Shawn Marion was one of the most underrated players in the league, capable of impacting the game on both ends of the floor. He was a perfect complementary piece during the 2011 Dallas Mavericks run for a championship, but ever since he came to the league, his versatility was well known and one of his biggest strengths. In a recent interview for The Players Tribune, Marion, also known as Matrix, talked about his favorite players, idols growing up that he tried to pattern his game around.
It’s always great to hear when players talk about their main influences growing up, and for Marion, Reggie Miller was the player he looked up to the most. Playing for Indiana Pacers his entire career, Reggie had many memorable moments and big shots, especially throughout the 90’s when the Pacers were a legitimate powerhouse in the eastern conference. On top of the fact he was a great shooter, Reggie was one of the biggest trash talkers, and with his big personality, no wonder Marion looked up to him.
If you know anything about me, you would know Reggie Miller was my favorite player growing up. I loved the tenacity he played with, his realnesses, and just his competitive nature in Indiana.Shawn Marion, via The Players Tribune
Growing up close to the city of Chicago, Marion was also a Chicago Bulls fan, but interestingly enough, he tried to emulate his game watching Scottie Pippen. Having the ability to lock up defenders at multiple positions, Pippen was one of the most prominent players of that era and definitely a role model for many of his fans, Marion being one of them.
Of course, I was a Jordan fan, but I loved Scottie Pippen. I think he was so dynamic and able to guard so many different players on the floor and just bring it every night with MJ, they were a great duo.Shawn Marion, via The Players Tribune
No wonder Marion turned out to be a player we all remember if you consider he looked up to Reggie Miller and Scottie Pippen the most growing up. Marion, just like Pippen, was able to lock down multiple positions while at the same time scoring 20 points against any player that guarded him. His versatility was one reason he had such a successful career that ultimately resulted in a championship with the Dallas Mavericks when he played a crucial role in beating the Miami Heat.