2010-2011 NBA Season Preview: The All Tough-Guy Team

October 8th, 2010 by marc mct Leave a reply »
Anyone can make a list of the toughest guys in the NBA, but what about a list of the toughest guys on one team? As such the list must be limited to 15 players and they must be the toughest at their position.

But what does tough mean? First, let's clarify what it isn't. Tough isn't simply intimidation. It likewise isn't who would win in a fight or who could be in the UFC, though several players listed below would make anyone's lists in those arenas as well.

Our definition of tough for the purposes of selecting this team is someone with the will to impact the game when things aren't going well (mental toughness). Someone who isn't afraid to rebound and mix it up in the paint when they're overmatched. Someone who is committed and fearless defensively no matter the assignment.

And last but not least, someone who doesn't make a point of bragging about how tough he is.

First Team

Point Guard – Rajon Rondo – The silent assassin. Just look at him. Sporting a look that is equal parts menacing and poker face, think he's not tough? At 6'1” 171 lbs., Rondo is living proof that small and tough are not mutually exc ...

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