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babyang04
01-23-2012, 11:03 PM
Personally for me, Its between Kobe, Baron Davis & Steve Nash. Never really thought much of Baron. But listening to him talk about the game and listening to how soft spoken he is, you can trulely get a good understanding of how well he understands the game of basketball.

Name your top 3 or 5 or 10 !

Gram
01-23-2012, 11:05 PM
CousinsEvansDuo.

asandhu23
01-23-2012, 11:11 PM
^ end thread.

Raps08-09 Champ
01-23-2012, 11:11 PM
Baron Davis?

The man was not really knowledgeable. Taking inefficient 3 point shots within 4 seconds on the shot clock is a big no no.

haggis
01-23-2012, 11:13 PM
Rasheed Wallace or Brian Scalabrine.

Hustlenomics
01-23-2012, 11:16 PM
how are you going to put Baron Davis right next to steve nash

babyang04
01-23-2012, 11:18 PM
well i didnt put it in any order. I just really think hes got a good understanding of the game.

Avenged
01-23-2012, 11:18 PM
Luke Walton.

TO Rapz
01-23-2012, 11:21 PM
Javale Mcgee.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOB04HvFewA&feature=fvst

Gram
01-23-2012, 11:24 PM
^ end thread.

:hi5:

Tanakid777
01-23-2012, 11:25 PM
in no order Nash, Kidd, CP3, Battier, Pierce, Iggy, Duncan, LBJ, Wade

Celtics33
01-23-2012, 11:27 PM
Battier would make my top 5.

Johann
01-23-2012, 11:29 PM
In no order:

Steve Nash (http://i.usatoday.net/sports/gallery/2010/05/09/s100509_03nash-pg-horizontal.JPG), Aaron Gray (http://espn.go.com/photo/2006/1010/ncb_gray_195.jpg), Jimmer Fredette (http://s.wsj.net/public/resources/images/OB-MC367_012711_DV_20110127093548.jpg), Jose Calderon (http://www.wearingfilm.com/picketfence/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/oly_a_calderson1_sw_sq_300.jpg), Brian Scalabrine (http://www.tremendousupsidepotential.com/img/Brian-Scalabrine-Bulls-chicago.jpg), Andrew Bogut (http://www.celebrityschoolpics.com/images/g_full/celebrity-001387-andrew-bogut.jpg), Pau Gasol (http://www.starzlife.com/files/2011/03/pau-gasol.jpg), etc etc, Anthony Carter (http://ladiesdotdotdot.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/f3_carterh.jpg).

Cal827
01-23-2012, 11:31 PM
Rasual Butler. You can't be a "tank" commander if you don't have a good IQ lol

AP for MVP
01-23-2012, 11:31 PM
Ricky Rubio!

iam brett favre
01-23-2012, 11:34 PM
Gordon Hayward

Hellcrooner
01-23-2012, 11:36 PM
ill rather not answer

Raps08-09 Champ
01-23-2012, 11:37 PM
ill rather not answer

Is it Gasol? Or Calderon?

albertc86
01-23-2012, 11:39 PM
Delonte West.

NetSymptom
01-23-2012, 11:39 PM
Duncan or Kidd

ManRam
01-23-2012, 11:51 PM
I tend to think it's usually the guys who are less physically gifted and who have therefore made it to where they are because of their knowledge, skills and IQ.

I don't know who has the best in the league, but on my team, I'm continually amazed with JJ's IQ.

justinnum1
01-23-2012, 11:54 PM
battier

/thread

showtime24
01-23-2012, 11:55 PM
LUKE WALTON! close this thread :laugh:

Federal Reserve
01-23-2012, 11:57 PM
Jeremy Lin.

Bulls_fan90
01-23-2012, 11:57 PM
(Insert player from your team)

Dramedy
01-23-2012, 11:59 PM
Well Josh Childress, the Lopez twins and Landry Jones went to Stanford and Jeremy Lin went to Harvard, so I'm inclined to say they're near the top of the list.

stawka
01-24-2012, 12:06 AM
Duncan, Battier, Kidd, Kobe, LeBron. I find it hard to put Nash in there, because as great as he is on one end of the floor and a hell of a leader, he's the polar opposite on the other end

Hellcrooner
01-24-2012, 12:09 AM
Is it Gasol? Or Calderon?

