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News » Picking an NBA football team 2008-08-27

Picking an NBA football team 2008-08-27

Picking an NBA football team 2008-08-27
Ever wonder how star basketball players would fare playing football?

While watching the Olympics, I was thinking about just how dominating Lebron James would be receiving passes and running over anyone and everyone in his way. Then I started to wonder how other NBAers would do on the gridiron.

Bleacher Report

DE: Jason Maxiell (6-6, 260)

Maxiell is a physical specimen, just built like a brick house. He has a defensive mentality and a nasty streak that would make offensive linemen cry.

On the court, his reputation is that of a garbage man who competes extremely hard, and he has a motor that does not stop. His muscular arms and upper body would be a perfect fit for a defensive end as they are forced to use their arms a lot to "swim" around offensive tackles. Plus, he just looks like a football player.

Backups: Elton Brand (6-8, 255), Kenyon Martin (6-7, 245), Leon Powe (6-7, 240)

LB: Baron Davis (6-3, 220)

His stocky body is similar to that of an NFL linebacker's, and his overall power is great for a man his size. I can see him also playing running back, though I like him better at middle linebacker because of his leadership and height. His supreme foot agility and read and react play would make him an outstanding 'backer. He also has that killer instinct when the game is on the line that you want from your defensive leaders.

LB: Bonzi Wells (6-5, 215)

Wells is a playmaker, and I think he would do just that at the linebacker position if he could put on a few pounds. One area you have to be good at to be a linebacker is footwork, and with Wells' rebounding prowess, a skill that requires good footwork, I see him succeeding there.

He has good anticipation skills and I'll just say it — his bad-boy image suits him well for the defensive side of the ball.

LB: Fred Jones (6-2, 225)


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Added: August 28, 2008


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