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Top 10 Players with the Ability to Take Over a Game

Posted on June 2, 2010 at 6:09 PM

When a great player takes over a game, I like to call it their "time" since when Kobe Bryant takes over a game it's “Kobe Time.” This is really a list of the top 10 “times.”


10) Gilbert Arenas Time

 I’m not sure Arenas still has a time when he’s in jail, but if he returns to the hardwood next season, he’ll be knocking down more buzzer-beaters. Once, he shot a three-pointer at the buzzer and turned around with his arms in the air knowing the shot would go in while the ball was still heading towards the basket.


9) Deron Williams Time

Deron Williams has all the offensive skills necessary to take over. He can shoot over people, get to the rim and set up his teammates if necessary.


8) Paul Pierce Time

Paul Pierce is a veteran who knows how to create his own shot. He can take over a game at will, just like he can fake an injury at will.


7) Stevie Time

Steve Nash is really the only player in the NBA who can take over a basketball game without even shooting the ball. He can dribble all over the court until he finds an open man. What many people don’t realize though, is that Nash is one of the best shooters in NBA history percentage-wise.


6) Kevin Durant Time

Durant may be a little higher on this list in a few years, but for now, he needs to get experience playing in the playoffs and in big games. He did score 30 points per game this season, so he obviously takes over some games.


5) Lebron James Time

Lebron is the best player in basketball, but he just cannot take over and win the big games. He knocks down big shots in the regular season and gets good stats in the playoffs, but he just can’t win important games single-handedly, and winning really is the reason that they play. As New York Jets' coach Herm Edwards once said, “You play to win the game.” Speaking of New York, I will be hoping for the entire summer that Lebron will sign with the Knicks.


4) Dirk Nowitzki Time

Now we get to the players on the list who literally cannot be stopped. I mean, if you want to try to stop a seven-footer with a three point shot, be my guest. As my grandpa said, "Some of the shots Dirk hits in the clutch are just uncanny."


3) Carmelo Anthony Time

I have actually personally witnessed Carmelo Time and it is not pleasant for the other team. He basically says to himself, “This game is getting a little close, I think I’m going to score now.” He can shoot, drive, pull up, and post up. He has too many elements to his game for all of them to be stopped.


2) Dwayne Wade Time

Wade has a time. He has thousands of moves to use and he displays them whenever his team needs him to. His team was the 5th seed in the east this year with Arroyo, Jermaine O’neal, Quentin Richardson,and sophomore Michael Beasley as his non-supportive supporting cast. That says it all.


1) Kobe Time

It is literally impossible to pull away against the Lakers because Kobe just starts to take over until the game is under control again. Once, when the Lakers were losing, Phil Jackson, the Lakers’ coach, turned to Bryant and simply said, “Activate the ball. Score.” That just shows how Kobe can be relied on to take over a game on command.

Do you disagree with my top 10? Comment below.


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Reply Lev to Chris
8:16 AM on July 27, 2010 
You're right. Rondo's pretty good, but he's still developing. He will definitely be on this list in a few years.
Reply Chris
1:21 PM on July 15, 2010 
Hey what about Rondo Time he blocked a shot from kobe once and Kobe crossed-over this shows the speed and aagility of such a great point guard... reminds me of young Nash. Am I right?
Reply Lev to Splash
7:22 AM on June 5, 2010 
No, probably Anthony Carter!

I might just do that list though
Reply Splash Levine
7:09 PM on June 4, 2010 
Love the website Lev. I especially liked Clyde's 'winning and grinning.' I think you should make a list of top 10 anti-time. Think Vince Carter would be # 1.
Reply Lev to Jason
5:35 PM on June 4, 2010 
This is just my time. If it were historical it would have Bird, Jordan, Dominique
Reply Jason Leib
11:27 PM on June 3, 2010 
is this list historical or just in your time?