The starting lineups for the San Antonio Spurs and the Memphis Grizzlies accounted for three All-Star appearances and a Defensive Player of the Year award winner during the 2012-13 campaign, which makes it ironic that these NBA pros draw comparisons to recreation basketball league archetypes.
Both teams are well coached and disciplined on both ends of the court. They play fundamental basketball and trust their teammates, but neither of the two squads tends to wow you with athletic highlight reels.
For further evidence of that, look no further than this laughable jump ball between Zach Randolph and Matt Bonner in Game 2, courtesy of Tom Ley of Deadspin.
You won’t see obnoxious rec league stereotypes like the guy who always makes excuses for poor play, or the guy who repeatedly calls phantom fouls (like what we see in this sketch from College Humor). Still, if you’re going to compare someone in your pickup game to an NBA pro, the Spurs and Grizz provide for some interesting fodder.