Ten NBA Youngsters and Their Celebrity Look-A-Likes

Nathaniel UyFeatured ColumnistMay 15, 2010

Ten NBA Youngsters and Their Celebrity Look-A-Likes

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    Four teams are left in the 2010 NBA Playoffs.

    Between the Magic against the Celtics in the East, and the Lakers versus the Suns in the West, we know one thing for certain: a veteran-laden team will advance to the Finals.

    So let's lay off the vets and give the young guns a hard time.

    These 10 promising youngsters with two years of NBA experience or less have already called it a season.

    Their futures remain bright and super stardom may await them in the future.

    While they watch the rest of the playoffs on TV, it's time to match these "kids" up with their celebrity look-a-likes!

Jonny Flynn

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    Jonny Flynn.

    He had a decent rookie season as the starting point guard for the league's second-worst team, the Minnesota Timberwolves.

    The 20-year-old Flynn tied for fifth in Rookie of the Year voting, averaging 13.5 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 4.4 assists.

    Besides being picked sixth overall in the 2009 NBA Draft, Flynn bares a small resemblance to...

Akon

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    R&B and Hip-hop artist Akon.

    You know him for his 2006 hits "Smack That" featuring Eminem and "I Wanna Love You" featuring Snoop Dogg.

Brandon Jennings

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    Brandon Jennings chose to head overseas to earn a paycheck right after high school instead of going to college to circumvent the NBA's age restriction rule.

    As a rookie, he averaged 15.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 5.7 assists.

    The youngster exploded for 55 points against the Golden State Warriors two weeks into his first NBA season, becoming the youngest ever to accomplish such a feat.

    His celebrity look-a-like?

Nick Cannon

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    Nick Cannon.

    Cannon, who also accomplished quite a feat of his own when he married R&B diva Mariah Carey, who is 10 years his senior.

    Cannon is also known for being a Nickelodeon and MTV host.

Danilo Gallinari

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    Danilo Gallinari, whose nickname is "Gallo" - Italian for "Rooster" - improved on a subpar rookie season this year.

    He averaged 15.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.7 assists while starting 71 games for the New York Knicks.

    Ok this is a bit of a stretch, but his boyish grin and youthful energy bears a strong resemblance to...

JT Thomas

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    JT Thomas, winner of Survivor Tocantins.

    The dude unanimously won the million dollar prize because everyone liked him so much.

Greg Oden

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    Greg Oden.

    Tormented by two season-ending knee injuries, many have all but written him off as a bust.

    He's only 22 years old although he looks like he could be 52.

    The fact is there's still plenty of future left for this 7-foot, 292 pound giant.

    No, his celebrity look-a-like is not Bigfoot!

Ron Perlman

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    60-year-old actor Ron Perlman, who played devil superhero with the giant forehead Hellboy in the movies.

    Can't see the resemblance?

    I have two words for you: brow wrinkles!

    Google some photos of Perlman with his head shaved, and you'll see the caveman-esque resemblance.

Taj Gibson

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    At 24 years old, Taj Gibson is one of the elder statesmen on this list.

    As a late first-round draft pick, Taj managed to win a starting position with the Bulls.

    In his rookie year he averaged nine points, 7.5 rebounds, and 0.9 assists.

    If Taj had the same superhero powers as his celebrity counterpart on the basketball court, he could well be on his way to a tremendous career.

Jimmy Jean-Louise

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    Best known for being the "Haitian" on television's Heroes.

    Jimmy Jean-Louise's character has the ability to take away other people's super powers.

    That would be a neat trick to have when going against Superman Dwight Howard.

Russell Westbrook

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    Russell Westbrook had a very impressive sophomore year, and was a very important factor in Oklahoma City's run to the playoffs.

    The 21-year-old average 16.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, and eight assists during the season.

    Along with Kevin Durant, he and the rest of the Thunder are expected to make a lot of noise in the future.

    His celebrity look-a-like is also a youngster...

Bow Wow

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    Bow Wow first debuted into the hip-hop scene at the ripe young age of 13.

    Now 23, just two years older than Russell Westbrook, Bow Wow has already been a successful musician and actor.

Marc Gasol

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    He's known for being Pau Gasol's younger brother.

    Marc, a burlier and brawnier version of Pau, came to his own this season.

    Averaging 14.6 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 2.4 assists as the starting center for the Memphis Grizzlies.

    Who is this seven-foot Spaniard's celebrity look-a-like?

David Cook

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    David Cook, the 2008 American Idol.

    Both men mirror each other in scruff and talent.

    Cook in music, and Gasol in basketball.

OJ Mayo

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    OJ Mayo has been a starter at guard for the Memphis Grizzlies since entering the league.

    Over the last two seasons, Mayo has averaged 18.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 3.1 assists.

    Coming in second place to Derrick Rose in the 2009 Rookie of the Year voting, Mayo could end out up on top as a look-alike for this celebrity...

Jaleel White

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    Jaleel White, better known as Steve Urkel.

    Although he played a nerd on television, it's been rumored that he's actually got some game.

Eric Gordon

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    Eric Gordon, a young stud with the Clippers.

    His two-year career average: 16.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists.

    If only he can stay healthy all season, the Clippers might have just found their shooting guard for the next decade.

    Maybe it's the way his tiny ears poke out of the side of head, but he's a shoe-in for no one else than...

Stewie Griffin

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    Stewie Griffin!

    The child of Peter and Lois Griffin, Stewie is one of the stars of Family Guy.

    With such a large football-shaped head, no wonder this kid is an evil child-genius

Tyreke Evans

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    Tyreke Evans, the 2010 Rookie of the Year.

    With season averages of 20.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 5.1 assists, Tyreke was only the fourth rookie ever to average 20 points, five rebounds, and five assists.

    The other three? Oscar Robinson, Michael Jordan, and LeBron James.

    That must be a sure sign that this kid has a pretty good future ahead of him.

    His celebrity counterpart?

Chris Tucker

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    None other than actor and funny man Chris Tucker.

    Tucker was the sidekick to Jackie Chan in the Rush Hour trilogy.

    I swear he's a dead ringer for Tyreke, straight to the goatee!