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Hollywood Pacers

[From the FanPosts, Glenn A has a little fun during the dog days of the NBA lockout. -TL]

Oh lockout, oh lockout, why torment me so? The lack of basketball news is starting to really abuse my mental psyche. So much so, I've decided to create a fanpost comparing current Pacers to current Hollywood residents. It's possible desperation has never gone to such lengths. Oh well, I've got to do something Pacers' related to keep my entertainment interests afloat.

For the record, these comparisons aren't based on looks. They mostly focus on career and/or stylistic similarities. After the jump, see which of one of your favorite Pacers' starters is Hollywood elite or a Hollywood question mark.      

Roy Hibbert - Ryan Reynolds: Both are relatively young for their respective careers, both possess the "likability" factor among fans, and both seemingly have a tireless work ethic. Jump over to IC, or to Pacers.com, and you'd be hard-pressed not to find a fanpost in Roy's name, or a video showing off his recent training/fandom exploits. Turn on the tube, and you'd be hard-pressed not to see Reynolds' grill in some type of movie trailer or promotion. The parallels don't end there, either. Both tried to go soft in order to reinvent themselves (Reynolds in "The Proposal," Hibbert's weight loss to become more nimble). Both attempts were met with "blah" results. Despite all the intangibles, you have to wonder if both have already hit their professional peak. There just doesn't seem to be much more untapped potential for either one to channel. Oh yeah, let's not forget Reynolds recently "bulked up" for "Green Lantern" which did little to further boost his repertoire. Let's hope that's not a bad omen for Roy's own recent "pack-it on" efforts.

Tyler Hansbrough - Brendan Fraser: It would be completely unfair to compare Fraser's regrettable, once-upon-a-time efforts such as "Encino Man" and "School Ties" to Hansbrough's more storied UNC career. But when thinking about style and/or lack of aesthetics, there might not be a more compatible pair. Goof-ball NBA player meets Goof-ball Hollywood Actor. You say unorthodox, I say "Brensbrough." Tomatoes, tomatoes, right? Both seemingly find endless avenues to awkwardly perform. Both can be surprisingly effective (Fraser's "Mummy" franchise; Hansbrough's scoring streak once named a starter). Both can predictably produce some major duds (Fraser's "Inkheart," "George of the Jungle"  and "Journey to the Center of the Earth;" Hansbrough's disappearance in the Bulls' series). Such is the life for the graceless.

Danny Granger - Mark Wahlberg: Whenever the names Granger and/or Wahlberg come to mind, my usual first impression is to assign a  B+ label. Both guys are dependable and consistent in their respective professions, even many times impressive, but ultimately they just don't appear to have the goods to be an elite first option. Give Granger some open 3s, some drives to the hoop, and 20 ppg is automatic. Give Wahlberg a stoic role where smiles are at a premium, and he'll usually nail it. Make Granger a vocal leader and it gets inexplicably-throw-the-ball-at-OJ-Mayo awkward. Put Wahlberg next to Will Ferrell and ask him to be funny, and it screams uncomfortable. Both guys are good enough to achieve some pretty impressive honors (Granger All-Star in 2009; Wahlberg Academy Award Nomination for "The Departed"), but I wouldn't bet on either one achieving annual superstar relevance.

Paul George - Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Versatility. Potential. Future stardom. That about sums it up for these two. PG can play two positions, guard three; he Ds it up, and provides some offense. Gordon-Levitt can be funny and depressed at the same time ("500 Days if Summer"); he can be dramatic, intense, and strategic ("Inception"). Both impressed in the presence of their professions' elite (PG on D-Rose, Gordon-Levitt playing alongside DiCaprio). Like PG, Gordon-Levitt appears close to getting that one inevitable opportunity that vaults him from promising youngster to full-fledged stardom.

Darren Collison - Jeremy Renner: If you don't pay close attention, you may just miss these guys' efficient production. Collison was largely an unknown until his 19 and 9 explosion in New Orleans. Renner was a no-name until "The Hurt Locker." Bland or unspectacular may be adjectives used to describe their physical presence, but once on the stage, they got game. I can't imagine either one becoming a household name, but they've got the look of being solid options, who'll be 10-15 year vets in their professions.                

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