When looking at some of the best players in any professional sport there’s usually more to their talent than meets the eye.
As with any great professional athlete, there is always a delicate balance of inherent ability and hard work.
And while almost every player who has reached the pinnacle of their respective sport has natural ability and has put in a lot of hard work, there are some guys who have a little something extra to their game which separates them from their peers.
It’s easy to point out who the best scorers or rebounders in the NBA are; in most cases, all you have to do is look at the season averages and see who has the best numbers.
But what usually separates the good from the great are the little things that don’t always show up in the box score at the end of the night.
These are things like; hustle, heart, and intensity which can make an average player good and a good player great.
The players with these intangibles are generally appreciated by the die-hard fan because there’s something rare about the way they approach the game which you don’t see everyday.
Perhaps the thing serious sports fans like about intangibles is that, in most cases, it’s more of a mindset than anything physical and it’s almost as if these players are willing themselves to be great by the power of their minds.
You’ll notice that a lot of the guys on this list were or still are some of the best players in the NBA and it goes to show that you need more than just talent to be a great player.