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The 10 Most Jacked NBA Basketball Players

The 10 Most Jacked NBA Basketball Players


Here is the list of the top 10 most jacked, ripped, cut, shredded, muscular NBA basketball players (in no particular order). Below you can find the workouts, training regimens, and exercise routines that helped Lebron James, Dwight Howard, Ben Wallace and others to play at their very best in such a competitive sport. Being that this list is very subjective, we created a list based on a combination of criteria including muscular size, vascularity, leanness, proportionality, aesthetics, and rarity of body types. We supplied you with pictures so you can see more clearly why we chose one athlete over the other and who has a better physique in our eyes.

Note: The 185 lb. bench press and vertical leap measurements were from the NBA Pre-Draft Combine. All statistics were gathered from



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If you are an athlete and want to improve in your sport, you must follow a precise strength training, conditioning, and nutrition program. MP45 is a step-by-step athlete workout program that walks you through exactly what to do to excel as an athlete. This is the type of training and nutrition followed by many of the world's top professional athletes.


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LeBron James

Forward, Cleveland Cavaliers

6’8, 250 lbs.

Combine statistics unavailable


LeBron James defines the term jacked.  Recent reports have labeled him at 6’9, 270 pounds and still growing with under 7% bodyfat.  This physical freak has dominated the NBA over the past four years and his never-before-seen combination of size and strength is coveted by all professional athletes.  James provided a schedule of his in-season workout routine, check it out.



Superset 1 -


Assume the classic pushup position, with legs straight, hands beneath your shoulders. Keeping your body rigid, bend your arms to lower yourself until your chest is just off the floor. Then push back up until your arms are extended. Do as many reps as you can.


Grab a chinup bar with an overhand grip (palms forward) and your hands slightly more than shoulder-width apart. Hang with your arms straight and pull your shoulder blades down. Pull your chest to the bar. Then lower yourself to the starting position. Aim for 10 reps.

Superset 2 -

Dumbbell Snatch

Assume an athletic position (knees bent, hips back), holding a dumbbell in one hand below your knees. In one movement, jump as you thrust the weight overhead, keeping the weight close to your body. Land softly. Aim for 5 reps with each arm.

Cable Single-arm Row

Grab the handle of a mid-pulley cable with your left hand, pulling your right arm back. Row the handle to your torso as you extend your right arm. Then resist the weight as you return your arms to the starting position. Do 10 reps with each arm.



Superset 1 -

Dumbbell Incline-Bench Press

Lie face up on an incline bench and hold a pair of dumbbells at the sides of your chest with an overhand grip (palms forward). Press the weights straight above your chest. Then lower them to the starting position. Do 10 reps.

Lat Pulldown

Sit at a lat-pulldown station and grab the bar with an overhand grip, hands slightly more than shoulder-width apart. Keeping your head and back straight, pull your shoulder blades down and then pull the bar to your chest. Let the bar rise. Do 10 reps.

Superset 2 -

Dumbbell Single-arm Overhead Press

Stand holding a dumbbell at shoulder height with your palm facing toward your body (as shown). Press the weight straight up and then slowly lower it. Do six to eight reps before repeating with the other arm.

Dumbbell Single-arm Row

Hold a dumbbell in your right hand, arm straight, and place your left hand and left knee on a bench. Use your upper-back muscles to pull the dumbbell up and back. Pause, then slowly lower the weight. Do 10 reps on each side.





Dwight Howard

Center, Orlando Magic

6’11, 265 lbs.

Max Bench Press: 345 lbs.

Vertical Leap: 35.5 inches



Dwight Howard is as jacked as they come in the NBA.  His mamoth shoulders strike fear in the hearts of his opponents as his rebounding and defnsive tenacity are constantly controlling NBA games.  Howard has lead the NBA in rebounding and blocked shots each of the past two years and there doesn’t seem to be anyone that can challenge him in the upcoming years.  Dwight craves heavy weight but also is constanly doing pushups throughout the day.  His preferred lifts are listed below.

Bench Press

Coaching Points: Keep core activated and don’t arch back

Sets/Reps: 1x10, 1x8, 1x6, 1x4, 1x2 (increase weight each set)


Lat Pulldown

Sets/Reps: 2-4x10-12

Coaching Points: This is one of the main rebounding exercises Dwight does. We always like a 1:1 relationship with chest-to-back work.


Leg Press

Sets/Reps: 3-4x6-8

Coaching Points: You’re not putting the back at risk, like other exercises do, such as the squat, [which makes] taller players’ backs go into hyperextension.


The Perfect Push-Up

Instead of doing sets of standard push-ups, he uses some of the more difficult positions with the equipment. Check out his favorites below:

Reverse Grip Push-Up

Perform push-ups with hands rotated on handles, so that palms face forward

Sets/reps: 3x15-20

Squat with Push-Up

From standing position, squat down and place handles on floor in front of you. Kick feet back and assume push-up position. Lower body while rotating hands to face each other; then drive up and rotate hands back to start position. Jump feet to hands and stand up. Repeat.

Sets/reps: 3x15-20






Ben Wallace

Center, Detroit Pistons

6’9, 240 lbs.

Max Bench Press:  460 lbs.


