Have you ever been stopped by a stranger and been asked, “Hey, aren’t you (random celebrity)?” If you’re lucky, you get someone like Tom Hardy or Scarlett Johansson, although chances are it’s usually Joe Pesci or Rosie O’Donnell – the struggle is real. Believe it or not, celebrities also get mistaken for other celebrities, perhaps even more so than we do. They have faces that are so present in various forms of media that we often know they’re famous, but can’t quite figure out what they’re famous for. It has to be a tad humbling for someone with their own extensive list of personal accomplishments to be confused for someone else, especially if the person they’re being confused for is actually way less famous.
That is the case with some of the players on this NBA list as they happen to be more well-known than their celebrity lookalike counterpart. However, there are definitely a few instances of lesser-known players who look like stars in other sectors of the entertainment industry. Some just have similar features, while others actually look like a carbon copy of their celebrity counterpart. In fact, put the jersey on the celebrity and we’d be surprised if you could even tell the difference.
15. Danny Green (Lionel Richie)
A second-round pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2009 NBA Draft, shooting guard Danny Green has carved out quite a career for himself as the 30 year old is now a veteran of nine seasons and has averaged 8.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game. He’s a versatile bench player and important factor in the success of the San Antonio Spurs, but he’s nowhere near as well known as his celebrity lookalike – Lionel Richie.
Richie, of course, is a 68 year old singer-songwriter and five-time Grammy winner who is best known as a member of the Commodores and for producing multiple top-ten hits as a solo artist (or for being Nicole Richie’s father, if you’re a Millennial). Green looks eerily similar to how Richie looked at the same age and several blogs have made the comparison. One in particular combined Green’s three-point shooting proficiency with Richie’s widely-popular Hello song to form the headline of “Hello, is it three you’re looking for?”
14. Steven Adams (Jason Momoa)
Steven Adams has such a unique look that, at first glance, it seems unimaginable that he might resemble someone, let alone be their exact doppelganger. The 24 year old native of New Zealand came into the league as somewhat of a fresh-faced rookie, but now dons what could only be referred to as a creepy hobo look with his long, messy hair and thick mustache. However, we live in an age where that look is deemed cool, if not by Adams, but by his celebrity lookalike Jason Momoa, who is adored by female fans.
Momoa is best known for his role on Game of Thrones and is presently shooting an Aquaman film. We’re not sure if he has ever been confused for Adams, but the Oklahoma City Thunder player was once confused for Momoa during a trip to Croatia. “It helped me out a lot getting into clubs and stuff,” Adams told TMZ.
13. Andrew Wiggins (Avery Johnson)
Andrew Wiggins might not have a lookalike in the entertainment sphere, but it’s hard not to include him in this list as he looks identical to Alabama Crimson Tide men’s basketball coach Avery Johnson, despite being 30 years his junior. However, if you wanted to get an idea of what Wiggins might look like in his 50s, look no further than Johnson, who has the same signature smile and facial features.
Wiggins is a tad more talented and athletic than Johnson was in his prime, but he would be thrilled to have the career accolades Johnson did; he’s a two-time NCAA assists leader who won a championship with the San Antonio Spurs in 1999 as a player and won NBA Coach of the Year in 2006. He was also inducted into the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.
12. Tyreke Evans (Chris Tucker)
It’s almost fitting that Tyreke Evans’ celebrity lookalike is Chris Tucker. While the two might not be exact matches, it’s hard to ignore their similarities – and the same can be said about their career trajectories. Tucker was once the biggest, funniest – and loudest – comedic stars in Hollywood after breakthrough performances in films like Friday, The Fifth Element, and the Rush Hour franchise. However, he seemingly disappeared after Rush Hour 3 and later owed the IRS over $11 million in back-taxes. He faded, but he made a resurgence of sorts with a comedy special and a role in Silver Linings Playbook.
Evans, meanwhile, was the 2010 NBA Rookie of the Year after averaging 20.1 points per game with the Sacramento Kings. However, his points per game average dropped in four consecutive years. The 2016-17 season was the worst of his career as he averaged only 10.3 points in an injury-riddled season. However, he’s now averaging 18.6 points per game (the highest since his rookie season) in his first year with the Memphis Grizzlies.
