Fantastic 4 SuperPowers vs.
2005 Finals SuperStars

With Fantastic Four set to hit theaters on July 8 and with The Finals now underway, NBA.com took a moment to think about how some of the SuperStars of the 2005 Finals match up with the SuperPowers of the Fantastic Four.

Check out our picks for each of the Fantastic Four below, and check out what happens when Magic Johnson and the Fantastic Four take to the court in the video at the right.

Human Torch
NBA Counterparts: Richard Hamilton, Manu Ginobili
Human Torch: Can control heat energy, enabling him to sheathe his body in an envelope of flame. Flight. Fiery plasma bolts of varying intensity, up to a super-charged nova blast.
Why Hamilton? What was that about controlling the Heat? Hamilton averaged 23..6 points per game in the Conference Finals and is always capable of a red-hot shooting spree to help fire Detroit to a win.
Why Ginobili? Ginobili too can get hot when the Spurs need him, hitting clutch shots and stepping up his scoring average from 16.0 points in the regular season to 21.8 in the 2005 postseason.


Invisible Woman
NBA Counterparts: Chauncey Billups, Tim Duncan
Invisible Woman: Ability to render both herself and other objects invisible. Projects incredible durable invisible force fields.
Why Billups? A career 87.8% free throw-shooter, Billups went 39-42 from the stripe in the 2004 Finals, proving that he certainly has the ability to make everything around him invisible when he needs to focus at the line.
Why Duncan? After earning his eighth consecutive selection to the All-NBA First Team in 2004-05, is there really any question that Tim Duncan somehow has a way of making the defense invisible? Not to mention projecting an incredible force field.


Mr. Fantastic
NBA Counterparts: Tayshaun Prince, Robert Horry
Mr. Fantastic: Highly malleable body which can stretch, deform, expand or compress into any shape Reed can imagine. Scientific Genius.
Why Prince? Just watch Tayshaun Prince spring in to the air to reject an oncoming shot and you'll understand why "malleable" and "stretch" are clearly superpowers that Prince has figured out how to harness. Not to mention those long arms of his.
Why Horry? Horry has won five NBA championships and played on four NBA teams during his 13-year career, showing his versatility and ability to change shape to fit the needs of various teams and contribute a thing or two along the way.


The Thing
NBA Counterparts: Ben Wallace, Bruce Bowen
The Thing: Superhuman strength and endurance. Nearly impregnable, rock-like hide.
Why Wallace? Ben Wallace won his third NBA Defensive Player of the Year in four years in 2004-05, becoming only the second player in NBA history to win the award more than three times. Talk about impregnable.
Why Bowen? Finishing second to Wallace in 2004-05 Defensive Player of the Year voting, Bowen too brings amazing strength and endurance to both sides of the floor, .