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NBA 2019: Top 5 strongest players in the NBA TODAY

Oklahoma City Thunder v Portland Trail Blazers - Game One
Oklahoma City Thunder v Portland Trail Blazers - Game One

Strength plays a huge factor in the game of basketball. A strong player can help the team on the defensive end as well as the offensive end. These players could intimidate any opposition and have a great impact on their respective teams.

Examples of strong NBA players include Wilt Chamberlain and Shaquille O’Neal. These guys can easily get rebounds due to their huge size, drive quick to the basket making them unstoppable, and be immovable on defense(getting blocks).

In this presentation, we will take a look at the five Strongest players in NBA at present.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and they do not necessarily represent the views of Sportskeeda.


#5 DeAndre Jordan

New York Knicks v Detroit Pistons
New York Knicks v Detroit Pistons

2017 NBA All-Star Hyland DeAndre Jordan Jr. is one of the biggest men in the NBA. Standing at 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) and weighing 120kg (265lb), Jordan spent 10 years with the Los Angeles Clippers, where he played at Center position.

Recognized for his shot blocking and rebounding skills, Jordan averages 10.1 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game.

He is one of the most athletic centers in the league and his dunk is impossible to stop. Jordan helped the Clippers reach the second round of the playoffs in 2012, 2014 and 2015 and is their all-time leader in games played and rebounds. He is a two-time NBA Rebounding leader(2014,2015) and was selected to the NBA All Defensive team two times(2015,2016).

Jordan is known for his power and durability, he stretches and does yoga before the game. In a recent interview he said,

"I'm a big guy so I have to keep my muscles loose. So I do a lot of stretching before the game. I'll do about 10-15 minutes of yoga just to loosen up my body, get warm and get ready to play".

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#4 LeBron James

Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers
Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

This list would be incomplete without the inclusion of King James. Standing strong at 6’8” and 113 Kg (250 lb), he is massive and lightning quick. His talent and athleticism is still unmatched, even at the age of 34.

James is one of those players who can score a lot of points as well as give a lot of assists every night and consistently shows how strong he is on offensive end of the court. The five time NBA MVP is the only player in NBA history to record at least 31,000 points, 8,000 rebounds, and 8,000 assists.

NBA Superstar Kevin Durant once spoke about LeBron's fitness,

"One thing I learned about LeBron, I worked out with him, LeBron takes care of his body, he knows that in order for him to play that long, his body has to be up, he has to keep that in shape and works on his body, like, religiously".

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#3 Steven Adams

Oklahoma City Thunder v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Two
Oklahoma City Thunder v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Two

Considered as "NBA's Strongest Man", Steven Adams was selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2013 NBA Draft as the 12th overall pick. He is one of the heaviest guys in the league weighing 120 Kg (265 lb) and about 7 feet tall.

76ers star Jimmy Butler accused Adams of being from Krypton and Washington Wizards head coach Scott Brooks dubbed him as the strongest, most physical guy in the league.

Adams uses the technique of creating a strong base by keeping both feet on the ground. In an interview he explained,

"The thing is, like, mostly bigger stronger dudes, they tend to be slower. Especially against you, if you're not as strong as them you definitely, probably, more than likely, will be quicker than them. So you just use your angles to your advantage to get them out further. You just have to be as big and wide as possible to make those routes that he takes take a lot longer".

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#2 DeMarcus Cousins

2019 NBA Finals - Game Six
2019 NBA Finals - Game Six

The four-time NBA All Star, DeMarcus Amir Cousins, was picked 5th overall in the first round of the 2010 NBA draft by Sacramento Kings. Later, he moved on to New Orleans Pelicans before signing Warriors last season.

He is 6 ft 11 in height and weighs around 122 Kg (270 lb), making him an unstoppable force. Cousins is a very strong player and is known for his aggressive approach to the game. When he is at defense, he is a big wall.

Milwaukee star Pau Gasol praised him in an interview stating,

"DeMarcus is a very strong player and very skilled, he has a huge potential. He can actually dominate the game at higher levels because of his force,his power and his skill level, he has a great future ahead of him."

Many NBA players consider him as the best big man in the league who can score points and get quick rebounds as well.

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#1 Dwight Howard

Cleveland Cavaliers v Washington Wizards
Cleveland Cavaliers v Washington Wizards

Dwight David Howard plays at center position for the Washington Wizards. He is 6 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 120 Kg (265 lb). His powerful physique and extraordinary athleticism makes him the strongest player in the NBA.

Former NBA MVP Kevin Garnett was impressed by his physique,

"Dwight is a freak of nature. I was nowhere near that physically talented. I wasn't that gifted, as far as body and physical presence."

Howard was the first overall pick by the Orlando Magic of the 2004 NBA Draft. He is one of the top players in the league based on his defensive skills winning the Defensive player of the year three times in a row(2009-11).

'Superman' Dwight is dominant on both ends of the floor and has earned praise from several NBA players.

Andre Iguodala said,

"It's like he can guard two guys at once. He can guard his guy and the guy coming off the pick-and-roll, which is almost impossible to do. If he gets any more athletic or jumps any higher, they're going to have to change the rules".

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