Eye Candy: 2011 NBA Playoff Hotties

Eye Candy: 2011 NBA Playoff Hotties
ESSENCE.COM Apr, 15, 2011

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As our favorite basketball teams square off to see who will make it to the Finals, we’re taking a look at who turns our heartbeats from a pitter-patter to a double dribble… First up is Dwayne Wade.

We already knew the Miami Heat shooting guard had a sexy body, but we had no idea his biceps were built like that. Thanks for the show, D. Wade!

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Now that LeBron James is where he wants to be with the Miami Heat, this prodigy turned powerhouse is unstoppable. We can’t wait to watch him score.

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Now that LeBron James is where he wants to be with the Miami Heat, this prodigy turned powerhouse is unstoppable. We can’t wait to watch him score.

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Now that LeBron James is where he wants to be with the Miami Heat, this prodigy turned powerhouse is unstoppable. We can’t wait to watch him score.

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Twenty-five-year-old Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo may be young, but it looks like he could give us a few pointers on how to play the game.

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Twenty-five-year-old Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo may be young, but it looks like he could give us a few pointers on how to play the game.

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Twenty-five-year-old Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo may be young, but it looks like he could give us a few pointers on how to play the game.

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The Celtics may have lost to the Lakers in last year’s NBA Championship, but 14 time All Star Kevin Garnet will forever be a winner to us.

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The Celtics may have lost to the Lakers in last year’s NBA Championship, but 14 time All Star Kevin Garnet will forever be a winner to us.

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The Celtics may have lost to the Lakers in last year’s NBA Championship, but 14 time All Star Kevin Garnett will forever be a winner to us.

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Amare Stoudemire — what can we say about the man who took the New York Knicks from a roster of nobodies to an elite group? There’s nothing sexier than a man who takes control…

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Although Carmelo Anthony just joined the Knicks this season, he’s quickly becoming the main event at New York’s basketball games. We can see why. Just look at those shoulders.

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Although Carmelo Anthony just joined the Knicks this season, he’s quickly becoming the main event at New York’s basketball games. We can see why. Just look at that sexy smile.

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Knicks guard Toney Douglas gets our temperature rising every time he handles the ball.

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Knicks guard Toney Douglas gets our temperature rising every time he handles the ball.

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As our favorite basketball teams square up to see who will make it to the finals we’re taking a look at who turns our heartbeats from a pitter-patter to a double dribble. …First up is Denver Nuggets’ Arron Afflalo, whose smile makes us melt every time he makes a pass.

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Denver Nuggets’ Arron Afflalo’s smile makes us melt every time he makes a pass.

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we know Chris Paul is about to head down the aisle, but we can’t control our major crush on the all star. That baby face and those grown man moves keep us captivated.

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we know Chris Paul is about to head down the aisle, but we can’t control our major crush on the all star. That baby face and those grown man moves keep us captivated.

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Trevor Ariza helped bring the Lakers to NBA Championship victory in 2009 before scoring major points for the Rockets. Now that he’s with the Hornets, were sure he’ll take them all the way.

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Trevor Ariza helped bring the Lakers to NBA Championship victory in 2009 before scoring major points for the Rockets. Now that he’s with the Hornets, we’re sure he’ll take them all the way.

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Seven-foot-one-inch Dallas Mavericks center Tyson Chandler is pure perfection. Check out that strong neck and those broad shoulders. We’re crushing super hard.

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We’d love to cover 30-year-old Dallas Mavericks forward Caron Butler on or off the court. I got him, I got him!

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We’d love to cover 30-year-old Dallas Mavericks forward Caron Butler on or off the court. I got him, I got him!

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Tall — check. Dark chocolate — check. Handsome — check. Super talented — check. Lakers forward Lamar Odom is a quadruple threat.

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Tall — check. Dark chocolate — check. Handsome — check. Super talented — check. Lakers forward Lamar Odom is a quadruple threat.

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Tall — check. Dark chocolate — check. Handsome — check. Super talented — check. Lakers forward Lamar Odom is a quadruple threat.