None of them, but they are really high on the list.

nysportsfan02
01-24-2012, 12:18 AM
Baron Davis? LOL

In no order:

Nash
CP3
Kidd
Wade
Duncan
Kobe

AntiG
01-24-2012, 12:26 AM
Jeremy Lin.

Harvard.

lakerboy
01-24-2012, 12:28 AM
how are you going to put Baron Davis right next to steve nash

They're called Knicks fans

UPRock
01-24-2012, 12:34 AM
Andre Blatched

5ass
01-24-2012, 12:35 AM
Rubio, Nash, Kidd, Paul, Kobe, Bron, Calderon, Iguadala (IMO), Curry, JJ Redick (homer pick, but his IQ is so underrated), Rondo, Allen.

justinnum1
01-24-2012, 12:37 AM
Andre Blatched

Winner.

Mudvayne91
01-24-2012, 01:15 AM
Luke Walton.

Very possible. Help(ed) out with coaching while he was hurt, if I'm not mistaken.

Yanks All Day
01-24-2012, 01:26 AM
Probably most players that came out of Duke. JJ Redick is definitely up there. Grant Hill is another one. There's probably more, but I just can't think of them right now.

Baller1
01-24-2012, 01:52 AM
Ray Allen and Battier immediately came to mind.

Cal827
01-24-2012, 02:14 AM
You guys are thinking way too damn hard...

http://briancuban.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/latrell_sprewell-arton21193-240x240.jpg

The highest IQ in the NBA




Still can't find a way to feed his kids with $7 million.

ManningToTyree
01-24-2012, 02:17 AM
Stephen Hawking

Corey
01-24-2012, 02:25 AM
Scalabrine, of course!

ghettosean
01-24-2012, 02:31 AM
Duncan or Kidd
Thank you... I can't believe no one said Kidd up until then this guy knows how to ball and he kept his team going in the playoffs everyone will give the praise to Tyson (and he deserves 90% of it and this is aside from Dirk because his contribution was obvious) but all I can remember hearing is the rest of the team talking about Jason Kidd and how calm and poised he is regardless of the situation and he got his team mates to believe they could win no matter how down they were in any game in the playoffs last year.

Not only do I think Jason Kidd knows the game but he knows how to make others play the game and play hard. For an old man he's one hell of a PG mentally and physically and has shown last year (to me anyway) that he has a high basketball IQ.

Juelz36
01-24-2012, 02:33 AM
Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Chauncey Billups, Tim Duncan Shane Battier, Grant Hill, Chris Paul, Kobe, Lebron, Wade

lovingTO
01-24-2012, 02:35 AM
Shane Battier was my first thought. I came across this cool list:

http://aol.sportingnews.com/mlb/feed/2010-09/smart-athletes/story/sporting-news-names-the-20-smartest-athletes-in-sports


SN names the 20 Smartest Athletes in Sports



7. Shane Battier, F, Houston Rockets

• Age: 32

• On-court accomplishments: 2-time Naismith award winner (high school and college), 2001 No. 6 overall NBA draft pick, 2-time All-NBA defensive second team

• Alma mater, major, GPA: Duke, religion, 3.5

• Languages: “English and German.”

• Off-court/intellectual interests: “Finance, sabermetrics, golf.”

• If I weren’t a professional athlete, I’d ... “Be working with youth in some capacity. Similar to the mission of my foundation, I would want to encourage and inspire a new generation of potential leaders through higher education and effective leadership skills.”

• Nerdiest thing about me: “I have a subscription to Laptop magazine.”

• Smartest teammate I’ve had: “Brent Barry.”

— Steve Greenberg

10. Grant Hill, G, Phoenix Suns

• Age: 37

• On-court accomplishments: 1994 No. 3 overall NBA draft pick, 1995 NBA rookie of the year, 7-time All-Star, 3-time NBA sportsmanship award winner. “I have many on-field accomplishments that make me proud. The sportsmanship award is one I’m most proud of since I was voted amongst my peers.”

• Alma mater, major: Duke, history

• Off-court/intellectual interests: “Buying and collecting art, looking at potential business deals, reading biographies and historical books.”

• What I’m reading now: “The Panic of 1907: Lessons Learned from the Market’s Perfect Storm.”

• Nerdiest thing about me: “I love going to the bookstore.”

