Top 20 NBA Players Who Live Life to the Fullest

Many of the NBA’s greatest players have truly been on top of the world. Or in some instances been chilling with rival dictators. There’s a lot to be said for someone who can be lowered six-feet deep and can have honestly said they did it right. Quite a bit to that- sure, enjoying luxuries is a plus. While partying is a great aspect of life, others have evolved their existence into much more than champagne showers. Some have used their NBA status as platforms for philanthropic endeavors. Others have made their name a worldwide brand.

On this list, there are a number of players both present, and a few old-timers, that have had incredible lives and stories that have made them legends in their own regard. Some of these gentlemen will be appropriately honored for their contribution to the league, their organizations, and their namesake. Meanwhile, other jackasses demonstrate how fun it is to be playing a kids game and making stupid money. The partiers aren’t to be hated on, because they’re fulfilling their dreams of ballin’ in every capacity, while you just gotta keep an eye on your girl. Some of the anecdotes will allow you to admire some of the obstacles some of these great athletes have overcome, how hard they’ve worked, and how true they are to the NBA’s slogan, “NBA Cares.” The girls, the money, the championships, the awards, the houses…Man, it’s cool to be an NBA player, and these fellas can share what it’s like to be the big man in town, while living the slogan so many college chicks have embroidered somewhere in their dorm room, “Live Life to the Fullest.”

20 J.R. Smith

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

19 Joakim Noah

Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

18 Steve Kerr

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

17 DeShawn Stevenson


16 Walt Frazier


15  15. Charles Barkley

Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

14 LeBron James

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

13 Dirk Nowitzki

Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

12 Dikembe Mutombo

Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

11 Stephen Curry

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

10 Jimmy Butler

Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

9 Wilt Chamberlain


8 Bill Russell

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

7 Phil Jackson

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

6 Dennis Rodman


5 Allen Iverson

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

4 Shaquille O'Neal

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

3 David Robinson

Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

2 Earvin "Magic" Johnson

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

1 Michael Jordan

Danny La-USA Today Sports

At the risk of boring this audience with the most impressive collection of basketball accolades, Michael Jordan’s off the court accomplishments will be as follows. He revolutionized the footwear industry with a little boutique known as “Jordan.” He was a professional baseball player in addition to being a scratch golfer. Moreover, he’s still a better basketball player than all of the guys on his Charlotte Hornets team. When asked about his political affiliation, he declined to mention because “both parties wear sneakers.” Undoubtedly, MJ is in a league of his own when it comes to living life to the fullest. Oh, and it’s worth mentioning that he’s a big time gambler. But with that kind of dough...

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