Wednesday, April 8th, 2009 at 9:30 am  |  89 responses

Which White Player is Tyler Hansbrough Most Like?

Apparently, Tyler’s basketball future rests somewhere between David Lee and Mark Madsen: “Ask Lee, an avid college basketball fan who watched the championship game last night while here in Chicago, if he sees any parallels between himself and Hansbrough and Lee laughs. ‘The obvious,’ he said, ‘white guy that likes to rebound’ …The worst-case scenario for Hansbrough could be Mark Madsen, the ‘Mad Dog’ from Stanford. He was taken 29th overall by the Lakers in 2000 and lived a pretty good life as Shaq’s practice dummy on a few championship teams. He’s now in his ninth season as pretty much a mascot on the Minnesota Timberwolves, one of the kindest and most upbeat people you’ll ever meet in the NBA. Guess there are worse things in life to become.”

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  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy


  • Squirrel7

    I’m hoping he’ll be the new Shawn Bradley, I could happily see him on the receiving end of plenty of ‘Slamups’……….

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    How about Sheldon Williams? Undersized energy guy who is bullied arou– oh sorry, Sheldon is black. Can’t do that. Josh McRoberts then!

  • Yann Blavec’s wife’s husband

    Jesus Christ

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Larry Bird of course

  • http://www.mynameinorange.blogspot.com Hisham

    Well he looks like a drooling retard with a jersey that doesn’t fit and is about to pop out his eyes any second. I don’t know who that is in the NBA

  • http://www.mynameinorange.blogspot.com Hisham

    The White Popeye Jones?

  • matt

    being david lee wouldn’t be that bad…

  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Just don’t dance like Madsen, Ty.

  • rainman10

    all jokes aside, could he ever get on the same level as someone like say…Paul Millsap? More productive than Chucky Hayes?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Ahhhhh, stereotypes.

  • http://hoops4life.com overtime

    agree with TAD

  • riggs

    he looks like he belongs in friday night lights, not the nba

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan


  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    Michael Jordan could never play in the League today.

  • Deadpool

    You racist writers and your jokes. You know what SLAM, i do not like your attitude any more. You ley me down too many times and now your Comparing White Players with White Players? Why not Compare A Black player to a Black player? Would anyone care then? Your losing your writing skills since Mr.Scoop left. Sure Tyler Hansbrough is white but he got better stats than Hasheem Thabeet. Don’t pick one side, is that not what President Obama tells us? Forget SLAM, i am now a HOOP fan.

  • nate the great

    i think he is the next.. MATT BOONER!! but not the shooting type.

  • ab_40

    sean marks without the height haha

  • Tuomas

  • tenorca

    Matt Harpring of course.

  • http://slamonline.com James The Balla

    I always wondered why he wears a jersey so damn small. And he blinks out of control!!

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    I’ve been saying Madsen all along in regards to Psycho Ts pro pospects. People forget that Madsen scored nearly 20 ppg at Stanford, their games really are pretty similar.

  • Rico

    Shane Battier=Tyler Hansborough

    Same Game/Same Color

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    It would be so nice if some of you guys understood sarcasm.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    It boggles my mind that people would seriously compare Hansbrough and Lee. Lee is at least twice the athlete. I wonder who they compare Budinger with? Adam Morrison?!

  • K

    There’s just something about Tyler Hansbrough that brings Larry Bird to mind . . . but I can’t put my finger on it.

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    David West without a J? Seriously, this could’ve used a better headline.

  • TRIP

    Honestly, NBA wise he will be like Purdue great Brian Cardinal.

  • http://pricelesscommentary.blogspot.com/ Taylor Price

    Brian Cardinal.

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    They are both from Missouri, so shouldn’t Darius Miles be thrown into the conversation?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne



    Pronunciation: \ˈsär-ˌka-zəm\

    Function: noun

    1: a sharp and often satirical or ironic utterance designed to cut or give pain

    2 a: a mode of satirical wit depending for its effect on bitter, caustic, and often ironic language that is usually directed against an individual b: the use or language of sarcasm

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    You’re welcome, Ben.

  • http://vnsny.org Spaceship Jay

    I find the blatant ignoring of Deadpool’s cry for social justice quite cold. And slightly amusing.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    I really can’t believe people didn’t understand the humor in the title.

