Name players that make other players around them better and why?
For example Steve Nash makes everyone around him better with his "6th sense" passing ability.
There will be a lot of PGs on this list so I'll go with a couple of big guys that not only make players around them better but make up the personality of the team: Duncan and Garnett (especially since he went to Boston)
um this is easy.. in no particular order:
Jason Kidd--masterfully knows the flow of a game and who to pass it to at exactly the right time. He also rewards players who play great defense with difficult-made-to-look-easy dimes.
Kevin Garnett--his presence on the floor gets his team to play better D altogether and while his teammates might not excel statistically with Garnett on the floor they excel defensively and become more of a team. Remember when Kevin Garnet made Wally Szcerbiak relevant?
Chris Paul--the dude will always find you with the rock and has a knack for making impossible passes look easy--like JKidd
Tim Duncan-- he is a team leader and helps with every aspect of the game. Playing alongside Tim Duncan allows players that may have been good on other teams be terrific alongside him (ie. Parker, Bowen *defense, Ginobili, Stephen Jackson, Nesterovic)
Steve Nash--he plays basketball like me and my ultimate frisbee team play ultimate, or how many people play soccer. He is always energizing and moving and cutting and seeing angles that otherwise would not exist. Players like playing people like Nash--he makes the game fun to play alongside him.
Dwight Howard--he just makes the game easy for all his other teammates by doing the dirty work on the boards and defense. It makes a difference and allows his teammates to shoot the ball more confidently--he deserves to be on the list even though his impact is less obvious than the others.
Lebron James-- I am not so sure he gets it anymore--he used to though... He needs to be less like "Kobe" and channel Jason Kidd and Magic more... it suits him better.
Chauncey Billups--He gives leadership wherever he goes but can it be debilitating? Can a team become dependent on its leader for game winners? If Carmelo wasn't so talented and aggressive I don't think Billups would have had as big an effect as people give him credit for--however he is a proven winner and deserves to be on this list simply for his efforts with the pistons.
That's an excellent list man.
I personally like your take on Jason Kidd since he is the first guy that came to my mind. The way he transformed the NJ Nets from a laughing stock to contenders have me admired Kidd a lot more... I thought he should have been the 2002 MVP but oh well... The thing is, without JKidd, Kenyon Martin, Kerry Kittles, and Richard Jefferson, even Todd McCoullough will all be pile of crap... RJ and KMart are talented but they flourished so much around JKidd... He made them look good.