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The Most Hated Active NBA Players

Updated April 24, 2020 37.5k votes 5.9k voters 67.8k views54 items

List RulesPlease rank the players only on their unpopularity

Who are the most hated active NBA players in 2019-2020? Clearly, this list is totally subjective. A player who is worshipped by fans of one team is likely going to be hated by the fan base of a rival team. That's what makes sports so great: Everyone has an opinion. Now, vote for the athletes you hate the most and rerank this list in any order you want. Your reranks will affect the overall rankings on this list.

Just because a current NBA player is hated, doesn't mean he's a bad player. In some cases, it's quite the opposite: Anyone care to argue that LeBron James isn't one of the greatest current players in the NBA, and possibly one of the best NBA players of all time? If you're a huge NBA fan, you might also want to vote on these lists of the best wing players, power forwards and shooting guards in basketball, too.

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    Kevin Durant

    Brooklyn Nets

    PositionSmall forward

    Age32

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    Number35

    Why is he hated?: The decision to join the Golden State Warriors for a few seasons and his social media antics led to KD becoming an NBA villain.

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    James Harden

    Brooklyn Nets

    PositionShooting guard

    Age31

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    Number13

    Why is he hated?: The ball-hogging style and ISO dominant play makes Harden tough to watch at times.

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    Grayson Allen

    Memphis Grizzlies

    PositionShooting guard

    BirthplaceJacksonville, Florida

    Number3

    Why is he hated?: A history of dirty plays at Duke University made Allen a hated man before even joinng the NBA.

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    Patrick Beverley

    Los Angeles Clippers

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Age32

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Number21

    Why is he hated?: Pat Bev is the player that loves being hated as seen with his physical style of play bordering on dirty.

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    Russell Westbrook

    Washington Wizards

    PositionPoint guard

    Age32

    BirthplaceLong Beach, California

    Number0

    Why is he hated?: Intentionally stat hunting for the triple double made Russ a heavily criticized player, especially with his recent postseason failures.

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    J. R. Smith

    Cleveland Cavaliers

    PositionShooting guard

    Age35

    BirthplaceFreehold Borough, New Jersey

    Number5

    Why is he hated?: When you forget the score in the final seconds of an NBA Finals game, you're bound to become a hated player in the league.

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    Kyrie Irving

    Brooklyn Nets

    PositionPoint guard

    Age28

    BirthplaceMelbourne, Australia

    Number2

    Why is he hated?: Chemistry issues in Cleveland and Boston earned Kyrie a negative reputation in recent years.

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    DeMarcus Cousins

    Los Angeles Lakers

    PositionCenter

    Age30

    BirthplaceMobile, Alabama

    Number15

    Why is he hated?: Cursing out NBA opponents, rival fans, and reporters made Boogie a disliked figure in the league.

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    LeBron James

    Los Angeles Lakers

    PositionPower forward

    Age36

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio, United States of America

    Number23

    Why is he hated?: LeBron James is clearly an all-time great, but the prima donna antics of demanding trades rub some fans the wrong way.

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    Joakim Noah

    Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks

    PositionCenter

    Age35

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Number13

    Why is he hated?: Noah's trash talking and physical play has most fans showing zero sympathy for his recent NBA struggles.

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    Dwight Howard

    Philadelphia 76ers

    PositionCenter

    Age35

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia

    Number12

    Why is he hated?: The locker room issues with teammates and coaches in his career made Dwight Howard a hated man by many fans and peers.

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    Lonzo Ball

    New Orleans Pelicans

    PositionPoint guard

    Number2

    Why is he hated?: Lonzo's dad LaVar made him a hated figure entering the league by saying he's already the best point guard in the game.

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    Rajon Rondo

    Los Angeles Clippers

    PositionPoint guard

    Age34

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

    Number9

    Why is he hated?: Rondo's annoying tendencies on the court caused clashes with Ray Allen, Chris Paul, and many NBA fans.

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    Draymond Green

    Golden State Warriors

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Age30

    BirthplaceSaginaw, Michigan

    Number23

    Why is he hated?: The history of talking trash and dirty plays hurt the reputation of Draymond.

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    Chris Paul

    Phoenix Suns

    PositionPoint guard

    Age35

    BirthplaceWinston-Salem, North Carolina, United States of America

    Number3

    Why is he hated?: CP3's trash talk and frequent complaints to the officials have turned many against him.

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    Austin Rivers

    Milwaukee Bucks

    PositionPoint guard

    Age28

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California

    Number25

    Why is he hated?: Austin getting his biggest opportunity from his dad Doc coaching the Clippers caused many to question his skill.

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    Paul George

    Los Angeles Clippers

    PositionSmall forward

    Age30

    BirthplacePalmdale, California

    Number24

    Why is he hated?: Many consider PG a front runner for leaving two teams to become second fiddle to Kawhi on the Clippers.

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    Stephen Curry

    Golden State Warriors

    PositionPoint guard

    Age32

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio, United States of America

    Number30

    Why is he hated?: Steph loves to showboat when winning which makes it easy to enjoy the downfall of the Warriors.

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    Jared Dudley

    Brooklyn Nets

    PositionSmall forward

    Age35

    BirthplaceSan Diego, California

    Number3

    Why is he hated?: Dudley is disliked for talking big despite having an extremely limited role on teams.

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    Marcus Smart

    Boston Celtics

    PositionShooting Guard

    Age26

    BirthplaceFlower Mound, Texas

    Number36

    Why is he hated?: Smart's physical style of play makes the kind of player Celtics fan like on their team, but everyone else hates.

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    Enes Kanter

    Portland Trailblazers

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Age28

    BirthplaceZürich, Switzerland

    Number11

    Why is he hated?: Kanter loves talking trash and trolling even though he's nowhere near superstar status.

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    Robin Lopez

    Washington Wizards

    PositionCenter

    Age32

    BirthplaceNorth Hollywood, Los Angeles, California

    Number15

    Why is he hated?: You're bound to become hated when you pick fights with lovable mascots like RoLo does.

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    John Wall

    Houston Rockets

    PositionPoint guard

    Age30

    BirthplaceRaleigh, North Carolina

    Number2

    Why is he hated?: Wall's massive contract and lack of playing time has turned him from hero to goat in Washington.

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    Trae Young

    Atlanta Hawks

    PositionPoint guard

    BirthplaceLubbock, Texas

    Number11

    Why is he hated?: The three-point shooting of Trae has some fans unimpressed with a one-dimensional style of play.

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    Matthew Dellavedova

    Cleveland Cavaliers

    PositionPoint guard / Shooting guard

    Age30

    BirthplaceMaryborough, Australia

    Number18

    Why is he hated?: Past plays of Delly have been considered dirty earning him many enemies.

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