The NBA is one of the most popular professional sports leagues on the entire planet and has millions of people who watch and enjoy it. A good portion of their fans are children, and these children can’t help but to idolize their favorite players. These players are living the dream, as they are rich, famous and playing a game that they love for their job.
However, not all individuals that put on an NBA uniform are the best role models for children. In fact, there are actually quite a few NBA players who children should never look up to, for a number of reasons. Some players have abused women, some have committed terribly violent crimes, and others have just shown time and time again that they are terrible people. Sure, they might be great on the court, but in the age of social media and the internet, no superstar has their privacy anymore and we know all about what they have done.
With that in mind, this article will take a look at 15 NBA players who should or should have been banned by the NBA for the things they have done and the way that they have acted in their lives.
15. Bobby Portis
During his college career at Arkansas, Bobby Portis was one of the best players in college and was a tenacious defender and a suitable scorer as well. His great college career led to him being drafted in the first round by the Chicago Bulls in the 2015 NBA draft. He had a suitable first few years in his career as a role player who was capable of stepping in and playing multiple positions for the team. However, he did something during a practice this season that is unforgivable. After an altercation with teammate Nikola Mirotic, Portis punched him in the face, which resulted in Mirotic going to the hospital with multiple facial fractures. Portis was suspended by the team for a few games, but he could have easily been removed from the league for doing something a teammate should never do.
14. Dwight Howard
For a period, Dwight Howard was the most dominant big man in the entire NBA and could do no wrong. He was one of the best defenders ever and was unstoppable around the basket. However, after being dealt around to a number of different teams, Howard has seemingly lost what he once had. While his skill has also deteriorated, he has a history of being a locker room problem in which he gets upset with teammates as well as being upset with management too. Howard has also admitted to abusing his son, which is obviously not okay for anyone to do. While his case might not be as serious as some on this list, Dwight Howard has proven to be a cancer in the locker room and has admitted to hitting his children, both of which are qualities that do not belong in the NBA.
13. Ron Artest/Metta World Peace
Despite being a great defensive player and a decent scorer during his time, Metta World Peace (aka Ron Artest) is by far better known for being a crazy guy with a very short fuse. Not only was he arrested for domestic violence, but he was also at the center of one of the darkest moments in NBA history, the Malice at the Palace. During a game with the Pistons and Pacers, tempers flared and after a fan threw a beer at Artest, he actually ran into the crowd and attacked the man who he thought threw it. This led to pandemonium as other Pacers players ran into the crowd to fight fans. While he was suspended for 86 games, many would argue that it wasn’t enough. How he was ever able to suit up for another game after literally running into the crowd and assaulting a fan is beyond us. If someone ever did this again, there is almost no way they wouldn’t be banned from the league.
12. DeShawn Stevenson
DeShawn Stevenson is a very interesting character. He came into the league in the 2000 NBA draft, right out of high school, but didn’t become a contributing player until a few years later. He was a player touted for his athleticism and scoring, but was an all-around player who ultimately became more of a defensive stopper. Problem is, in addition to being a good player, Stevenson was just a shady guy. A man was shot at his home after an argument with two women, and there is also a report of Stevenson having sex with a 14-year old girl. While he has denied this, that isn’t saying much, as of course, he would. Pair that with the fact he couldn’t control his temper many times on and off the court, and you have the recipe for a guy that should have been banned from the NBA a long time ago.
11. Draymond Green
Draymond Green is someone that you either love or you hate. And if you aren’t a fan of the Golden State Warriors, there is a chance that you hate him. He is known for trash talking and getting under the skin of his opponents. He also is one of the best defensive players in the whole league. However, he is also known as a dirty player as there have been several different instances of him kicking players, which is obviously not a good thing to do. In addition to his antics on the court, he has also been arrested for assault. As the story goes, he and some friends got in an altercation with a man and another male and a female. The next night, Green saw the man and the two argued and then Green punched him in the face. While Green was drunk at the time, that is no excuse for his bad behavior. When is the NBA going to finally penalize this guy?
10. DeAndre Liggins
DeAndre Liggins was drafted in the 2011 NBA after a solid three-year college career at Kentucky. Despite his decent skill as a player, he was never able to be anything but a role player. In 2012 he joined the Oklahoma City Thunder and seemed to be doing okay there until late 2013. In September of that year, Liggins was arrested for domestic violence after he attacked and punched his girlfriend multiple times, while their two-year-old son was in the room with them. He was waived from the team and bounced around the world playing or different teams in different leagues. While he is currently experiencing a career resurgence as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks, there are those out there who believe he shouldn’t be on a team at all and should actually be banned from the NBA altogether for his disgusting behavior.
9. Willie Reed
Willie Reed’s problems date back many years, and he still has a job in the NBA. During his time at college at St. Louis, Reed was involved in a sexual assault scandal with many other players. After not being allowed to rejoin the team, he decided to forgo his last two years and decided to declare for the NBA draft in 2011. He went undrafted and went to go play in Europe. However, after a few years he found himself in the NBA finally. However, problems continued to follow him around. After signing with the Clippers this offseason, Reed got himself arrested for domestic assault. After his wife told him she wanted a divorce, he became irate and begun to grab, throw and drag her around the room fighting for her purse. While it is yet to be said what will happen as a result of this incident in his career long-term, there are many people hoping he is banned.
