Who would you say is Offensively unstoppable in Today's NBA??? What makes them unstoppable???
I used to be amazed by Jordan's sheer dominance on Offense, then Kobe replicated him and become just as good on O too, then their was the Freak of Nature players like Shaq, Wilt and Kareem(In their ERA)...The player I was always most impressed with was 5'11 Allen Iverson, who was simply too fast and talented with the ball to be contained for 40 plus minutes, hell he even crossed over the great Michael Jordan and made him look silly
Today, we have another freak of nature in Lebron James, who blends size, strength and speed with ball handling skills and passing ability on par with great Pg's
After Lebron, who else would you call Unstoppable on Offense in today's NBA???
But seriously the only players I would say are unstoppable are Kobe, LeBron, Carmelo, Rose and Durant.. and a few dudes just a tier below in Westbrook, Irving, Curry, Dirk and Harden
Kevin Durant seems to have all the tools to be unstoppable but he often struggles to be so.
When Westbrook went down Durant should have been dropping like 35+ ppg as pretty much the only weapon on the team, but he scored a not very efficient (45%) 31 ppg with 4 TOpg.
LeBron James was truly unstoppable when he carried Cleveland in the playoffs: 35 ppg on 51% with under 3 TOpg.
Carmelo Anthony seems more like a guy who can score 40 points every time he is asked to.
id say derrick rose, carmelo, durant, kyrie irving, and stephen curry.
I would say the only players who are truly unstoppable are kobe, lebron, melo, and durant when he is aggressive. Kyrie is also up there, his layup finishes are ridiculous and he can get wherever he wants with his handle.
Lebron, Durant, D Rose, Carmelo, Kyrie Irving, Steph Curry, and still Dirk and Kobe. James Harden is almost there, but he's not that efficient and size troubles him sometimes.
Harden not efficient enough to make the list?!?!? Please look at his field goal attempts, compare to other players, and try again.
I think Dirk used to be pretty much unstoppable during the previous decade.
I take issue with the statement that Kobe became as good as Jordan on O. I mean, 30 ppg on 50% shooting vs 25ppg on 45% shooting... pretty self explanatory....
Who was it that said, ''you can't stop a great player you can only hope to contain him''? Well,Shaq was completely unstoppable,once he got the ball inside, there was no way anyone was stopping him from scoring.....
Kareem's skyhook was unstoppable...
Tony Parker is a crafty ball handler and gets to the rim whenever he pleases....
Players like Jordan & Kobe has more moves then Ex-Lax...There were guys that slowed them down,but nobody stopped them..
If you notice most of the great defenders seem to be a little crazy or are considered dirty players....Maybe its becuz they play overly aggressive or take trash talking too far....
I'll be a bit more strict on this.. The only unstoppable force in the NBA other than Lebron to me is Kevin Durant and to a lesser extent Melo and Harden. To me unstoppable would mean they're going to give you efficient high scoring offense no matter who defends them, realistically Lebron can stop just about anybody in the NBA (Rose, Parker, etc have all been shut down by him). Durant definitely has a deadly scoring arsenal combined with his length and height he could definitely be labeled that.
Melo is a great scorer and when he's hitting his shots, he's unstoppable. When Harden is hitting his 3's and driving at will, also unstoppable.
Really those 3 are the only ones I'd label as that these days. All the scoring Point Guards are definitely there but none of them are consistent from 3 and aren't the most consistent scorers overall. I hope to have Kyrie in this conversation soon enough.
Kyrie Irving is becoming pretty f'ing unstoppable
Kevin Durant is unstoppable on offense. He has the handle of a PG and he is 6'11'. His offensive game has absolutely no weaknesses. I've never seen a guy that tall with that much quickness and explosiveness off the bounce.
