Top Ten Most Crafty NBA Players of All-Time

The ability to be crafty in the NBA is a rare skill to have. Players are crafty just play at a different speed than everybody else and sees the play before everybody else. They are smooth and if they want to score they can. Also we are only talking about craftiness so the other skills of the players cannot be considered.

The Top Ten Most Crafty NBA Players of All-Time

1 Steve Nash Stephen John Nash, is a Canadian retired professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association.

Nash was a incredibly crafty player. He was a amazing player in terms of changing speeds. He never rushed a shot and was a great finisher. - 2storm

He probably didn't deserve to win two straight MVPs, but he was still a great player. - phillysports

2 Dwyane Wade Dwyane Tyrone Wade Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association.

Dwyane Wade is the most crafty player ever. When you watch him play he is just so smooth with the ball and he changes speeds remarkably. His skill as a crafty player helped him become of the best players ever. - 2storm

The king of the full-court pass. - phillysports

3 Manu Ginóbili Emanuel David "Manu" Ginóbili is an Argentine professional basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association.

Ginóbili was a great crafty player embodied the idea of crafty in the NBA. - 2storm

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4 Kobe Bryant Kobe Bryant (1978 - 2020) was an American retired professional basketball player. He played his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. Kobe Bryant has won 5 NBA championships with the Lakers and was the all-time leading scorer in Lakers franchise history. ...read more.

At moments Kobe was just a amazing crafty player. It was kinda scary and if he would have been able to keep it up he may have just been the best player ever. - 2storm

Better than everyone except Stephen Curry in Crafty things

5 Michael Jordan Michael Jeffrey Jordan, also known by his initials, MJ, is an American retired professional basketball player.

Jordan was not just an explosive player, but at moments he was a great crafty player. He was just so smooth at times. - 2storm

6 Jason Kidd Jason Frederick Kidd is an American basketball coach and former player. He was the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association.

Another guy that is just great at just seeing the play before others see the play probably the greatest at it. - 2storm

7 Allen Iverson Allen Ezail Iverson is an American retired professional basketball player who played for 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association.
8 Nikola Jokic Nikola Jokić is a Serbian professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association.

I can't believe that Jokic hasn't been named an all-star yet. He's definitely a Top 5 center in the league in my opinion. - phillysports

If the NBA had an all-center team, Jokic should easily be point guard. He is that good.

9 Jerry West Jerry Alan West is an American retired basketball player who played his entire professional career for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association.

I think West kinda originated the skill of craftyness. A lot like the guys above him could just carve up the defense perfectly. - 2storm

10 Hakeem Olajuwon Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon, formerly known as Akeem Olajuwon, is a Nigerian-American retired professional basketball player.

Unstoppable. The Dream shake. Top 2 or 3 greatest player of all time

This guy could play all five positions and was the best athletic center in the game. - BUETBU91

The Contenders

11 Dikembe Mutombo
12 Kyrie Irving Kyrie Andrew Irving is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association. He has played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, and the Nets.

Irving and Curry are pretty close, but I have to go with Kyrie. Combine that with his crossover he could be one of the best players ever. - 2storm

13 Alex English
14 LeBron James LeBron Raymone James is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. LeBron has played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, and the Lakers.

James especially in his early years was a great crafty player. He was great a changing speed and could just stop on a dime. - 2storm

15 David Thompson
16 Bob Cousy

We didn't get to see a lot of Bob Cousy, but of what we heard of he was a out of this world crafty player, but we have no evidence so he can't go higher than this. - 2storm

17 Fat Lever
18 Magic Johnson Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. is a retired American professional basketball player who played point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association for 13 seasons.
19 Larry Bird Larry Joe Bird is an American retired professional basketball player who played for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association. Bird is a 3x champ, 1x ROTY, 1x Finals MVP, 3x 3PT Contest winner, all with the Boston Celtics. (1979-1992)
20 Carmelo Anthony Carmelo Kyam Anthony is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association.
21 Stephen Curry Wardell Stephen Curry II is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association. Many players and analysts have called him the greatest shooter in NBA history. He is one of the most beloved, as well as hated, stars in the NBA today.

He is very crafty and can pass really tricky and is very athlethtic

22 Ty Lawson
23 Jason Williams
24 Dan Issel
25 James Harden James Edward Harden, Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association.

James Harden is just an amazing player and his craftyness creates fouls. - 2storm

26 George Gervin George Gervin, nicknamed "The Iceman," is an American retired professional basketball player who played in both the American Basketball Association and National Basketball Association for the Virginia Squires, San Antonio Spurs, and Chicago Bulls.
27 Dennis Rodman Dennis Keith Rodman is an American retired professional basketball player who played for the Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, and Dallas Mavericks in the National Basketball Association.
28 Dennis Johnson
29 Clyde Drexler Clyde Austin "The Glide" Drexler is an American retired professional basketball player. During his career, he was a ten-time All-Star, and named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.
30 Bill Walton
31 Pete Maravich Peter Press Maravich, known by his nickname Pistol Pete, was an American professional basketball player.

He created showtime basketball before showtime was a big deal. - BUETBU91

32 Ricky Rubio Ricard Rubio i Vives is a Spanish professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association.

This guy is one of the best passers in recent years. He's literally known for his passing. So underrated

33 John Stockton John Houston Stockton is an American retired professional basketball player. He spent his entire professional playing career as a point guard for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association, from 1984 to 2003. Stockton is regarded as one of the best point guards of all time, holding the NBA ...read more.
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