The Perfect Celebrity Doppelganger for Top NBA Stars

Marshall Zweig@ihavethewriteContributor IIMay 29, 2013

One great NBA player deserves another. (Howard at left: Fredrick J. Brown/Getty Images; Howard at right: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US Presswire)
One great NBA player deserves another. (Howard at left: Fredrick J. Brown/Getty Images; Howard at right: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US Presswire)

No, you're not seeing double.

What you're about to scroll through is merely the universe's way of saying there are just so many genetic permutations. After a while, things start repeating themselves.

It's rumored that running into your doppelganger is bad luck. Not to worry: these carbon copies of each other are only side by side in cyberspace.

For example, some were surprised that LeBron James fouled out in the Miami Heat's Game 4 loss to the Indiana Pacers. What's more surprising is that he doesn't foul out every game, seeing as in his other life, he's UFC mixed martial artist Melvin Guillard.

When Russell Westbrook departed the NBA playoffs with an injury, a huge burden was put on Kevin Durant's shoulders. The stress eating that resulted caused him to write the rap "Candy Shop," as his alter ego 50 Cent.

Chris Paul didn't have to stretch far to play his twin brother Cliff in those State Farm commercials. He had plenty of experience from when he played Will Smith's cousin Carlton Banks (Alfonso Ribeiro) on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air."

Kobe Bryant, we really wish you a speedy recovery. But maybe while you're sidelined, you can release a few more "posthumous" albums, under your alias Tupac Shakur.

James Harden's Houston Rockets started summer vacation early. Which works out fine, because he's got a couple of fights lined up under his sparring name, Kimbo Slice.

The shades gave Dwyane Wade away...he's really Whitley Gilbert's boyfriend from A Different World, Dwayne Wayne (Kadeem Hardison). D-Wade, you could have come up with a stage name a little farther from your own, dontcha think? It's a wonder we didn't figure out your secret identity sooner.

Marc Gasol had his heart broken when his Memphis Grizzlies were swept out of the playoffs by the San Antonio Spurs. But that's okay, because he's got the lovely Jennifer Garner to comfort him when he gets home. Or didn't you realize Gasol was in reality actor Ben Affleck?

Carmelo Anthony and his Knicks were upset by the Indiana Pacers, which upset Anthony so much, he filed suit against the league as his doppelganger, Deputy District Attorney Jonah Dekker (Terrance Howard) on Law & Order: LA. Given Dekker's other identity, it's a wonder more of his cases didn't get bounced...get it?

Dirk Nowitzki's injury earlier this season gave him plenty of time to hatch his next diabolical scheme as legendary arch-criminal Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman). Note to John McClane: Don't go one-on-one with this guy.

Dwight Howard was last seen getting himself thrown out of a playoff game. It was a disgraceful performance, unlike the virtuoso ones he gave as Detective Ed Green (Jesse Martin) on Law & Order. And given that Howard, aka Martin, was one of the original performers in the Broadway musical Rent, we can expect to see a heckuva song-and-dance during his free agency this offseason.

If you get this one, you must be married like I am. The Spurs had a secret weapon behind their two road wins against the Grizzlies: Tony Parker, who had much hotel experience as Michel the concierge (Yanic Truesdale) on Gilmore Girls. Make fun of me all you want, but sometimes when you're married, those are the shows you have to watch. (Plus the mom was super-cute.)

And finally, if you get this one, you must have spent way too much time in front of the TV growing up. The ageless wonder Tim Duncan, who led his team to the NBA Finals for the umpteenth time, comes by his fighting spirit naturally. He was, after all, the Shogun of Harlem (Julius J. Carry III), the bad guy in the classic B-movie Berry Gordy's The Last Dragon.

If you haven't seen the flick, it's got pretty darn good martial arts sequences, plus Vanity at the height of her gorgeousness. But alas, no basketball.

The article ends here, but the lookalikes don't. Who are some of your favorite NBA doppelgangers?