Lebron, the way he bullies the defenders when he attacks the rim it's crazy, he can post it too, i think his jumpshot in the midrange is average and he is actually a good 3 pt shooter
KD, a guy that his a great shooter 50-40-90 guy, he can create space with his Handle, Cross guys up
and can attack the rim to
Melo, for me he is the most complete scorer in the league, posting up, step back jumpers, whatever way you want he can do it
Kobe, the most perfect MJ's copy nothing much to say
DRose, Man in my opinion he is the best player in the league attacking the rim, and using his crossover when he is healthy of course
Dirk, i just have 3 words One legged Fadeaway
Irving, let me shout out Kyrie the guy can break your ankles the guy can create space with his Crossover the guy can shoot let's not forget he is the actual 3 pt champion
The handle of a pg? Really? One of the mans weaknesses is his one on one handle imo. He is a good shooter who can can do some off the dribble creating. There is a reason why he didnt dominate when Westbrook went down. Kobe had far less talent in 05 and took the suns to 7 games with the near upset. Durant also lacks a post game. The only unstoppable players i've ever watched were MJ, Kobe, KAJ, and Shaq. Back of LBJ and he still has troubles or man up and be willing to not get out of his way forcing him to actually do some creative dribble moves instead of a head of steam mack truck running over someone. He's much closer though to unstoppable than Durant. MElko is near there, but he still hasn't figured out how to keep from stopping himself with bad shot selection, long distance jumpers, and mentally getting down on himself for missing a few shots.
The only thing that held him back was his own work ethic
I agree on MJ, Kobe, Shaq and Kareem
So many people are calling Irving unstoppable, what about CP3??? He's the best Pg in the NBA, best handle/vision and jump shot off the dribble in the League
You made good points about LBJ and Durant and Melo, he(Melo) gets in his own way by taking too many outside shots, he should mix it up more than already does, it's scary to think they could all still get a little better
I don't think any SFs these days have post games.
I agree that KD's handle is overrated, but it's still quite good for someone his size. The main reason he didn't dominate after Westbrook went down is because Brooks decided that KD had to handle the ball more instead of less. Without a second scorer to threaten the D, the Grizzlies were able to just collapse everything on him whenever he moved because he was always at the top of the key. It would have been much better for Durant to start playing off the ball again, keeping the D guessing and catching it in spots he could score instead of having to create them all off the dribble.
Brooks tried to make him into Cleveland Lebron, but Durant is lacking the first step and bulk to score effectively that way. It also meant Durant wasn't in attack mode whenever he caught the ball, and didn't move decisively enough to score for the most part, he was much too concerned with passing.
When Durant plays off the ball and catches the ball in positions to score then the only way to stop him is with a hard double team, and sometimes not even then.
Also I agree that Lebron is far from unstoppable offensively. He lacks confidence in his jumper (which is extremely streaky), is still learning how to move off the ball well and has been quite effectively stopped in the playoffs a number of times (Celtics in 2010, Mavs in 2011) including several times this year when teams were able to contain him and make him work very hard to score.
I wouldn't call Melo unstoppable either, if you crowd him and force him to beat you off the dribble then you've got him, he's nowhere near as quick as he used to be and very rarely goes by a guy in isolations any more.
I don't think anyone is unstoppable right now.
I think if Melo were in good shape, Lebron had more confidence in his jumper and KD put on some bulk and moved off the ball, then we'd have some people who'd qualify.
Otherwise, I just don't see it.
(didn't mention Kobe because we don't know how he'll bounce back from surgery)
If LeBron was stoppable his teams wouldnt be so unbeatable. Making those Cleveland teams a championship contender wss nothing short of a miracle and his teammates stopped him far more than any team ever could.
Derrick Rose Offensive Highlights
Kyrie Irving Offensive Highlights
-Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zg2DheVe36s
-Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LceYqrzCeRs
-Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9ZIrLZjsW4
-Part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iRRyIoufA8
-Part 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVbCPXNKqw4
I think by unstoppable we are talking one on one coverage and by that definition I agree with pretty much all the names said. I would like to say however that defensive schemes can severely limit these unstoppable players if they have no help i.e. Durant minus Westbrook, Lebron back in the day, Rose when Boozer and Joakim run into competent big men and Deng is partially hurt like always.
Harden needs to be on that list. He made a fairly modest offensive team into a top ten offense. Look at who he was playing with and reassess. Rookies and second round draft choices. And his efficiency was top five when on the Thunder.