Best 1-on-1 NBA player ever: Kobe Bryant or James Harden? | The Tylt
Basketball is a team sport, but one-on-one ability has always been an important part of the game. In the NBA, individual efforts have lifted teams to great heights. We at The Tylt organized the ultimate one-on-one tournament to see who you think is the best iso player ever! In this matchup, we have Kobe Bryant and James Harden. Bryant had every move and counter to get his shot off. Harden's strength on drives and deadly three-point shot make him unstoppable. Who wins mano y mano? 🏀
Best 1-on-1 NBA player ever: Kobe Bryant or James Harden?
There is no greater test of basketball skill than going one-on-one and seeing if you have what to takes to score or stop someone. A common trend with all of the greatest players ever is being able to isolate and put defenders in a blender. But who should be crowned the G.O.A.T.? Tell us what you think by voting below!
No one thought they would see another Michael Jordan until Kobe Bryant decided to make the jump from high school to the pros. Not only did he successfully emulate MJ's devastating post game, but he also borrowed Jordan's psychotic competitive streak, making him one of the most feared NBA players ever.
Bryant mastered the midrange and finished near the rim just like Jordan, but he added a potent three-point game his predecessor never had. He was just as dedicated to studying his opponents as much as his game, making Bryant one of the smartest players in the league. If he only has to prepare for one player, there is no way that player is going to win.
Harden might put up scoring numbers like Bryant, but there are no free throws in one-on-one. There's no one covering up any defensive deficiencies either. The Black Mamba takes this one.
Kobe Bryant is a Jordan clone, and that's fine. However, Harden is an original with his own distinct flavor.
Harden's deadly accuracy from three-point range turns a lot of heads, but what seems to be forgotten is his strength on drives. Once he gets you on his hip, there is nothing you can do but hold on for dear life. Bryant could defend, but even he would be unable to stop Harden's inside-out threat.
Harden would torch Bryant.