This week on the Shoot or Pass podcast, the crew was joined by Ben Berry, host of the Sixers Talk podcast on NBC Sports Philadelphia!
Not only did he share his thoughts on the Sixers going into next season, he also gifted us with some hard-hitting analysis that perfectly blends the worlds of basketball and music. Naming current NBA players as RAPPERS!
Here is Ben Berry’s list of current NBA players as RAPPERS:
Jamal Crawford = Busta Rhymes
Both are legends in the game, still putting in work. It’s not unusual for Busta to have the best verse on any given song. However, if you look at his catalog, you probably won’t find an album you care to listen to from beginning to end. Similarly, Jamal Crawford can drop 50 points any given night, but when you look at his stats at the end of the year, you will see him only averaging 16.7 points per game.
Lebron James = Jay-Z
Undoubtedly, both are arguably the G.O.A.T. at what they do. LeBron is still putting together MVP-caliber seasons and winning rings. Jay-Z’s last album, 4:44, won Album of the Year and its title track was nominated for Song of the Year. Granted, they each have their detractors, but both should be regarded one of the G.O.A.T.s and if you think otherwise, you’re just a hater!
Steph Curry = Kendrick Lamar
Dominant, humble, transcending and ahead of their time are the perfect words to describe this duo. Steph Curry and Kendrick Lamar are both at the top of their games and yet, are STILL underrated. Steph can pass, play defense, and shoot like the best of them. Kendrick can battle rap, put together an album, and make a commercial song better than anyone else.
Both Lamar and Curry went from limited success to major success seemingly overnight. Kendrick Lamar was K-Dot well before he broke out onto the scene with a Dr. Dre co-sign. Curry dealt with ankle injuries before he and the Warriors put it all together. To add, both have revolutionized the game for music and basketball but never seem to let it get to their heads. These guys are hard to hate in spite of all of their achievements!
Kevin Durant = Kanye West
You can’t deny their greatness, but both Kevin Durant and Kanye West are becoming less and less likable by the day. Hopes were high when Durant and West got onto the scene and have earned many accolades throughout their careers. However, both seem to to have a hard time managing their egos and can act like prepubescent children – ready to fight and argue over ANYTHING with ANYONE. With injuries and public meltdowns to boot, it is hard to determine where their legacies will lie once they hang it up. One thing’s for certain, we miss the old Kanye and the old Kevin!
Giannis Antetokounmpo = J. Cole
Humble superstars, true to their roots and the soil that bred them. Both possess tremendous work ethic and the ability to elevate those around them. Giannis is one of the only players in the NBA averaging more than 10 rebounds and 5 assists per game. Cole consistently dishes out plenty of assists on features including some fire bars on Jay Rock’s “OSOM.” He’s even featured on 21 Savage’s “A lot.”
But, don’t let the smile and even temperament fool you. If you push them far enough, they’ll get gully on you real quick. These stars are giving but they don’t have a problem shouldering a superstar’s burden. Giannis has been vocal about not wanting to team up with other marquee players in the league, rather wanting to beat them. Similarly, Cole had an album go platinum with NO FEATURES.