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The Most Hated Active NBA Players 

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List Rules Please 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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James Harden is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players
Shooting guard from Los Angeles, California

Teams: Houston Rockets

Age: 30

Number: 13

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

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Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players
Small forward from Washington, D.C., United States of America

Teams: Brooklyn Nets

Age: 31

Number: 35

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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DeMarcus Cousins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players
Center from Mobile, Alabama, United States of America

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

Age: 29

Number: 15

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

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J. R. Smith is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players
Shooting guard from Freehold Borough, New Jersey

Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers

Age: 34

Number: 5

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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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players
Small forward and Power forward from Akron, Ohio, United States of America

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

Age: 35

Number: 23

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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Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players
Point guard from Long Beach, California

Teams: Houston Rockets

Age: 31

Number: 0

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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Joakim Noah is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players
Center from New York City, New York, United States of America

Teams: Memphis Grizzlies

Age: 34

Number: 13

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 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players
Power forward and Center from Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

Age: 34

Number: 12

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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Patrick Beverley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players

Teams: Los Angeles Clippers

Age: 31

Number: 21

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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Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players
Point guard from Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

Age: 33

Number: 9

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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Grayson Allen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players
TRENT13 added Shooting guard from Jacksonville, Florida, USA

Teams: Memphis Grizzlies

Number: 3

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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Lonzo Ball is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players
Lonzo Ball Point Guard from Anaheim, California

Teams: New Orleans Pelicans

Number: 2

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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Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players
Point guard from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States of America

Teams: Oklahoma City Thunder

Age: 34

Number: 3

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

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Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players
Jack Holbrook Jr. added Point guard from Melbourne, Australia

Teams: Brooklyn Nets

Age: 27

Number: 2

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

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Draymond Green is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players
Bob McCactus added Power forward from Saginaw, Michigan

Teams: Golden State Warriors

Age: 29

Number: 23

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

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Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players
Point guard from Akron, Ohio, United States of America

Teams: Golden State Warriors

Age: 31

Number: 30

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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Austin Rivers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players
TRENT13 added Point guard and Shooting guard from Santa Monica, California, USA

Teams: Houston Rockets

Age: 27

Number: 25

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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Marcus Smart is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players
TRENT13 added

Teams: Boston Celtics

Age: 25

Number: 36

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 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players
TRENT13 added Power forward and Center from Z├╝rich, Switzerland

Teams: Boston Celtics

Age: 27

Number: 11

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

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Jared Dudley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players
Small forward from San Diego, California

Teams: Brooklyn Nets

Age: 34

Number: 3

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

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Matthew Dellavedova is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players
TRENT13 added Point guard / Shooting guard from Maryborough, Australia

Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers

Age: 29

Number: 18

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

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Robin Lopez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players
TRENT13 added Center from North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California

Teams: Milwaukee Bucks

Age: 31

Number: 15

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

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Aaron Gordon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players
Forward from San Jose, California

Teams: Orlando Magic

Age: 24

Number: 00

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Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players
Power forward from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Teams: Detroit Pistons

Age: 30

Number: 32

Why is he hated?: Blake's history of injuries caused many fans to give up on the talented big man.

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Bobby Portis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Hated Active NBA Players
TRENT13 added

Teams: Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

Number: 5

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

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