"Today’s NBA is all about speed and space, and players are rapidly cutting weight to fit in"
At NBA media days across the league, veteran NBA players showed up sporting slimmed-down physiques. Portland’s Jusuf Nurkic dropped 34 pounds. New Knicks center Enes Kanter lost 38 pounds. The Sixers’ Jahlil Okafor shed 20 pounds, in part by going vegan. New Orleans’ DeMarcus Cousins described his weight loss as a “significant” amount. The Celtics’ Marcus Smart lost 20 pounds, while the Blazers’ Damian Lillard and the Pacers’ Lance Stephenson both dropped 10 pounds.