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All NBA Man Crush Team 2012

23 Oct

We’ve all got that player we love. Not for any statistical reason, not always because they’re a perennial all-star. We love these players for any reason really, one highlight real play, something inexplicably crazy, a feat of great strength or simply because they were kind enough to stop and say hello and sign an autograph. These are the guys we end up with a man crush over, these are the guys we want to do better than average, these are the guys that…… well you get the drift. We now present the 5 Out Motion, All NBA Man Crush team.

PG) Ricky Rubio – Minnesota Timberwolves.

Ladies love him, guys want to be him. Is there anything to not like about this guy? Always smiling, always happy, dishes out ridiculous assist after ridiculous assist with ease. Originally draft in 2009 by the Timberwolves, Rubio – like many European players before him – spent a couple more years playing in Europe before coming to the NBA. He had his doubters prior to his NBA debut, some said he couldn’t shoot, others pointed to his defence or athleticism as reason he wouldn’t make it in the NBA but as Ricky does, he showed that he’s more than capable of being a high-caliber NBA Point Guard. Sadly, his rookie season was cut short by an ACL injury but Ricky kept on smiling. Miss you Ricky, get well soon.

SG) Manu Ginobili – San Antonio Spurs.

The king of the Eurostep, Ginobili was drafted by the Spurs pick number 58 in the 1999 NBA draft but didn’t join the Spurs until 200 where he has played his entire NBA career. His earlier playing career started in his native Argentina, before playing in Italy and then onto the NBA.  If you can name it, Ginobili has probably done it on the basketball court at some stage. From dunks to assists to steals to blocked shots, he has a highlight reel full of them. Manu’s breath-taking ability to bamboozle the best defenders in the NBA is truly brilliant. The Argentine lefty has three NBA championship rings to go with an Olympic gold medal and a Euroleague title.  Manu is 35 years old now but he’s not the sort of guy who seems like he’ll ever slow down, hopefully we can all enjoy his brilliance for a few more years before he retires.

SF) Gerald Green – Indiana Pacers.

He’s the little engine that could. If the little engine could jump over your house without raising a sweat that is. This time last year, Gerald Green was one of those guys used as an example of why the NBA didn’t want high school stars avoiding college and jumping straight to the NBA. The ridiculously athletic Green was drafted by the Boston Celtics in 2005 but never really found a home in the NBA in his early years, spending two years with the Celtics in which he won the 2007 NBA dunk contest, followed by a season split between the Timberwolves & Rockets, then spending the following year with the Mavericks. Following the ’08/’09 season, Green spent the next two years playing mostly in Russia and a short stint in China before returning to the NBA with the Lakers for a short stint before once again being released only to land in the NBA’s D-League. Then, finally another team came calling on Green’s services, the New Jersey Nets. Green finally made an impact and what an impact it was. Green averaged career highs in all major statistical categories for the Nets and threw down one of the sickest ally-oop finishes of all time. Green signed a 3 year deal with the Pacers this off-season, hopefully he can build on what he started last season with the Nets.

PF) Rasheed Wallace –  New York Knicks.

Ahhh ‘Sheed, thank you for coming out of retirement. Wallace is one of those guys you either love or hate. Wallace was drafted all the way back in 1995 by the then, Washington Bullets. Traded to the Portland Trailblazers after his rookie season, Wallace was part of the notorious Portland Jailblazers of the late 90’s & early 2000’s. When he wasn’t setting records for the most technical fouls in a season he was threatening referees. He’s the only guy we’ve seen get ejected for staring at a referee. Wallace was traded to the Atlanta Hawks in 2004 but only played one game there before being traded onto the Detroit Pistons where he helped them claim the NBA title that year. He then spent the next 5 season in Detroit before playing one year with the Celtics and eventually retiring temporarily in 2010 before coming back this season and signing with the Knicks. ‘Sheed has alway been one of those lovable misfits. He’ll make you pull your hair out one minute and laugh your ass off the next.

C) Nikola Pekovic – Minnesota Timberwolves.

Pek, as he’s known, is the NBA’s strongman, the Montenegrin Mountain. He was drafted by the Timberwolves in 2008 but continued to play Europe before making his debut in 2010. He can crush his opponents and make them pee their pants like sissy girls all with nothing more than a blank, icy stare.  When he’s not busy destroying his enemies souls, he has time for a bit of fun but not too much fun. We’re too afraid to not list Pek on our man crush list, are you man enough to challenge his inclusion?