The Top Gamers in the NBA: Is Your Favorite One of Them?
Computer gaming has definitely gone through a great deal of evolution in terms of grandiosity and substance. The Tetris of yesteryears has now been replaced by the highly interactive World of Warcraft and Call of Duty, just to name a few.
These new games, of course, need the support of technology that couldn’t be imagined back in the 80s and 90s. And yet, today it’s accessible to all of us in the form of high-powered gaming laptops and accessories so that the player can enjoy them to the fullest.
The significant changes seen in the gaming market are most likely a response to the never-ending clamor for challenge from the gamers themselves. Bored with games that were merely for mindless entertainment, they wanted games that tested their skills and ability to strategize. Later on, they called for games that made it possible to challenge each other’s skills and mastery. As a result, we’ve seen so many games that involve a lot of multiplayer interaction.
Beyond even competitive, gamers have become professionals. We now even have an eSports industry that wishes to be recognized formally. More and more people, especially the younger ones are getting hooked. Even some popular personalities in the NBA can’t resist the allure of the virtual game. Read on to find out if your favorite player is among these greats.
Paul George made history not too long ago when he became only the 21st athlete to receive a signature shoe from Nike. When his second signature shoe came out in 2018, it was in a color way that represents his love for Playstation and gaming in general.
“As soon as I discovered PlayStation, I was throwing hints here and there to my dad — cutting out the clipping of a video game, cutting out the clippings of the PlayStation, leaving it on his dresser,” Paul George was once quoted saying. “I remember on Christmas morning, I unwrapped my gift and sure enough, it was the PS2. I’ve been a PlayStation guy ever since.”
The shoe was so popular that many were actually frustrated that pairs sold out so quickly.
Anthony Davis, who is currently with the New Orleans Pelicans, is so good at his game that even the superteam Golden State Warriors became interested in drafting him during the 2018 offseason.
Unbeknownst to many, basketball is not the only game that he is good at. He is also a very avid player of the NBA 2K, and he sometimes plays his character there. Paul George once claimed that he is best in playing the NBA 2K, but Anthony Davis is happy to disagree.
Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers is a man of many talents. Aside from being a top basketball player who is signed with adidas, he is also a rapper who has released at least two albums. In fact, one of his most recent shoes from the German sports giant is a lifestyle model that’s dedicated to his music career.
Aside from basketball and rapping, Lillard is also an avid gamer. His love for video gaming is so at the front of his mind, that when presented with the opportunity, he did not hesitate to ask the teams at EA to make improvements on the games that he loves. Now, this is not something a casual gamer will do, is it?
Of course, we cannot expect all of these players to be really good at computer gaming. As mentioned, gaming has become a discipline in itself that requires a great deal of effort and dedication: things that these busy NBA athletes can’t spare for now. But it’s good that they immerse themselves in this. Their ability to enjoy it as a hobby surely appeal to the geeky sides of many of us.
JR Dominguez is the technology, finance and music editor for MiLLENNiAL. When he's not writing, you can find him day-trading stocks, playing video games, or composing commercial scores.