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L.A. Lakers front man Kobe Bryant has some major staying power. With five NBA championships behind him the 32-year-old baller isn’t slowing down. We love a man who can keep going, and going, and going…

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L.A. Lakers front man Kobe Bryant has some major staying power. With five NBA championships behind him the 32-year-old baller isn’t slowing down. We love a man who can keep going, and going, and going…

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At 24, Al Horford is one of the younger All Stars in the NBA. We hope he never loses that adorable baby face.

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Five time NBA All Star Atlanta Hawks shooting guard Joe Johnson can swoop down and steal our hearts any day.

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Dwight Howard is the man we all want to take home to mom. Standing nearly seven feet tall with that delicious dark chocolate complexion and gorgeous smile, he’s our dream guy.

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Dwight Howard is the man we all want to take home to mom. Standing nearly seven feet tall with that delicious dark chocolate complexion and gorgeous smile, he’s our dream guy.

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Dwight Howard is the man we all want to take home to mom. Standing nearly seven feet tall with that delicious dark chocolate complexion and gorgeous smile, he’s our dream guy.

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Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson has more of a sturdy soccer player’s build than the lanky basketball frame that we’re used to. We like a little variety on the court.

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Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson has more of a sturdy soccer player’s build than the lanky basketball frame that we’re used to. We like a little variety on the court.

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Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson has more of a sturdy soccer player’s build than the lanky basketball frame that we’re used to. We like a little variety on the court.

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Swiss-South African Oklahoma City Thunder shooting guard Thabo Sefolosha speaks three languages — Italian, French, English. We wonder if he’s fluent in the language of love.

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Blazers shooting guard Brandon Roy is known as “The Natural.” We’d like to learn more about his natural talents.

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Blazers shooting guard Brandon Roy is known as “The Natural.” We’d like to learn more about his natural talents.

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Portland Trail Blazers’ Lamarcus Aldridge can power forward toward us anytime. We’ve got the perfect lay up waiting for him.

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Portland Trail Blazers’ Lamarcus Aldridge can power forward toward us anytime. We’ve got the perfect lay up waiting for him.

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Twenty-three year old Memphis Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo weakens our knees and speeds up our heartbeats. We’d like to spend some time flirting with him in front of his locker.

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Twenty-three year old Memphis Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo weakens our knees and speeds up our heartbeats. We’d like to spend some time flirting with him in front of his locker.

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Only 20 years old, Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard Xavier Henry is the number one P.Y.T. on the court. We don’t mind waiting for him to turn 21 before we take it all the way.

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Only 20 years old, Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard Xavier Henry is the number one P.Y.T. on the court. We don’t mind waiting for him to turn 21 before we take it all the way.

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24-year-old point guard George Hill is such a cutie we can’t concentrate on the game when he’s on the court.

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24-year-old point guard George Hill is such a cutie we can’t concentrate on the game when he’s on the court.

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Philly 76ers shooting guard’s jump shot is a sight to see. We’d love for him to take a shot at love with us.

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Philly 76ers shooting guard’s jump shot is a sight to see. We’d love for him to take a shot at love with us.

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From where we’re sitting, there’s nothing small about Indiana Pacers small forward Danny Granger.

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From where we’re sitting, there’s nothing small about Indiana Pacers small forward Danny Granger.

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Another young baller, Indiana Pacers shooting guard Paul George may only be 20, but he’s quickly becoming known as a prodigy and a P.Y.T.

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Another young baller, Indiana Pacers shooting guard Paul George may only be 20, but he’s quickly becoming known as a prodigy and a P.Y.T.

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Another young baller, Indiana Pacers shooting guard Paul George may only be 20, but he’s quickly becoming known as a prodigy and a P.Y.T. — pretty, young and talented!

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We’d love French-American center Joakim Noah to wisper some foreign pillow talk in our ears after the game.

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We’d love French-American center Joakim Noah to wisper some foreign pillow talk in our ears after the game.

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Ask anyone what baller is making the most waves on the court this NBA season and they’ll tell you it’s Derrick Rose. We’ve definitely taken notice. It helps that he’s a major hunk with soft lips and toned arms.