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NBA Athletes in the NFL

Posted on: June 18, 2009 4:22 pm

Lately, I've been reading this nonsense that NBA Players could be really good NFL players.  First of all, I don't have any doubt that there would be a good amount of basketball players that could be successful in the NFL.  But only a select few of them could actually make it.

The notion that NBA players are better athletes than NFL players is laughable.  You could literally take 15 players from the NFL right now to make up a NBA roster, and they would win 35-45 games.  The speed, strength, agility, and size would allow them to be in the top 5 in team defense.

Just take a look at the past two NBA Draft combines.  Their vertical measurements are dwarfed by those in the NFL Draft Combine... and I'm talking about the Linebackers and Defensive Linemen.  Can you imagine Chauncey Billups having to guard Calvin Johnson?  He wouldn't be able to get a shot off, and Johnson would dunk on him any chance he got.

Category: NFL

Since: Jul 8, 2008
Posted on: August 29, 2009 12:40 am

NBA Athletes in the NFL

That has to be one of the dumbest statements I've read tonight.  I love College basketball and used to follow pro but how hard is it for a 6-7 gut to take three steps to the hoop and lay it up or dunk it?,.... There are "some" who are just pure sooters that make the game interesting but as far as skill football players have to be able to read plays both on offense and defense.  Knowing what is comming at all times truly makes a champion.  Getting lucky on a shooting streak is nice but the NBA has less talent now than it has ever had.

Since: Aug 12, 2009
Posted on: August 23, 2009 4:36 am

NBA Athletes in the NFL

plez, I understand that the difference in salary is team size but my point was, if an average NFL player has a choice between playing in the NBA and the NFL, he would chose the NBA 10/10 because of the salary.  Unfortunately for the average NFL player, he will never be qualified to play at the level of the NBA.  This means, the average NBA player is a better "athlete" thann the average NFL player.

Since: Aug 7, 2009
Posted on: August 21, 2009 10:40 am

NBA Athletes in the NFL

I agree, that the NFL would have a much easier time putting a basketball team together, than the NBA putting a football team together. I don't think it's a question of who's the better athlete. To play either sport, you must be very physically fit. However, the conditioning of the players in both sports is completely differant. In the NBA, the players can run up & down the court, all night long. Yet, an NFL player running down the field 100 yards, needs to take a break. (Now, I know that's a little exaggerated, but, you get my point). Now, on the other hand. Let an NBA player get bumped or fall down...He's injured for life. Though, the NFL players, take powerful hits, all the time. (IT'S ALL IN THE CONDITIONING).  Here's a thought... See how many NFL players can dribble a basketball. Then, see how many NBA players can dribble a football.LaughingHave a good day, everybody!

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: August 21, 2009 9:45 am

NBA Athletes in the NFL

You bring up interesting points to this particular subject.  I agree that it takes a good amount of skill to shoot and dribble a basketball; however, its not enough athleticism it would take to actually play football.
Keep in mind, I'm not saying that a team of football players will win their division and go to the playoffs.  But will win some games.  On the flip side, you could take 22 of the best basketball athletes, and you couldn't even field a team.
The examples that you use in your athletic comparisions are ridiculous... the NBA is not made up of Dwight Howards, Shaqs, and Lebrons.  There is only 4 or 5 of these supreme athletes on the NBA roster at any time.  In the NFL, virtually EVERY team has a some genetic freak on their team, not to mention the several other ridiculously talented players on the team.
In regards to average salaries... the reason behind the disparity in salaries is not because of the talent.  It because of the size of the teams, genius.  Its much easier to pay everyone on your roster an average of $6 million if you only have 15 players on the roster.  Try doing that with 52 players on the roster.

Since: Aug 12, 2009
Posted on: August 12, 2009 9:47 am

NBA Athletes in the NFL

The idea that you could take 15 random NFL players and win 35-45 games in the NBA is not only laughable, it's borderline retarded. 

First of all, the average height in the NFL is 6'1.  The average height in the NBA is 6'7.  NBA players are also much longer than NFL.  Some players like Tayshaun Prince are 6'7 but has a wingspan of 7'2.  His wingspan is 7 inches longer than his height.  Are you going to have a 6'1 guy guard a 6'7 guy?

Second, big and strong players in the NBA don't always have the advantage.  Strong players are often clumsy and foul prone.  In the NBA, quicker players, not stronger players, have the advantge because they can simply blow by you and to get the basket.  Don't make the mistake that if you are quick in the NFL, then you are quick in the NBA.  There is a vast different between being quick with a basketball and without a basktball.

Third, NBA players train their basketball skills much more than their physical attributes during the offseason.  You can have the best sprint in the world but if you can dribble the ball and can't finish around the rim, it doesn't mean anything.

Fourth, basketball is a game of stamina.  You have to go out there and not only run for 40 minutes but play defense for 40 minutes.  If you have ever played basketball in your life, which I doubt, you would know that playing tough defense for 40 minutes drains you like nothing else.  No matter how strong, fast you are, if you don't have the stamina, you can't play in the NBA.

It might be true that the NFL have slightly more athletic players than the NBA but the NBA will always have the best of the best genetic freaks.  There will never be an NFL player more naturally gifted than Wilt Chamberlain, young Shaq, and Dwight Howard.  You will never find an NFL player who is 7 feet tall and can move, jump, be as long, have as much stamina as Dwight Howard.  Never.

And even if NFL players are slightly more athletic than NBA players, they are NOT better ATHLETES.  Generally, NFL players do not have a better combination of natural attributes/skills which is the definition of "athlete" to me. 

The average salary of an NFL player is around $800,000.  The average salary of an NBA player is around $6 million.  If it was so easy to play in the NBA, all NFL players would try to switch to the NBA.

Not only will 15 NFL players not win a single game in the NBA, they will get blowned out by 70-90 points every game.

Since: Aug 12, 2009
Posted on: August 12, 2009 9:00 am

NBA Athletes in the NFL

The NBA also value different types of athletes than the NFL.  The NBA values freakishly long armed athletes with big hands more than the highest jumper.  Afterall, it's easier to grab a rebound or to shoot with a higher standing reach than a higher vertical.

Since: Aug 12, 2009
Posted on: August 12, 2009 8:57 am

NBA Athletes in the NFL

NFL has better overall athletes because it takes less skill to play football.  Basketball on the other hand, takes a tremendous amount of skill to play at the NBA level.  Which means an NFL player can get drafted based purely on his physical attributes while an NBA player will get drafted ONLY if he has the skills to go with the physical.

This means that there are plenty of unltra athletic basketball players turned away by the NBA because they simply weren't good enough.  Go to and look at the verticals.  Higher verticals helps you to get drafted but it doesn't mean much.

If you take the TOP 15 NFL athletes and form an NBA team, I can tell you right now with certainty and my life on it that they will win ZERO games in the NBA.

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