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WATCH: All The Right Moves From The NBA's Left-Handed Superstars

Happy #LeftHandersDay!
by John Paulo Aguilera | Aug 14, 2018
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The NBA may be a dominantly right-handed basketball league, but that won't stop the Association from showing left-handed players some love, especially on Left Handers Day.

Lefty superstars are known to be more difficult to guard, with the majority of defenders used to playing styles using the opposite hand. Lefties know that, when properly utilized, their unorthodox handling can result in unstoppable plays and possible stardom (David Robinson, Bill Russell).

The active players below have made a name for themselves by doing it right using their left.

Goran Dragic (Miami Heat)

This was the Dragon's way of telling his mentor Steve Nash, "I'm the captain now," when the forner was still with the Phoenix Suns. Last season, Dragic employed his left hand as Heat's top scorer (17.3 ppg) and passer (4.8 apg).

DeAndre Jordan (Dallas Mavericks)

Unfortunately, Jordan caught the unanimous winner for 2013 Dunk of the Year on Brandon Knight (RIP) with his right. The ex-Los Angeles Clipper rarely shoots from anywhere else but around the rim, but is an instant highlight when he does.

Manu Ginobili (San Antonio Spurs)

The 41-year-old dazzled with left-handed bullet passes and strong finishes before it was cool. But his biggest play—a defensive one and just recently, at that—may have come at the expense of the current generation's most unguardable player.

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Mike Conley (Memphis Grizzlies)

So much for being underrated—only huge fans of Memphis and Mike might know that the latter was a lefty. This particular play is symbolic for Conley and the Grizzlies, one of the few teams to give the Spurs a hard time in the playoffs.

Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers)

Despite the absence of a jump shot, Simmons did enough with his left (15.8 ppg 8.1 rpg 8.2 apg 1.7 spg) to earn Rookie of the Year honors in a tight race. Imagine the 6'10" point forward developing a jumper a couple of year from now. Sheesh.

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Isaiah Thomas (Denver Nuggets)

Before joining his fourth team in a year, the spitfire guard was known as the King of the Fourth for the Boston Celtics. Back then, Thomas was deadliest left-handed finisher in the league, putting up almost 29 points and six assists per game.

James Harden (Houston Rockets)

Harden utterly destroyed opposing defenses last season, averaging 30.4 points and 8.8 assists. On his way to being named MVP, the Beard became just the second lefty in NBA history to get a nightly 30, after Tiny Archibald (34 ppg) in 1973.

 

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