— Steve Greenberg

15. Pau Gasol, F, Los Angeles Lakers

• Age: 30

• On-court accomplishments: 2002 NBA rookie of the year, 3-time All-Star, 2-time NBA champion, 2-time FIBA Europe player of the year.

• Alma mater: University of Barcelona medical school. He left early to pursue his basketball career, but the dean has said he is welcome to return.

• Languages: “Spanish, English and Catalan.”

• What I’m reading now: “The Facebook Effect, by David Kirkpatrick.”

• If I weren’t a professional athlete, I’d ... “Have loved to have a career in the medical field.”

• Smartest teammate I’ve had: “Shane Battier.”

— Sean Deveney



19. Matt Bonner, F, San Antonio Spurs

• Age: 30

• On-court accomplishments: 1-time NBA champion

• Alma mater, major, GPA: Florida, business, 3.96

• SAT score: 1350

• Off-court/intellectual interests: “Reading, Scrabble, writing, math games, record collecting, pingpong.”

• What I’m reading now: “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer.”

• If I weren’t a professional athlete, I’d ... “(Be a) college professor.”

• Nerdiest thing about me: “I’m a huge cribbage and corduroy enthusiast, and my favorite show ever is The X-Files.”

• Smartest teammate I’ve had: “Brent Barry or Tim Duncan.”

— Sean Deveney



Read more: http://aol.sportingnews.com/mlb/feed/2010-09/smart-athletes/story/sporting-news-names-the-20-smartest-athletes-in-sports#ixzz1kM5N7mgK

CityofChaos
01-24-2012, 02:38 AM
Adonal Foyle, Jamal Crawford, Shane Battier, and Kobe off the top of my head

Raph12
01-24-2012, 02:51 AM
DeAndre Jordan - Now there is a guy who would be great even if he was 6'0" and couldn't jump high

Fnom11
01-24-2012, 03:08 AM
Battier is probably the most intelligent player in the league

cutiepie80
01-24-2012, 03:16 AM
I am REALLY shocked a Heat fan chose Battier. Might not have picked him about 5 months ago though. It would have probably been Juwan Howard.

The answer is cp3.

seikou8
01-24-2012, 08:29 AM
They're called Knicks fans

its called hop off our dick just because one says it doent mean we all say it. lakers fans these days do they have a high iq

-Kobe24-TJ19-
01-24-2012, 08:37 AM
Baron Davis:laugh:

ThePooH_1_
01-24-2012, 08:43 AM
kobe

justinnum1
01-24-2012, 10:10 AM
I am REALLY shocked a Heat fan chose Battier. Might not have picked him about 5 months ago though. It would have probably been Juwan Howard.

The answer is cp3.

:facepalm:

Kashmir13579
01-24-2012, 11:20 AM
Rajon Rondo/Steve Nash/Chris Paul

Kashmir13579
01-24-2012, 11:26 AM
its called hop off our dick just because one says it doent mean we all say it. lakers fans these days do they have a high iq

Not much we can do. Trolls will be trolls.

Rentzias
01-24-2012, 11:40 AM
Battier is probably the most intelligent player in the league
Always have thought this.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/15/magazine/15Battier-t.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all

He115ing
01-24-2012, 11:51 AM
Definitely not Baron. Plus whenever I hear him talk, he sounds like such a hippie. I would say Nash, Bron, Duncan, Rondo, CP3

Johann
01-24-2012, 01:04 PM
In no order:

Steve Nash (http://i.usatoday.net/sports/gallery/2010/05/09/s100509_03nash-pg-horizontal.JPG), Aaron Gray (http://espn.go.com/photo/2006/1010/ncb_gray_195.jpg), Jimmer Fredette (http://s.wsj.net/public/resources/images/OB-MC367_012711_DV_20110127093548.jpg), Jose Calderon (http://www.wearingfilm.com/picketfence/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/oly_a_calderson1_sw_sq_300.jpg), Brian Scalabrine (http://www.tremendousupsidepotential.com/img/Brian-Scalabrine-Bulls-chicago.jpg), Andrew Bogut (http://www.celebrityschoolpics.com/images/g_full/celebrity-001387-andrew-bogut.jpg), Pau Gasol (http://www.starzlife.com/files/2011/03/pau-gasol.jpg), etc etc, Anthony Carter (http://ladiesdotdotdot.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/f3_carterh.jpg).

j0h@n63, you are a riot. Those pictures are wacko.

