You won’t find Kris Humphries on this list, or Big Baby. In a league full of physical specimens, these are the best.
10. Amare Stoudemire
Shirtless pics of Stoudemire are the rule, not the exception. And why not, he’s earned it. Now working his way back to regular minutes after injury, Stoudemire will be back to full strength soon, with more pool photo shoots to follow.
9. Karl Malone
Look at that bicep, you boob. It would take eight of Manute Bol’s arms to make one Karl Malone arm. When he came into the league the notion that weightlifting was bad for basketball players still existed. In the pre-protein shake, pre-creatine NBA of the 80s and 90s, nobody was as jacked as The Mailman.
8. Kobe Bryant
Kobe’s inclusion on this list may elicit a few boos, but the way he has transformed his body during his career warrants some respect. From entering the league as a skinny 18 year old, Kobe has put on a little more muscle every year and you can tell it has paid off by the way his game has become more physical, and less about put jumping defenders, over that time.
7. Ray Allen
Ray Allen has been ripped for years but doesn’t really get the credit as such because he is a perimeter player who makes a living draining threes- a specialty which isn’t often seen as being based on strength or physicality. I don’t know about you, but I would be shirtless all the time if I was Ray Allen. Especially at his advancing age.
6. Blake Griffin
Griffin’s leaping ability and athleticism grab most of the attention and highlights, but he is as strong as any front court player in the league. He gets criticized for “only being able to dunk” but the fact that he puts himself in that position time and time again even though every one knows it’s coming show how strong he is.
5. Serge Ibaka
Pound for pound, maybe the strongest player in the league. Ibaka is built like a comic book hero, straight up. Anybody with an 8-pack and leads the league in blocks qualifies for this list.
4. Andre Iguodala
Speaking of comic book hero type bodies, Iguodala definitely fits into that category. The balance and symmetry of his physique lends itself to his game; balanced in all aspects, equally productive across the board. In addition, he always seems incredibly smooth and relaxed, just like his build.
3. Metta World Peace
“Ron Ron” is a beast. Just when you think he’s mellowed out and forgotten how much of an intimidating force he can be, he deftly punches Detroit’s Brandon Knight in the clinch. At 6-7, a jacked 240 pounds and with the potential to go off at any moment, it makes him seem even more ripped in my mind. But him being mental shouldn’t detract from how much a physical specimen Ron Ron is is.
2. Dwight Howard
Love him or hate him, D Howard has arguably the most impressive physique in a league full of players with impressive physiques. While toughness is something Howard definitely lacks (especially of the mental variety), the width of his shoulders cannot be questioned; has there ever been a wider NBA player? And I don’t mean “wide” like Oliver Miller.
1. LeBron James
Even if you don’t think he is the most jacked player in the league, you have to acknowledge that he uses the strength of his body on the court better than any player in the league, maybe even ever. How many times do you see Bron Bron take a player attempting to guard him straight up from the top of the key right to the rim, with ease? It isn’t that easy, he just makes it look like it is because he is so strong.
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