While watching his outlandish 17-point overtime in Golden State’s playoff win in Portland last night, it dawned on me. Steph Curry is the most skilled offensive player in the history of the NBA.
Hear me out. I’m not saying he’s the best overall player. He obviously doesn’t play defense or rebound with the all-time greats. And offensively he’s not the most talented. Players have jumped higher and finished stronger. But it’s his skill – from his ball-handling to his passing to unprecedented shooting range – that sets him apart from every other player to bounce a basketball.
Got me to thinking. Who are the Mavs’ most skilled offensive players ever?
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5. Sam Perkins – At home with the lanky lefty jump-hook in the lane or the smoother corner 3-pointer.
4. Steve Nash – As precise with his shooting as he was probing the perfect pick-and-roll.
3. Mark Aguirre – So crafty he was able to thrive as a 6-foot-6 post-up player with his back to the basket.
2. Rolando Blackman – He dribbled. He was catch-and-shoot. He contorted around the rim. And he made free throws.
1. Dirk Nowitzki – Not blessed with raw speed, strength or hops, he crafted his way to almost 30,000 points almost on one leg.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.