Hellcrooner
01-24-2012, 01:38 PM
The answer is, the top 25 consist in no order of Duncan, Kidd, Battier,paul, kobe , walton 1 canadiand dude 1 argentinian dude and 17 europeans including 3 spaniards.

BradfordIsElite
01-24-2012, 03:28 PM
Kobe, Jason Kidd, Stevie Nash, Paul Peirce, Dirk, Tim Duncan- these players, all masters of the game at their positions have incredibly high IQ's for the game, I wouldn't agrue against any of these guys.
Obviously players like KG, Manu, Tony Parker, Shane Battier, Andre Miller, Ray-Ray, Grant Hill, etc. have impressive minds for the game as well, no ones gonna deny that.
^ Most of these players mentioned are well into their careers however, but remain the best amongst athletes of the previous era (mid90's-present).
Some younger athletes that know the game very well include Dwayne Wade, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Rajon Rondo, Lebron James.. these are few of the players that are heading the trend of a new era in basketball and stand out relating to the topic, highest IQ in the league.
Not every player was mentioned, just players I could think right off the top with.

scutch11
01-24-2012, 03:39 PM
toney douglas

theheatles
01-24-2012, 03:42 PM
Grant Hill, Shane Battier, Tim Duncan, Steve Nash and Chris Paul would probably be my top 5 with Kobe and LeBron right there

carruthers32
01-24-2012, 03:44 PM
kobe bryant, tim duncan, shane battier, steve nash, jason kidd and grant hill. those are my top 6.

theheatles
01-24-2012, 03:45 PM
The answer is, the top 25 consist in no order of Duncan, Kidd, Battier,paul, kobe , walton 1 canadiand dude 1 argentinian dude and 17 europeans including 3 spaniards.

:crazy:

theheatles
01-24-2012, 03:56 PM
I am REALLY shocked a Heat fan chose Battier. Might not have picked him about 5 months ago though. It would have probably been Juwan Howard.

The answer is cp3.

:facepalm:

are you really that much of a butt hurt hater? anyone that has followed the nba over the last decade knows shane is incredibly intelligent on and off the basketball court, not to mention during his reign in college.
Not only should shane be considered to have 1 of the highest basketball IQ's, many will have him #1 overall

Hellcrooner
01-24-2012, 04:09 PM
:crazy:

If you dont have a GREAT IQ you dont make it to european leagues.

If you dont have an AWESOME IQ you dont make it from europe into nba with the pathetic phisical tools europeans have.

The game nowdays is too much about phisical aptitude that aboug Iq, Fundamentals, Skills.

And thats what makes a HOLE for europeans to enter in, since their training focuses on that part of the game since they are 7 years old.


How far do you think would Howard go in the nba with Dirks body? but if you instead put Dirk in Howards body you have a top 5 player all time.

Lebron inside paus body? barely a starter.

Pau inside lebrons body? Massive destruction.

there are indeed a FEW americans that indeed have BOTH things, phisical aptitude and Good/great/ Amazing athletic/phisical abilities:

Guess waht, they become the top of the crop, the duncans and kobes.

Going with the example

Duncan woudl still dominate in Dirks body.
Kobe woudl still dominate in say rudy fernandez body.
They have the Iq and skills.


Notice how i mention walton, walton has amazing iq and fundamentals, but his body makes him a mediocre player for this league ( he would do good in europe).

Adam Morrison had Iq, but didnt have the body.

And you can be sure that Vujacics Iq is better than 80% of the leagus, but his body is not enough.

Heediot
01-24-2012, 04:43 PM
1. cp3
2. nash
3. battier

Heediot
01-24-2012, 04:44 PM
in no order Nash, Kidd, CP3, Battier, Pierce, Iggy, Duncan, LBJ, Wade

I forgot about Duncan. Dude is smart, very quiet but high IQ.

mRc08
01-24-2012, 04:45 PM
I would have to say nash or wade to be honest. Nash for his vision and understanding of offense and wade for his general understanding of the game and overall feel. there is a reason he consistantly makes big plays when they are needed. He is good at knowing when his team needs him to step up or a play needs to be made.

