The Sportster's Top 15 NBA Players - Winner's Only

Some of the most talented fellas in the NBA don't have anything but individual accolades to hang their hat on. However, on this list, we'll outline the guys who have contributed to victories and championships, while demonstrating not only their incredible skills, but their inner heart and determination. These guys are winners through and through and have all proven that they care about winning above all else. You'll notice that stars such as James Harden and Melo are not on the list, and believe me it's not cause they're not bonafide ballers. The players honored here are still producing in today's game and are no strangers to early summer parades. Notable absences include the whole Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers rosters, because of the aforementioned criteria.  

There's a timeless question that goes like this, "What do winners do?" The answer has been and always will be: win. These fifteen guys sure know the answer and are aware of the components to be a star on a winning NBA team. The recipe for an NBA championship truly isn't a secret, but some of the more pedestrian players and sub-par organizations clearly are not on the same level as those who have put in the work on and off the court as well as both sides of the ball. Additionally, each of the fifteen players have provided the proverbial jaw dropping moments on the biggest of stages that make the whole bar "look back at it." They're adored by hometown fans and have cemented their mark in basketball history.

15 Manu Ginobili 

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14 Trevor Ariza 

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13 Andre Iguodala 

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12 Kobe Bryant 

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11 Tony Parker 

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10 Tim Duncan 

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9 Dwyane Wade 

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8 Dirk Nowitzki 

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7 Klay Thompson 

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6 Chris Bosh 

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5 Pau Gasol 

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4 Draymond Green 

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3 Kawhi Leonard 

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2 LeBron James 

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1 Stephen Curry 

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All of the decorative, illustrious words used to describe Steph Curry over the past few weeks are absolutely on point. At the expense of beating the dead horse, Curry is a transcendent player that has now patented the 3-point layup. Outside of being the best baller in the world and best shooter to ever live, he is a down to earth likable guy. Chef Curry is so outstanding it's funny to see how people are questioning the rules regarding the three point shot. In the rare event the fitting colloquially named "dubs" are trailing in a game, there is absolutely no safe lead, because the baby-faced assassin is not only coming for you, but looking passed you. This man, unfazed by the media or MJ's Bulls comparisons, is focused on one thing; winning.

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