The Office “Basketball” episode: Characters matched with NBA Players

LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 27: Actor Steve Carell, actor B.J. Novak, actress Jenna Fischer, actor John Krasinski and actor Rainn Wilson poses in the press room after winning 'Outstanding Comedy Series' for 'The Office ' at the 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on August 27, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 27: Actor Steve Carell, actor B.J. Novak, actress Jenna Fischer, actor John Krasinski and actor Rainn Wilson poses in the press room after winning 'Outstanding Comedy Series' for 'The Office ' at the 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on August 27, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) /
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It’s the 14th year anniversary of The Office’s “Basketball” episode where the Office takes on the Warehouse. We matched each player with a modern NBA Player.

Thanks to an Instagram post from Sportscenter, we learned it’s the 14th year anniversary of The Office’s “Basketball” episode from season 1. In the episode, Michael Scott and the Office employees take on the crew from the Warehouse, led by Darryl and Lonny.

To celebrate the anniversary, we matched The Office characters who played in The Office vs. The Warehouse basketball with their NBA counterparts.

Let’s get the list started with the man who said “Basketball is like jazz,” Michael Gary Scott. But first, check out the poster from Sportscenter commemorating one of the greatest games ever played.

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Michael Scott: Russell Westbrook

I mean no disrepect here. I love Westbrook, and I love Michael Scott. Westbrook, as the ultimate competitor, can sometimes try to do it all by himself on the court. And, that’s what Michael did in this game. He was throwing up some bricks out there!

I can imagine Westbrook yelling, “WHAT IS WITH ME TODAY?” when he’s in the middle of a cold stretch or having an off night.

I can also totally imagine Westbrook calling off a pick-up game because he felt someone tried to hurt him.

Ryan Howard: Andrew Wiggins

In the game, Ryan proved he has some game. He hit a shot from deep and made a few plays on defense. For the most part, though, Ryan obviously didn’t want to be there.  Before the game, Ryan even checks with Michael to make sure he’s still getting paid to skip his lunch.

Sometimes, that’s how it looks when Wiggins plays basketball.

Jim Halpert: Kawhi Leonard

Clearly, Jim was the best player on the court. He was doing it on both ends of the floor. He was taking it to Roy on the offensive end, and he was locking him down on the defensive end. Leonard is, arguably, the best all-around player in the NBA, and that’s exactly what Jim was in this game.

He even showed a little of that Kawhi competitiveness when he gave Roy a little something extra on a post move. Then, in typical Kawhi fashion, didn’t show any emotion when Roy lost his cool.

Dwight Schrute: P.J. Tucker

Tucker is the ultimate hustle guy in the NBA. He does all the dirty work, the rebounding, the defense, diving on the floor for loose balls and stirring it up with the opposition. Dwight did that and more in this game. He was all over the place, and he got into it with Madge wrestling for a loose ball.

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Stanley Hudson: DeAndre Jordan

Stanley has all the physical attributes Michael wants for the pick-up game. DeAndre Jordan has everything you want in a modern-NBA big, but his lack of ball handling leaves something to be desired, just like Stanley who gets his pocket picked by Roy on the first possession of the game.

Phyllis Vance: Lou Williams

Michael leaves Phyllis out of the game, and then feels bad about it and lets him be a sub. In his younger days, Williams was probably left out of a pick-up game or two for his lack of size. On the court, though, there are few, if any, players who can fill it up like Williams can.

In The Office game, Phyllis comes off the bench and instantly scores. We look back and recognize when Jim started guarding Roy as the turning point in the game, but it’s really when Phyllis entered the game that his game turned in favor of The Office team.

Kevin Malone: Dirk Nowitzki

Old Dirk didn’t get a lot of playing time this season, and Kevin Malone didn’t get any in this game. After the game, Kevin is making shots from all over the court, like we’ve seen Dirk do a thousand times.

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Madge Madsen: Dennis Schroder

We don’t know much about Madge’s game, but we do know she’s tenacious and she’s from Germany, just like Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder.

Jerry DiCanio: Grayson Allen

Like Grayson Allen in the NBA, Jerry is easy to miss in this game. He doesn’t really make much of a mark at all until the final minutes when he catches Michael with an elbow. Michael freaks out and calls the game after that.

I don’t think Michael was fair to call the game, but I do think Jerry took a shot at the boss when he had a chance and then tried to play it off like it was a big accident. That’s definitely a Grayson Allen move.

Roy Anderson: James Harden

Roy was the best offensive player in the game, so we had to draw the comparison to James Harden. Roy was dominant early, but he struggled to keep Jim out of the paint and had a few defensive miscues. While Harden is better now, he definitely had more than a few defensive miscues in his early career.

Darryl Philbin: Damian Lillard

Like Lillard, Darryl doesn’t do a lot of talking smack, but when Michael presses Darryl into raising the stakes of the game, Darryl, like Lillard, doesn’t back down.

Darryl also shows off his impressive, Lillard-like range a few times in the game. Had Michael not ended the game, there’s reason to believe Darryl would have taken over like it was Lillard Time.

Lonny Collins: Draymond Green

This my favorite comparison. Out on the court, Lonny was basically Draymond Green. He had some big-time defensive plays, and he also made some great passes and knocked in a shot from deep.

Most importantly, Lonny bullies Michael into making the Office workers come in on the weekend instead of Team Warehouse. That’s exactly what Draymond would do in the same situation.

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