Kobe should be there too. the guy is practically a coach

Heediot
01-24-2012, 04:46 PM
It's arguable about Kobe, yeah he may study the game but the decisions he makes on the court are questionable sometimes.

mRc08
01-24-2012, 04:48 PM
It's arguable about Kobe, yeah he may study the game but the decisions he makes on the court are questionable sometimes.

agreed, thats why i had to put him behind wade and nash. He might be the best executioner in the nba but not the best decision maker in the NBA.

theheatles
01-24-2012, 04:54 PM
If you dont have a GREAT IQ you dont make it to european leagues.

If you dont have an AWESOME IQ you dont make it from europe into nba with the pathetic phisical tools europeans have.

The game nowdays is too much about phisical aptitude that aboug Iq, Fundamentals, Skills.

And thats what makes a HOLE for europeans to enter in, since their training focuses on that part of the game since they are 7 years old.


How far do you think would Howard go in the nba with Dirks body? but if you instead put Dirk in Howards body you have a top 5 player all time.

Lebron inside paus body? barely a starter.

Pau inside lebrons body? Massive destruction.

there are indeed a FEW americans that indeed have BOTH things, phisical aptitude and Good/great/ Amazing athletic/phisical abilities:

Guess waht, they become the top of the crop, the duncans and kobes.

Going with the example

Duncan woudl still dominate in Dirks body.
Kobe woudl still dominate in say rudy fernandez body.
They have the Iq and skills.


Notice how i mention walton, walton has amazing iq and fundamentals, but his body makes him a mediocre player for this league ( he would do good in europe).

Adam Morrison had Iq, but didnt have the body.

And you can be sure that Vujacics Iq is better than 80% of the leagus, but his body is not enough.

I agree Pau being top 15 with Dirk and Tony Parker being high as well but 17 euros? name them? And I don't think Manu's IQ is amongst the highest, he's very reckless and i think his physical gifts made him great

Rockice_8
01-24-2012, 04:56 PM
Welcome to the name your own players thread.

Most should be PG's like Kidd and Nash. Battier is some sort of rocket scientist so you can't leave him off. I also like Duncan and KG.

-Kobe24-TJ19-
01-24-2012, 04:58 PM
If you dont have a GREAT IQ you dont make it to european leagues.

If you dont have an AWESOME IQ you dont make it from europe into nba with the pathetic phisical tools europeans have.

The game nowdays is too much about phisical aptitude that aboug Iq, Fundamentals, Skills.

And thats what makes a HOLE for europeans to enter in, since their training focuses on that part of the game since they are 7 years old.


How far do you think would Howard go in the nba with Dirks body? but if you instead put Dirk in Howards body you have a top 5 player all time.

Lebron inside paus body? barely a starter.

Pau inside lebrons body? Massive destruction.

there are indeed a FEW americans that indeed have BOTH things, phisical aptitude and Good/great/ Amazing athletic/phisical abilities:

Guess waht, they become the top of the crop, the duncans and kobes.

Going with the example

Duncan woudl still dominate in Dirks body.
Kobe woudl still dominate in say rudy fernandez body.
They have the Iq and skills.


Notice how i mention walton, walton has amazing iq and fundamentals, but his body makes him a mediocre player for this league ( he would do good in europe).

Adam Morrison had Iq, but didnt have the body.

And you can be sure that Vujacics Iq is better than 80% of the leagus, but his body is not enough.

:facepalm:

He115ing
01-24-2012, 05:04 PM
Albert Einstein

-Kobe24-TJ19-
01-24-2012, 05:07 PM
Albert Einstein

/thread

MagicHero3
01-24-2012, 06:05 PM
according to a yahoo.com survey taken from all the other NBA players... and rating "basketball IQ" not just "IQ"...

The results were as follows:

1. Kobe Bryant, Lakers
2. Jason Kidd, Mavericks
3. Steve Nash, Suns
4. Chris Paul, Clippers
5. LeBron James, Heat

Also receiving votes were the Knick's Carmelo Anthony, point guard Deron Williams and Dwyane Wade

Cal827
01-24-2012, 06:13 PM
according to a yahoo.com survey taken from all the other NBA players... and rating "basketball IQ" not just "IQ"...

The results were as follows:

1. Kobe Bryant, Lakers
2. Jason Kidd, Mavericks
3. Steve Nash, Suns
4. Chris Paul, Clippers
5. LeBron James, Heat

Also receiving votes were the Nuggets' Carmelo Anthony, point guard Deron Williams and Dwyane Wade

/ Survey.

