The NBA is full of incredible basketball players and terrific athletes. Many fit prototypical molds, such as the “three and D guy,” “stretch four,” “instant offense,” and even “all-star.” However, some players transcend traditional roles and do astonishing things, expanding the limits of what is possible in the 94 feet of court.

This is a team that includes players accomplishing feats that make me question what is real in the world.

It’s not a list of the best players in the league (though there is some overlap), rather it’s the players doing things that provide me with the feeling of shock and awe.

Without further ado, here is the All-NBA “WHAT DID I JUST SEE?!” team…

 

PG: Steph Curry

Steph is an MVP candidate this season and his Warriors sit atop the barbaric wasteland that is the Western Conference. The foundation of Steph and his Warriors’ powerhouse offense is his ability to hit threes at any time, from anywhere, off any dribble. His combination of shooting and handle is unprecedented. Crossovers, step backs, change of pace, he’s always on balance and ready to launch a smooth J in the blink of an eye.

For years I’ve watched Steph make impossible shots, waiting for the other shoe to drop, as if he was on a multi-year hot streak and would eventually come down to the mean. Instead, he got even better. He’s become an excellent floor general, and a better defender, and in the process, an MVP candidate.

Steph makes me regret calling any other basketball player incredible, because it leaves me without a word to adequately describe the disbelief I experience as he buries shot after incredible shot.

After he goes 8-11 from downtown with moves like this, all I can do is shake my head. Dude has a shot that cannot be taught. He’s a prodigy.

Seriously. 0:43. How is that possible?!

Also, the cool thing about Curry is sometimes he plays like the player in NBA 2K15 that you just push random buttons for…

SG: Russell Westbrook (AKA DESTROYER OF WORLDS)

Don’t really need to defend this one. Russ has MULTIPLEINSANEQUALITIES.

Off the charts athleticism. ENTHUSIASM.

He will tear your heart out and stomp on it, and eat it in front of you as you die.

Look at the score as he unleashes that hellacious dunk on the Bobcats. HIS TEAM IS UP BY FORTY AND HE DOES THAT. No chill. That dunk may be the reason the Bobcats no longer exist.

Also, Russ has bionic knees. Dude had knee surgery that the surgeon BOTCHED, leading to a second procedure. He comes back and does…THIS.  AHHHHH Russell! You the real MVP.

Seriously. Watch this (from :30-:44 is INSANITY. And 1:28) And that’s just ONE GAME.

 

SF: Giannis Antetokounmpo

LeBron James may be better than Giannis Antetokounmpo, but it makes sense that a (formerly) 260 pound 6’8 freight train of a human being can barrel his way into the paint and orchestrate an offense with great passing skills and high basketball IQ. He’s so gifted that he probably could make this list anyway (I mean…How?), but Giannis gets the nod because I could not fathom a dude euro-stepping for a layup from behind the three point line, until I saw Giannis do it…

… ARE YOU SERIOUS?! HUMAN BEINGS CAN DO THAT?!

Our third point guard on this list is playing the three here because he is a freakishly long 6’9 guard. Giannis has long been notable for his length and athleticism, but now he has developed actual basketball skills, and is doing things I’ve never seen before. Like Euro stepping a dude from the three point line.

Let me repeat that. EUROSTEPPING FROM THE 3 POINT LINE.

Oh by the way Kareem, what do you think of the SKYHOOK…DUNK?!

TO RECAP: THIS GUY CAN PLAY POINT GUARD. EURO STEP FROM THE THREE POINT LINE. AND DUNK A SKYHOOK.

WHAT.

JUST.

HAPPENED?

 

PF: Anthony Davis

Duh. I don’t even want to put a highlight reel here. I should just post the Pelicans schedule, because everything this dude does on a nightly basis is amazing.

Let’s see some highlights anyway.

He is up and flushing this put back before any opposing player leaves the floor. Speed. Power. Timing. He has it all.

Look at the way Davis dominates Pau Gasol on both ends of the floor on consecutive possessions. Note that the title of the video describes his 29/11 and 6 blocks as “usual.”

This isn’t the first time Davis has manhandled Pau.

Also, uh…what did I just see? (NSFW)

 

C: DeMarcus Cousins

Many will want a leaper in this spot, like DeAndre Jordan. But Boogie Cousins has a unique ability to make seven foot tall NBA players look like 8th graders.

Utah’s Derrick Favors found that out the hard way too…

It’s fitting that he plays in “Shaqramento” because I haven’t seen a big guy dominate the NBA’s centers like Big Cuz since the Big Aristotle was bulldozing the league.

DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin are helpless doubling Boogie.

DeMarcus is a beast on the block, and even has a unique skill named after him, the “Boogie Board.”

Welcome to the squad, DMC.

Dude.

DUDE.

DUDE!

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