haha, submitting this for the Animerica contest, and since they asked for something original, what better than dressing the Naruto characters in modern day basketball clothes...?? ^^
Ahaha, full view if you want, although you'll see my horrible coloring up close if you do so...
I'm glad that this is the first deviation I submit for the year 2005(not counting my screen shot) because I'm super proud of this one! ^^ If you noticed, this is my first piece with more than two people, kinda pathetic, huh? But I'm happy that I'm starting out the year strongly!
Why did I put these characters in such positions??
#4 - Shika as Captain and small forward because he is a genius, therefore able to handle the captain position.
#7 - Naru as point guard because he's too small to be anything else...
and he's got that trickster's face and attitude to do well as the point guard. he can also think of plans on the fly.
#10 - Kiba as center because he's presence is dominant enough for it and his style is the strong type. And because I didn't know who else to put there...
#11 - Sasuke fits the power forward position because he's so power-hungry and uses force to overpower his opponents.
#14 - Neji is perfect as a shooting guard because he has the accuracy and confidence needed for 3-pointers and such.
These numbers are the Slam Dunk Characters' numbers; #11 and #14 are perfect for Sasuke and Neji(see the resemblance to Rukawa and Mitsui??), and even though I would've put Naru as Sakuragi, he's just not tall enough. Shika would've been #7 and point guard, but I needed him as captain. And again, Kiba is just tossed in there as another guy, hehe...
*runs away from Kiba fans*
I really like how Kiba and Shika turned out though, but Neji is a bit boring, sorry Neji fans!
Uzumaki Naruto, Uchiha Sasuke, Nara Shikamaru, Hyuuga Neji, and Inuzuka Kiba (c) Kishimoto-san, who I worship for the awesome piece of art he has created.