MagicHero3
01-24-2012, 06:18 PM
I found another top 5 that makes a little more sense...

"5. Tim Duncan
In all his years in the NBA, the number of times Tim Duncan has blown a defensive assignment can likely be counted on one hand. He may not be the greatest defender in the history of the league, especially now with his mobility going south because of his knee injuries, but his smarts are up there with any big man to ever play the game.

People claim he is boring and while that may be true, there is a reason that Duncan has been able to keep up his super-consistent production. Instead of basing his game off of athleticism, his game is dependent upon his fundamentals.

Mr. Fundamental, as he is so often called, may have bad knees and worrisome athleticism, but he will be good as long as he is out on the court because of his sound approach.

4. Chauncey Billups
Statistically speaking, the Nuggets' acquisition of Chauncey Billups appeared to be a borderline disaster. His shooting percentage dropped three points, his assists went down, and his turnovers went up from the previous season.

However, it was his smarts and brilliance that did not show up in the box score which put the Nuggets over the top and led them to the Western Conference Finals after being stuck in neutral for some time.

Billups' success at the age of 33, much like Duncan's, comes from a reliance on other aspects of the game than athleticism. He befuddles defenders with changes of speed and direction that allow him to get the step ahead that other players get from blazing speed.

Defensively, he may not be the best, but you will never catch him out of position. He merely doesn't have the foot speed to stay with the faster guards in the league, but he as good as he possibly could be because of his strong fundamentals.

No longer the number one option on offense, Billups has managed to still be effective because of his brains on a Denver team that looks to be successful as long as he is at the helm.

3. Jason Kidd
While his beating of his wife was not a smart decision on Kidd's part, when he stands on the NBA hardwood, he is as brainy as it gets. He rarely shoots, but is as good as it gets for old school point guards in the league today, setting up his teammates and making everyone on the court better as a result.

Last year, he may have gone overboard on the "never shoot" mentality, but this year, he increased both his shooting and his efficiency, scoring enough to be noted and managing to up his assist numbers as well.

While this improvement in his third year with the Mavericks is noteworthy, his work on the boards is where he shows his true brains. He is an amazing player at watching shots and reading where the rebounds are going, and this allows him to get countless long rebounds. It may appear lucky, but it is not.

Oh yeah, and there's this play.

2. Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant was once the most athletic player in the gym, and simply dominated teams who couldn't handle his combination of speed, length, and leaping ability. Now, with declining athleticism, he has done what all great players must do if they want to continue there success: he diversified his approach.

Declining athleticism proved to be the nail in the coffin for players like Allen Iverson, players dependent on their speed to beat defenders and get easy looks, but Bryant has incorporated a deadly post game to complement his already impressive all-around offensive game.

He gets to his spots and hits from where he is comfortable, allowing himself to still be one of the league's best players despite the tremendous mileage his legs have undertaken.

Sure, he may have a little talent, but his brains make him the best shooting guard in the league.

1. Shane Battier
Not only is he one of the best perimeter defenders to ever play the game, but he is probably the smartest player to play in the league in the last decade.

In his interviews, he sounds like a politician while most NBA players stumble on their words like high schoolers in remedial English. During the games, there is no player more focused than Battier. Always knowing the game plan, Battier managed to keep Brandon Roy and Kobe Bryant at bay for most of the playoffs last year.

This year, he was a bit more exposed with Trevor Ariza flanking him instead of Ron Artest. While Ariza is an excellent defender, the Artest-Battier duo worked so well because of Artest's ability to take the more physical players. This year, Battier was forced to do so, and struggled a little bit.

But as smarts go, there is no one that approaches Battier's ability to interpret statistics and learn from them in the NBA. He receives 50-60 page packets with information on his opponents and uses the information to keep them from their "hot-spots."

Daryl Morey has often been criticized for overvaluing his players, but in Battier's case, it is the opposing teams that undervalue him."

lakers4sho
01-24-2012, 09:29 PM
Metta World Peace. The dude majored in math. Basketball became a piece of cake for him after that.

Cal827
01-24-2012, 10:34 PM
I found another top 5 that makes a little more sense...

"5. Tim Duncan
In all his years in the NBA, the number of times Tim Duncan has blown a defensive assignment can likely be counted on one hand. He may not be the greatest defender in the history of the league, especially now with his mobility going south because of his knee injuries, but his smarts are up there with any big man to ever play the game.

