5 Saints and their NBA Finals player comparisons

Kristen Wong
C.J. Gardner-Johnson, New Orleans Saints. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
C.J. Gardner-Johnson, New Orleans Saints. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) /
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The New Orleans Saints have no skin in the NBA Finals, but a handful of Saints players have more in common than you think with pro basketball stars.

As the Golden State Warriors prepare to take on the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, we take a look at which Saints could be compared to NBA Finals players, taking into account personality, background, playing style, etc.

Now, there’s no need to state the obvious: basketball is a very different sport from football.

Some basketball players, like Steph Curry, simply have no comparison. No Saints player has changed the game of football quite as much as Curry has changed the game of basketball.

Positions and tactics aside, though, you might be surprised to find an eerie amount of similarities between NFL and NBA players.

Here are six Saints and their NBA Finals player comparisons.

Saints Player No. 5: C.J. Gardner Johnson — Warriors’ Draymond Green

Think of the most rash, impulsive, needling instigator in the NFL. Now think of the same in the NBA. Did you come up with Saints’ Ceedy Duce and Warriors’ Draymond Green?

Gardner-Johnson has earned a reputation as one of the most colorful trash-talkers in the league, and he loves it so much that in one season he was punched by three different players, one of which was his own teammate.

In the same vein, Draymond Green has been known to rile opponents too — ever since joining the NBA, he has led all players in technical fouls during the regular season.

Now, this is not to say Ceedy Duce and Green are all bark and no bite. Both respectively rank as uber-productive defenders with the Saints safety notching one interception in each of the last three years and the Warriors power forward being a five-time All-Defensive selection and winning Defensive Player of the Year in the 2016-17 season.

Despite how often each toes the line, Gardner-Johnson and Green both know how to put money where their mouth is, and that makes them two peas in the same pod in our eyes.