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7 Quick Qs No. 6: Do you pattern your game after a NBA or WNBA player?

  • Date:
    Nov 8, 2020

USA Basketball reached out to the gamers participating in this weekend’s USA E-National Team trials to find out a little bit about what makes them tick, the origin of their nickname, their go-to move, and other tidbits. We asked for answers to seven quick questions and got back a myriad of responses.

  • Question No. 1: What is the origin of your gamertag?
  • Question No. 2: When or why did you begin playing esports?
  • Question No. 3: Do you play any additional esports competitively?
  • Question No. 4: What was the first game you ever remember playing?
  • Question No. 5: Are there any gamers who inspire you?
  • Question No. 6: (below) Do you pattern your game after any NBA or WNBA players?

ABPureblood: I've never really thought of basing my game off a professional real-life NBA or WNBA player. I've been told I remind people of Sue Bird, if that counts 🤣🤷🏻‍♀️

ALittleLady87: Candace Parker and Tim Duncan

CB13: I pattern my game after Chris Paul. I believe a true point guard is someone who gets others involved, plays defense, and is a vocal leader at the same time.

Crush: I actually pattern my game after Kawhi Leonard -- mainly studying how he gives the opposing teams problems on the defensive end of the court, while also being able to knock down jump shots consistently. 

Dayfri: Kevin Garnett and Orlando Magic-era Dwight Howard. 

Dimez: My game style is a mixture of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Chris Paul. LeBron in mentality and mindset, leadership on and off the court. Kyrie in the scoring category, just being flashy and getting a bucket. CP3 in my exquisite passing ability and just being a floor general. I’m the best when it comes to managing a game and making everyone else play at my pace.

DJLayy: Honestly, I try to pattern my game towards players in the NBA2KLeague. I study PeteBeBallin's game, and I study Goofy747's game as well. 

FEAST: 2K has changed a lot throughout the years. Back on 2K15, 2K16 and 2K17, I could mimic players like Draymond Green, Paul George and Shaq (O’Neal), to name a few, and it was really fun. As the 2Ks have progressed you see more and more of a role player style come up and be effective. The star comparisons are now made at point guard and center.

Gradient: I pattern my game after Andre Iguodala, defense and athleticism and always doing the little things

IcyGrl: Dennis Rodman, gritty and defensive.

iKilledZiah: Since I played basketball, my virtual game is very much based on how I approached the game then, and my evolution as a player now. 

KennyGotWork: I study LeBron James a lot.

OriginalMalik: I’ve always mimicked Kevin Durant when making my player a guy who can create his own shot and is just unstoppable on the offensive end.

Radiant: I’d compare myself to someone like Dame Lillard or Kyrie Irving.

Ramo: At the PF, playing with this type of talent with me, I would have to say Draymond Green mixed with a little of Kevin Garnett. 

ZaeBucks: Yes, my game closely resembles Pascal Siakam, a defensive player but able to score through post, drive and shoot the 3.

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