Garage Wars: Golden State Warriors vs Toronto Raptors
Basketballers make multi-million dollar salaries, live exotic, exciting lives, and drive flashy, expensive, drool-worthy cars. Right? Well, mostly.
If you or I made money as quickly as these guys, our garages would be overflowing with joyous rides. So which set of garages wins in a matchup – and could it help us predict the outcome of this finals series? I mean, an Octopus predicts the FIFA world cup – so this isn’t that far-fetched, right?
Star Power: Kawhi Leonard versus Steph Curry
Arguably the leading lights for the Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors are Kawhi Leonard and Steph Curry, respectively, so it’s only right that we measure the two driveway to driveway.
Sadly for Raptors fans – Steph Curry is a clear winner. He has a sweet but not overdone Range Rover, got his wife a Mercedes G-Wagen, and has a Porsche 911 GT3 RS in his collection. He used to have a Panamera – but then someone crashed into it in LA last year.
Kawhi Leonard by contrast still drove a 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe even after he signed his $90-million deal back with the Spurs, though he is also said to own a Porsche, an Escalade, and a relatively tame (by comparison) 911 Cabriolet. The superstar is apparently incredibly careful with his money, and doesn’t spend more than he needs to, despite making mind-boggling sums of money as the Raptor’s MVP.
Even if you do think the retro-cool, ultra-tough Tahoe out-rates Steph Curry’s collection, Curry can just tag in fellow Warriors Superstar Kevin Durant – who drives a Ferrari California and a Chevrolet Camaro – both of which are red.
Does Kyle Lowry Even Drive?
Kyle Lowry and then teammate DeMar Derozan once tried to get a 3 am McFlurry from a McDonald’s drive through – but couldn’t, because they didn’t have a car. The duo also did a day of Ford performance driving in a hilarious video, which we’ve included above, but it seems as though Kyle doesn’t currently drive anything.
At this point we probably don’t even need to mention the smattering of McLarens throughout both teams, nor the fact Andre Iguodala reportedly has one from each German marque — Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz S-Class — including an M3. We definitely don’t need to say anything about the fact that Iguodala spends most of his time behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Corvette.
Let’s not snub Klay Thompson like the NBA did
Although he missed out on the first second and third all-NBA teams, Klay Thompson is right up there with the automotive all stars, not just because of his BMW i8 and a Mercedes-Benz, but also because he joined forces with Jimmy Kimmel to give an actual real-life hero (Airman Spencer Stone, who thwarted a gun attack aboard a train in Europe) a 2016 Chevy Camaro convertible.
Raptors Juniors Make a Valiant Effort
We were given a sneak peak into Fred VanVleet and Norman Powell’s garage back in 2017, when Patrick Patterson covered both junior’s cars in bright coloured post-its, complete with “Loser” written across the windscreen.
Norman Powell was particularly annoyed that his Tesla Model S got the treatment, but now he’s not the only Raptor rocking a Tesla Model S as mid-season acquisition Marc Gasol also likes spending (a lot) of time in his Model S, driving from Memphis to New Orleans for the 2017 All Star Game.
VanVleet was understandably less concerned about his rather tame Chevrolet Equinox. He’s since traded that in, for the record, moving up to a slick, two-tone Land Rover Range Rover and from the looks of this insane video he posted after the team’s win in the Eastern Conference final, he’s enjoying the security of it while also appreciating Raptors fans’ enthusiasm.
Serge is the Raptors car guy
While Kawhi Leonard is quiet and unostentatious to his core, and Kyle is not interested in cars apparently, Serge Ibaka loves the good life, freelancing as a model and getting his pose on with a 911 GT3 and hosting his own show interviewing fellow NBA stars, How Hungry Are You. But whenever he gets the chance, he likes to roll in some interesting cars living large and loud with OG Anunoby in what is clearly a very nice SUV (we think it’s a Range Rover – what do you think?), like this Maserati Quattroporte on a visit to Spain, or trying Fernando Alonso’s F1 cockpit on for size.
For the Win: DeMarcus Cousins – 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass
Sorry Raps fans, the Golden State Warriors are delivering a drubbing in the garage stakes. Rounding out and sealing the win – honestly from the outset is DeMarcus Cousins. His Rolls-Royce Wraith is a bit ho-hum, but the ultra-tough 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass he rocks is indisputably cool.