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NBA Players From 5 Playoff Teams Reveal Pregame Music Playlists

Go into any basketball locker room in the world — CYO leagues, middle school, high school, or even in the NBA — and you’ll find sharpshooters, bench warmers, you’ll see Jordans, adidas and Reebok, you’ll see tall oafs and slippery guards, coaches that rarely say a word and coaches that never shut up. Every team will have it’s own unique flavor, it’s own unique environment. They all, however, have one thing in common: music will be consumed.

Using music to get pumped up is as profound in basketball as it is in any other sport. That probably has something to do with introductions. When done right, they can even get Jeff Green excited. It also has to do with the connection between hip-hop and basketball.

Hip-hop and basketball are connected at the hip, and as you can see in this survey of players from five playoff teams, rap is the music of choice for most of the NBA.

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Atlanta Hawks
JEFF TEAGUE
Future featuring Lil Wayne – “Karate Chop”
Lil Wayne – “I Miss My Dawgs”
Dipset – “More Than Music”
Drake – “Started From The Bottom”

Denver Nuggets
KENNETH FARIED
Drake – “Started From The Bottom”
50 Cent ft. Kendrick Lamar – “We Up”

KOSTA KOUFOS
Drake – “Started From The Bottom”
Drake – “Headlines”
Jay-Z – “H To The Izzo”

WILSON CHANDLER
2Pac – “All Eyes On Me”
Chief Keef – “Monster”
A$AP Rocky – “Angels”
Future – “Karate Chop”
Dipset – “Dipset Anthem”

Keep reading to see what Harrison Barnes listens to before a game…

Golden State Warriors
DRAYMOND GREEN
Wale – “Bad”
Ace Hood – “Bugatti”
Jon Connor – “No Thrillz”

FESTUS EZELI
J. Cole – “Power Trip”
Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors”
2 Chainz – “Yuck”
DJ Khaled ft. Rick Ross – “I Did It For My Dawgs”
Trinidad James – “All Gold Everything”

HARRISON BARNES
Kendrick Lamar – “Collect Calls”
Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors”
J. Cole – “Power Trip”
Bruno Mars – “Locked Outta Heaven”

Keep reading to get a look at Memphis’ pregame music tastes…

Memphis Grizzlies
AUSTIN DAYE
Future – “Karate Chop” remix
Drake ft. Wiz Khalifa – “Started From the Bottom” remix
Justin Timberlake ft. Jay-Z – “Suit and Tie”

ED DAVIS
Kendrick Lamar featuring Jay-Z – “Don’t Kill My Vibe” remix
Future‘s latest album
Gucci Mane – “First Day Out”

JERRYD BAYLESS
Justin Timberlake – “20/20 Experience” album

MIKE CONLEY
Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors”
Drake – “Started From the Bottom”
Rihanna – “Pour It Up”

QUINCY PONDEXTER
Lumineers –”Hey Ho”

Keep reading to see what Brandon Jennings needs to get pumped up…

Milwaukee Bucks
BRANDON JENNINGS
Drake “Started From The Bottom”
Rocko “U.O.E.N.O.”

EKPE UDOH
Rocko – “U.O.E.N.O.”
Kendrick Lamar/Jay Z – “Don’t Kill My Vibe”remix

J.J. REDICK
Alt-J “Breezeblocks”
Silversun Pickups “Busy Bees”
Imagine Dragons “Bleeding Out”

JOHN HENSON
Rocko – “U.O.E.N.O.”
Ace Hood – “Bugatti”
J. Cole – “Power Trip”

MARQUIS DANIELS
Rocko – “U.O.E.N.O.”
Young Jeezy – “Get Right”

What’s on your pregame music playlist?

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