  • rob

    psycho T = kevin love w/championship swagger cant ever take tht away! yeaaaa

  • http://www.ojhoops.blogspot.com the baconator

    Tyler Hansborough reminds me of a white Tim Duncan. He’s a good rebounder, has a slightly better jumper than TD, and his eyes are this close to popping out of their sockets.

  • http://basketball-reference.com nbk

    Mark Madsen

  • R

    He can be compared to any typical white ballplayer with marginal skills who get drafted every year and ride some NBA bench for his entire career. If he were black he wouldn’t get drafted or drated really late.A great college player that won’t translate to the pro game. This is so typical that we are subjected to this year in an year out. This is 2009 we have a black President,why is this action still happening, quota’s, if you aren’t good enough u can’t make it . It’s as simple as that.

  • donovan

    I could see his game kind of working out like an Antonio Davis in the L…

  • donovan

    And yes, I’m aware that Antonio Davis isn’t white. Just sayin’…

  • donovan

    Who knew there was an Antonio Davis mix?????



  • http://basketball-reference.com nbk

    Joe Kleine

  • http://vnsny.org Spaceship Jay

    Social injustice!

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    F-ck black and white… Tyler is the next Yi Jianlian.


    Seriously? If the article read “which black player is most like Michael Jordan” everybody would be crying racist. You have a black president already, stop crying about racism.

  • vonkers

    Howa bout “which player is Hansbrough most like?” Why is the fact that he’s white matter?

  • http://vnsny.org Spaceship Jay

    “You have a black president already, stop crying about racism.” HILARIOUS. Uhh, so are yooouu sayinggg thaaat.. We as black people need to stop whining about racism, ooorrr you as a White person (presumably) is tired of seeing White men in basketball get categorized? The “black president already” statement confused me.


    Because if somebody made a statement the other way around people would certainly cry about it.

  • http://vnsny.org Spaceship Jay

    Oh yeah, and I THINK.. that Slam finds the notion of comparing White players as ridiculous as you do. See what Jukai and TAD wrote above?^^See?

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  • http://vnsny.org Spaceship Jay

    And your response didn’t even brush gently against the question that I asked you. Nice.

  • http://www.pistonscast.com John W. Davis

    He would be so lucky to be another David Lee…

  • http://www.nba.com JE

    I think he’s got potential to be the next Steve Nash.

  • Rico

    I know he get’s a lot of shiz…but I’ll be surprised if the Big T doesn’t go on to be the best white player to ever play the game!

  • Machinelli

    Dont dis Sean marks

  • http://nbacheapseats.blogspot.com Chendaddy

    Who CAN you compare Tyler Hansborough to? He’s a four-year starter at one of the most prestigious schools in the nation, leader of their championship squad, and the most spirited and tenacious player in college basketball. But he’s a post player who lacks size (no Greg Oden), length (no Brandan Wright), athleticism (no David Lee), strength (no Paul Millsap), a nose for rebounding (no Kevin Love), post skills (no Brook Lopez), and offensive talent (no Mike Beasley). I hope he is better than this, but, based on talent alone, he sounds like he’s just a more competitive Mark Madsen to me.

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan13

    Wow. its amazing how some people can turn a cleverly written headline into racism. the people who argue with tthe headline clearly know NOTHING about SLAM

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    I hope the Yi Jianlian comparison was a joke. They’re in no way alike. Tyler will never be a star. The David Lee comparison is bad too, since Lee can really fly and Tyler can’t. The Antonio Davis comparison, imho, is the most spot on so far. I think… he’ll probably get by averaging 8 and 8 or so for his entire career as a key bench hustle player on competitive teams… Ronny Turiaf anyone?

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    @MeloMan: Right on. That was knee-jerk and tremendously ignorant.

  • donovan

    Oh, some of you just can’t be silly at all.

  • http://sportzin.com Joey E.

    I know Bass is not white, but he’s a white Brandon Bass

  • http://dillanleuyahoo.com Holy Baller

    Hey I’m white and I had no problem with the headline. And I get really pissed off when ANY kind of racial remark is made, whether it’s against white, black, chinese, or any other race out there. I wasn’t offended at all. Just saying.

