Ranking the NBA's Toughest Ironmen

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Ranking the NBA's Toughest Ironmen
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The NBA is not a league for the soft or the fragile. Every player, whether they are a sharpshooting guard or a bruising center, is going to take their fair share of hard fouls, unavoidable contact and hard falls during the course of each grueling season.

Many incredibly talented players who had superstar potential simply could not hold up physically and were never capable of achieving their potential.

However, there are a handful of players who not only survive the league's physicality, but thrive on it. They are among the game's most competitive, willing to play through pain and do whatever it takes to eek out a win for their squad.

They may not possess the most skills or the best shooting stroke, but these players have made their living by being physically dominant.

The "ironman" label is not one often applied to basketball, but these seven players certainly deserve it for the way they carry themselves on the court.

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