As part of M!KEDROPSPORTS #MoviesMonday series, we take a look at which NBA players would be superheroes in another world.
Batman – Kawhi Leonard
One of the Batman’s greatest abilities is the way he “defends” his city and he will “steal” what he needs to to ensure citizens safety. Leonard is a 2x NBA Defensive Player of the Year and led the league in steals in 2015. He is a silent assassin on the court, who, like Batman, has plenty of victories in his career.
Superman – Dwight Howard
Howard is long past his “Superman” days, when he averaged 20 ppg, 14 rpg, and 2 blocks per game from 2008-2010, but this is a throwback to his prime Orlando Magic years. Howard famously won the 2008 dunk contest, dressed like Superman, showing off his flying abilities and his super strength.
Thanos – Kevin Durant
Thanos has been the main villain throughout the Avengers movies series with one goal in mind – to collect as many infinity stones (aka championship rings) as possible. Sound like someone we know? Durant famously left an OKC Thunder team that was one win away from the NBA Championship in 2016 to join the Warriors and is en route to win his third NBA title (and collect his third infinity stone)
Captain America – Lebron James
It helps that James is now in a major city like Los Angeles. But he is a field sergeant – everyone listens to him and follows his commands. He instantly has the respect of his peers.
Hulk – Anthony Davis
Davis has a gentle and calm persona but often times when he has the ball in his hands he can smash it in the hoop and go wild
Hawkeye – Steph Curry
Not the most well-known superhero, but Hawkeye plays a role in the Avengers movies as a bow and arrow specialist, who claims he “never misses”. That kind of shooting accuracy sounds much like Steph Curry.
Thor – Nikola Jokic
Thor, one of the original Avengers, is from another planet known as Asgard. Nuggets center Nikola Jokic is from Serbia. Both men are core pieces of their teams.
Spiderman – Giannis Antetokounmpo
Spiderman and Giannis have a lot in common. Both are lengthy, shifty, up-and-coming superstars of their respective franchises. More specifically, come the month of May when the Eastern Conference Finals roll around for the Bucks and Avengers 4 Untitled releases, with Spiderman: Far From Home to be released shortly after.
Black Panther – Victor Oladipo
Victor Oladipo is all about hard work, honor, and getting better. He is an excellent defender as the Black Panther is tasked with defending his home land. Black Panther is a rising star in the Marvel series and Oladipo, who made his first all star game in 2018, is one of the NBA’s best young players who is proving he, like Black Panther, can carry a franchise. He can best take advantage of his surroundings.
Iron Man – Lebron James
There are two types of Iron Man’s. There is the literal definition, in which case Dirk Nowitzki would be considered as he has played the most active NBA games. Nowitzki also makes sense because Iron Man kicked off the Avengers series and was the first stand alone movie, making him the oldest. Dirk Nowitzki, at 41 years, is one of the oldest players in the NBA.
But in the movies, Iron Man, aka Tony Stark, is a billionaire playboy philanthropist. It’s hard to identify one philanthropist as there are tons of NBA players who are charitable and donate their time and money to a good cause as Stark does. JJ Barea, for example won the league’s J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship award for 2018 for his work with helping his home country Puerto Rico recover from the devastating hurricanes. Luol Deng, Pau Gasol, Taj Gibson and Joakim Noah are among the many, many names who have been rewarded from their philanthropy work. That makes them all superheroes.
But the real Iron Man is Lebron James. Not sorry to duplicate him, but it just goes to show what a hero he is. Over the summer, a month after leaving Cleveland for LA, Lebron famously opened a new school for Akron, “I Promise” school, worth $8 million. The school offers amenities such as free meals, bikes and potential for college tuition. The goal of the school is to help some of Akron’s most challenged students with education and support. USA Today offers much more on this topic
Flash – Russell Westbrook
Flash is known as the “fastest man alive” and Russell Westbrook is one as one of the fastest men in the NBA. His blazing speed makes him hard to detect and stop, as he drives to the basket.
Deadpool – Draymond Green
This is a deviation from the tradition Marvel/Avengers group, but Deadpool is still a superhero, in his own right, and does have ties to the Marvel series. Deadpool is a loud, obnoxious, jokester who is simply, well, simply put, a jerk. Sound like someone on the Warriors? Based on that description, this pretty much speaks for itself.
Antman – Isaiah Thomas
Another one that pretty much speaks for itself given what Antman’s capabilities are.
Guardians of the Galaxy
I wanted to lump these guys into one group
Peter Quil – Joel Embiid
Quil is the leader of the group who smply does not shut up. Quil has a big mouth, that often gets him in trouble, but also gets him out of situations. He is a leader and a star of his team, like Embiid. Embiid is one of the most talkative stars on and off the court, as his twitter and instagram accounts are often a must-see after games.
Groot and Rocket – Kyle Lowry and Demar Derozan
This duo broke up over the summer, but before that, it was clear that they were best friends off the court who truly respected one another. Groot and Rocket are inseparable and do anything for each other.
What do you think – what other superheroes should be included? Who would you have listed differently?