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Top 10 Basketball Role Models

Updated on October 10, 2012

Role Models

Everyone has a role model, especially when you are an athlete. People always imagine that they are their role model when they are playing the game of basketball. How many times you played basketball with your friends and someone of them said things like ' here comes Jordan' or ' Kobe shoots '.

So here is a list of Top 10 Role Models for Basketball !

#10 Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard is the center of the Los Angeles Lakers and everybody, who plays on the center position knows how hard it is to score, because centers are in the most cases just big and so slower than everybody else , but Dwight Howard is kind of the opposite. Dwight Howard has amazing body control and leaping ability, which no other center in the league has . He was known in Orlando for his game changing rebounding and scoring with his intelligence for the game, quickness and strength.

Off the court he is a really funny guy and many people like him except for the people in Orlando now, because he wanted a trade to the Los Angeles Lakers, which he finally got.

But still he actually is the 6th most liked role model in the NBA and the #10 overall.

#9 Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin was drafted as a #1 pick in 2010 by the Los Angeles Clippers and got popular very quickly. He is known for his leaping ability and his posterizing dunks. His dunking skills are better than 99% of the NBA's players and he loves to show them. Every white kid, without racism, who plays basketball and loves to dunk ,wants to be like BG and is just amazed by his dunking skills.

Off the court BG is a cool guy, who loves to make funny commercial spots and he is chilled guy in interviews. So he is the rank 9 on the top 10 role model list.

#8 Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose is a hell of guy, he is quick, can score, can pass the ball, does not play hero ball in Chigaco and that is the reason why so many people like him. D Rose was drafted as a #1 pick by the Chigaco Bulls and gained pupularity really fast. He was called the ' new Jordan' and he made the Chigaco Bulls fan believe in championship chances. D Rose plays on the point guard position and he can change the whole game, because he is one of the best all round players in the league. He also is unselfish and so everybody likes him, because there is no negative fact about him. There is just one problem, D Roses injuries. He was nearly the whole last season injured, but he plans his 'comeback' for the next season and everybody is waiting hopefully.

Off the court D Rose is a calm guy, who can be funny and mostly is. But he can also be very serious and that's why the people love him so much. So the 8th spot belongs to Derrick Rose.

#7 Larry Bird

Larry Bird belongs to the top 3 players of the 1992 US Dream Team of the Olympics in Barcelona. He played his entire career with the Boston Celtics and his number 33 got retired. He played as a forward and is surely the most known Celtic, he helped getting championships, he is 3 times MVP and maybe the best white guy, who ever played the ballgame. So nearly every boston native or white guy wants to be like him, because he got such great skill and people just could like him.

Off the court he is a charismatic guy, who also played roles in movies and wrote a book. He is also known for his great friendship with his former archenemy Magic Johnson, which made people like him even more. So he earns the 7th spot on the top 10 list!

#6 Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade is maybe the best dressed baller of all time. He is the most popular guy in the Miami franchise history and is known for his 'flashy' moves. He can shoot,drive to the basket, dunk hardly, pass the ball, defend and lead the team. He is a great leader, but nowadays he can also play the Robin in the Miami Heat's Batman and Robin action. He was drafted in the legendary draft with Lebron James, Carmelo, Bosh and was the first one of them, who won a championship with the help of Shaq. Shaq helped Wade being 'Flash' and Wade showed the world how to play the ballgame and now everybody loves him. His game reminds many people of Jordans game and he is just spectacular to watch.

Off the court Dwyane Wade is a fashion icon, a role model for fathers and just a funny guy. He does many commercials for different brands and people invite him everywhere. You can see D Wade on fashion shows, on sports talks, in interviews and nearly everywhere. He is welcomed everywhere and Dade County loves him. So Wade makes our 6th spot on this top 10 list.

#5 Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O'Neal or short Shaq is the one of the best centers of all time. His dominance in games was phenomenal and astonishing. Shaq played on many teams, but is known best for his time with the Los Angeles Lakers in which he got multiple championships and got to be the three time MVP. Shaq was a strong guy with strong center moves, who could dunk the ball easily on everybody, but he was also known for his rebounding and teamplay. He just dominated nearly every game and was a big changer. The 'Diesel' helped many people like Kobe or Wade to be, who they are and was and is loved by teammates and fans.

