Footwork is one of the most important skills a basketball player may have, as it helps them recover when they get lost in defense, and it’s the best way to just shake off defenders when attacking the lane.
Over the course of history, we’ve seen players that can dance like ballerinas to just get past their opposition with great ease, with names like Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant ringing a bell or two.
Nowadays, there are still a lot of guys that make the most of their feet and their skill set to put themselves in great scoring positions, with fast first steps to gain ground and space between them and their defenders.
Today, we’re going to let you know about the top 10 guys with a great footwork in the NBA.
10. Jahlil Okafor
OkaforOkafor’s footwork is pretty much the main reason he was one of the most hyped prospects in the world not so long ago, and the reason why he got drafted 2nd overall by the Philadelphia 76ers.
His career hasn’t got off to the best of starts, but he’s still one of the most skilled men in the low post you’ll find on any hardwood, and he’s able to shuffle his feet with great ease against the most gifted defenders.
9. Stephen Curry
The two time MVP is one of the most gifted players in the offensive end that this game has ever witnessed with his ability to pull up from distance and score from pretty much.. Well, everywhere in the hardwood.
Besides his handles, playmaking, and shooting, Curry’s footwork is one of the most underrated skills on his game, as he’s one of the quickest players when it comes to changing directions and creating space to shoot it.
8. Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony has always been accused of being a ball stopper and even though it may be true, his footwork in isolation is one of the main reasons why the perennial All-Star has reached the 25 thousand points milestone.
Anthony has a killer footwork in the elbow and even though he’s lost most of his explosiveness and athleticism, he’s still as deadly as always when he gets the rock a couple of feet from the rim.
7. Dwyane Wade
Wade’s not only called The Flash because of his frenetic speed, but also because the ability he’s always had to create space between him and his defenders with a very quick first step that gives him a huge advantage.
Besides, for a guy that small, he’s great at recovering when he gets caught between screens, and he’s a terrific shot blocker from blind spots mostly because of his ability to turn around with his feet and leap.
6. Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis grew up being a point guard before having a major growth spurt during the summer that kind of forced him to play the four and the five, but he didn’t lose a bit of that big man skill set in the process.
Davis is able to put the ball in the floor and lead the team’s offense if needed, while being extremely agile down low, shuffling his feet without traveling and being able to finish with both hands below the rim.
5. Joel Embiid
It’s still pretty early on his career, but Joel Embiid’s footwork really resembles the one Hakeem Olajuwon had throughout his career, with “The Process” even being already a master of the famous Dream Shake.
Embiid is one of the most talented players the league has seen on a very long time, and his ability to just create space between him and the guy guarding him is just something most likely of a guard rather than a big man.
4. Kawhi Leonard
Kawhi Leonard’s offensive skill set has vastly improved over the years, with him arriving in the Association more as a defensive minded specialist rather than the guy he’s become now, able to put 28 points a night with great ease.
And one of the main reasons why Kawhi’s game has improved so much is his first step and ability to maintain his ground when guarded, being able to turn to each side and either finish or find the open guy.
3. Chris Paul
Chris Paul has always been one of the most determinant players in both ends of the hardwood and his footwork gives him a great advantage with his ability to stop right away and turn around or pull up.
Besides, he’s always been able to move sideways really quickly, something that has made him one of the peskiest and most suffocating backcourt defenders in recent years as well as being the best point guard in the world.
2. Kyrie Irving
Kyrie’s handles and crossovers are the best in the world and make us remember great ballers like Allen Iverson. His first step and ability to change directions make him pretty much unguardable, as well as his ability to finish and pull up from distance.
You just can’t catch Kyrie and he’s so skilled with his feet that he can just get between three or four defenders while attacking the lane as if they were just traffic cones, as he’s shown during his Uncle Drew promotions.
1. DeMar DeRozan
This may surprise you, but actually, DeMar DeRozan has the best footwork in the league right now, with an offensive repertoire that makes us remember Kobe Bryant more and more as years go by and the Compton native keeps adding up moves.
DeRozan has never been a good shooter from beyond the arc, but due to his footwork, that hasn’t stopped him from constantly being among the league’s scoring leaders, being able to find and create space from the elbow and finish through contact.