Have you ever watched a professional game and witnessed a player that clearly looks like they should be playing a different sport? The guy that is freakishly taller than everyone else standing next to him. Or the guy who looks like he ate a no.7 from McDonald's right before he stepped on the court and now is a packing a few too many pounds to be wearing his extremely tight jersey. Either way, we have all seen someone who looks out of place in their current sport.
However this is not necessarily a bad thing.
Many professional athletes have been know for being multi-sport stand outs before playing the sport that they are now paid to play. NFL tight end Antonio Gates was a former Division One basketball player, retired NBA legend Steve Nash was a very skilled soccer player, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick were both drafted to the MLB before playing in the NFL, and NFL quarterback Robert Griffin III was a world class track and field hurdler in college. So it is not uncommon to see athletes than can play multiple sports.
As someone who covers the NBA on a daily basis, I have noticed a few players, 15 to be exact, that look like they have the potential to dominant in a another sport.
To kick this thing off, it must be made clear that anyone playing in the National Basketball Association is doing pretty damn well for themselves. To make the NBA, a player must be one of the best basketball players in world and must have overcome the terrifically low odds of making it far enough to become a professional basketball player.
That being said, it is still worth to imagine what these 15 NBA players would be doing had they never picked up a basketball.
15 Steven Adams
14 Glen Davis
13 Derrick Rose
12 T11. Gerald Green
11 T11. Aaron Gordon
10 Kirk Hinrich
9 Zach Randolph
8 Tim Duncan
7 Draymond Green
6 Dwight Howard
5 Russell Westbrook
4 Eric Bledsoe
3 John Wall
2 Klay Thompson
1 LeBron James
LeBron is still the most overall athletic man on the planet. He can do it all. Run with the fastest runners, jump with the highest jumpers, out muscle the toughest players, all while being extremely skilled on the basketball court. There is no doubt in my mind that LeBron could excel in many track and field events, play baseball, or even be a phenomenal golfer, but at the end of the day football is where most people believe LeBron would have been a real star. He was already one of Ohio's best football players as a freshman in high school, and had he not stopped playing football to pursue a career in basketball, James may very well be just as big a NFL superstar as he is in the NBA. A 6-foot-8 tight end or wide receiver with Lebron's athleticism would be simply un-guardable. It would be similar to watching a mash up of Calvin Johnson or Jimmy Graham. LeBron truly would be the ultimate NFL receiving weapon.
If Michael Jordan taught us anything, its that just because someone is dominant in one sport, it doesn't mean they will automatically be great at another- but it's fun to dream right?
Leave A Comment
Looking for an AD FREE EXPERIENCE on TheSportster?Get Your Free Access Now!