Kobe Bryant Facebook Game: 10 Other NBA Players Who Would Be Virtual Stars

Dmitriy Ioselevich@dioselevSenior Analyst IIIDecember 21, 2010

Kobe Bryant Facebook Game: 10 Other NBA Players Who Would Be Virtual Stars

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    WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 13:  (AFP OUT) Guard Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers participates in an event honoring the 2010 NBA Champions at the Boys and Girls Club at THEARC December 13, 2010 in Washington, DC. The Lakers team volunteered on projects
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    Kobe Bryant is going viral, reportedly taking his stardom to Facebook to appear in a new game designed specifically for the platform.

    Though it is not know what the game will involve, the fact that Bryant will have creative input ensure that it will somehow be basketball-related.

    Dozens of NBA athletes are already on Twitter, but very few have embraced Facebook as a means of advancing their personal brand and interacting with fans. Bryant is a pioneer in this respect, and will surely be followed by other players over the next few years.

    Here are 10 NBA superstars likely to follow Bryant's example, and a potential game they could each release on Facebook.

10. Shaquille O'Neal

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    BOSTON - NOVEMBER 24:  Shaquille O'Neal #36 of the Boston Celtics dunks the ball in the first quarter against the New Jersey Nets on November 24, 2010 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by
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    Anything Kobe can do, Shaq can do better. Well, that is except for shoot free throws.

    Would there be a more infuriatingly challenging game than trying to shoot free throws with Shaq? Just to keep it interesting, Shaq could do a dance or say something outrageous every time he hits one. He does it in real life, so why not on Facebook?

9. Blake Griffin

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 20:  Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers drives past Kevin Love #42 of the Minnesota Timberwolves for a dunk during the second half at Staples Center on December 20, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The Clippers defeat
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    Anybody who's seen Blake Griffin highlights knows that the man has some serious ups. He excels at rising above defenders, and with a power forward's body he's pretty hard to stop.

    He's not too different from one of those cars that jumps rows of school buses. So let's get Griffin jumping over a line of chairs or garbage cans, with the final boss level a dunk from the three-point line. It may not be possible in real life, but with Facebook Griffin can do anything!

8. Vince Carter

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    ORLANDO, FL - DECEMBER 06:  Vince Carter, #15 of the Orlando Magic, drives against Josh Smith, #5 of the Atlanta Hawks during the game at Amway Arena on December 6, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by do
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    Vince Carter has a reputation for hobbling off the floor at the slightest sign of injury.

    What would be more amusing than trying to keep Carter on the floor in 1-on-1 match-up against the CPU in which he must try to play with casts, bandages and blurred vision. The level of difficulty would be through the roof and the game would be incredible reinvigorating for Toronto Raptors' fans.

7. Ray Allen

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    BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 16:  Ray Allen #20 of the Boston Celtics takes a shot as Jason Collins #34 of the Atlanta Hawks on December 16, 2010 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading
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    Allen is the best three-point shooter in the game today, so if he were to go viral nothing would be more fitting than a three-point shooting contest. Maybe give it an urban twist so Allen is shooting treys from historic Boston landmarks, like from the top of the Prudential Tower or inside of the Museum of Science.

6. Ron Artest

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 07:  Portrait of  Ron Artest #15 of the Los Angeles Lakers before the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center on November 7, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and a
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    Let's face it, Artest's off-the-court life is more interesting than his on-the-court life.

    So if the Lakers forward were to ever make a Facebook game, it'd have to be based on his non-basketball life rather than what he does on the court. Just living a hypothetical day in the life of Artest would be captivating enough to make this instantly one of the most popular games on Facebook.

5. Chris Paul

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 10:  Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder passes the ball around Chris Paul #3 of the New Orleans Hornets  at New Orleans Arena on December 10, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.    The Thunder defeated the Hornets 97-
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    Paul is one of the best point guards in the NBA and that means he's very good at one thing—passing the ball.

    This might not seem like the most natural choice for an interactive game, but anything with a decent skills element a high-profile athlete will sell. The more accurate the pass, the more points you get. Play the computer, play your friends, play everybody!

4. Glen Davis

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    BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 16:  Glen Davis #11 of the Boston Celtics tries to grab the loose ball in the first half against the Atlanta Hawks on December 16, 2010 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees t
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    Glen "Big Baby" Davis already has a nickname tailor made for a Facebook game, so the only thing left is to make that game into a reality.

    Who wouldn't play a game based on a giant baby (no offense, Davis) trying to play professional basketball? Nobody, that's who.

3. John Wall

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    NEW YORK - JUNE 24:  John Wall of Kentucky stands with NBA Commisioner David Stern after being drafted with the first pick by The Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden on June 24, 2010 in New York, New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowl
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    Wall, the No. 1 draft pick in the 2010 Draft and probable Rookie of the Year, is as talented as he is humble. 

    He's already started to resurrect an NBA franchise that couldn't possibly have gotten any lower, and is well on his way to a successful career. A RPG game in the style of Madden's Hall of Fame mode would make a lot of sense. Follow Wall as he goes from rookie to All-Star to Hall-of-Famer, guiding him at each step.

2. Dwight Howard

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    ORLANDO, FL - DECEMBER 18:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic attempts a shot during the game against the Philadelphia 76ers at Amway Arena on December 18, 2010 in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downl
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    Dwight Howard does two things very well—dunk the ball and block shots.

    You could make a Facebook game out of either those, but why not both? Have Howard dunk the ball on one end of the floor and block shots on the other. Better yet, just make it into a dunking and blocking contest. 

    Can he dunk it with just his pinky finger, or swat the ball into the second deck? These are questions that fans need answers to. It's Howard's duty to his fans to make this game.

1. Kevin Durant

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 10:  Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder dunks the ball over D.J. Mbenga #28 of the New Orleans Hornets  at New Orleans Arena on December 10, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.    The Thunder defeated the Hornets 97-92.
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    The "Durantula" is one of the best players in the league, and he has an equally awesome nickname to match.

    He does actually only have two arms and two legs, but in Facebook land anything is possible. Let's give him four arms and four legs and have him go toe-to-toe with a never-ending army of angry insects. It'd be like Resident Evil—the basketball version. How cool is that?

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