How 31 NBA Players Built Muscle and Got Shredded for the Playoffs

LeBron James and Steph Curry in the NBA finals, Cavaliers, Warriors
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The NBA playoffs are a grind.

After pushing through 82 regular-season games, players must run through a gauntlet of tough teams, night in and night out, stretched over two months as they try to win a championship.

To have the strength, endurance, and power to get through that grueling schedule, players spend countless hours in the gym getting in shape. Whether it’s heavy rope workouts, agility drills, dumbbell moves, deadlifts, or sled pulls, these players know what it takes to get strong for the postseason.

Here’s how 31 players got shredded and built muscle for the 2017 NBA playoffs.

31. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks


30. Bobby Portis, Chicago Bulls


29. Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics


28. Jae Crowder, Boston Celtics





27. Dahntay Jones, Cleveland Cavaliers


The worst way to end a workout with @rfrichey @independenttrainingspot

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26. Dante Exum, Utah Jazz


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25. Deron Williams, Cleveland Cavaliers


24. Al Horford, Boston Celtics

Practice 💪☘. #Celtics

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23. Channing Frye, Cleveland Cavaliers



22. Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics

Knee ups pool workout #nostrugglenoprogress

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21. Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls


20. Tristan Thompson, Cleveland Cavaliers

Offseason grind….. #GrindDontStop #KlutchSports

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19. J.R. Smith, Cleveland Cavaliers

#HappyAllStarBreak #TeamSwish #RWTW 🏆#LeadersOfTheNewSchool

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18. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers


17. Dwyane Wade, Chicago Bulls

@dwyanewade #WhereDoYouTrain @dbcfit #ChangingTheGame

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Great work today @dbcfit #moreworktodo

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16. Derrick Favors, Utah Jazz


15. Paul Pierce, Los Angeles Clippers

Work work work work work #rihannawork

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14. Gordon Hayward, Utah Jazz

#Repost via @definingsports: #Tbt to @gdhayward putting in work 💪🏀 #SVSPfam

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13. Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers

Good Morning!! #laborday

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Broke my hand but can't break my heart. What's your excuse?

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12. Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs

Back at work, big summer for me ! Cc. @peaksportsusa @waptwo

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11. Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz

Can't wait.

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Charged up

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10. Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers

recovery #vyper #hyperice

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9. Boris Diaw, Utah Jazz


8. Iman Shumpert, Cleveland Cavaliers


Prove it. 📸 by @justxfred

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The weather is nice | The work is hard

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7. Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers

Ready to go. Check out my new Jordan #CP3X available now on

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6. James Harden, Houston Rockets

Great team win tonight but thats not enough. #LockedIn 🔒

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5. Pau Gasol, San Antonio Spurs


4. Paul George, Indiana Pacers


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3. Steph Curry, Golden State Warriors


2. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder


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1. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers









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