Like Russell Westbrook, Bledsoe is a point guard, who’s built like a truck. The stocky but athletically gifted Suns’ floor general can command a fast break and shoot the lights out. Hey, he’s got King James’ endorsement.
24) Kenneth Faried, Denver Nuggets
Down year or not, “The Manimal” is still one of the most explosive players in the NBA. The 6’8”, 228-pound power forward possesses one of the best bodies in the league—and for good reason.
23) Mike Conley Jr., MEM
The driving force behind the Grizzlies’ 2015 NBA Playoffs run always makes sure his body is firing on all cylinders for the rigors of each 82-game season. Check out what’s on his plate, here!
22) Paul Pierce, L.A. Clippers
The veteran 10-time NBA All-Star is as driven to perform now as he was earlier in his career. Last off season, the California native ran sprints up the dunes at a beach near his Malibu home.
21) Anthony Bennett, Minnesota Timberwolves
There was time when the former No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft was considered a bust. Now, he’s significantly lighter (by about 20 pounds) and in better shape to contribute.
20) Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls
Noah is the heart and soul of the Bulls franchise, playing with the team since he was drafted in 2007. The veteran big man prepares himself for the NBA season by strength training in a pool.
19) Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks
Though his tenure with the Knicks (like the Knicks' record) has been up and down, Melo has long been one of the most dangerous, versatile players in the NBA.
18) Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors
After a quiet start to his career as a rookie, Green shed some weight in his second year, and then joined forces with Steph Curry and the Warriors to become one of the game's most powerful players.
17) Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
Paul, who is regarded as among the best point guard in the NBA, may be a bit undersized for the NBA—borderline 6’0”, 175 lbs.—but that doesn’t stop him dishing out a pounding on the league's brutes on a nightly basis.
16) Tony Allen, Memphis Grizzlies
Undersized but never outmuscled, the heralded Grizzlies defensive stopper embraces the challenge of guarding the best players in the NBA every night. In order to prepare himself for battle, the 33-year-old Allen puts himself through a full-body workout, which includes dynamic stretching.
15) Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks
The All-Star center is one of the best at his position in the Eastern Conference, but after tearing both pectoral muscles a couple of seasons ago, he had to remake his offseason training regimen.
14) Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
The former NBA MVP had two seasons of his career taken away by a devastating knee injury. To get back on the court, Rose went through undeniable struggles and exerted enormous amounts of energy in the weight room to strengthen his knee.
13) Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
The former No. 1 pick of the Cavaliers in 2011 has ascended to new heights and is currently leading the team’s charge (along with LeBron James).
12) Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks
The versatile 30-year-old forward stands at a bulky 6’8”, 245 pounds, but that doesn’t take anything away from what he can do on a basketball court. Whether it’s nailing three-pointers on the outside, or bullying his way to the bucket, Millsap simply scores all over the floor and makes his presence felt.
11) Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
The future Miami Heat hall of famer has enjoyed a stellar NBA career and will go down as one of the greatest shooting guards of all time. Wade’s unparalleled work ethic has always been a constant throughout his injury-riddled, but highly productive, playing career.
10) Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls
Butler is now one the Bulls’ premier players on offense and increased his scoring average by seven points from a season ago, all the while upping his field goal percentages and rebounding numbers.
9) James Harden, Houston Rockets
The Rockets' crown jewel and sensational playmaker goes through an elaborate set of exercises to work out his core and hips so he can continue crossing up defenders on the hardwood.
8) Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
The lanky six-time NBA All-Star doesn’t seem like he lifts a lot of weight, but the former Texas Longhorn incorporates lots of cardio, agility, and—yes—weightlifting into his offseason program.
7) Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets
The broad-shouldered, all-star center has shouldered the load for his teams, which is a byproduct of the time he spends in the weight room. Though injuries have hampered his career since touching down in Houston, he continues to perfect his craft (and his body) in order to continue to make the Rockets serious title contenders for years down the road.
6) John Wall, Washington Wizards
At 6’4”, 195 pounds, the Wizards' two-time NBA All-Star is usually one of the fastest players on the floor. The double-double machine gets to the basket effortlessly with his unique blend of size and athleticism.
5) Kobe Bryant, LAL
“The Black Mamba’s” work ethic is unlike anybody else’s. Even as he nears retirement, the five-time NBA champion has battled back from devastating injuries in recent seasons and set unprecedented benchmarks over the course of his long career.
4) Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
Even though he's the son of famous former hoopster Dell Curry, Steph didn't arrive NBA with much fanfare. That quickly changed: He exploded in the 2014-2015 season, racking up mounds of points and rebounds en route an NBA title for the Golden State Warriors and an NBA MVP award for himself. He followed up his performance with an even more dominant campaign in the 2015-2016 season, too.
3) Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
The five-time NBA All-Star has helped redefine the way big men play the game of basketball. When he’s not clowning around in KIA Motors commercials, or posterizing would-be shot blockers, Griffin is crushing an absurd cardio and strength routine.
2) Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
There’s a reason opposing defenses fear Westbrook in transition: He's is quite possibly the fastest player in the NBA. Westbrook is a beast to handle on the court because he trains like one off of it.
1) LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
To be “The King," you have to work out like one. And how does one do that? By putting in serious time in the gym. The four-time NBA MVP has one heck of a total body workout.