Points: -2231
Offline
Jalen Rose Iceman Toni

Jalen Rose

Iceman

Toni Kukoc

Rasheed Wallace

Derrick Coleman

ENOGSIWONdede
Registered User
Joined: 05/12/2012
Posts: 511
Points: -2231
Offline
seems like lefties are just

seems like lefties are just smoother for some reason

Moon River
Moon River's picture
Registered User
Joined: 08/11/2010
Posts: 948
Points: 1635
Offline
True on Lefties

I would have Chris Mullin on the bench.

FastAndFurious
FastAndFurious's picture
Registered User
Joined: 08/05/2009
Posts: 3600
Points: 8936
Offline
Walt Clyde Frazier was

Walt Clyde Frazier was toooooooo smooth.

Earl The Pearl Monroe

James Worthy and Clyde Drexler were pretty smooth as well.

Michael Jordan made things look a tad bit too easy at time as well.

3-6 Mafia
Registered User
Joined: 11/30/2011
Posts: 2576
Points: -2204
Offline
a.i. m.j. k.d. timmy hakeem

a.i.

m.j.

k.d.

nowitzki

timmy

XYRYX
XYRYX's picture
Registered User
Joined: 08/10/2012
Posts: 818
Points: 1798
Offline
Sorry but I can't agree on

Sorry but I can't agree on your list. AI always seemed to run for his life on the court and that's not my definition of smooth. And with Dirk and TD you can always see how much work and sweat is put on in their games that it doesn't seem effortless but you just can see that all the stuff is trained a million times which is different to look effortless for me.

CP3 and Rondo seem to always play very smooth imo. You always have the feeling that they can go to another speed level when they want to, always 2 more gears left. Especially Rondy seems to raise his level of play anytime he wants to without that it looks like he is trying to hard like most of the rest of the league.

James Harden seems to always play under control too. It doesn't look like he is trying very hard to play his level of ball.

(Early) Chris Webber is my definition of smooth for a big guy.

3-6 Mafia
Registered User
Joined: 11/30/2011
Posts: 2576
Points: -2204
Offline
yea AI wasn't the best

yea AI wasn't the best choice. but im cool w/ the other 1s

Professor Rozay
Registered User
Joined: 05/22/2011
Posts: 303
Points: 331
Offline
They made it look easy

Pistol Pete

Walt Clyde Frazier

Earl The Pearl Monroe

Derrick Coleman

Hakeem The Dream Olajuwon

Blazermann
Registered User
Joined: 08/27/2009
Posts: 659
Points: 1095
Offline
Brandon Roy , ray Allen , big

Brandon Roy , ray Allen , big game James ,Kobe Hakeem

TaylorCondrin
TaylorCondrin's picture
Registered User
Joined: 04/14/2009
Posts: 4771
Points: 8856
Offline
PG - Walt Frazier SG- Ray

PG - Walt Frazier

SG- Ray Allen

SF- Clyde Drexler

PF - George Gervin

C - Hakeem Olajuwon

off the bench

SG- Brandon Roy

SG- Earl Monroe

SF- James Worthy

Ollstar
Registered User
Joined: 06/19/2009
Posts: 255
Points: -7
Offline
Paul Peirce, definition of

Paul Peirce, definition of smooth. To me smooth is deception.

XYRYX
XYRYX's picture
Registered User
Joined: 08/10/2012
Posts: 818
Points: 1798
Offline
Ha ha, the truth is definetly

Ha ha, the truth is definetly smooth!

How about J-Smooth? Not all time but right now.

Logtay
Registered User
Joined: 07/04/2011
Posts: 10
Points: 22
Offline
James harden and Manu

James harden and Manu Ginobli. Also Time Duncan and Al Jefferson.

TrillGrandpa
TrillGrandpa's picture
Registered User
Joined: 12/12/2009
Posts: 3435
Points: 3385
Offline
hmmm

Bryant Reeves

ENOGSIWONdede
Registered User
Joined: 05/12/2012
Posts: 511
Points: -2231
Offline
breaking back boards is not

breaking back boards is not smooth Vlade " fake the funk on a nasty dunk" Divac was smooth

cargathus
Registered User
Joined: 06/11/2009
Posts: 61
Points: 108
Offline
Tmac

TMac in his prime always had that smooth feel to his game. Some of the stuff he did was so difficult...it would look so easy until you saw the slow motion and realized he just scored a ridiculous basket

FastAndFurious
FastAndFurious's picture
Registered User
Joined: 08/05/2009
Posts: 3600
Points: 8936
Offline
Cargathus

Great call, I remember T-Mac used to drop the easiest 30 balls with no sweat on him, dude was too smooth.

omphalos
omphalos's picture
Registered User
Joined: 06/19/2010
Posts: 3491
Points: 5157
Offline
Vince Carter was pretty

Vince Carter was pretty smooth in his heyday, he made the most amazing plays look effortless. Still my team would have to be...

CP3, Gervin, Pierce, Duncan, Hakeem.

cabbycab
cabbycab's picture
Registered User
Joined: 10/27/2010
Posts: 327
Points: 420
Offline
Rodney Rogers was pretty

Rodney Rogers was pretty smooth.... i think he may have been a lefty as well.

