These Guys Love The NBA

Not much gets the Iowa State men’s basketball team going like a good NBA conversation. Ride the bus for any amount of time and you are sure to hear a friendly Kobe or Lebron argument. With the NBA season starting this week, we decided to find out from the players themselves which pros they like, which team they follow and which five NBA stars they’d go to battle with if they were coaching an NBA team.

NBA-Who Ya Got

Favorite current NBA player
Steph Curry received six votes from the current Iowa State players.

Simeon Carter – Kevin Durant
Jameel McKay – Anthony Davis
Abdel Nader – Steph Curry & Klay Thompson
Hallice Cooke – Kyrie Irving
Wes Greder – Steph Curry
Monté Morris – Steph Curry
Nick Weiler-Babb – Chris Babb
Nazareth Mitrou-Long – Steph Curry
Matt Thomas – Steph Curry
Jordan Ashton – Kevin Durant
Stuart Nezlek – Jimmy Butler & Klay Thompson
Deonte Burton – None
Georges Niang – Steph Curry
Brady Ernst – LaMarcus Aldridge

Favorite NBA Team
Golden State is the favorite team of Iowa State basketball players with four votes.

Simeon Carter – Golden State Warriors
Jameel McKay – Cleveland Cavs
Abdel Nader – Golden State Warriors
Hallice Cooke – San Antonio Spurs
Wes Greder – Chicago Bulls
Monté Morris – Cleveland Cavs
Nick Weiler-Babb – Dallas Mavericks
Nazareth Mitrou-Long – Toronto Raptors
Matt Thomas – Golden State Warriors
Jordan Ashton – None
Stuart Nezlek – Golden State Warriors
Deonte Burton – None
Georges Niang – Boston Celtics
Brady Ernst – Milwaukee Bucks

Kobe, MJ or LeBron?
If you are keeping track at home, it’s still Jordan’s world. Jordan secures 10 of 14 player votes. Lebron and Kobe with two votes each.

Simeon Carter – Jordan
Jameel McKay – LeBron
Abdel Nader – Jordan
Hallice Cooke – Jordan
Wes Greder – Jordan
Monté Morris – LeBron
Nick Weiler-Babb – Jordan
Nazareth Mitrou-Long – Jordan
Matt Thomas – Kobe
Jordan Ashton – Jordan
Stuart Nezlek – Jordan
Deonte Burton – Jordan
Georges Niang – Jordan
Brady Ernst – Kobe

Top NBA Memory
A lot of great memories from the players, including Nick Weiler-Babb’s favorite being when his brother and former Cyclone, Chris, played in the NBA for the first time.

Simeon Carter – When Russell Westbrook drove all the way down the court and threw down a two-handed dunk for Oklahoma City against Philadelphia.
Jameel McKay – When Tracy McGrady brought Houston back (scoring 13 points in 35 seconds against the Spurs in 2004).
Abdel Nader – 2010 NBA Finals when the Lakers beat Boston. Rondo misses and Kobe threw the ball up into the air.
Hallice Cooke – When Ray Allen hit the three in corner to tie it in game six of the 2013 NBA Finals against the Spurs.
Wes Greder – Kobe Bryant’s 81-point game against Toronto
Monté Morris – Going to see Detroit play Indiana in the 2004 playoffs.
Nick Weiler-Babb – When my brother Chris got his first minutes.
Nazareth Mitrou-Long – Steph Curry winning the title last year or Kobe winning in 2010 against the Celtics.
Matt Thomas – When the Lakers won three titles in a row with Shaq. I would watch those games and cry if they lost.
Jordan Ashton – Heat over Spurs in game six of 2013 NBA Finals.
Stuart Nezlek – Watching the Pistons win the title in 2004 because it got me a day off of school after.
Deonte Burton – None
Georges Niang – When I went to watch the Timberwolves play the Celtics. I’ll never forget the intensity that Kevin Garnett played with from warmups to the end of the game.
Brady Ernst – None

Your Starting Five
This was my favorite category because of the variation. Only Wes Greder and Jordan Ashton had the same starting five. Best answer went to Deonte Burton: “Kobe, Lebron, Wade, Curry and throw in any big and we will win.” Confident, I like that.

Simeon Carter – Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard
Jameel McKay – Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Anthony Davis
Abdel Nader – Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, LeBron James, Blake Griffin, Anthony Davis
Hallice Cooke – Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins
Wes Greder – Steph Curry, James Harden, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis
Monté Morris – Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin
Nick Weiler-Babb – Steph Curry, Emmanuel Mudiay, LeBron James, Tim Duncan, Tyson Chandler
Nazareth Mitrou-Long – Steph Curry, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, LaMarcus Aldridge, Pau Gasol
Matt Thomas – Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, LaMarcus Aldridge
Jordan Ashton – Steph Curry, James Harden, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis
Stuart Nezlek – Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, DeMarcus Cousins
Deonte Burton – Steph Curry, Dwayne Wade, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Any big man
Georges Niang – Kyrie Irving, Paul George, LeBron James, LaMarcus Aldridge, Anthony Davis
Brady Ernst – Steph Curry, James Harden, Kevin Durant, LaMarcus Aldridge, Tim Duncan


Did you know?

With Fred Hoiberg (Chicago Bulls) and Jeff Hornacek (Phoenix Suns) acting as NBA head coaches, Iowa State is one of three schools with multiple alumni coaching in the NBA. The others are Arizona State (Lionel Hollins and Byron Scott) and Kentucky (Frank Vogel and Dwane Casey).

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About Matt Shoultz

I'm in my 12th year at Iowa State and fourth as communications director for men's basketball. I have worked with football, women's basketball, softball, volleyball, tennis and swimming since arriving at Iowa State. I am a 2005 graduate of the University of South Carolina and a Litchfield, Minn. native. I look forward to sharing the tales of Iowa State athletics with you all. If you have any questions or comments feel free to email me at mshoultz@iastate.edu. I'm on twitter @mjshoultz. Go Cyclones!
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