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Have you ever seen someone that can get to rim with this kind of speed/athleticism like westbrook?

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by IBTL, Feb 13, 2020.

  1. Aruba77

    Aruba77 Contributing Member

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    He should teach House how to finish at the rim and stop flubbing those dunks
     
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    a 6'7 westbrook is a scary thought.
     
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    No one has had his combination of 1) speed, 2) power, and 3) the ability to change directions as quickly as he does.

    For example, Lebron going downhill is difficult to handle as well but he isnt as quick and isnt able to change direction as effortlessly as Westbrook.

    Lebron is more of a straight line freight train.

    Westbrook is a zigzagging power freight train weaving its way through your scrambling transition defense.

    Blazer's Drexler running the fast break is another name that comes to mind but he as well was mostly a straight line driver and not as much a single man wrecking crew like Westbrook.
     
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    I’m sorry but I think people forget how much of an athletic freak Jordan was in the mid to late 80s...He was insane, nobody even comes close..He was like a prime Westbrook on steroids!!
     
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    Sorry bro Jordan didn't have the hops like Brodie
     
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    Wait... what?
     
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    Huh....
     
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  9. D-rock

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    MJ had a 46" max vert, one of best ever.

    But Brodie is faster and stronger for his size.
     
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    Shawn Kemp in his prime had a 48 inch vertical leap. Kemp is one of the saddest stories in all of sports. Man seemingly has the world in his hands but constant drug abuse and by the time he was 26 he was fathering 7 different kids from 7 different woman was the start of one of the most rapid downfalls in sports history. He gained like a 110 pounds i and went from a chiselled frame of 220 pounds to well over 330 pounds in a short span and his career was effectively over .

    Before the pick and roll became In vogue he and Gary Payton were tearing the nba apart with it. The most underrated duo in modern day history.

    Had the sonics kept that squad intact and Kemp stayed healthy that team was a force to be reckoned with. Sadly kemp wanted out and he went to the cavs and his career went down the toilet. He was just as explosive as anyone the league has ever seen in his prime.

    Drugs, to much woman and not taking caring of his body which were all self inflicted destroyed the career that would have seen him a first ballot hall of famer
     
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    Amare Stoudamire was 6'9.

    Russ is essentially shorter Amare with better quicks, handles and passing.
     
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    I am starting to hate the term smallball because it is not only inaccurate but so distracting.

    Rockets essentially play 2 types of offense. 4 Out when Russ in lineup and 5 Out when he is out of lineup.

    But when Russ is in lineup, 4 Out is actually the secondary offense. The primary is to get out and run hard and attack offense before opposing team sets up.

    Being "small" is not a requirement.

    It's just that there are not a lot of "big" players who have the requisite skills - above average or better 3ball shooter, length (rim protect/attack passing lanes/recover, put ball on floor and drive to rim, athletic (lateral agility & verticality) to switch everything on defense, strength to defend low post, etc.
     
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    If only there was a shoe made to display this inability to not get air and jump
     
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    Groundman
     
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  15. Verbal Christ

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    Jordan was better going to the rim than anyone in the history of Earth.

    Argue about 2nd place.
     
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    Fair but you could make an argument wb does it with more speed and power than anyone ever
     
  17. elmotsang

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    Faried can run very fast
     
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    Hell, I mean, I could argue Shaq was the best at going to the rim,,,and not close. :p
     
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    Jordan had elegance and smoothness going to the rim and when in the air. So it almost looks like it took no effort for him and probably why people forget he had crazy hops. I probably remember just as many of his crazy layups compared to his dunks.

    Westbrook is a Dodge Viper ACR attacking the rim and Jordan was a Mclaren P1.
     
  20. Verbal Christ

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    If Shaq got the ball within 5 feet of the basket it was over, but he wasnt taking anyone off the dribble obviously! LOL

    Mike could drive from anywhere on the court and was the best finisher the game has known.
     
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