NBA players are some of the best athletes in the world.
Speed, agility, stamina, strength, and vertical leaping ability are some of the main attributes that players work on all year. Playing basketball means constant running up and down the court, and players cannot afford to be a step behind their opponents. Time in the gym is important, but so is keeping the right nutritional plan and working hard on fitness in the offseason.
If players keep themselves in shape, they are capable of pulling off some of the most athletic feats in all of sports. A huge dunk, a big block, an athletic pass can mean all the difference when it comes to wins and losses.
Here are the top plays showing off the superhuman athleticism of NBA players:
10) DWIGHT HOWARD SWAT BLOCKS LUOL DENG
We start off with Superman (apologies, Shaq)--center Dwight Howard of the Magic. Blocking shots is nothing new for the three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, but on this particular swat, Howard takes an offering from Chicago’s Luol Deng and spikes it down like a beach volleyball player. Plus, check out the elevation from the big fella!
9) RUSSELL WESTBROOK TOMAHAWK SLAMS SHANE BATTIER
While he plays second fiddle to Thunder teammate (and reigning scoring champ) Kevin Durant, guard Russell Westbrook is an emerging superstar in his own right. At 6'3", he’s got a motor unmatched by most in the league and can finish around the rim in explosive fashion. Just ask Shane Battier, who was on the receiving end of this facial back in November 2010. Credit Durant with the sweet assist.