11. Derrick Rose (Pharrell)
Pharrell might be the hardest-working man in the music industry. For a period of time it seemed as though he had his hand in almost every high-profile project, whether as a producer or an artist. He’s incredibly talented, but has the face of someone who looks as though he’s uninterested or lazy in just about everything he does. The same rings true with Derrick Rose, who was once the best basketball player on the planet (he has the MVP to prove it), but has been unmotivated in recent years.
True, Rose’s career has been affected by injuries, but he’s healthy now and even still battling with questions about whether or not he even wants to play the sport. Pharrell, meanwhile, continues to kill the music game.
10. Zach Randolph (IronE Singleton)
Admit it: When “T-Dog” first debuted on The Walking Dead, you thought it was Zach Randolph. The 42 year old American actor has a similar build as Randolph, not to mention the same chubby face. Even the most hardcore basketball fan could be forgiven for thinking Z-Bo had landed himself an acting career.
You probably aren’t aware of IronE Singleton (yes, that’s how he spells it) for anything other than The Walking Dead, but he has actually been in The Blind Side, The Box Cutter, and who could forget his role as “Random Neighbor No. 4” in Lottery Ticket starring Bow Wow? Given that list of credits, it’s seemingly more likely that Singleton would be confused for Randolph, who is now in his 17th season in the NBA and is a two-time All-Star.
9. Reggie Jackson (Bobby Shmurda)
Reggie Jackson of the Detroit Pistons shares a name with the more famous “Mr. October” of the MLB and he shares an erie resemblance to rapper Bobby Shmurda, who was sentenced last year to seven years in prison after accepting a guilty plea deal for fourth-degree conspiracy to criminally possess a weapon as well as second-degree criminal weapons possession. One of his affiliates, Santino Boderick, wasn’t so lucky as he was given a 117-year sentence.
Unlike Shmurda, possession is a good thing for Jackson as it means he’s going to facilitate the ball to the scorers on his team. He has averaged at least five assists in each of the past four seasons, bringing his career average up to 4.4 per game. He also has career averages of 12.4 points and 3.0 rebounds.
8. Tobias Harris (J. Cole)
Selected 19th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Bobcats, Tobias Harris has since played with the Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic, and Detroit Pistons and averaged 14.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in 414 games. He’s not one of the best power forwards/small forwards in the game, but he’s certainly a valuable player. And he could certainly do a lot worse than J. Cole as his celebrity lookalike.
Cole is regarded as one of the most talented rappers in the game right now and has the accolades to back that claim up; he’s a Grammy-nominated artist who has produced multiple certified platinum albums. Interestingly enough, if you combine their names – Tobias Cole – you get a popular Dutch opera singer which is about the furthest profession from rapper and basketball player. Rumors suggested the two were one person, though a meeting between the two finally ended the bizarre conspiracy claims.
7. Devin Harris (Ludacris)
Devin Harris might not have reached the unrealistic expectations set upon him when he debuted in the NBA as a talented point guard, but he’s certainly living his best life. The dude is married to former Playboy Cyber Girl Meghan Allen, who you can – and should – find in several of our past lists of hottest NBA WAGS and he regularly gets mistaken for platinum recording artist Ludacris – not the Ludacris who first emerged on the rap scene with a giant afro, but the clean-cut Luda we know from the latest Fast and Furious films.
We’re not the first ones to point out the similarities as several others have in the past. Both individuals have the same complexion, similar eyebrows, facial hair, and expressions. “Stand Up” if you’ve already made the comparison.
6. Patty Mills (The Weeknd)
We already said it’s not the Joe Pesci`s of the world you want to be confused for and, with that in mind, Patty Mills is one of the luckiest players on this list; the San Antonio Spurs point guard resembles R&B/hip-hop artist The Weeknd, who is among the hottest musicians on the planet right now, both in terms of talent and admiration by female fans. Even when The Weeknd had some form of rare bird hanging off of his head, the two looked similar, but it’s even more apparent now that they both have short hair.
