We are entering the time of the sports year where football is starting and basketball is just about to get back underway. There’s no better time to throw around a fun idea of what it would be like if some current NBA players formed a football team. Now, some of these players will be on the team based off of prior football experience, and some will be based off of athleticism. We will be doing a team on both sides of the ball, but for now let’s get to the offense.
Quarterback: Kevin Love
Running the show for the squad will be Cavalier star Kevin Love. Love has no prior football experience, but has shown flashes of some incredible passing ability. The great part about Love is that he has great size to play the position. He is 6’10” and weighs 251 pounds, which is around the general size of most NFL quarterbacks.
The best thing that Love would bring to the position is that he’s a veteran and would do a great job commanding the huddle. He’s a star in the NBA and seems to do well in the spotlight, which quarterbacks need to be able to do. You can run any style of offense with him as he has a great frame to be effective in the run game and has pretty good feet, which will help him be effective in the pass game.
I see Love running a single back offense with three wide receivers and a tight end on the field most of the time. Love should be good at throwing most routes, but will certainly excel in throwing the deep ball. The squad would be wise to run a lot of deep routes to take advantage of the speed that’s going to be on the outside and for Love’s ability to throw an effective deep ball. This stat right here in pretty crazy to think about:
— Jody Avirgan (@jodyavirgan) May 31, 2017
It helps Love’s case by having an awesome stat like that to prove his effectiveness with the deep ball. Here’s even more proof with how great a deep pass he throws:
These videos show great vision on Love’s part and his ability to lead the guy receiving the pass is just incredible. Love has the making to be a great QB who will lead the squad and create some exciting plays for the offense.
Running Back: John Wall
Like Kevin Love, John Wall hasn’t played any high level football, but sure has the makings of a great running back. Wall is one of, if not the fastest, players in the NBA and would be an electrifying running back. Wall would be perfect for a single back set and would even have the makings to be a great receiver out of the backfield.
With Wall you could do so many things with an offense. You could keep him in the I-set, use him in the shotgun, and have the ability to split him out wide and go spread with an empty backfield. Wall projects as a great receiver with his speed and footwork, he should be able to be a fairly good route runner and no one on the defense would be able to keep up with his speed. He would be an X-factor for the offense and would have the ability to light a spark and create that big play the offense is looking for.
Wide Receiver 1: LeBron James
Now we are getting to some guys with some football experience, LeBron James would project to be the teams number one receiver and would be the star of the offense. As you can see above, James had some pretty awesome football stats while playing high school football in Ohio. A two time All-Ohio selection at WR, almost 2,000 yards receiving in three seasons, and 27 career total touchdowns.
LeBron seems to have some pretty great hands and has no issue going across the middle. His big frame would make for a great target for Kevin Love to throw to and they already have some great chemistry together being teammates on the Cavaliers. Most of Kevin Love’s deep passes in the NBA have indeed been thrown to LeBron so that would help their chemistry in the passing game for sure. LeBron projects to be a pretty good blocker too with his big frame and aggressiveness he plays with on the court. He would be one of the leaders on the team and certainly a guy the team would look up to since he’s one of the few on the team with an actual football background.
Wide Receiver 2: Gary Harris
Nuggets guard Gary Harris would be the number two receiver on the squad and would have the ability to play in the slot and on the outside. Harris was a pretty awesome high school receiver, here are his high school stats and information courtesy of his bio on msuspartans.com.
“Also an outstanding football player – recorded 47 catches for 973 yards and 13 TDs as a senior wide receiver, while rushing for one more touchdown • Tallied 54 catches, 860 yards and 14 TDs as a junior and 18 catches, 312 yards and five touchdowns as a sophomore • Won three league championships, adding a sectional championship as a senior.”
These highlights of Harris show some great route running and great ability to be a playmaker in the passing game:
Harris’s speed and quick feet make him a great receiver and help make him an effective route runner. Harris would give Kevin Love a good second receiver to look for if the defense is double covering LeBron James. Harris would seemingly get most of the receptions with the defense focusing on James, he would project to be one of the main guys in the passing game.
