The epitome of hard work is represented by two  of the most underrated ballers in the NBA, Nate Robinson and Isaiah Thomas. I started following Nate and Thomas’ careers a few years ago when Nate made his first appearance with the Chicago Bulls and Isaiah was drafted, respectively.

Robinson has spent the majority of his career as a back-up point guard, and he finally showed what he was made of when Derrick Rose began experiencing his litany of injuries in 2012. Robinson averaged over 20 points during Rose’s absence, but his height has been the barrier in earning him a starting position in the league – – at least a permanent one. Regardless of his shortcomings in the height department, he has won 3 slam dunk championships.

Isaiah Thomas is similar in his own way: He was the last pick in the 2011 NBA draft, but earned rookie of the month in the following February with 12.2 points and 4.4 assists per game. He recorded his first double-double the following February against the Cleveland Cavaliers with 23 points and 11 assists. His adversary in that particular game was none other than Cleveland’s own, Kyrie Irving.

These two miniature guards show time and time again that anything can  be achieved against all odds. The simple belief of themselves and outworking their opponents subsidize anything they lack in height. Below is an episode from T.J. Regan’s “State of Nate” showing the two Seattle products living their dreams and working hard to achieve them. We all could learn something from these guys:

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