NBA Playoff Playlists: What Players Listen to Before They Take the Court

Kenny Dorset@kdorsetDirector of Social MediaApril 16, 2015

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Before NBA players hit the court for some of the biggest games of their careers, they need to get in the zone, and sometimes noise-canceling headphones and their favorite music is the best way to do that.

We recently learned what NBA players from playoff teams, including the Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards, were listening to for inspiration and energy before games.

Not surprisingly, hip-hop appears to have a commanding lead on all other genres of pregame music. Give them a listen for yourself below. (Warning: Some songs contain NSFW lyrics.)

Atlanta Hawks

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Jeff Teague

"Dark Sky (Skyscrapers)" - Big Sean

"10 Bands" - Drake

"Ain't It Fun" - Paramore

Kent Bazemore

"6 Man" - Drake

"Allure" - Jay Z

"All Day" - Kanye West ft. Allan Kingdom and Paul McCartney

Mike Muscala

"More Than a Miracle" - MNEK

"Be Real" - Kid Ink ft. DeJ Loaf

"Used To" - Drake

Mike Scott


Big Sean

Johnny Cinco

Golden State Warriors

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Draymond Green

"Drinks on Us– Mike Will Made It ft. The Weeknd, Swae Lee and Future

"Flicka Da Wrist" – Chedda Da Connect

"10 Bands" - Drake

Justin Holiday

"Know Yourself" - Drake

"10 Bands" - Drake

"I'm Turnt" – Lecrae

Harrison Barnes

"King Kunta" – Kendrick Lamar

"Fire Squad" – J. Cole

"G.O.M.D." – J. Cole

Memphis Grizzlies 

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Courtney Lee

"Stay Loyal" - Nipsey Hussle

"Ball Drop" – Fabolous ft. French Montana

"Legend" - Drake

"When We Ride On Our Enemies" - 2Pac

"Picture Me Rollin'" - 2Pac

Kosta Koufos

"Headlines" - Drake

"No Tellin'" - Drake

"Energy" - Drake

"It Was a Good Day" - Ice Cube

"String Quartet No. 14 in G" - Mozart

Mike Conley

"Blessings" - Big Sean ft. Drake and Kanye West

"Alright" - Kendrick Lamar

"Champion" - Kanye West

Tony Allen

"10 Bands" - Drake

"No Tellin'" - Drake

"Know Yourself" - Drake

Portland Trail Blazers

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Damian Lillard

"Closer" - Goapele

"Daughters" - Nas

"I Ain't No Joke" - Eric B. and Rakim

C.J. McCollum

"Blessings" - Big Sean ft. Drake and Kanye West

"Alright" - Kendrick Lamar

"One Mic" - Nas

Meyers Leonard

"Lay It On Me" - Dylan Scott

"Energy" - Drake

"It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" - Billy Joel

Toronto Raptors

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DeMar DeRozan

"Hood Politics" – Kendrick Lamar

"Legend" – Drake

"Backseat Freestyle" – Kendrick Lamar

"Takeover" – Jay Z

"Straight Outta Compton" – N.W.A.

Jonas Valanciunas

"Know Yourself" – Drake

"6 Man" – Drake

"0 to 100" – Drake

"Started from the Bottom" – Drake

"Straight Outta Compton" – N.W.A.

Terrence Ross

"Hood Politics" – Kendrick Lamar

"King Kunta" – Kendrick Lamar

"Know Yourself" - Drake

Washington Wizards 

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Bradley Beal

"Here I Come" - The Roots

"Go Hard or Go Home" - Wiz Khalifa and Iggy Azalea

"How We Roll (Fast Five Remix)" - Don Omar ft. Busta Rhymes, Reek da Villian and J-Doe

"Dangerous" - David Guetta ft. Sam Martin

"Ride Out" - Kid Ink, Tyga, Wale, YG, Rich Homie Quan

Kevin Seraphin

"Power" - Kanye West

"Heart of Courage" - Two Steps from Hell

"Rise and Shine" - J. Cole

"Lights On" - Trip Lee

"Blame" - Calvin Harris ft. John Newman

Otto Porter

"m.A.A.d City" - Kendrick Lamar

"We Be On It" - DeJ Loaf

"C.U.B.A." - Calvin Harris

"Outside" - Calvin Harris ft. Ellie Goulding

Thanks to the NBA for sharing the playlists.