The Ultimate MyPLAYER

Since it is All-Star weekend and the NBA news cycle is slow, I decided to have a little fun. I decided to create the ultimate MyPLAYER! MyPLAYER is a game mode in the NBA 2K games. In this game mode, players are able to create their own player and play out a season in the NBA.

So to put it simply, for fun I’ve taken attributes from players all throughout basketball history and combined them all to make the ultimate basketball player.

Listed below are the attributes for MyPLAYER, from his shot all the way down to his passing, handles and even his name. For each category I choose a player whose skills, style or attribute I’d like to add to MyPlayer. And with each player selection I then explain what led me to my choice.

Some choices were simple and easy to make, while others took a little more time and thought.

But without further ado this is here is the ultimate basketball machine here is MyPLAYER…

Jump Shot: Peja Stojaković, Forward, Retired

Picking a jump shot was not easy. There are so many great shooters all throughout NBA history. So I wanted to think outside of the box when picking MyPLAYER’s shot.

I felt like the obvious choices would be players like Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Reggie Miller and Ray Allen.  So I decided to go with the less obvious choic, Peja Stojaković.

Peja is a three-point shooting legend that constantly gets overlooked. He was a lights out shooter for the Kings back for in the early 2000’s.

He was also part of the Dallas Mavericks team that beat LeBron, Wade and Bosh back in 2011. When Peja retired from the NBA after that run in the Finals he left the game ranked in the top 10 in all time three pointers made in NBA history.

He currently sits at 17th in NBA history.

I choose Peja’s shot for multiple reasons. First, l loved watching the old Sacramento Kings teams from the early 2000’s. They were so fun to watch with Peja, Chris Webber, Mike Bibby and all those guys, it still upsets me that those teams were never able to make it to the NBA Finals.

Second, his name – I just love it honestly. It’s the type of name the PA announcer in the arena loves to yell every time he hits a shot… “PEJA STOOOOOJAKOVIĆ!”

My final reason: the fact that Peja is a 6 ft 10′ Serbian man that SHOOTS three’s.

Dunk: Gerald Green, Guard Houston Rockets

When it comes to bounce, few can fly like Gerald Green can. Green has two of my personal favorite dunks of all time.

In a game against the Rockets back in 2012 while with the New Jersey Nets, Green caught a lob pass in midair and threw down a nasty windmill dunk. It BLEW my mind. He made this windmill look so effortless all while flying through the air.

The second dunk came in the 2008 Dunk Contest, the infamous Cupcake Dunk. Green places a cupcake on the back of the rim and lights the candle on top of it.

He then goes up for a two-handed dunk but before he dunks the ball he BLOWS THE CANDLE OUT!!! He blows the candle out, then dunks the ball, all without knocking the candle off the rim. Crazy!

A little fun fact about Gerald Green he only has four fingers on his right hand. He lost one of his fingers dunking on a make shift rim when he was young ripping it off.

Anybody who could lose a finger dunking and continue to keep throwing down intense monster dunks definitely gets my vote in the dunk category.

Passing: Jason Williams, Guard, Retired

The man with one of the greatest nicknames in all of sports… White Chocolate! This one was easy, just go on YouTube and type in “White Chocolate elbow pass” and you’ll fully understand why he was picked for this category.

Ball Handling: Kyrie Irving, Guard, Boston Celtics

Kyrie’s ability to handle a basketball is the main reason why he is my favorite player in the entire NBA. His control of the basketball is the definition of awe-inspiring. He never ceases to amaze you with his dazzling display of dribbling.

There are times in games where Kyrie looks like he’s trying new moves on defenders. He looks like he is at the park just practicing by himself only he’s not. He is in an NBA game playing against some of the greatest defenders on the planet.

And he is toying with them.

Rebounding: Carmelo Anthony, Forward, Free Agent

I love that Melo curses like a sailor whenever he gets a rebound. Two of his favorite lines are “F@#* outta here!” and “Gimmie that S@#*!” when grabbing a rebound.

Speed: De’Aaron Fox, Guard, Sacramento Kings

The self-proclaimed “fastest person in the league.” I have been a big fan of Fox since his time at the Univeristy of Kentucky. He is able to play fast without playing out of control.

Defense: Tony Allen, Forward, Retired

“The best defender I ever faced” – Kobe Bryant.

Athleticism: Russell Westbrook, Guard, Oklahoma City Thunder

His combination of speed, power and tenacity are unmatched in the NBA. There are very few who can explode to the rim like Russ can. Mr. Triple-Double is truly a one of a kind type of player.

Clutch Gene: Maya Moore, Forward, Minnesota Lynx

She is the modern-day GOAT (Greatest of All Time). This one was probably the easiest category to pick. Maya Moore is the true definition of  BEAST!!!

Saying Maya Moore dominates basketball ia an understatement.

During her time at the University of Connecticut she won two National Championships during her four years at UConn. That also included two perfect back-to-back seasons. Her all time record in collegiate play is 150-4, that is a 97 percent winning percentage.

After dominating college basketball Maya Moore was drafted first overall in 2011 by the Minnesota Lynx. Since being drafted she has won league MVP, and won four WNBA Titles.

Thanks to the help of Moore the Lynx have become a powerhouse in the WNBA. Moore led the franchise to not only its first title but the record books.

The Lynx have cemented themselves as a dynasty in WNBA history. The Lynx have won the Finals every other year since Moore’s rookie season winning in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017.

Height: 6’8

I decided to make MyPLAYER Magic/LeBron sized so he could guard multiple positions on the floor.

Weight: 275 Lbs

He needs to battle down low in the post so he needs some weight on him.

Build: Middle aged man

Also what some might call the “Dad-Bod.” He is meant to look like your middle-aged uncle that sits on the couch all day at every family gathering. This is all a clever ruse to lull the defense to sleep so he can blow by them and score.

Personality: Reggie Miller, Guard, Retired

Reggie’s trash talk was legendary, he was the perfect villain. He knew just how to piss of the opposing teams players and fans. A perfect example of Reggie’s powers can be seen in-game 5 of the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals.

When he dropped 39 points Knicks all while trash talking Spike Lee who was sitting courtside.

Swag: Tim Dunacan, Forward, Retired

Tim Duncan the man who wore a t-shirt, jeans and sandals in his league MVP photo in 2002.

Hair: Allen Iverson, Guard, Retired

I myself can say I had cornrows because of this man. His swag in the early 2000’s was undeniable.

Nickname: “The Matrix” – Shawn Marion, Forward, Retired 

The Matrix is a movie about badass robots, and this MyPLAYER is meant to be a badass bucket getting basketball machine. So it just felt right.

Name: Al-Farouq Aminu, Forward, Portland Trail Blazers

There is absolutely no logic to this pick what so ever, I cannot stress that enough. I just really like saying Al-Farouq Aminu and I could not tell you why.

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Chris Collymore

I'm an aspiring sports journalist who believes these few things; Basketball is the world's greatest sport, The PS2 is the greatest console, Avatar: The Last Airbender is the world's greatest show and Football is the world's greatest religion.

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