The connection between NBA players and rappers is a special one. Since Day One. The old adage that rappers want to be ballers and ballers want to be rappers still holds true—maybe even more so today—and we don’t see that changing anytime soon.
And while the rap game has its natural hierarchy, just as the NBA does, it got us thinking that it’s always fun to take the connection to the new level. So we decided it was high time to try and settle the age-old debate, or at least one we’ve had in the Complex office way too many times: Who are rapper equivalents of the NBA’s best players?
The process wasn’t easy. The debates were heated. And you’ll probably get mad at our choices, but *Kanye shrug* this is fun. And before you start complaining about not seeing Hova and Jordan on this list, know that the GOATs are unworthy of such comparisons and therefore exempt from this list. Enjoy.