Four-time defensive player of the year Ben Wallace is straight jacked.  His intensity on the defensive end is a product of his tough road to the NBA, but eventually he found his niche. “I wanted to pass like Magic, jump like Mike, shoot like Bird, and cover the ball like Zeke. But none of that worked out. So I decided to play defense and rebound.” Said Wallace.  As an undrafted rookie out of Virginia Union, Wallace was determined to get huge and be the best defensive player in the NBA.  In his prime, Wallace averaged over 15 rebounds and 3 blocks per game, a succesful career to say the least. His workout below:


Monday & Thursday (chest, arms, abs):

Bench Press: 8 sets, 8 reps

Tricep Pressdown: 6 sets, 12 reps

DB Lying Tri Extension: 6 sets, 12 reps

DB Flye: 6 sets, 10 reps

BB Curl: 6 sets, 12 reps

DB Curl: 6 sets, 12 reps


Tuesday & Friday (legs, shoulders, back):

Leg Extension: 5 sets, 20 reps

Leg Press: 5 sets, 20 reps

Leg Curl: 5 sets, 20 reps

Calf Raises: 5 sets, 20 reps

Lat Pull Down: 6 sets, 8-10 reps

Machine Shoulder Press: 6 sets, 10 reps

DB Shoulder Press: 6 sets,10 reps

Bent-over Row: 6 sets, 10 reps






Joey Graham

Forward, Denver Nuggets

6’7, 225 lbs.

185 lb. Bench Press: 26 reps (combine record)           

Vertical Leap: 36 inches

After starting his career at Central Florida, Joey Graham was the star player for two years at Oklahoma State.  Graham had an extremly productive senior year of college which translated into him being the 16th overall pick of the 2005 NBA Draft.  Graham blew away NBA scouts with his immesne strength, breaking the record at the NBA draft for most bench press repitions of the 185 pound bar.  Reffered to as a “Physical Marvel” by, the 6’7, 225 pound Graham looks like a jacked NFL player playing baseketball.  Check out the picture, he is ripped!




Ron Artest

Forward, Los Angeles Lakers

6’7, 260 lbs.

Max Bench: 460 lbs


Ron Artest has been the premier perimter defender in the NBA for over 10 years running.  His physical play and extreme athletisitism allow him to stay in front of quicker players, and bang down low with guys taller than him.  Artest entered the rap scene in 2006 and soon after released a track called “Workout.”  When asked  why he made the song Artest replied “Because that’s what I do. I workout.”







Andre Iguodala

6’6, 207 lbs.

Guard/Forward, Philadelphia 76ers

185 lb. Bench Press: 4 reps

Vertical Jump: 34.5 inches


Andre Iguodala, one of the most ferocious dunkers in the NBA, is the definition of jacked and muscular. He has the shoulders that mimic those of Dwight Howard, the biceps that mirror those of Ben Wallace and the athleticism that can be compared to LeBron James. With a 34.5 vertical jump, Iguodala has emerged as the premiere dunker in the NBA today and could probably jump over any defender if he wanted to. He also has one of the most durable bodies around, missing only six total games in his first five NBA seasons in which he has averaged nearly 40 minutes a game as a full-time starter. Iguodala is a true physical specimen. Many people have wondered how the man has never made an NBA All-Star team. 




Corey Maggette

Forward, Los Angeles Clippers

6’6, 225 lbs.

Max Bench Press: 460 lbs.

Vertical Leap:  39 inches

Corey Maggette has made a living in the NBA taking hits and getting to the free throw line.  He is consistently a league leader in free throw attempts and taking a punishing like that requires a jacked physical frame. At a pre-draft workout, Corey’s trainger Tim Grover told Corey to take his shirt off while going through his workouts.  “Everybody's mouth just dropped,'' said Mickey Hamano, Maggette's business adviser. ``Even [Bulls Vice President) Jerry Krause's eyebrows raised.''  Corey has now been raising eyebrows for over ten years in the NBA and even he gives his ripped body a ton of credit.  Maggette’s offseason regiment includes:


-Twenty "dumbbell grabs" (hundred-yard dashes while carrying dumbbells that increase in five-pound increments)

-A hundred-yard bear crawl ("running" on all fours)

-Two "fireman carry" drills (fifty-yard runs while carrying a grown man)

-"Object Stacking," in which you lift stones, buckets, and ship anchors onto boxes of increasing height, from two to six feet








George Hill

6’2, 180 lbs.

Guard, San Antonio Spurs

185 lb. Bench Press: 9 reps

Vertical Jump: 37.5 inches


George Hill is one of the most ripped players in the NBA. Selected 26th overall by the San Antonio Spurs in the 2008 NBA Draft, Hill has emerged as one of the more underrated players in the league. After watching from the bench during the playoffs a year ago, Hill now plays a vital role in the Spurs offense. According to, George Hill has a body fat of 3% measured at the NBA Pre-Draft Combine, making him one of the most cut and muscular players in the league. 




Russell Westbrook

6’3, 187 lbs.

Guard, Oklahoma City Thunder

185 lb. Bench Press: 12 reps

Vertical Leap: 36.5 inches


Russell Westbrook is the future of NBA point guards. At just 21 years old, Westbrook plays like a seasoned veteran with a young and shredded physique that move lightning quick through the court, one of the fastest players in the NBA. According to, Westbrook’s body fat percentage was less than 5 percent during the Pre-Draft NBA Combine, one of the lowest percentages in the league along with George Hill.  




Rajon Rondo

6’1, 171 lbs.

Guard, Boston Celtics


Rajon Rondo  has emerged as the premiere player on the Celtics. Many deem his play more important to the Celtics than Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett or Ray Allen. Standing 6’1, Rajon Rondo  isn’t the biggest guy in the NBA but he sure can rebound and drive to the basket as good as anyone in the league.  In an interview given in February 2009, Rondo admitted that he had a very basic vertical jump training  program that helped his game, especially when it came to grabbing rebounds. He did a lot of hill sprints to work on his explosive power and quickness. He also did various abdominal exercises that worked on his explosion and balance. Lastly, Rondo  did deep knee bends, which increased his range of motion and strengthened his leg muscles, which helped to increase his vertical leap.




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