We all know that comparing NBA players and rappers isn't a new idea by any stretch. We actually did this same exact list all the way back in 2017. It's fun. But a lot has changed since then, so it felt appropriate to update a topic that is often heavily debated between rap and NBA fans. And why wouldn't it be? We're not sure two groups of fans like to debate as much as rap and NBA fans, so why not merge all of that together and take a break from arguing if Drake has a classic album (he does) and shift the conversation.
As you'll notice, we've changed quite a few of the comparisons from the last go around. There's plenty of young stars in both rap and the NBA who broke onto the scene, and we also switched up some of the equivalents who did make the last list. Things change and the most important thing to remember is that this is by no means an exact science. The process of picking these out was fun, but also heated. You probably won't love all of them, and that's fine. At the end of the day, this is all about personal preference.
You'll also notice that some key players like Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kevin Durant aren't included because, frankly, we didn't want to force a comparison that didn't make sense just for the sake of doing it. But without further ado, let's get to our list of current NBA superstars and their rapper equivalents for 2020.
LeBron James Is Drake
This is the easiest one of the group and one that didn't change from the last time we did this. In fact, you could argue the argument for LeBron James being Drake only got stronger. LeBron has continued to prove that he's the best player in the NBA and Drake has put up numbers like we've never seen before. Both are kings of their respective crafts, but both are also followed by a large group of doubters who will never truly accept them as GOATs. The stats that both put up seem almost normal at this point, but they're really not. Whether it's LeBron's incredible stretch of going to the NBA Finals or Drake's insane streaming numbers, these guys are setting the pace in rap and the NBA.
Some will never say LeBron is better than Michael Jordan and some will never say Drake is better than Jay-Z, but that doesn't mean it's time to diminish the accomplishments of either. Fact is, both Drake and LeBron have changed their respective industries and cemented themselves as two of the greatest to ever do it. Nobody can take that away.
Steph Curry Is J. Cole
The debate around this selection got spicy, but when you think about it, Steph Curry and J. Cole have a lot in common. Both are from North Carolina and both have played with massive chips on their shoulder throughout their careers. Whether it's Steph's early issues with injuries or people saying that J. Cole would never be the No. 1 guy in rap, both Curry and Cole have proved that they deserve all the shine and accolades that have come their way over the years. I have a feeling some might argue that Cole isn't on Steph's level, but I'd counter that J. Cole has been on an absoulte tear since he dropped 2014 Forest Hills Drive.
Not only with the quality of music, but he's put up numbers that point to just how big he is in the rap game. Few have changed the game like Cole and Curry since they came onto the scene and they'll be forever looked at as legends. However, with Cole reportedly seriously considering a run at the NBA, we do have to say that Steph defintely has a better jump shot.