Fictional Player #2: Thorias – Atomic Supermen, Futurama
Thorias and his fellow Atomic Supermen get overlooked when talking about basketball. His origin sparks from the Matt Groening animated comedy Futurama, in an episode not unlike the original Space Jam plot. The Globetrotter planet invades Earth and proposes the challenge of a game of basketball. The blue marble’s best hope is a starting five made of superhuman mutants, created by Professor Hubert Farnsworth.
Thorias in particular gets to represent the team on this list because, unlike his teammates some of whom’s superhuman abilities hardly apply to basketball, his actually do. Instead of using lasers to destroy things, being or being a giant spider, he has a cannon in his chest that, based on the evidence, can make threes. Beyond the cannon, he’s built like a fit Zion Williamson which on its own provides real potential.
But with his talent comes some difficulties. He’s known for showboating and he accidentally murdered a teammate with his cannon, so he is hard to control. But the ability to lodge the ball into his chest and just launch it in the net can’t be overlooked. Thorias has the best overall skillset combined with being a normal-ish human being meaning he can actually do things like handle the ball, pass and play defense.
Honorable mention here is Thorias’ teammate, Grotrian, whose ability is stretching himself like Mr. Fantastic. Making one’s self bigger is a valuable skill on the hardwood but Grotrian had a tendency to goal tend and possibly had an over-reliance on his stretching at the cost of athleticism.