It’s basketball time folks. Ignore Tom Brady who is trying to grab the spotlight in the tryout on Sunday and decipher Post Progressive Insurance sales rep Baker Mayfield on social media later and give hardwood the attention it deserves. It’s almost spring, crank on the CBS music, get Ernie, Kenny and Chuck out of the Inside the NBA office, it’s time for March Madness!
To celebrate, we at Deadspin have scoured 104 fictional basketball characters from movies, TV, commercials, and video games to build a cast of the greatest fictional hoopers of all time. It’s a cross-generational effort with characters spanning six different decades.
What the selection committee was looking for the most was notoriety. Yes, basketball talent is important, but we associate spirits from the afterlife with video game characters and werewolves. What we wanted most were characters that you would respond to.
The best way to explain what happened in the seedling pairing process would be to share the formula, but I lost the cocktail napkin I wrote it on, so you’ll have to trust me when I say it would make Professor Lambeau want to bail me out of an assault charge (and put me in therapy with Robin Williams).
We’ll start with the Venice Beach area, a clear highlight for white men can’t jump.
Just be aware that many first-round matchups are intentional, especially the lookalikes (Neon Boudeaux vs. Big Fella, Billy Hoyle vs. Monix). Those who aren’t, if you dive deep into the details and worry about who has the right number next to their name, you’re going to drive yourself crazy, but don’t hesitate.
If you’re crazy about sowing, let it out. We welcome your complaints, just be sure to do your civic responsibility and vote for your favorites on Twitter @Deadspin.
So grab your Jim Nantz zippers and your favorite basketball shorts, because working from home has never been so efficient. A movie, TV, video game, animation or screen basketball star’s long journey to shine the brightest begins now.