BOOMSHAKALAKA! If that phrase doesn’t bring to mind one of the all-time greatest sports video games, you’re either in possession of a birth certificate stamped after the year 1990 or really missed out on life.
The game in question, of course, is Midway’s 1993 masterpiece, NBA Jam. A Marv Albert-esque hype man of an announcer, superhuman, flying-down-from-the-rafters dunks, a ball that burst into flames—NBA Jam had it all. If you’re unfamiliar, it looked something like this.
You can bet it makes this list of the all-time greatest sports video games. To see where and what joins the Mark Turnell-designed gem, check out the rundown.
Is there even a debate here? Harden, who may be the MVP this year, is just one of the toughest players to guard and one of the most feared shooters in the league. I have never seen this dude back down when the stage is the biggest and he relishes in those moments. Image source/YouTube
This is also a no brainer. And if you don’t think so than you haven’t watched this man play enough. First off, he is fearless and attacks the basket at will, second, he breaks everyone and anyone’s ankles, and third, he strives for the big moments. Walker is a player that loves to have the ball in his hands in the final seconds and wants the ball in his hands in the final seconds. This dude is a baller. Image source/YouTube
There is no way I’m not taking Uncle Drew over CP3. This youngster/old guy not only won an NBA Championship on his shot, but he may have the best handles we’ve ever seen. He is a hard worker and never backs down from anyone. He attacks, attacks, and attacks every second he is on the floor and comes up big when his team needs it. Image source/YouTube
Mike Conely may be the most underrated point guard in the entire league. The guy does nothing but lead his team to the playoffs every year and make clutch shots. If you are looking for a true leader, this guy is battle tested and battle proven. Image source/YouTube
Yes, this year his production in the fourth quarter was very poor in the first round of the playoffs, but that’s because he had to do everything for his team. Russ is one of the fiercest competitors the game has ever seen and I would take his heart over CP3 in a heartbeat. Oh yeah, Russ has made it to a NBA Finals. Image source/YouTube
The fastest man on the planet with the ball in his hands, Wall dishes out assists while taking over the scoring in the final minutes for the Wizards. Give me Wall any day to lead my team in a closeout game. Image source/YouTube