Off the court he is nowadays a reporter on TNT and a really funny and cool guy. He made many movies and also produced some rap albums. He is even a allrounder in his life out of basketball, which he proofed in his TV show 'Shaq vs. '. Shaq earns the 5th spot on the top 10 role model list.

#4 Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson was also one of the 3 leaders of the 1992 US Dream Team. He played his entire career for the Los Angeles Lakers and is known as the best point guard ever. His skills in every category are impressive, because he was maybe one of the best allrounders of all time. He helped his team to win multiple championships and was one of the best teammates you could ever have at his time. His unselfish game made people love him and he surely deserves it.

Off the court he had a great friendship to his former 'enemy' Magic Johnson and their friendship became very popular for NBA fans. But the reason why people love him the most is, because he was detected with the virus HIV and now is one of the greatest activists to help people to live with HIV. He informs people and helps them if they already have HIV and even made a foundation to protect people from getting HIV. He maybe has the greatest personality of all former basketball players and so he earns the 4th spot on this top 10 list.

#3 Lebron James

Lebron James, also known as 'King James' or ' the Chosen one' is the actual best basketball player. He was hyped even before he came into the NBA and the people called him 'the best basketball high-school player of all time'. He came with 18 years into the league and from there on he was in the spotlight for cameras,fans and haters. He started his career in Cleveland and everybody there and everywhere loved him, but when he announced his 'decision' to bring his talents to south beach and join the Miami Heat, the people in Cleveland became haters. He is maybe the most hated and at the same time most loved player of all time, but that does not change his great game. He is an allrounder and maybe quicker and physically stronger than everybody else in the league. People love him for who he is and for what he does.

Off the court he can be serious, but also funny and he shows that in interviews and commercials.He has a great friendship with Dwyane Wade,which reminds people of the friendship from Magic and Bird.

There are also many Lebron James jokes like ' give Lebron a dollar and he only gives you 3 quarters back ( insider joke) ', but he takes it not so seriously and tells the jokes by himself. So you can say that Bron sure deserves the 2nd spot on this list.

#2 Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant, the 'Black Mamba' is the 2nd best shooting guard the league has ever seen. He plays for the Los Angeles Lakers and deserves his title as one of the greatest Lakers scorer of all time. He is a fife time champion and multiple time finals MVP. He also won the dunk contest in his earlier days and made the NBA become very popular in China, because he does yearly camps in China and chinese people just love Kobe.

Kobe is really great player,his defense and offense are perfectly balanced and he plays on a high level for over 10 years now. He is a great teammate and just the greatest icon the NBA has right now.

Off the court Kobe is a wanted celebrity and a real cool guy. He can speak multiple languages and everybody wants to have him in shows or commercials. He surely does earn the 2nd spot on this top 10 list.

#1 Michael Jordan

Sure the 1st spot belongs to Michael Jordan, known as 'MJ' or ' Air Jordan'. Jordan is the guy, who made basketball and the NBA popular all around the world. His game was just not explainable, he made things nobody understood, because it seemed like they were from another star. He played on a level nobody could even dream to be on, his skill, intelligence and strength was just unbelievable and he was the most dominant player, who has ever played this game. He got the title as the best player ever and surely earns it. The Chigaco Bulls won 6 championships with him and were known as a unbeatable team because of Jordans skill and leadership. He helped his team to get the best record in NBA history and everybody wanted and wants to be like 'MJ'. I mean, how can you not want to be like him, his greatness is just astonishing and not describeable.

Off the court his competitive behaviour from the game can also be noticed, because he just wants to be the best in everything he does and he mostly is the best in what he does. He was just great as a basketball player and he is even greater as a person. So he has to be the #1 in this and every basketball role model list !

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      Jajuan 2 years ago

      Kyrie is the best by Jajuan AKA LIl Kyrie (;

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      fuck you for sayin that derrick rose is 8th in role models and sayin 23.4% fuck you

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      poo you people

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Interesting lens. Thanks for sharing! ;-)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great list here... each of them are good role models!