- Retired NBA player Jared Jeffries is a -750 favorite against NBA twitter personality Rob Perez in a potential 1-on-1 game
- The odds Perez (@WorldWideWob) can even score over 4.5 points are split at -120 in both directions
- Read below for a look at the odds, as well as how this showdown came about on Twitter
NBA Twitter has grown to be one of the most entertaining corners of the internet. One of the personalities at the forefront of that rise has been Rob Perez, know as @WorldWideWob online. On this occasion, however, his Twitter activity may have written a check that Perez can’t cash.
After taking a shot at current Rockets GM Darryl Morey that involved former Houston player Jared Jeffries, the ensuing back-and-forth has led Perez to propose a one-on-one game between he and the now-retired Jeffries.
Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) vs Jared Jeffries Odds
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Odds taken June 22nd
How Did This Feud Start?
Morey tweeted about his NBA 2K MyGM mode in which he’s currently playing during the shutdown, and in the game mode, Morey traded Shane Battier to the Heat in exchange for Chris Bosh. Morey mentioned that he wanted Bosh at the time, and felt the 2014 Rockets would have won a title if they would have accquired the former Raptors and Heat center.
Perez responded with a jest about how Morey should have traded for Jared Jeffries. Jeffries is, of course, one of the players in NBA history on the wrong side of an infamous trade. Morey dealt Tracy McGrady away in a three-team deal in which Jeffries ended up in Houston. The Rockets GM called Jeffries the “future” in Houston.
McGrady was one of the best scorers in NBA history, while during his time in Houston, Jeffries never averaged more than five points per game.
What Are the Parameters?
The ensuing feud led Perez to set up some parameters for the potential one-on-one matchup between he and Jeffries as he laid out on Twitter.
please help us settle this argument.
could i score 5 points in a game of 1-on-1 against current day Jared Jeffries (38)?
• game to 11
• losers take
• 10 fouls permitted
• officiated by referee
• no free throws
• standard 3-point line
• 24-second shot clock
• indoor gym https://t.co/4wgaBS1S6b
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) June 19, 2020
The lack of free throws would permit Perez to commit fouls in attempt to prevent Jeffries from scoring, but that would only go so far. Jeffries may be retired, but at 38, he’s a former NBA still in relatively good shape, taking on a media member with no professional basketball experience.
There’s a reason these odds are set at -750 in favor of Jeffries. In fact, even that number feels a bit low when you consider the two players in this potential matchup. The real intrigue comes in the Perez scoring prop. Against a 13-year NBA veteran, can an average joe put up five points on a pro?
Can Perez Get Enough Buckets?
While Perez may have poked Morey for the lack of offensive production from Jeffries during his time as a Rocket, the one aspect of the former pro’s game that can’t be denied is his defense.
As more of a perimeter defender, his influence didn’t always show up on the stat sheet, but even then he posted 435 steals and 323 blocks across his thirteen seasons in the NBA.
Beyond that, Jeffries was a tenacious defender who had a habit of hounding dribblers and forcing 24-second violations.
Against a media personality, even at 38, Jeffries should be a lockdown defender. The odds may be split, but the pick is easy here. It’ll be fun to watch if it indeed takes place, don’t get me wrong, but it’d be surprising if Perez even scores a point.
Let's have fun and keep it civil.