Which NBA stars could dominate in the NFL?

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It's a popular and enjoyable source of discussion and debate, thinking about just which sport stars could potentially excel across different sports and competitions separate from the field in which they have made their respective names and solidified reputations.

In particular, especially since Miami Heat superstar LeBron James announced his intention/desire to play in the NFL for at least one game before the end of his illustrious career, fans and pundits of American sports seem to love discussing which NBA stars could successfully make that switch over to the harsh world of gridiron football.

So, with that in mind, the good folks of Sports Illustrated have put together a team of present basketball players who make the best/easiest move into that world (and they've tossed in a couple of amusing additions for fun that we've left out that can be seen here).

What follows is the picks from SI...


Quarterback - Michael Carter-Wiliams (Philadelphia 76ers)

Running back - Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder)

Wide receivers - Paul George (Indiana Pacers) & Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs)

Slot receiver - John Wall (Washington Wizards)

Tight end - LeBron James (Miami Heat)

Left tackle - Dwight Howard (Houston Rockets)

Left guard - Nikola Pekovic (Minnesota Timberwolves)

Center - Andrew Bogut (Golden State Warriors)

Right guard - Jared Sullinger (Boston Celtics)

Right tackle - Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons)


Defensive end - Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers)

Defensive tackle - DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings)

Defensive tackle - Kendrick Perkins (Oklahoma City Thunder)

Defensive end - Glen Davis (Orlando Magic)

Outside linebacker - Reggie Evans (Brooklyn Nets)

Middle linebacker - Metta World Peace (New York Knicks)

Outside linebacker - Tyler Hansborough (Toronto Raptors)

Cornerback - Nate Robinson (Denver Nuggets)

Cornerback - Avery Bradley (Boston Celtics)

Free safety - Tony Allen (Memphis Grizzlies)

Strong safety - Lance Stephenson (Indiana Pacers)


Kick returner - Victor Oladipo (Orlando Magic)

Punt returner - Isaiah Thomas (Sacramento Kings)

Kicker - Steve Nash (Los Angeles Lakers)

Punter - Steve Blake (Los Angeles Lakers)

Holder - Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers)

Long snapper - Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans)

So there is the team, what are your thoughts? There seems to be a good spread of players from across the NBA - which selections make sense? Any that don't? Any notable omissions?

Leave your own thoughts and your own ideas for teams below. Incidentally, are there any NFL players who you believe would shine in the NBA?

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