Boomshakalaka
Registered User
Joined: 02/20/2011
Posts: 79
Points: 61
Offline
I can't believe....

I can't believe no one has said Tracy McGrady yet. This dude did not even look like he AWAKE when he was playing and definitely never looked like he was working too hard... That's gotta be Smoothe

aamir543
aamir543's picture
Registered User
Joined: 04/11/2009
Posts: 5063
Points: 5544
Offline
I can't speak for all-time,

I can't speak for all-time, but Durant is very smooth, so is Nic Batum, same with Harrison Barnes, but tall jumpshooting small fowards always look smooth for some reason. James Harden and Manu get into the lane so effortlessly and there's so much fluidity in their game, especially Manu. Lamar Odom also has a nice smooth game as well.

towowioazao
Registered User
Joined: 08/24/2012
Posts: 14
Points: -6
Offline
Great call

Great call

invalid
invalid's picture
Registered User
Joined: 08/16/2009
Posts: 452
Points: 763
Offline
nicole kidman is smooth...

nicole kidman is smooth... erm on topic i agree on tmac dude can drop 30 while sleeping

LerinErin
Registered User
Joined: 06/29/2012
Posts: 338
Points: 574
Offline
Hmmm

Tmac might have looked smooth but how many times did he do it winning playoff series?

Lebron's Hairline
Lebron's Hairline's picture
Registered User
Joined: 06/07/2012
Posts: 2175
Points: 6037
Offline
Tmac

Tmac should be on everyone's list. I watched the game where he scored 62 points on NBAtv, and the way he got it was just smooth as butter. It looked effortless

Jonnyquest
Registered User
Joined: 07/30/2012
Posts: 10
Points: 7
Offline
I think this makes his case

I think this makes his case as one of the smoothest....hell his nick name is Clyde the Glyde http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oU-vSeXskRY

peozowawo
Registered User
Joined: 08/27/2012
Posts: 12
Points: 0
Offline
lol

lol

JoeWolf1
JoeWolf1's picture
Registered User
Joined: 05/28/2009
Posts: 8452
Points: 17347
Offline
I think the "smoothest" era

I think the "smoothest" era for basketball players was definately the 1970's. Dr. J, Gervin, Hawkins, Clyde Frazier, Earl Monroe, Pete Maravich, Nate Archibald were all extremly smooth players, as was Kareem Abdul Jabbar for that matter. There were some guys who hit the NBA in the early 80's but were definately influenced by those great players of the 1970's that were smooth too.

I'd go

pg - Pete Maravich

sg - George Gervin

sf - Dr. J

pf - Elvin Hayes

C - Kareem Abdul Jabbar

Tyreke Johnson
Tyreke Johnson's picture
Registered User
Joined: 06/10/2010
Posts: 408
Points: 270
Offline
If you say effortless yet

If you say effortless yet McGrady isnt on your list? guy didnt even look like he was trying half the time. michael jordan obviously needs to be on this list, Earl the Pearl Monroe was pretty damn smooth as well. Dr J was as smooth as they come, especially the way he ran up and down the court and glided effortlessly over the other players.

thaprodigy
thaprodigy's picture
Registered User
Joined: 01/18/2009
Posts: 307
Points: 175
Offline
Vince in his heydayT-Mac,

Vince in his heyday

T-Mac, just look at the eyes

Hakeem

Magic

Lamar Odom in his younger days was pretty smooth

Joe Johnson

Just naming some I've seen, too young to comment on some of the older players

Mr. Jewboy
Registered User
Joined: 04/07/2009
Posts: 216
Points: 184
Offline
Tmac without a doubt has one

Tmac without a doubt has one of the smoother games I've ever seen. His shot looks so effortless regained less where he shoots from

Ang Puti Lalaki
Ang Puti Lalaki's picture
Registered User
Joined: 06/13/2008
Posts: 1232
Points: 1297
Offline
Sleepy

Sam Perkins was so smooth he looked like he was talking a nap!

Bmore_DC
Bmore_DC's picture
Registered User
Joined: 05/19/2010
Posts: 1036
Points: 1235
Offline
Reggie Evans... haha jp Melo

Reggie Evans...

haha jp

Melo and T-Mac come to mind

afa323233
Registered User
Joined: 08/26/2012
Posts: 64
Points: -5
Offline
Chris Webber is my definition

Chris Webber is my definition of smooth for a big guy.

bshear2
Registered User
Joined: 02/03/2010
Posts: 24
Points: 19
Offline
chuck hayes

chuck hayes

Onions
Onions's picture
Registered User
Joined: 03/25/2011
Posts: 156
Points: 249
Offline
Iceman as brought up many

Iceman as brought up many times already. Same with Ray.

Worthy is a good pick. IMO, he has the smoothest looking dunk ever. Just the way he moved around the court, even off the ball.

I was thinking McGrady coming into this thread. I think it helped that he was so tall and long for his position.

Only one Dr. J mention? Seriously?

Was Sam Perkins mentioned? The guy's nickname was Big Smooth...

RSS: Syndicate content