Wide Receiver 3: Matt Barnes
Barnes is another player on the team who has a background in football. Barnes was an All-American receiver in high school and would be an awesome third receiver on the team. He would project to be the slot guy on the team, which would leave LeBron and Gary Harris on the outside. Barnes would be great at all of the quick routes the team would need to run and would be a great check down option in the passing game.
Barnes is also one of the baddest dudes in the NBA and would be perfect on the football field. He would be able to be a great blocker in the run game and would be used a lot in downs where the team would run the football. Being an All-American football player in high school really gives him an edge on the rest of the competition and gives the team a guy who has played football before and who has been successful while doing so.
Tight End: Kevin Durant
Durant is going to bring some great length and ability to the tight end position. His length would make him a great threat in the red zone and would be a guy that Kevin Love could basically just throw the ball up too when the offense needs to make a play.
KD doesn’t have much football experience except for some flag football where he played quarterback. But, this experience means he has been around the game and knows the game of football. KD might not be the greatest blocker, but his tall frame and quick feet would allow him to stay in front of defenders and at least hold them for a couple of seconds to let John Wall run the ball or to let Kevin Love throw the ball.
The offensive line is tough to project because not many basketball guys played the O-line. Here are some guys I think could do fairly well though.
Left Tackle: DeMarcus Cousins– 6’11” 270 pounds
Boogie would make a great left tackle. He has a solid frame which would help him protect his quarterback off the edge. His good feet would allow him to be effective in the run game as he would be able to get to second level and pull on counter run’s with no issue. Cousins would be the leader of the O-line and bring a nastiness to the position group, which you need if you play on the line. I put Cousins as the blind side guy because he’s not going to like anyone who touches his quarterback and will do everything in his power to prevent that from happening.
Left Guard: Andre Drummond– 6’11” 279 pounds
Andre Drummond is another guy who has great build to play O-line. His feet aren’t bad and would probably be best suited at guard instead of tackle. He would be one of the biggest and most intimidating guys on the field and would bring even more nastiness to the O-line. Boogie and Drummond on the left side of the line would be a dynamic duo and set up plenty of running lanes for John Wall to run behind and would present a clean pocket for Kevin Love to throw in.
Center: Karl-Anthony Towns– 7’0″ 244 pounds
The center is a guy a football team needs to be dependent on and KAT would do that. KAT would be a great team guy and bring another big frame to the O-line. Towns has great feet and would be able to block fairly well after the snap. Town’s weight is a little lower than the other linemen, which will help him get to the second level and pull on certain runs. Towns would also add another Kentucky guy to the line, which would help the line hopefully build some more chemistry.
Right Guard: Jusuf Nurkic– 7’0″ 280 pounds
Nurkic would be the biggest lineman on the team, and would also be the nastiest in my opinion. The Bosnian beast plays like his nickname says when on the court, like a beast. He also isn’t scared to mix it up and has a nastiness to him that would be great on the football field.
That attitude is something you need on a football team and would add even more nastiness to the offensive line. Nurkic would not be a fan of anyone touching his quarterback and would certainly do anything in his power to protect that from happening. He doesn’t have the quickest feet so that’s why I would put him at guard instead of tackle. Offensive lineman are some of the baddest and craziest guys on the field and Nurkic would be another great addition to the unit.
Right Tackle: Myles Turner– 6’11” 243 pounds
The last piece of the O-line and the offense will be young Pacer’s star Myles Turner. Turner would give the team another smaller lineman in terms of weight, but would bring a lot more height to a very tall O-line. Tuner has great feet and has the ability to play center and power forward in the NBA. The ability to be quick off the ball would help Turner be a good right tackle because it’ll help him stay in front of the quick defensive ends he’s going to face.
There you have it, the starting offense of current NBA players. If you didn’t see one of your favorite players make the offense don’t worry, the starters on defense will be coming out in the next couple of days. Stay tuned!