Success is not just talent alone. The list of talented players who never made a career in the NBA could circle the earth. The league is full of individuals who possessed super talents and super skills but failed to make it or stay in the NBA. And it's not surprising why.
Sure, players could get by on talent alone in high school. The superior talented ones even slipped by in college. While they found success and were coddled, this actually was their undoing. They had the wrong attitude. Their success really wasn’t a result of a work ethic or a different approach but relied solely on talent.
But the NBA has too many players that have either talent or a work ethic. If you only have one, you can’t compete. You must have both.
We're not talking just superstars, either. Although, typically, when you combine great talent with driven work ethic, it can be a formula for superstar. But that won't be only who we look at.
We want guys with the baddest work ethic, period. Regardless of role, status, you name it. (So, don't expect this to just be a list of All-Stars!)
So, who then has transcended the average and sits on top of that list?
And, what players have worked to improve their game on both ends or get in better physical shape?
Even more, which players take work ethic to legendary status?
Lastly, who aims not to achieve but overachieve?
Here are the top 25 baddest work ethics in the game today.