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And the player with the highest basketball IQ is…

Chuck - Red's Army December 2, 2009 Uncategorized 10 Comments

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According to a poll of players and coaches, Kobe Bryant has the highest basketball IQ. Here's the top 5:

1. Kobe Bryant
2. Jason Kidd
3. Steve Nash
4. Chris Paul
5. LeBron James

Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Deron Williams also received votes.

Am I surprised Kobe was voted #1? No, because there's a lot of hero worship from the younger players. I've always chalked up Kobe's greatness to natural ability. Yes, I understand he's a scholar of the game, but to me, he's the type of player who relies on that god-given ability to make up for careless mental mistakes.

Kidd and Nash are very smart players who definitely belong on the list. But as Skeets points out, there's one glaring omission from the list – Tim Duncan. I would also think that KG deserves more votes than Melo.

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  • Nora

    Kobe Bryant over Steve Nash? That alone makes me question the knowledge of the players. LOL

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p011571d4119a970b Lex

    What makes him a scholar?

  • bostonbleedsPURPLE&GOLD24/7thxs2redsarmy

    from the famous lyrics of ICE CUBE “We be clubbin” song….”YAEEYAAE” MR. MVP KOBSTER IS THE ONE1!
    I hope all you white crackers over in boston in your trailers know what I’m talking about!

  • bostonbleedsPURPLE&GOLD24/7thxs2redsarmy

    from the famous lyrics of ICE CUBE “We be clubbin” song….”YAEEYAAE” MR. MVP KOBSTER IS THE ONE1!
    I hope all you white crackers over in boston in your trailers know what I’m talking about!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0115704263ce970b Papa Irish

    Shane Battier should be on the list, it looks like that list puts too much of a premium on talent

  • thetitleisours

    Well he was smart enough to buy a multi-million dollar ring to his wife after thinking with another part of his anatomy
    Tiger. your turn…

  • Bob Cousy

    Possible but not likely mon ami

  • Nora

    You seem to bleed green since you have nothing better going on in your life then posting here. Trolls are pathetic.

  • Nora

    Kobe is a very talented ball hog.

  • http://crimsontider.com GREG

    This is cultural IQ. Basketball IQ…..I think that should never be used, just IQ, which translates to basketball IQ. Athleticism and IQ. If you have both, you are going to succeed, if you are sorely lacking in one, you will not reach your potential.
    MJ was a classic case of a Athleticism, IQ and an overachiever.
    If the we were a one race, there would be no such thing as basketball IQ.