03/02/2012 07:58 am ET Updated May 02, 2012

Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash Among 10 Smartest Players in the NBA

For any team to have some sort of success, the chances are likely that they need to have a smart leader dictating the flow and rhythm of this team. If they're not a leader on the court, then they're either playing a prominent role on defense and being more of a "glue guy" that promotes team unity and working together as a cohesive unit.

Being a smart player on the court doesn't always translate to certain championships, but it will usually translate to success.