5 Hardest Working NBA Players – Labor Day Edition
Labor Day is an honor to men and women who work for a living.
HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: What is Labor Day, exactly, other than a day we don't go to work and the banks are closed?
I had to hit Wikipedia for the answer; yes, I know that is sad.
"Labor Day is a celebration of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country."
Since Labor Day is a holiday that celebrates hard work, which NBA players come to mind as players who put in work every time they step on the floor? Who has increased the "Strength, prosperity and well-being" of their NBA franchise just by their presence?
These are the first five players that came to mind.
What's "harder" than having a bad performance in the NBA Finals and then being dealt to an inter-conference foe the following year because you're seen as only the third best player on your team? Harden got dealt by the Thunder to the Rockets and he responded with a career year, proving in the process he is a legit NBA star. Last year Harden did it all every night, leading the team in scoring, steals, minutes per game and free throw attempts while finishing second in assists and fourth in blocks.
Did you know Lillard led the NBA in minutes played last season? The way Portland's luck has been the last few years, they were probably trying to get the most out of him while he was healthy. In his rookie year, Lillard also scored the most points and lead the Blazers in assists.
Whether it's putting in work for the Miami Heat or Team USA, "Bron Bron" never has an off day and contributes in every conceivable way for his team and his employer. With free agency looming, and perhaps "The Decision II" also looming, can any employer ever pay LeBron what he is truly worth?
Chandler was an easy pick for this list because he does the dirty work that a lot of guys don't want to do. Altering shots, blocking shots, rebounding and giving the Knicks an identity of toughness, Chandler is as responsible as Carmelo or Mike Woodson for the Knicks conversion from an Eastern Conference joke to perennial playoff team.
Deng doesn't do any one thing great, he does a lot of things extremely well. Deng consistently draws the defensive assignment of the opposing team's best scoring option and never gets lit up. He fights through all types of injury to perform for his squad because he knows the organization counts on him. Who else would casually undergo a spinal tap and be expected to suit up immediately? Only a tough SOB with a reputation for being reliable. Deng led the NBA in mpg (38.7) last season and also the year before (39.4).
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