For these two individuals, it’s all in the eyes as they both have a relaxed, laid-back glance that often looks like it’s the result of smoking a little too much ganja, but we know that’s not the case because athletes never take part in that nonsense, right? Right?
5. Joe Johnson (Andre Johnson)
This question has already come up countless times on message boards in the past, but no, Joe Johnson is not related to former NFL wide receiver Andre Johnson, although the similarities are quite extensive. In addition to their shared athleticism, both players share the same name and look almost identical, at least in certain photos. However, Johnson just might be the most popular surname in North America, so it’s not at all that difficult to imagine they wouldn’t be related.
Both athletes have had success in their respective sports and are well-known among fans, but imagine spotting one of them out in public and wanting to approach them. At best, you’re only going to be 75 percent certain you know which Johnson you’re approaching. That might be why they don’t get confused for each other very often.
4. Kyle Korver (Ashton Kutcher)
As much as you might believe he’s a bit of a douchebag, there are definitely worse celebrities to be compared to than Ashton Kutcher, who is good looking enough for Mila Kunis and that should speak for itself. Kyle Korver has the distinction of sharing resemblance with the former That ’70s Show and Punk’d actor. In fact, they’ve even altered their looks the same way as their respective careers have progressed.
Korver once had a similar haircut to that of Kutcher during his time as Michael Kelso on That `70s Show, but both men have since gone for a more mature short-hair look. We’re not the only ones to point out this resemblance; the Houston Rockets announce team made the point way back in 2010 during a broadcast, stating he “looks like that guy, what’s his name, the one married to Demi Moore?” Yup, he looks just like Demi Moore’s ex-husband.
3. Dirk Nowitzki (Barry Pepper)
German-born Dirk Nowitzki might be one of the only individuals on this list more famous than his celebrity counterpart, which isn’t shocking given he’s one of the most recognizable players in league history and has been in the league for nearly 20 years. The sharp-shooting star is a master of his craft and regarded for his strict practice habits, which makes it understandable that he would be compared to method actor Barry Pepper, especially when both had long hair.
Best known for his roles in films like Saving Private Ryan, The Green Mile, and True Grit, Pepper is a 47 year old Golden Globe-nominated actor from Canada, although there has to be some German in his ancestry, or else it’s just an incredible coincidence he resembles Nowitzki.
2. Kent Bazemore (Chance the Rapper)
A lot of the comparables on this list are of older celebrities, but Kent Bazemore of the Atlanta Hawks happens to look like someone his age – Chance the Rapper, who, suffice to say, is a popular Chicago-based rapper who is also regarded for his community philanthropy. Naturally, Bazemore is taller than Chance, but both individuals have distinctively-similar facial features.
In July of 2016, the pair actually hung out together and were joined by Steph Curry as part of an Under Armour marketing campaign (Bazemore is also signed to the apparel brand). In fact, the Atlanta Hawks have even promoted their resemblance in past tweets, while the NBA website featured a collection of photos of Bazemore rocking Chance’s signature “3” hat. It’s great to see both parties having fun with the whole thing.
1. Enes Kanter (Freddie Mercury)
A thick mustache and short hair is such a generic old-school look that you could almost make a case that anyone rocking both looks alike, but no case would be stronger than that of New York Knicks center Enes Kanter and former Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. Unfortunately for the rest of the world, Mercury died in 1991, but the accomplished singer left behind an extensive catalogue of hits for us to enjoy. Enes Kanter, meanwhile, was conveniently born the following year. Is he the reincarnation of Mercury? Logic says no, but we won’t rule anything out.
Kanter was born in Turkey, while Mercury, despite being well known as an English recording artist, was born in Zanzibar and raised in India until he was a teenager. Both have Eastern European heritage, so it makes sense they might share some features, but their resemblance in some photos is actually uncanny.
- Ad Free Browsing
- Over 10,000 Videos!
- All in 1 Access
- Join For Free!