8. Lance Stephenson
After a college career that lasted one sole season, Lance Stephenson was drafted into the NBA in the second round of the 2010 NBA draft. He began his career with the Pacers, but has played on many different NBA teams in the last few seasons. He is noted for his toughness and his ability to irritate other teams and be a bit of a troll. However, he also has a lengthy past when it comes to off the court issues as well. Back in late-2008, he was arrested for sexual assault after groping a 17-year old at his high school. Also, he found himself in hot water in 2010 after he pushed his girlfriend down the stairs, which could have led to some extremely serious injuries. Instead of being banned from the league for his actions, he is actually now back with the Indiana Pacers and playing meaningful minutes for them, despite what many people think of him.
7. Jason Kidd
During his playing career, Jason Kidd was one of the premier point guards in the league and was a 10-time All-Star and even an NBA champion. He was one of the best passers of his era, while also a great rebounder for a point guard. However, his off the court history shows he is a much better ball player than he is a person. He was arrested for DUI in 2012 and way back in 2001, he was found guilty of domestic abuse after assaulting his then-wife. Her accounts of all the different things he did to her are simply horrific. Despite all of these terrible things, Kidd is not only not banned from the NBA, but is actually the Head Coach of the Milwaukee Bucks.
6. Ty Lawson
While he has been a talented player for the teams he has played with, Ty Lawson has a major issue with keeping his life on track outside of the arena. In total, Lawson has been arrested for DUI at least four separate times, with many coming within the last few years. He simply could not stop and was a danger not only to himself, but also those around him. it got so bad he was even forced into rehab for a portion of time. In addition to those damaging charges, Lawson has also been arrested for domestic violence. While he is currently out of the NBA and playing overseas, the NBA should do the right thing and ban him from ever returning to the league to play.
5. Jeff Taylor
Born in Sweden, Taylor moved to the United States of America at the age of 17 and looked to follow in his father’s footsteps of playing professional basketball. He made this dream a reality, after a solid collegiate basketball career earned him the opportunity to be drafted in the 2012 NBA draft by the Charlotte Bobcats. While he was a solid player, he never seemed to be able to turn into anything but a role player.
In 2014, Taylor was arrested at a hotel in Michigan for domestic assault and destruction of property. This horrific event led to him being suspended for 24 games by the NBA, and while he is unlikely to ever return, he definitely deserves a banishment. Since his departure from the NBA, he has played professionally in Spain. He had promise as a player, but maturity and anger issues prevented him from becoming much of anything.
4. Darren Collison
During his four-year college career at UCLA, Collison was one of the premier guards in the country and despite his small stature, he was able to do a lot on both the offensive and defensive ends of the ball. His hard work was rewarded when he was taken in the first round of the 2099 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Hornets. Over his career, he has played on five different teams and is currently on the Pacers for his second stint with the team. However, after an event that took place back in 2016, some people are wondering why he even has a spot in the NBA anymore at all. He was arrested with (and found guilty of) felony domestic battery. While many details weren’t released, police say that the victim was visibly injured and Collison was without a doubt the man responsible. While he was suspended for 8 games, that is not enough of a punishment for what he did, and he deserved a much larger one.
3. Greg Oden
Greg Oden will definitely go down as one of the biggest busts in NFL history as he was taken first overall in the 2007 NBA draft, ahead of Kevin Durant who would go on to become one of the best players in the league. Oden was plagued by injuries throughout the start of his career and was never really able to stay healthy enough to have any sort of impact in the NBA. Things got even worse for Oden in 2014 when it was revealed that he was charged with battery after punching his ex-girlfriend in the face. He pleaded guilty but faced no real repercussions other than being put on probation. While he has stated that he is done as a basketball player, the NBA could still ban him to ensure he never tries to return after the things he has done. He had so much potential but had to throw it all away by being a terrible person off the court and getting tons of injuries on it.
2. Matt Barnes
Matt Barnes was a tough and tenacious NBA player who retired a few weeks ago after many solid years in the NBA. He even won his first championship last season as a member of the Golden State Warriors. However, while fans of his remember him for his playing style and hard work, everyone else remembers him for being a pretty terrible person. He got into numerous different scuffles throughout his NBA career and always seemed to be getting into other people’s business and trying to start things with nearly everyone. Add to that the fact that he was arrested for domestic violence in 2010 and for threatening a police officer in 2012, and you have all the ingredients for a guy who should be banned from the NBA. The league simply doesn’t need guys who behave and act in the ways he does.
1. Javaris Crittenton
After a decent college career, Crittenton found himself in the NBA. However, despite his best efforts, he could never turn into much of an NBA player at all. As a result, he is much better known for his off-the-court behavior, which was terrible by the way. His problems began as a member of the Washington Wizards when he and teammates Gilbert Arenas were involved in an altercation that involved guns in the locker room. They were both suspended and he never played another NBA minute.
However, his problems continued. In August of 2011, Crittenton was arrested and charged with the murder of a 22-year-old mother of four. She was not the intended victim but Crittenton ended her life nonetheless. As a result, he was sentenced to 23 years in prison. Also, he was rumored to have been connected with various gang members and gang activity during his NBA career. While he is in no danger of ever returning to the NBA, he’s young enough to make a theoretical return, and the league should do the right thing and ban him. The things he has done are unthinkable and are more than worthy of banishment.
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