There's something about NBA players that makes them want to branch out and pursue a career in something else, whether it be during their time in the league or after they retire, usually continuing to be in the public eye.
One of the most entertaining and continually puzzling paths taken by a handful of NBA players is to dip their feet into the rap world. Whether it be a mix tape or two or a full-blown album, usually to disastrous outcomes.
Most recently we've seen Delonte West take a shot at throwing down a few lines (more than just in the KFC drive-through), and you know what, he's better than Metta World Peace at the very least.
I don't pretend to be a connoisseur of rap, most of what comes out these days doesn't interest me much, but I can get down with some 80s and 90s rap. Even still, I figured it was my duty to take a look at the guys who have tried to throw their hat into the hip hop ring and determine which ballers, current and former, made the best rappers.
I've thrown a video in with each player's best work, and some of what follows has some explicit lyrics, so don't click play if you don't want to hear an unbleeped word or two.