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The Most Hated Active NBA Players

Updated April 24, 2020 35.8k votes 5.6k voters 65.4k 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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  • 1
    Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players
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    Kevin Durant

    Brooklyn Nets

    PositionSmall forward

    Age31

    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 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players
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    James Harden

    Houston Rockets

    PositionShooting guard

    Age30

    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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  • 3
    Patrick Beverley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players
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    Patrick Beverley

    Los Angeles Clippers

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Age31

    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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  • 4
    Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players
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    Russell Westbrook

    Houston Rockets

    PositionPoint guard

    Age31

    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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  • 5
    Grayson Allen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players
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    Grayson Allen

    Memphis Grizzlies

    PositionShooting guard

    Number3

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

  • 6
    DeMarcus Cousins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players
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    DeMarcus Cousins

    Los Angeles Lakers

    PositionCenter

    Age29

    BirthplaceMobile, Alabama, United States of America

    Number15

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

  • 7
    J. R. Smith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players
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    J. R. Smith

    Cleveland Cavaliers

    PositionShooting guard

    Age34

    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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  • 8
    Joakim Noah is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players
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    Joakim Noah

    Memphis Grizzlies

    PositionCenter

    Age34

    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.

  • 9
    LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players
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    LeBron James

    Los Angeles Lakers

    PositionSmall forward, Power forward

    Age35

    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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  • 10
    Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players
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    Kyrie Irving

    Brooklyn Nets

    PositionPoint guard

    Age27

    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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  • 11
    Lonzo Ball is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players
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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.

  • 12
    Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players
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    Rajon Rondo

    Los Angeles Lakers

    PositionPoint guard

    Age33

    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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  • 13
    Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players
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    Dwight Howard

    Los Angeles Lakers

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Age34

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia, United States of America

    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.

  • 14
    Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players
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    Chris Paul

    Oklahoma City Thunder

    PositionPoint guard

    Age34

    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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  • 15
    Draymond Green is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players
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    Draymond Green

    Golden State Warriors

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Age29

    BirthplaceSaginaw, Michigan

    Number23

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

  • 16
    Austin Rivers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players
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    Austin Rivers

    Houston Rockets

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Age27

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, USA

    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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  • 17
    Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players
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    Stephen Curry

    Golden State Warriors

    PositionPoint guard

    Age31

    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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  • 18
    Jared Dudley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players
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    Jared Dudley

    Brooklyn Nets

    PositionSmall forward

    Age34

    BirthplaceSan Diego, California

    Number3

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

  • 19
    John Wall is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players
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    John Wall

    Washington Wizards

    PositionPoint guard

    Age29

    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.

  • 20
    Marcus Smart is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players
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    Marcus Smart

    Boston Celtics

    PositionGuard

    Age25

    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.

  • 21
    Enes Kanter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players
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    Enes Kanter

    Boston Celtics

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Age27

    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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  • 22
    Robin Lopez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players
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    Robin Lopez

    Milwaukee Bucks

    PositionCenter

    Age31

    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.

  • 23
    Paul George is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players
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    Paul George

    Los Angeles Clippers

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age29

    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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    Matthew Dellavedova is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players
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    Matthew Dellavedova

    Cleveland Cavaliers

    PositionPoint guard / Shooting guard

    Age29

    BirthplaceMaryborough, Australia

    Number18

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

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    Bobby Portis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players
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    Bobby Portis

    Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

    PositionPower forward

    Number5

    Why is he hated?: The fight with Nikola Mirotic put Portis on the hate list of many NBA fans.

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