Charles Barkley once famously said that he was a basketball player and not a rolemodel: "I'm not a role model... Just because I dunk a basketball doesn't mean I should raise your kids."
While some may argue that Barkley has to realize that whether they like it or not, basketball players have an influence on kids, he was right in the sense that basketball players can't automatically be expected to all be exceptional human beings.
Growing up as a basketball fan, you always had that one player you idolize. Whether it was Magic, Michael, Kobe, or LeBron, we see these stars all over TV and worship them like they are Gods. But once you dig deeper and look at some of the facts, teammate testimonies, and even arrest histories, we realize, wow, some of these guys are actually real a-holes. Not everyone has a bad side, some players like Charles Barkley genuinely seem giant Teddy Bear, but other stars have an uglier side.
Not all these NBA d-bags appear the same. Some have a bad attitude, others objectify women, and some (as you will later read) blurt out some serious insults on the court. Whatever their poison, there are some bad people in the league. What more is there to say? You saw the title. These NBA players are just huge d-bags in real life.
20 Ray Allen
Like most of the players on the list, their strive for success translates to arrogance off the hardwood. Ray Allen, despite his gleaming smile and lovable personality on TV, has been known to be self-absorbed when the camera aren't rolling. Maybe it was just his insane work ethic that deterred his teammates, but apparently, he was controlling and arrogant.
I'm not diminishing Allen's sportsmanship award, or his incredible work for charity, but it always seemed like the charity was about himself. He would thank his teammates for attending his charity dinners, but never returned the favor. Former teammate, Paul Pierce, once said "We were all good friends on the court, but Ray always did his own thing. That’s just the way Ray was. Even when we played together, we’d be having a team dinner and Ray wouldn’t show up.” A champion? yes. But maybe too narcissistic? You betcha.
19 Zach Randolph
Zach Randolph looks like a giant Teddy Bear, just like Charles Barkley, but this guy has the temper of a four-year-old spoiled rich kid. When he was in Portland, he sucker punched teammate, Ruben Patterson, in practice, breaking his jaw, and causing him to miss important time in the playoffs. All because of a little argument. Get your head on straight, Zach!
He also has been plagued with technical fouls. Recently, Randolph was T-ed up and ejected for punching Oklahoma City center, Steven Adams. That one I don't mind so much though, mostly because Adams plays pretty dirty. The Law doesn't like "Z-bo" too much either. After signing with Sacramento, Randolph was arrested for possession of weed, with the intent to sell. Come on, man! You are a veteran! You know someone else is supposed to carry the weed. Maybe he's not so much of a d-bag, rather than a hot-headed idiot.
18 Kendrick Perkins
How can someone who looks so much like "Thomas the Tank Engine" be such a d-bag? Well, this old school center really knew how to piss people off. Over the course of his career, Perkins had a total of 111 technical fouls and 11 flagrants. That is a lot considering he didn't protect the rim very well late in his career.
Perkins has also been involved in other verbal altercations. We can remember him screaming at Reggie Miller in the playoffs, but a lesser known story was when he cussed out Joakim Noah in the Thunder locker room. The two went at it and he told Noah to "grab his sh*t and get out" before any punches were thrown. Man, I wish they would have thrown down, because it would be hard for either one to uglier!
17 Blake Griffin
The Canelo Alverez look-a-like is superior dunker. His high-flying, show stopping ability is next to only his teammate, DeAndre Jordan. But rumor has it that Blake is a d-bag. Not like an "I'm going to kill your whole family" d-bag, but more of the "dude, you got pledge our frat next year, we got hammered every night" d-bag. If you don't believe me, just check out this video, What a jerk!?
Oh, we can't forget about the incident between Blake, and the team's equipment manager, Matias Testi. He punched Testi and was out 4-6 weeks with a broken hand. God, Testi must have hated high school. And to get into the equipment manager business. Testi! NUTS! You get my immaturity. Okay, keep reading, I promise I won't go all "middle school humor" on you.
16 Stephon Marbury
I'm going to start off by praising Marbury. While he never made it to complete stardom in America, the guy was able to create a cheap basketball shoe, the Starbury. He donned inner-city and low-income children with shoes that they could afford, allowing them to follow their dream. I can't knock the guy for something that admirable.
But this list is about d-bags, and it's sad to say, but Marbury is one of them. He went to court for charges of sexual harassment in 2012. But in general, he was a horrible. Tim Thomas once said that Marbury was the worst teammate he ever had.
Coaches didn't like Marbury too much either. While with the Knicks, after being told he was going to be benched, he threatened Isiah Thomas with all the sh*t" he had on him. Not cool man. Those are the words of a d-bag.
15 Ruben Patterson
This guy just had a slough of run-ins with the law (and with women). We'll start off in 2001, when he was convicted for the rape of his child's nanny. Apparently, Patterson forced the nanny to "perform sex acts" on him. From this incident, Patterson was forced to register as a sex offender in order to continue his residency in the United States. He was arrested for assault on a man who messed with his car in Cleveland in 2001 as well. In 2002, he was booked for felony domestic assault against his wife, who later dropped the charges, and divorced him. He violated to register as sex offender in 2007 and was arrested for a DUI in 2010. Man, now I don't feel that bad that our no. 19 d-bag, Zach Randolph, sucker punched him!
