If you’re a point guard that’s good enough to get into the paint at will, you have to master the floater. No matter how good you are at cutting and driving, if you throw up a normal layup, one of those 7-footers waiting in the lane will send your shot into the stands.
The floater has become just another tool in the arsenal of today’s best point guards. NBA.com put together a little video called “The Best Floaters in the NBA.” They started it off with a little highlight reel of some of the best teardrops from Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose. I have to say, the reigning MVP probably is the best in the game at that move. Some of the shots he’s able to get over a big man and into the basket are just incredible.
Then they asked Rose who he thought had the best floater. He said Rajon Rondo has a great one.
“Rondo, he’s smaller, but he’s quick, if you get him a step ahead, he can easily throw the floater up on you. He can shoot it from almost anywhere on the floor, and he has great arcs on his floaters, it’s hard to guard.”
Then the video focused on some of the best from Chris Paul, who also has an uncanny ability to lift the ball over the outstretched arms of a big man.
And that was it.
Sadly, no mention of one of the best floaters in the game from San Antonio Spurs own Tony Parker. Parker has made a living off getting into the lane and managing to score over big men. Tony isn’t known for his jump shot, so how else is a little guy going to score as much as he does?
Anyone else think it’s a tragedy that TP got left out of this video?
Rajon Rondo can shoot from anywhere on the court? LOL... DRose and I must not be watching the same Rajon Rondo... Tony was the first PG to really make a living off the teardrop like many have said. Guess people are just oblivious
Yeah, tony's floater is the best and not because he was the first, but he jumps off the wrong foot. It's too tricky to guard. Tony never takes 2 steps, just one for his teardrop, and 3 for his lay-ups haha.
Spurs like it this way, let the clowns worry about being on the highlight reels, getting awards, their personal stats, etc.... Spurs just win... (And they hate us for it!)
yeah i watched the video and got all giddy cause i thought he'd pop up...but of course he didn't. i respect the point guards they put in there but come on. tony is the master of the floater. sad day but then again when it comes to the media they'd never include a spur
Eh. I'm used to it by now. Even when Timmy was in his prime, there was a bunch of ESPN hacks who called Garnett the most 'complete' PF / the best PF in the game. Tim was winning 2 consecutive MVP awards (and should have won 3 straight, imo), not to mention on his way to 4 rings and he was always overlooked. Meanwhile Kevin Gar-NOT had to go to Boston and have Paul Pierce carry him to his only ring.
The Spurs have won at least 50 games for the last 13 years (only the other team to do that and win at least 3 titles: Showtime Lakers). Yet, the Spurs are never mentioned among the NBA's all time great teams.
And the only time Manu gets on any "best of" lists is when their calling him one of the best "floppers."
I've quit trying to wrap my mind around why and really don't care anymore.
We love our Spurs and all of these other fools who care more about SportsCenter highlights can kiss me where the good lord split me.
sadly the won't acknowledge the guy who was the first true scoring PG in the league, now Rose and Westbrook get all of the credit in the world but when Tony was the scorer he was everyone criticized him of being only an elite scorer. It's a travesty how everything the Spurs do are undermined. As far as the floater go, Tony invented the shot pretty much and as frequent as he uses it's very disrespectful of NBA.com not to acknowledge him, Tony's floater is much better than Derrick Rose's...
Agreed. Go spurs!