NBA Playgrounds Official Roster Unveiled With Some Glaring Omissions

I’m pretty stoked for the arcade style NBA Playgrounds game and today we got the official roster fully unveiled (future updates to the game could add even more players). The game contains a huge chunk of today’s best players and the best players in NBA history. However, the roster isn’t perfect. Before we get into the issues, here’s the full list:

  • Aaron Gordon
  • Al Horford
  • Al Jefferson
  • Alex English
  • Allen Iverson
  • Alonzo Mourning
  • Andre Drummond
  • Andrew Wiggins
  • Anfernee Hardaway
  • Anthony Davis
  • Ben McLemore
  • Ben Simmons
  • Bill Laimbeer
  • Bill Russell
  • Bill Walton
  • Billy Cunningham
  • Blake Griffin
  • Bradley Beal
  • Brandon Ingram
  • Brook Lopez
  • Buddy Hield
  • CJ McCollum
  • Carmelo Anthony
  • Chandler Parsons
  • Chauncey Billups
  • Chris Bosh
  • Chris Mullin
  • Chris Paul
  • Chris Webber
  • Clyde Drexler
  • Damian Lillard
  • Danilo Gallinari
  • Danny Ainge
  • David Robinson
  • DeAndre Jordan
  • DeMar DeRozan
  • DeMarcus Cousins
  • DeMarre Carroll
  • Dell Curry
  • Derrick Rose
  • Dikembe Mutombo
  • Dirk Nowitzki
  • Dominique Wilkins
  • Dragan Bender
  • Draymond Green
  • Dwight Howard
  • Dwyane Wade
  • Elfrid Payton
  • Emmanuel Mudiay
  • Enes Kanter
  • Eric Bledsoe
  • Evan Turner
  • Frank Kaminsky
  • George Gervin
  • George Hill
  • George Mikan
  • Goran Dragic
  • Gordon Hayward
  • Grant Hill
  • Greg Monroe
  • Hakeem Olajuwon
  • Harrison Barnes
  • Hassan Whiteside
  • Ian Mahinmi
  • Jabari Parker
  • Jahlil Okafor
  • Jakob Poeltl
  • Jamal Crawford
  • Jamal Murray
  • James Harden
  • James Worthy
  • Jason Kidd
  • Jaylen Brown
  • Jeff Teague
  • Jeremy Lin
  • Jimmy Butler
  • Joel Embiid
  • John Stockton
  • John Wall
  • Jonas Valanciunas
  • Jordan Clarkson
  • Jrue Holiday
  • Karl Anthony Towns
  • Karl Malone
  • Kawhi Leonard
  • Kevin Durant
  • Kevin Johnson
  • Kevin Love
  • Kris Dunn
  • Kris Humphries
  • Kristaps Porzingis
  • Kyle Lowry
  • Kyrie Irving
  • LaMarcus Aldridge
  • Larry Johnson
  • LeBron James
  • Luis Scola
  • Luol Deng
  • Magic Johnson
  • Marc Gasol
  • Marcus Morris
  • Marcus Smart
  • Marquese Chriss
  • Mason Plumlee
  • Matt Barnes
  • Maurice Cheeks
  • Michael Beasley
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
  • Mike Conley Jr.
  • Mitch Richmond
  • Monta Ellis
  • NenĂª
  • Nerlens Noel
  • Nicolas Batum
  • Nikola Jokic
  • Nikola Vucevic
  • Oscar Robertson
  • Otto Porter Jr.
  • Patrick Beverley
  • Patrick Ewing
  • Pau Gasol
  • Paul George
  • Paul Millsap
  • Paul Westphal
  • Rajon Rondo
  • Ray Allen
  • Reggie Jackson
  • Ricky Rubio
  • Robert Parish
  • Roy Hibbert
  • Rudy Gay
  • Rudy Gobert
  • Russell Westbrook
  • Scottie Pippen
  • Shaquille O’Neal
  • Shawn Kemp
  • Shawn Marion
  • Spud Webb
  • Stephen Curry
  • Steven Adams
  • Thon Maker
  • Tim Hardaway
  • Trey Burke
  • Ty Lawson
  • Tyreke Evans
  • Victor Oladipo
  • Vince Carter
  • Walt Frazier
  • Willis Reed
  • Wilt Chamberlain
  • Zach LaVine
  • Zach Randolph

Now, I haven’t gone extensively through a list of players I feel should be included, but as a Milwaukee Bucks fan (Go Bucks!), it’s very weird to see players like Greg Monroe and Thon Maker included (heck, even Jabari Parker) while the Greak Freak is completely absent. Speaking of all time NBA players, there is no Michael Jordan? This feels like a really incomplete roster in my opinion. Maybe they are holding players hostage for DLC? I sincerely hope not.

Source: Gamespot

Nathanial Rumphol-Janc

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