Throughout the history of the NBA there have been many signature moves developed to score and humiliate defenders. But there’s a certain class of moves that are almost unstoppable, even if the defender knows it’s coming he can’t do anything about it. These ten moves, in the right player’s arsenal, makes the game one-sided.
10. Manu Ginobili’s Eurostep
One second the defender is right in front of Ginobili in perfect position, the next he’s on the other side of the paint wondering how Ginobili just blew past him.
9. Tim Duncan’s Bank Shot
There’s a reason why he got the nickname The Bug Fundamental. The bank shot is the old reliable way to score.
8. Kobe Bryant’s Fadeaway
In terms of style Bryant is the closest thing to Michael Jordan we’ve ever seen. He definitely mastered the GOAT’s fadeaway.
7. Wilt Chamberlain’s Finger Roll
Chamberlain was the precursor to Shaquille O’Neal. Nobody could stop someone that big and athletic.
6. Dirk Nowitzki’s One-Legged Fadeaway
Fadeaways are hard to block as it is, but blocking a savvy seven footer is nearly impossible, especially when that player is Nowitzki.
5. Hakeem Olajuwon’s Dream Shake
Defenders were bound to bite on one of Olajuwon’s move and then he’d just make them look silly.
4. Michael Jordan’s Fadeaway
Of course the GOAT had an unstoppable shot of his own. The fadeaway has become pretty mainstream in the NBA, but nobody was ever as good at it as MJ.
3. Shaquille O’Neal’s Black Tornado
If the ball ever reached Shaq in the post, the defender might as well turn and run for cover because the big man was going to bring the hoop down.
2. Stephen Curry’s Long-Range Threes
With his quick release, great handles, and seemingly unlimited range, no one can ever get a good defensive read on Curry until he’s pulled the trigger.
1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Sky Hook
If you throw a mix if the finger roll, fadeaway, Dream Shake, and bank shot together you get something like the Sky Hook. Add to that the NBA’s all-time leading scorer with the size to match any other names on this list and you get unstoppable scoring.