NBA players want to be rappers. Rappers want to be ballplayers.
It’s a true and tested tradition that usually fails. Sure, there are some mild success stories, like that of former NBA journeyman Joe Smith who many consider to be a true artist, but for the most part, ballplayers can’t rap and rappers can’t play ball.
What rappers can do though is name drop, which bdon.org took notice of in a recent study.
The good folks at BDon took some time (actually, what seems to be a lot of time) to create an infographic which documents hip hop mentions with a players relative scoring mark in that season.
Sound pointless? In a way I guess it is, but it certainly is interesting to see what players had their name brought up more when they were more popular. And shockingly, a lot of players seemed to have their name brought up when they were performing below their usual expectations or long retired.
Not shockingly, Michael Jordan had his name dropped the most, though, a good portion of them came after his playing career, while Shaquille O’Neal, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant also had a significant amount of recent mentions. Rounding out the top five though? Scottie Pippen. Many of his mentions are direct result from the Jordan mentions however.
You can read all of the lyrical mentions below the graph, which is pretty neat.