People claim he is boring and while that may be true, there is a reason that Duncan has been able to keep up his super-consistent production. Instead of basing his game off of athleticism, his game is dependent upon his fundamentals.

Mr. Fundamental, as he is so often called, may have bad knees and worrisome athleticism, but he will be good as long as he is out on the court because of his sound approach.

4. Chauncey Billups
Statistically speaking, the Nuggets' acquisition of Chauncey Billups appeared to be a borderline disaster. His shooting percentage dropped three points, his assists went down, and his turnovers went up from the previous season.

However, it was his smarts and brilliance that did not show up in the box score which put the Nuggets over the top and led them to the Western Conference Finals after being stuck in neutral for some time.

Billups' success at the age of 33, much like Duncan's, comes from a reliance on other aspects of the game than athleticism. He befuddles defenders with changes of speed and direction that allow him to get the step ahead that other players get from blazing speed.

Defensively, he may not be the best, but you will never catch him out of position. He merely doesn't have the foot speed to stay with the faster guards in the league, but he as good as he possibly could be because of his strong fundamentals.

No longer the number one option on offense, Billups has managed to still be effective because of his brains on a Denver team that looks to be successful as long as he is at the helm.

3. Jason Kidd
While his beating of his wife was not a smart decision on Kidd's part, when he stands on the NBA hardwood, he is as brainy as it gets. He rarely shoots, but is as good as it gets for old school point guards in the league today, setting up his teammates and making everyone on the court better as a result.

Last year, he may have gone overboard on the "never shoot" mentality, but this year, he increased both his shooting and his efficiency, scoring enough to be noted and managing to up his assist numbers as well.

While this improvement in his third year with the Mavericks is noteworthy, his work on the boards is where he shows his true brains. He is an amazing player at watching shots and reading where the rebounds are going, and this allows him to get countless long rebounds. It may appear lucky, but it is not.

Oh yeah, and there's this play.

2. Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant was once the most athletic player in the gym, and simply dominated teams who couldn't handle his combination of speed, length, and leaping ability. Now, with declining athleticism, he has done what all great players must do if they want to continue there success: he diversified his approach.

Declining athleticism proved to be the nail in the coffin for players like Allen Iverson, players dependent on their speed to beat defenders and get easy looks, but Bryant has incorporated a deadly post game to complement his already impressive all-around offensive game.

He gets to his spots and hits from where he is comfortable, allowing himself to still be one of the league's best players despite the tremendous mileage his legs have undertaken.

Sure, he may have a little talent, but his brains make him the best shooting guard in the league.

1. Shane Battier
Not only is he one of the best perimeter defenders to ever play the game, but he is probably the smartest player to play in the league in the last decade.

In his interviews, he sounds like a politician while most NBA players stumble on their words like high schoolers in remedial English. During the games, there is no player more focused than Battier. Always knowing the game plan, Battier managed to keep Brandon Roy and Kobe Bryant at bay for most of the playoffs last year.

This year, he was a bit more exposed with Trevor Ariza flanking him instead of Ron Artest. While Ariza is an excellent defender, the Artest-Battier duo worked so well because of Artest's ability to take the more physical players. This year, Battier was forced to do so, and struggled a little bit.

But as smarts go, there is no one that approaches Battier's ability to interpret statistics and learn from them in the NBA. He receives 50-60 page packets with information on his opponents and uses the information to keep them from their "hot-spots."

Daryl Morey has often been criticized for overvaluing his players, but in Battier's case, it is the opposing teams that undervalue him."

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THE MTL
01-24-2012, 11:52 PM
Steve Nash def number one. Then Chris Paul, Jason Kidd, Kobe Bryant

Nick O
01-24-2012, 11:59 PM
mike james

MackShock
01-25-2012, 03:58 AM
steph curry

MackShock
01-25-2012, 03:58 AM
or any player who is a 2nd or 3rd generation player..

much like the harbaughs or the mannings

kylem4711
01-25-2012, 12:27 PM
steve novak. he must be a genius cause he's somehow still in the league

MrfadeawayJB
01-25-2012, 12:46 PM
Derrick Rose












lol jk, he is a dumb

MrfadeawayJB
01-25-2012, 12:49 PM
wait are we talking about basketball IQ or IQ in general?