The ability to make your presence felt in an NBA locker room is a unique quality that very few players possess. In many ways, the ability to be your team's voice is as important as having a great jump shot or a quick first step.
NBA champions are built on having the kind of "glue guys" that keep teams from falling apart and who promote good chemistry. They are a vital part to any successful franchise. Every team needs a leader to keep them in line. Most of the time, that leader is the best guy on the team. The Spurs have been successful for years thanks to the leadership of a guy like Tim Duncan.
Still, some of the best examples of a commanding locker room presence are simply role players with a great grasp of the team concept. As great of a leader as a guy like Tim Duncan is, he's also had the help of some great voices in the locker room like Steve Smith, Robert Horry and David Robinson.
Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant are two of the best players of their era. Their competitive drive and will to win compelled their teams to numerous championships. However, their aggressiveness and overwhelming need to win grated on the nerves of their teammates. Bryant's demeanor helped end of one of the greatest duos of this generation: Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal.
Perhaps it's the clearer sense of the big picture and less of a desire for personal achievements that make role players such great locker room guys. They have an excellent sense of self and know that they don't possess the abilities to be bigger than the team. It's a concept that took a guy like Bryant years to master.
Today, we will rank the 10 best locker room guys in the NBA. These are gentlemen who excel at getting the ears of those around them to listen to their words. Some of these men are household names, while the others may not be who you would typically think of when you are considering the best locker room generals.