Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard, Wilson Chandler, Al Jefferson, Garrett Temple, Enes Kanter, JaVale McGee and Jahlil Okafor have all made a switch to a vegan or vegetarian diet over the past year or so.

"Been on more of a plant-based diet, getting away from the animals and all that," Irving told ESPN during the preseason. "I had to get away from that. So my energy is up; my body feels amazing."

"He's had great energy all year," Brad Stevens says of Irving as part of a lengthy feature by Tom Haberstroh. "The nutrition side is huge."

"I wanted to eat cleaner," Lillard told The Oregonian this offseason. "Also I want to play lighter this year and be easier on my joints and feet. I'm getting older, you know what I mean?"

"For athletes, it's tough," Chandler tells B/R Mag. "It's not a plant-based world."

The weight of the league increased by seven pounds per player from 2000 until 2013 but has fallen three pounds on average per player over the past four years as the NBA has moved towards a fast playing style.