Who are the most hated active NBA players right now? 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.
Why is he hated?: Ben Simmons bailed on playing for the 76ers and forced his way out via trade, while using a serious issue like "mental health" as a shield against legitimate criticism about his off-season work ethic and shooting ability.
Why is he hated?: The history of talking trash and dirty plays hurt the reputation of Draymond.
Why is he hated?: Has made some dirty plays and shown bad sportsmanship over the years.
Why is he hated?: The Warriors years and his social media antics led to KD becoming an NBA villain.
Why is he hated?: The ball-hogging style and ISO dominant play makes Harden tough to watch at times.
Why is he hated?: A history of dirty plays has made Allen a hated man in the NBA.
Why is he hated?: Intentionally stat hunting for the triple double made Russ a heavily criticized player, especially with his recent postseason failures.
Why is he hated?: Pat Bev is the player that loves being hated as seen with his physical style of play bordering on dirty.
Why is he hated?: Kyrie's anti-vax stance has unquestionably impacted the Nets for the worse this year.
Why is he hated?: Despite having an imposing frame and superior skill set, Embiid has a reputation for flopping and living at the free throw line.
Why is he hated?: After one promising season, Randle's regression has caused him to have a tumultuous relationship with Knicks fans.
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.
Why is he hated?: Cursing out NBA opponents, rival fans, and reporters made Boogie a disliked figure in the league.
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.
Why is he hated?: Having left LA, Kuzma finally gets his shot to show he's been a "superstar" all along.
Why is he hated?: Kanter loves talking trash and trolling even though he's nowhere near superstar status.
Why is he hated?: Gobert caught a lot of flack for being the first NBA player to get COVID-19 and possibly transmitted the virus to Donovan Mitchell.
Why is he hated?: CP3's trash talk and frequent complaints to the officials have turned many against him.
Why is he hated?: The three point bomber became one of the biggest draft night "what ifs" if NBA draft history when the Atlanta Hawks selected the OU star over Luka Doncic.
Why is he hated?: Austin getting his biggest opportunity from his dad Doc coaching the Clippers caused many to question his skill.
Why is he hated?: You're bound to become hated when you pick fights with lovable mascots like RoLo does.
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.