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How Would the NBA's Best Fare Against the NFL's Worst?

5/11/12 in NBA   |   Andrew_Ericksen   |   230 respect

Apr 29, 2012; Memphis, TN, USA; Los Angeles Clippers point guard Eric Bledsoe (12) goes up to dunk the ball but is blocked by Memphis Grizzlies forward Dante Cunningham (44) during the second half of game one in the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at FedEx Forum.  The Clippers won 99-98. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-US PRESSWIRE

Slot Receiver – ERIC BLEDSOE

Again, quickness takes the cake.  We’re mostly running Bledsoe across the middle to help move the chains but he’s sure to break a couple big plays with enough touches.  6’1” may be a bit over-sized for a typical NFL slot receiver, but Bledsoe’s got the speed to play like he’s 5’10,” while his extra height allows him to grab hold of more passes from Clippers teammate CP3.

Jan 7, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA;   Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) dunks against the New Jersey Nets at the Prudential Center. Miami Heat defeat the New Jersey Nets 101-90. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE


The potential here is ridiculous.  LeBron would be one of the league’s tallest tight ends with the agility of the league’s smallest.  Whether he’s tough enough to take the constant hits from linebackers is the main question, but we’re going to send him out in the flat quite often, hoping he gets matched up against far smaller cornerbacks.  And I’m thinking LeBron will be one of our top red-zone threats, so CP is going to be looking his way a lot.

April 13, 2012; Oklahoma City  OK, USA; Sacramento Kings power forward DeMarcus Cousins (15) fights for position against Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins (5) during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Richard Rowe-US PRESSWIRE


As two of the league’s favorite bad boys, Perkins and Cousins might struggle to keep up with faster defensive ends, but what they lack in speed, they make up for in size.  The hot-headed Cousins has gotten in trouble a couple times in the NBA, but we’re hoping he’ll take a lot of that anger out by beating up on Robert Mathis or whoever Indy sends his way.  And Perkins doesn’t back down to anybody, so bring your best…

Apr 23, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Charlotte Bobcats center Bismack Biyombo (0) knocks the ball loose from Washington Wizards center Nene (42) during the second half at the Verizon Center. The Wizards defeated the Bobcats 101 - 73. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-US PRESSWIRE


Both around 250 pounds, Nene and Bass have the same shortcomings as our OTs, but we like them here because of the speed advantages they’ll have on most defensive tackles.  At 6’8”, Brandon Bass is used to being matched up with bigger players, usually playing the power forward position but sometimes filling in at center.  He’s a good teammate and is willing to fill any role to help his team.  Nene, meanwhile, is always a bit of a wildcard with his temperament, sometimes a selfish and frustrated player.  But he makes great use of his broad frame to box-out opposing players on the court and I think he’d be able to capably protect his QB from defensive rushes.

May 8, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers small forward Danny Granger (33) passes the ball off as Orlando Magic power forward Glen Davis (11) defends during game five in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeated Orlando 105-87. Mandatory Credit: Michael Hickey-US PRESSWIRE


The trustworthy Davis is a great competitor who is never afraid to make things dirty.  His career average of 1.0 turnovers per game (22 minutes per) demonstrates his reliable hands and reluctance to give the ball away.  He and CP3 will develop a perfect rhythm to help lead the team.

April 7, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Nate Robinson (2) dribbles the ball next to Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried (35) in the fourth quarter at ORACLE Arena. The Warriors defeated the Nuggets 112-97. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE

Kick/Punt Returner: NATE ROBINSON

The NBA’s version of the human joystick may not be as agile and shifty as the great Dante Hall, but the 5’9” combo guard has made a career out of making defenders miss, creating enough space to release his notoriously inconsistent jump shot.  He won’t take any returns the distance against Indy, but he’ll provide solid starting field position throughout the game.

April 24, 2012; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Phoenix Suns head coach Alvin Gentry talks with point guard Steve Nash (13) during the first quarter at Energy Solutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE

Kicker/Punter: STEVE NASH

This one’s a no-brainer.  We’ve seen Nash on the soccer fields and even rainbow-ing alley-oops to Amare so I don’t think there’s any reason to think Nash wouldn’t be able to tackle the job of kicker and punter.  I’ll trust the savvy veteran with anything under 40 yards, and wouldn’t be surprised if he can hit consistently from even further out.
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