What would a basketball team made up of characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe look like?

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Iron Man? Spider-Man? Thanos? Here's what a basketball team made up of characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe could look like.
When the Golden State Warriors face the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night, there will be plenty of star power on the court -- and on the broadcast. Monday's game will feature a first-of-its-kind Marvel-themed presentation on ESPN2, ESPN+ and ESPN Deportes, with iconic Marvel characters Iron Man and Black Panther selecting players from each team to help fend off an impending threat.

But what if the situation was reversed? What if Warriors GM Bob Myers and Pelicans GM David Griffin had to draft characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to help fend off the impending threat of missing the NBA's play-in tournament -- where the Pelicans are currently three games behind the Warriors as they fight for the final spot. How would the skills of these epic warriors translate to becoming basketball Warriors (and Pelicans)?

To get you ready for Monday night's heroic action, we tasked ESPN's Andrew Lopez and Ohm Youngmisuk with drafting lineups of characters from the MCU to assemble two superteams that put the 2020-21 Brooklyn Nets to shame. Check out these rosters, filled with heroes, gods, and ... bugs?

Team Lopez, Pick 1: Thanos

Let's get things started with the Mad Titan himself. The being who once wiped out half of all life in the universe will certainly be able to hold his own on the basketball court. The MCU version of Thanos stands over 8 feet tall so he'll have no problem as the anchor of my defense. Who really wants to challenge him at the rim? Thanos doesn't have to venture far out from the rim either on offense a la Zion Williamson, who rocks an Infinity Gauntlet chain and has publicly declared Thanos to be his favorite character. You saw what it took to stop Thanos in "Avengers: Infinity War" and "Avengers: Endgame" (Please draft Star Lord. Please draft Star Lord). Try that strategy here and I have four other guys to knock down shots.

Team Ohm, Pick 1: Black Panther

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