The Boobie List

By: 03.13.09  •  43 Comments

Tyra Banks

The best thing about NBA League Pass? Options. If your only access to the NBA is through the national TV broadcasts (ESPN, TNT, ABC), then I don’t even have to rehash the S.O.S. seven-team lineup reserved for those networks: Celtics, Cavs, Pistons, Lakers, Heat, Suns, Spurs. And sitting right below them — kind of like the undercard on a boxing show — are the Mavs, Rockets, Hornets, Magic, Jazz and Blazers. They’re usually booked as the “opponent” for one of the big dogs. Without even looking it up, I’d bet every single national TV game this season has involved one of these teams.

Everyone knows why is has to be that way. Networks need ratings, ratings attract advertisers, advertisers bring money. We get it. But strictly from a fan’s perspective, without League Pass you’re kind of S.O.L. if you want to see somebody like Kevin Durant, Joe Johnson or Derrick Rose more than the couple times a year when they play your local NBA squad — if you even have a local NBA squad.

So while stars like Durant and J.J. continue to fly under the radar, on the flip side you have those players whose popularity is disproportionate with their actual talent. Guys who, if they didn’t play for high-profile teams, you wouldn’t even know they were in the NBA. Really, what’s the difference between Boobie Gibson and Flip Murray? Anyone who really knows basketball can give you multiple reasons why Flip is a flat-out better player, but since Boobie plays for the Cavs and he’s on national TV every week, he’s going to recognized on the mainstream level before Flip 10 times out of 10.

In that tradition, here are the top 10 players whose fame is almost entirely due to landing on the right team at the right time. Here is The Boobie List…

Oh, you mean THAT Boobie

Oh, you mean THAT Boobie

1. Daniel Gibson
2. Eddie House
3. Sasha Vujacic
4. Josh Powell
5. George Hill
6. Big Baby Davis
7. Sasha Pavlovic
8. Rasual Butler
9. Fabricio Oberto
10. Matt Barnes

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