Competitive sports are full of egos and complicated personalities, so when it comes to proofs of humility, there aren’t that many players you could name on the list and of course, the NBA is no exception to that rule.
Maybe not everybody in the NBA is a huge jerk, but most players definitely are, as you may see samples of bad attitudes from most players these days, always trying to pump up their personal stats instead of doing what’s best for their teams.
However, there is another kind of players, that one full of humility and unselfishness which is always willing to help their team to be better and actually content even if that means to sacrifice some personal glory.
Over the years these players have shown us that you only need to take the right steps in order to be something great. If you don’t remember any, it doesn’t matter, here are 10 players who are everything but selfish.
Kevin Love knows what’s best for his team and he’s displayed it since the start of his journey in the Association. Kevin went from being the main star in Minnesota to be the Cavaliers’ third option behind LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, respectively.
He knows what it takes and he actually does, being one of the most benevolent players in the league, being more than willing to take charges, make his numbers take a dip and always try to find the open guy and boy, has it paid up.
Tony has been always an excellent point guard who always puts the team ahead of him; he has improved his scoring skills and has developed plenty of more things on the court. He is one of the best passers in the league at this point as he is always thinking of finding the best shoot for his teammates.
Besides, he’s known to be a great teammate, constantly trying to make foreign players fit and adapt well to the US lifestyle, and even offering his house as a shelter for those French newcomers that want to make it in the Association.
Manu has never complained about being part of the second unit of San Antonio Spurs and instead, that’s kind of his thing, as Manu feels very comfortable being the sixth man of San Antonio.
The Argentinean player knew how to earn a spot in this league as soon as he landed and even nowadays he still doing great things. Manu is the prime of example not starting a game but finishing it. At the end, that’s all that matters.
Dwyane Wade never was the highest-paid player in any of his former teams until now, as he was always trying to attract talent to his squads and accepting pay cuts to do so. Of course, this worked nicely for Wade, as he won three championships by doing this.
He was able to play alongside both Shaquille O’Neal and LeBron James, earning less money than they deserved in order to have more talent in their ranks. Gladly for him, that’s over now and he’s set to enjoy a huge paycheck at the end of the month.
Say what you want about James, but he is not a selfish player. LeBron is always trying to improve his team either by enhancing their own teammates or acquiring new players for the wellness and the competitiveness of the team.
He is one of the best playmakers in the league and even if he has received a lot of criticism due to this practice, he just wants the best for his squad. There is nothing wrong with wanting to play in a better team, and if you don’t believe it, ask Steph Curry and his Warriors.
Dirk is a living legend; there is no doubt about it. Nowitzki has proved himself and the rest of the league that he is one of the best that ever played the game. Since his arrival to the league, the German player has only shown us good things both inside and outside the court.
He never cared about being underpaid if the Mavs were able to build a strong and competitive team and that was the main factor for their title in 2011. You can’t hate this guy, as he’s the prime example of loyalty and generosity with your team.
Andre came from being the go-to guy to become a substitute player in Golden State and just like Vince Carter, Andre gets better and better with the years. He stopped being the main star of his team to lead the Warriors’ second unit. Andre improved his defense and also turned himself into one of the best passers of the team.
Iguodala has shown nothing but improvements during his stay at the Bay and that’s why he was the Finals MVP a couple of seasons ago. Not so many players are able to make a huge chance in their career, but Andre knew how to handle the change from being Allen Iverson’s wingman to be just another laborer in Steve Kerr’s team.
Maybe Conley doesn’t talk and sell much compared to other players and that’s probably why he is one of the most underrated point guards in this league. Conley has worked very hard for his team and has adapted his style of playing to the Memphis’ slow and calmed pace, nothing easy to do.
Conley has learned how to play and defend this team and has led it to great playoffs runs, even making it to the Western Conference finals. If there is somebody that knows about sacrifice, that’s for sure Mike Conley.
This is another legend and a player with great understanding of the game and the different situations it might present. Vince Carter started his career and spent most of it being one of the most explosive and exciting players in the entire world, creating big associations like the ones with Tracy McGrady in Toronto and with Jason Kidd in the Nets.
These days Carter is teaching more than anything, changing his old ways and becoming a kind of professor for the youngsters on his team. Carter went from being the explosive player he was back in the day to be a wise one who knows how to administrate his timing while watching youngsters thrive.
Curry demonstrated the past season that he is willing to share and share the spotlight if it helps his team to win and well, he made the best decision by doing that. Steph gave some of his leadership to Kevin Durant, who instantly became the figure of Golden State, even leading them to win the championship and taking revenge on Cleveland in past finals.
Curry has proved on several occasions that he is able to sacrifice his numbers for the well of Warriors, even giving up some shoots to make a flashy play for any trailing playing towards the rim or trying to set up his teammates despite being the best shooter in the game.