Pairing 10 Top NBA Stars with Their Hip-Hop Counterparts

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Pairing 10 Top NBA Stars with Their Hip-Hop Counterparts
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A wise man by the name of Aubrey Graham once crooned, "I swear sports and music are so synonymous/'Cause we wanna be them, and they wanna be us."

Graham—better known by his stage name, Drake—makes a valid point. In today's world, many athletes, especially NBA players, have aspirations of being hip-hop stars, while the rappers and singers want to be professional ballplayers.

Well, what if they were?

The rankings on the following slides match up 10 of the NBA's biggest stars with their hip-hop counterparts.

Pairings are based on qualities rather than appearance—so, no, James Harden isn't Rick Ross strictly because of their beards. The specific skill sets and accomplishments from the NBA starts coincide with the delivery, lyrical content and accolades from a player's assigned rapper.

So with that—read the following in DMX's voice—let's get it on.

(Note: This project will only include active players and rappers. Sorry, Michael Jordan and Tupac fans.)

Each slide contains a song from the artist (NSFW) and a highlight from the player. Suggestion: Click the player's clip, mute the sound and then play the song in the background as you watch. Dancing is optional.

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