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    One of my favorite "people watching" games is to look around a room and decide which guys, if we were to break out in a game of pick up basketball, I'd want on my team to win.

    It's weird-- I know.

    But, I always wonder this about other men: Who thinks they could "hold their own" in an "average" pick up game?

    I'm not talking against the Cavs starting 5, or even against a good college team. Just a random group of 9 other guys, ranging in skill levels. Do you think you'd be top flight? Or are you the guy picked last? Or average?

    I think I'm average. I'm taller. I just like rebounding, passing, setting picks and blocking shots so people like having me on their team--

    What do you say?
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    Can we go back in time about 5 years? I was very average, but rather awkward style of play. Iím left handed but grew up against lefties so I could guard either way. Ugly but effective game. Good size, but had some speed so sometimes in pick up could create a bad matchup.
    AHHHH, glory days!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TAC View Post
    Can we go back in time about 5 years? I was very average, but rather awkward style of play. I’m left handed but grew up against lefties so I could guard either way. Ugly but effective game. Good size, but had some speed so sometimes in pick up could create a bad matchup.
    AHHHH, glory days!!
    OK. We'll let you guard the fat, slow guy on the other team.

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    Right now I wouldn't be very good. But for most of my life, despite being of average high, I could play a little hoops. I was a good shooter, with really good range. Wasn't a great defender (mostly from lack of effort), but had an ok handle, and could create my own shot. I certainly wasn't a standout, but I could more than hang in the average pickup game.

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    Short, but quick (nowhere near as quick as I used to be).

    streaky shooter at best. I'll pass it, but if you give it back, I'll shoot every time.

    Probably gonna be a late round choice.

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    In a truly average group of guys, I can hold my own. Can shoot a little. Will play limited defense and probably won't go inside the arc much on offense. Can we play zone? That would be nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDeuce View Post
    In a truly average group of guys, I can hold my own. Can shoot a little. Will play limited defense and probably won't go inside the arc much on offense. Can we play zone? That would be nice.
    This is me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDeuce View Post
    In a truly average group of guys, I can hold my own. Can shoot a little. Will play limited defense and probably won't go inside the arc much on offense. Can we play zone? That would be nice.

    ZONE!?? Ah man... weak! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pi View Post
    ZONE!?? Ah man... weak! lol
    Hey, I'm trying to maximize the output of an average group of guys.

    And be as lazy as possible and still have fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDeuce View Post
    In a truly average group of guys, I can hold my own. Can shoot a little. Will play limited defense and probably won't go inside the arc much on offense. Can we play zone? That would be nice.
    If you are on a pick up team of mine, we are playing zone. I'm playing zone even if everyone else is playing man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rjs4470 View Post
    If you are on a pick up team of mine, we are playing zone. I'm playing zone even if everyone else is playing man.
    Roaming the paint like Earl Thomas, looking for an errant pass or someone to put a body on, meanwhile, totally disrespecting my matchupís shooting ability. Yup, thatís me too.

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    I’m getting picked last due to my height and lackluster build, I’m giving somebody buckets though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pi View Post
    One of my favorite "people watching" games is to look around a room and decide which guys, if we were to break out in a game of pick up basketball, I'd want on my team to win.

    It's weird-- I know.

    But, I always wonder this about other men: Who thinks they could "hold their own" in an "average" pick up game?

    I'm not talking against the Cavs starting 5, or even against a good college team. Just a random group of 9 other guys, ranging in skill levels. Do you think you'd be top flight? Or are you the guy picked last? Or average?

    I think I'm average. I'm taller. I just like rebounding, passing, setting picks and blocking shots so people like having me on their team--

    What do you say?
    I digress..... but I find stuff like this interesting.... Somebody I work with told me they always try to pick out the smartest person on the call/in the room during a meeting. (I've since felt insecure whenever I’m on a call with this person, lol)

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    Give me a month to get ready and I can play. Right now, I couldn't just show up and compete.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pura Vida View Post
    I digress..... but I find stuff like this interesting.... Somebody I work with told me they always try to pick out the smartest person on the call/in the room during a meeting. (I've since felt insecure whenever I’m on a call with this person, lol)
    My wife and I will sometimes make-believe conversations at other peoples tables when we're out to dinner...

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