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Turning green: Top 3 NBA players who are vegan

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NBA players need to maintain a certain weight to be the best versions of themselves on the court. Here are three players who proved going plant-based is better.

Kyrie Irving

The Brooklyn Nets star turned vegan in 2019. According to the former NBA champion, it brought changes in his body, making him more ready in the daily grind.

So my energy is up. My body feels amazing.

Kyrie Irving via TheBeet

Did it have any positive effect on his production on the court? It did. Two seasons before being vegan, Irving averaged 25 points and 24 points in the 2017 and 2018 seasons, respectively. In the 2019-2020 season, the ex-Celtics guard averaged 27 points per game. There are other factors with this increase in offensive production and it remains to be seen if being vegan contributed to it. But as Irving said, it felt amazing and it added an extra layer of confidence and peace of mind knowing he is doing something for the greater good.

Chris Paul

Paul has been vegan since 2019. It was reported that he changed his diet after seeing the documentary “Gamechangers.” Like Irving, the change in diet worked wonders for CP3.

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Before turning to plants, Chris’ career was in limbo. He was getting old and getting injured frequently — not a good case for someone who’s looking to win a ring before retiring. CP3 knows something has to change if he wants to realize that dream of winning a title. Chris missed the All-Star game for three consecutive years, but he was named to the All-Star twice after going plant-based. His points production dipped slightly due to him being a mentor at this stage of his career, but his efficiency is at its best.

At 36 years old, CP3 is playing like he’s still at his peak. The Phoenix Suns played in the finals, a first in the future Hall of Famer’s career. Does going vegan contribute to that? It remains to be seen, but numbers don’t lie for the multiple-time All-Star.

JaVale McGee

McGee may not be a top player, but everything turned out for the better after he went vegan. He was included in this list because contrary to popular belief that men would lose muscle mass when changing to a plant-based diet, an NBA player playing in the center position can still thrive and be effective.

The former Cavs player knew he had to lose weight in 2016 and decided going vegan was the fastest route. He is now enjoying a second wind in his career as a result. After going vegan, McGee won two NBA titles and averaged the highest point production in his career in 2018-2019.

JaVale swears he is more energetic due to the change in diet.

I don’t know what it is, but eating clean is just so energizing. Sometimes you have to look at yourself like am I doing too much, or why aren’t I tired? It’s weird.

JaVale McGee via Forbes

If these three players can maintain their plant-based diet and still prove they can do it on the court; this should motivate other NBA players to consider going vegan in the future.

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