5 Basketball Players Who Are also Great Gamers

August 22, 2020

Our lives have changed, and we are forced to spend more time than ever in front of the computer. To preserve our sanity, we need something to balance out and counteract the negative effects that work-related stress has on us. If you are reluctant to go out because of the pandemic, or for other reasons, gaming might be just the thing for you. You do not have to get out of your apartment, and you can play anything that your heart desires. It may come as a surprise, but you can find avid gamers even among professional athletes. Especially with young generations of players, many of them spend a lot of their free time gaming, and you should not be surprised if you come across them in an online game. Basketball players are no exception to this; here are some of the greatest gamers among them.

Gordon Hayward

When it comes to basketball players who are avid games, this is the first name that comes to mind. This Boston Celtics forward has been involved in gaming from a very young age; he even participated in professional gaming tournaments with a prize pool that goes up to $100,000. He often participates in Halo tournaments, but also plays StarCraft 2, as well as Fortnite.

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Jeremy Lin

This Toronto Raptors point guard is probably one of the loudest advocates of esports in the entire NBA. He plays in professional esports tournaments as well, and he is very vocal about people understanding the ambitions of gamers to play professionally. He was one of the creators of Dota 2 Team VGJ, which is today known as J.Storm.

Paul George

Paul George is a forward for Oklahoma City Thunder, and unlike many other players on this list, he prefers PlayStation for his gaming. His favorite games include Fortnite, Destiny 2, and NBA. But what is amazing about this man’s love for PlayStation is that he collaborated with Nike to create his own signature shoe with a color palette based on the original PS1 console.

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Josh Hart

NBA players are very well-known for their love of Fortnite. However, Josh Hart, shooting guard for the LA Lakers may very well be the greatest fan among them all. This self-proclaimed “best Fortnite player in the NBA” is very open about his enthusiasm for the game, and he has even had custom Fortnite sneakers made, which he wears during games.

De’Aaron Fox

We have seen that basketball players have no issues with expressing their love for gaming, and it is true that it has helped popularize professional gaming, and even some games themselves. However, very few people have gone as far as this Sacramento Kings point guard. His interest in gaming started with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4, which he apparently played non-stop. He also started his YouTube channel, where he posts gaming-related videos. He is also well known for his Dragonball FighterZ showdown against YouTuber Kristopher London, which he played on the Sacramento Kings’ 84-foot 4K screen. Now that’s what you call a dedicated gamer!