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The 8 Debate
Chris Mannix
January 21, 2013
The NBA's Greatest One-on-one Player
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January 21, 2013

The 8 Debate

The NBA's Greatest One-on-one Player

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Opponents inclined to play the 6'7" Johnson tight, beware. "He'll put a defender on his hip and just overpower him," says a scout. "And when he gets in the paint, he has great touch on that floater."

6 Jamal Crawford, SG, Clippers

The superb sixth man (above, right) has a crossover dribble that's positively Iversonian, and he's not afraid to use (and use, and use) it. "He will hit you with that multiple-crossover, step-back jumper," says a scout. "It's lethal."

7 Russell Westbrook, PG, Thunder

There's nothing fancy about Westbrook's go-to move: The 6'3" 187-pounder lulls defenders with a slow dribble before exploding to the rim and elevating over them.

8 Kobe Bryant, SG, Lakers

At 34, Bryant isn't the athlete he was when he came into the NBA in 1996. But he is smarter. "He rarely settles for a shot he doesn't want," says a scout. "He gets to where he wants, and he has underrated strength to complete plays."

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