  • http://dillanleuyahoo.com Holy Baller

    And Brandon Bass is a great comparison, although I think Tyler will probably be able to put up slightly better stats than Bass. Emphasis on I THINK.


    Let’s just start cracking “clever” racial jokes…they’re not racist, they’re “clever”…

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    I still think Tyler wont suck as a pro in the long run. His game just needs to adjust a little more, but everybody in this draft class needs adjusting too, besides Blake

  • chintao

    Tyler Hansborough is the next Barack Obama. A few years from now, all the people who thought he was going to be spectacular will be disappointed and scratching their heads, wondering why how they got suckered into believing in him.

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    that was a quick honeymoon chintao…

  • http://slamonline.com Kye Stephenson

    I was just talking about hansborough and his madsen-esque game during the national championship game. Good post.

  • rob stewart

    Luc Longley light

  • donovan

    He and Longley are not alike whatsoever… ?

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    In all seriousness I think he could be a lot like Zaza Pachulia. Sorry to compare him to another white guy, but the willingness to be physical, the general lack of athleticism or post skills, and the tenacity as a rebounder are all there. Zaza is not at all what you would call a “good” player but he is a key bench player on a playoff team, and I think Hansbrough could be that.

  • peacemen

    the professor

  • serevei

    longley was bloody sweet though…. aussie pride

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Izzo

    For a guy who dunked over a 7’7” guy and whose dropped a few in-game 360s,he sure does get called unathletic a lot.

  • vtrobot

    He’s like a bi-racial Madsen. I’ve thought both of their ugly games look a lot alike for a long time now. I don’t know if he’ll be a better cheerleader than Madsen’s been. I was thinking that no black man in the NBA had a style that was as equally ugly, but maybe Ron Ron is close. ‘Cept Artest is about 10 (15?) times better.

  • vtrobot

    @ Hisham. A white Popeye Jones. That’s good. I think the white Popeye Jones was in the Road Warrior (and Weird Science). Forget about his game, strictly from the exact hue of his skin, which NBA players is he most like? I’m going with Luke Ridnour. I’ve looked closely and they’re a dead on match. Calm down about the racism everyone. I don’t think that people at SLAM are racist and hopefully most peeps on these boards don’t waste their time with that mindless nonsense either. Tyler will never be as tough as Zaza. That guy can be scary sometimes. It seems like dudes who come from violent European nations that have had revolutions are naturally a little more hard-nosed. ‘Cept Darko, of course.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    OKAY, AN EXPLANATION: The ARTICLE (in the link) looked at Tyler Hansbrough, with the basis of comparing him to other players. The OTHER PLAYERS all were WHITE.
    The person who posted the link on Slam found it RIDICULOUS that only WHITE players were compared to Tyler Hansbrough, and made the TITLE OF THE LINK as SARCASTIC AS POSSIBLE.
    Does ANYONE still not follow this?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Izzo

    Jukai:White people just don’t get humour.

  • Cizzo

    Phyco T is a hard worker, has a coachable spirit, he will play in the NBA, but to what magnitude I don’t know? I think over all Pyhco T will be asset to any franchise in the league, give him a fair chance or at least a spot in the D league.

  • http://www.nba.com The Seed

    Hansbrough sucks white or black, he gets hyped because he plays for North Carolina. He only has two post moves and an akward side shot that will get blocked in the NBA. I get upset when people say hes the hardest worker crap, and he has willed the team to wins. WHAT, check the last three years in March Madness. North Carolina lost because of SUPER Hansbrough, holding the ball to long and barely being able to throw the ball back out. Hansbrough is a white Sheldon Williams- Duke player, Hyped by Sucks.

  • the Birdman

    Isn’t Tyler Hansbrough most like Tyler Hansbrough? That would be a logical answer to the question posed – would it not?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Izzo

    Birdman:You WOULD have to compare him to another white player.Racist.

  • http://mindyourbusiness@getalife.com Allenp

    I’m sad that some people didn’t get the obvious sarcasm in Muton’s title.
    Stupidity is a disease, reading is the cure.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Has it occured to ya’ll that some of the posts were not directed at Mutoni but at the so-called experts always comparing white/white and black/black? Geez.

  • Will Lee

    Austin Groshere la diu

  • L

    So why does this gotta be about ethnicity?

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  • josh228

    Or Eric Montross