Kinny DeMarcus

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Kinny DeMarcus
(Hairy Bush Viper, G)
ID#344
Kinny DeMarcus.jpg
Illustrated by Pac
No. 11 – Plymouth Taproots
Position Guard
Species Hairy Bush Viper ( Viperidae )
Gender Male
Nickname(s)
Skinny
Speedbump
Personal information
Born (1990-02-21) February 21, 1990 (age 29)
Gainsville, GA
Nationality American
Listed height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Listed weight 250 lb (113 kg)
Shoots Right
Career information
FBA draft 2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17th overall
Selected by the Biloxi Voodoo
Pro playing career 2012–present
Career history
2012-2013 Biloxi Voodoo
2013-Mar 2014 Texas Lone Stars
Mar 2014-2014 Dakota Bikers
2014-2018 Seattle Summit
2018-present Plymouth Taproots
Career highlights and awards
Contract information
Contract year 2018
2020 Salary $12 million
2021 Salary $13 million
2022 Salary $14 million
Player Contacts
(IC) Agent Murina Beaubonique (female black rat)
(OOC) Creator Pac
(OOC) Actor Pac
(OOC) Usage Ask me before any use

Kinny DeMarcus is a male hairy bush viper who is currently the team captain for the Plymouth Taproots.

Biography

Son of a Georgia native (father) and a Ugandan immigrant (mother), hairy bush viper "Skinny" Kinny DeMarcus was born in Gainsville, GA but moved to Tallahassee, FL with his mother after his parents separated when he was five.

Being highly active for an ambush predator, DeMarcus involved himself in sports at a young age, eventually finding a love for basketball, shooting hoops in the paved ally behind their modest tract home. DeMarcus had trouble reconciling his challenging physical shortcomings with his love of sports. Despite his excessive body length (thanks to primitive genetics passed down through his ancestors), his serpentine physique doesn't afford him a very imposing height or remarkable speed compared to his legged counterparts. He spent many of his formative basketball years just learning how to walk again (well... slither) on a regulation court, quite literally. His love of the game was almost no match for the daunting task of compensating for his unusual form, and DeMarcus was often passed up by coaches who were more prepared to put more energy into players who were already equipped to play the game.

It wasn't until a chance encounter with a former FBA MVP that DeMarcus truly began to shake loose from his own limitations. Jeremiah Vanhorn, a player that made a splash for nearly a decade in the professional league until the 1991 championship, relegated himself back to obscurity in his quiet neighborhood not far from DeMarcus. Living his quiet existence after retirement, Vanhorn was not forgotten in the memory of the young viper who studied the unconventional player with interest. He would never have thought he would almost get run over by Vanhorn's bait truck while crossing the street, evading the screeching Ford with pin-pointed grace.

"Good reflexes, boy, but watch where you're goin' next time!" Recognizing the sun-bleached gaunt flamingo, it was all DeMarcus could do to not beg him on bended coil for an autograph. Vanhorn eventually did him one better when he recognized a hungry baller with untapped potential. With Vanhorn dogging his non-existent heels, DeMarcus in no small effort finally gained the motivation and instruction needed to match his hard earned skills and love of the game.

"It's all in your head, son!" Vanhorn had a habit of squawking at the waning viper when his limitations started getting the best of him. "I had a feeling he just wanted see if a snake like me could do it, for his own amusement," Kinny reminisced to his university's news editor who was digging into the basketball player's past. "Some of his methods bordered on the absurd, and he would erupt in fits of laughter, both at my successes and failures. But it got the job done, and he stuck with me when none of my other coaches wanted to deal with me." One of Kinny's proudest moments, he recalls, was a come from behind intercept of Jeremiah's jump shot. "He didn't hear or see me coming, which was one of the advantages he helped me realize during training. And before he knew it, I struck the moment the ball left his wingtips."

Play Style

Loved by fans, but loathed by referees, DeMarcus had a rough start to his career. Despite the personal interest Vanhorn took in getting the legless snake ready for the big leagues, DeMarcus languished in his first two years, finding it difficult to find his groove and hit his stride amid the fast-paced profession that was unforgiving to the appendage-challenged. Turnovers for traveling (a call that's tough to contend when you have no feet to move) and fouls were prevalent, and the small snake found it hard to split his attention between finding his game and managing his body. Though he would be voted in for the Rookie Challenge and All-Star teams respectively, he visibly struggled between trades.

Luckily for the optimistic snake, every failure has been an opportunity to learn. He needed only another chance to get it right. With an exciting new team picking him up in the 2014 off season, new guidance, and support from a familiar face, DeMarcus has been slowly finding his rhythm. Using his body to his advantage, he maneuvers easily into position and maximizes every possession by utilizing his strengths instead of being limited by his weaknesses. Instead of risking various violations that his immense body length and lack of legs got him in trouble for, the viper became proficient in a shoot or pass strategy that was almost too fast to contest. He has developed an elegant "jump-shot" leaner, taking advantage of his flexibility and length, which has increased his range and accuracy considerably.

2013-2014 Season

After being traded to the Texas Lone Stars in their inaugural year during the 2013 off-season, DeMarcus was later traded mid-season to the Dakota Bikers along with Les Moore (Rabbit, G) and a draft pick for former MVP and 2-time champion Buck Hopper (Rabbit, G).

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