We have seen some excellent players throughout history who were close to perfection, including the likes of Michael Jordan as a guard, LeBron James as a forward, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as a center. But of course, no player is truly perfect. What if we were to create the perfect NBA player for the 2021-2022 season?
This player will have to be a superstar on both ends of the floor, and possess the most complete physical attributes. To usurp the likes of LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Giannis Antetokounmpo among others; a player will need to have no weakness. By combining the key attributes of all the best players in the world right now, here is the most unstoppable player in today's NBA.
Mentality - Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis Antetokounmpo has officially developed a killer mentality, because, despite the criticisms and negativity thrown his way about his poor shooting, he played like a superstar in the postseason.
The Greek Freak not only managed to defeat Kevin Durant in the playoffs but also nailed 17-19 free throws in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Giannis is officially one of the greats and his mentality is a reason why.
Basketball IQ - LeBron James
No other player has a higher basketball IQ than LeBron James in today's NBA, and the perfect player will be inheriting that. LeBron's ability to read the floor is second to none, and other than Magic Johnson might be the smartest player ever.
The perfect basketball player will have LeBron's ability to read plays before they happen and also understand how to make adjustments to help his team win games during the regular season and the playoffs.
Handles - Kyrie Irving
Another no-brainer, the perfect basketball player will have Kyrie Irving's handles. Irving handles the ball better than anyone else in history because he uses it to create any shot he wants. For a perfect basketball player, he must be able to create offense.
Breaking down defenses with crossovers, hesitations, and spin moves is only possible when a player has Kyrie Irving's talent. Ball handling is a skill that can be developed, but Irving truly has a gift.
Passing - Nikola Jokic
LeBron James has a case for this category, but Nikola Jokic has been passing the ball extremely well the past few years. The perfect basketball player will inherit the bounce passes, lobs, and chest passes that the 2021 MVP is making a killing on.
Jokic is, in many ways, a point center. He is a pass-first big man who can make any pass on the floor and is particularly adept at finding open teammates when double-teamed.
Athleticism - Zion Williamson
It is easy to include Giannis Antetokounmpo or Kevin Durant's athleticism here, but Zion Williamson is a freak of nature. Quite possibly the future face of the NBA, Zion jumps through the roof with a bulky frame and is truly one of a kind.
For the perfect NBA player, he will inherit Zion's lateral quickness, vertical, and explosiveness along with the ability to control a 6'10" frame that is filled with muscle. Talk about a matchup nightmare, because it is impossible to stay with a player like this.
Footwork - Kawhi Leonard
It seems footwork is no longer a massive part of the game, with the likes of Hakeem Olajuwon and Kobe Bryant making a living off of it. But right now, Kawhi Leonard's footwork is a joy to watch.
The two-way superstar is a beast on the low block, using his footwork to fade away or get to spots for easy finishes in the paint. The perfect NBA player needs a way to score when offensive plays break down and a bucket is sorely needed.
Height - Kevin Durant
The perfect NBA player needs height without sacrificing mobility or speed, so he will take Kevin Durant's 6'10" frame. This player will be able to shoot over defenders, see over the defense to make passes, and dominate on offense.
Kevin Durant is one of the most skilled offensive players ever, but his height is the main reason everything falls into place. The perfect player will have the height to score against and defend all NBA players.
Shooting - Stephen Curry
In terms of shooting, it is obvious the quick release of Stephen Curry is the answer. The perfect NBA player will have Curry's ability to make shots from 35 feet with ease, and unlimited range opens up the floor incredibly well.
In 2022, the game will be played with tons of pace and space where shooting is the premium. A player with Curry's accuracy and release will destroy defenses, especially when he is tall enough to see over defenders.
Strength - Joel Embiid
There are a ton of strong men in the NBA right now, but Joel Embiid ranks at the top. The Cameroon national is a beast of a man and has incredible lower body strength to punish defenders.
For the best player in the world, he will have Embiid's ability to handle contact and dominate through pure upper and lower body strength. Having this kind of power means that even if the shot is not falling, forcing the ball into the basket can always be the backup option.
Clutch - Damian Lillard
If the best player combines the shooting, dribbling, and defensive skills of the league's best players with Damian Lillard's clutch shooting, it is a wrap. Lillard is by far the most clutch player in the league and he seems to be getting better.
The perfect NBA player will have Lillard's lack of fear in clutch moments, and the confidence to let fly whenever necessary. Being clutch is not only about making the shots, it is about having the courage to accept responsibility if the shot does not fall.
Defense - Giannis Antetokounmpo
The best basketball player in the world will have the defensive versatility of Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Greek Freak is smart enough and capable enough to defend guards, forwards, and centers. He can block shots, get steals, and contest shots at any angle.
The best player in the 2022 season will also have that kind of versatility, which will allow him to lock up even the best offensive players in the league. The perfect player is getting better by the attribute, and there is no doubt inheriting the skills of a Defensive Player of the Year winner boosts his status.
Speed - De'Aaron Fox
Finally, the perfect NBA player will possess the lightning speed of De'Aaron Fox. Fox is the fastest player in the NBA right now, usurping the likes of John Wall and Russell Westbrook. Fox is only 23 years old and moves as if he is on skates the entire time.
The speedy point guard has the ability to explode to the rim anytime he wants and often outpaces defenders on the fast break. The perfect NBA player will feast on the open floor and also get to his spots in the half-court.
In a nutshell, it is easy to build the perfect NBA player for the 2022 season when analyzing the best players in the league. A 6'10" player with raw speed, power, and explosiveness is a load to handle already. Adding in Stephen Curry's shooting, Kyrie Irving's handles, and Kawhi Leonard's footwork, this player is a complete scorer.
As a leader, he is also a perfect passer with the ability to make adjustments on the fly. The perfect NBA player will hardly force shots or make bad plays and will make his teammates better. Finally, this perfect player will defend all 5 positions with ease and his clutch ability will come in handy when big games are on the line.