14 Rasheed Wallace
The No. 14 d-bag on our list is Rasheed Wallace. Talk about technicals! "Sheed" holds the record for most career technical fouls, most technical fouls in a season, and most ejections in a season. He was known for getting into verbal spats with opponents, teammates and even officials (even after the game). Ex-NBA Referee, and crooked gambler, Ton Donaghy, once said Wallace was a "target" for referees, due to his physical style of play and critique of their calls.
One instance where the fouls really caught up to "Sheed" was Game 6 of the 2007 Eastern Conference Finals against the Cavaliers. Wallace racked up two techs in the 4th quarter, with the Pistons only down 10, and was ejected from the game. Why would you subject your team to an ejection in an elimination game? He would have had to sit in Game 7 if it were to come to that! Talk about a selfish d-bag!
13 Rajon Rondo
I think calling the ref a "mf***ing f****t" is grounds to be a d-bag. That's what Rondo did to referee Bill Kennedy, who actually later came out as gay. Rondo issued an apology tweet, but his mark as a true a**hole is everlasting..
Besides the homophobic slur, Rondo has been known to hop from team to team, just because of his attitude problems. He gets technical fouls in bad situations and has racked up over $100,000 in fines throughout his career. Rondo has been extremely cocky, and had the ability to back it up in his younger days. But as he aged, his play on the ocurt declined, and his attitude wasn't worth the sub-par production for many teams. Just goes to show that with high-levels of play, NBA teams can tolerate anyone, but when that play declines, it's time for that player to hit the road.
12 Paul Pierce
"The Truth" is a fraud. In his glory days, just like Rondo, Pierce had the ability to back up his trash talk. Even hitting shots in opponent's grills while he was jawing at them. But the ten-time All-Star's arrogance spilled over off-the-court. He would rarely sign autographs for fans, as he put himself on a pedestal above everyone else.
Pierce was also part of several gang related incidents while he was in the NBA. He was fined by the NBA for throwing up the "bloods" sign in a game, and in 2000 was stabbed 11 times in a night club over possible gang retaliation. Even though witnesses say Pierce was actually trying to break up a fight, putting yourself in that situation does not bode well for your reputation.
11 Chris Paul
Chris Paul seems like an upstanding guy at first. He is head of the player's association and is part of the NBA clique with James, Anthony, and Wade. But not everything appears as is seems. Paul has been known to bark out orders on the court and be petty in the locker room. When DeAndre Jordan was going to leave in free agency in 2015, sources cited one of the reason's was Paul's arrogance and demanding nature. I think Spurs coach Gregg Popovich summed it up best when he said, “He’s a mean, nasty man, and he’s a pain in the a**. I don’t know if there’s anyone more competitive in the league than that little dude. They must’ve stole all his toys and everything when he was a kid. He’s getting back at the world, because he’s mad at everybody once he steps on the court.” Maybe that's why Paul never joined San Antonio in the offseason!
10 Nick Young
I'm not sure who is more at fault on this one: DeAngelo Russell or Nick Young? You all heard the story, and maybe saw the video. Young admitted to cheating on rapper, then fiancee, Iggy Azalea, while Russell secretly recorded him. On the one hand, Russell, who kind of looks like a d-bag in all of this too, broke serious bro code. Why? Probably because he was young and immature, but not to be diabolical. On the other hand, "Swaggy P" really messed this one up. He cheated on the hot Iggy with some 19-year-old THOT he met at a club. Come on, man! How the hell could you do that to Iggy? She's beautiful! Everyone looked like a d-bag in this situation, but Young's public admittance puts him on our d-bag list.
9 DeMarcus Cousins
Cousins acts like an immature child whose rich parents just took away his phone. He just has that douchy look on his face all the time. Not to mention, he gets plenty of technicals and ejections! Cousins is just a big baby.
When he was with the Sacramento Kings, Cousins constantly was at battle with the coaching staff as well. He blamed George Karl for one of their losses, and in another instance, he was sent home from the team, because his progress wasn't going in the right direction. Despite his great play on the court, and being one of the best centers in the NBA, the Kings had enough of his attitude and traded him to New Orleans in 2017. "Boogie" needs to grow up and man up if he wants to get rid of his d-bag status.
8 Matt Barnes
Just look at the guy. He screams d-bag! Barnes is known for his aggressive style of play on the court, pestering opponents and getting under their skin. Maybe that is still why he is playing in the NBA at age 37. But Barnes is extremely misogynistic and has had his trouble with the law.
In 2010, Barnes was arrested for suspicion of domestic violence to then wife, and Basketball Wives star, Gloria Govan. The couple separated in 2014, but Barnes kept with hot-headed ways. In 2015, Barnes beat up ex-teammate Derek Fisher for hanging (and probably hooking up) with his ex-wife at his house in L.A. Apparently, Barnes just beat the s**t out of him. He's had incidents at several night clubs as well. This guy is a total jerk!
7 Ron Artest
The player formally known as Ron Artest make our list at No. 7. There are too many incidents to count with this guy. He used to drink Cognac in the locker room at halftime when he was with the Bulls. He destroyed a TV camera. In 2004, he was had to sit for two games because he was too busy promoting his rap album. Let's not forget the "Malice in the Palace," where Artest went up into the stands and started pummelling a fan. Subsequently, he was suspended the rest of the season. Artest was also arrested for domestic violence, and served 10 days in jail. Oh, let's not forget the lewd pics that went around the internet. He is the walking embodiment of an a**hole. What a d-bag!
6 Kobe Bryant
The thing about the "Black Mamba" is that he knows he's a d-bag. He even gave advice about winning championships to Draymond Green, saying "Be a jerk!" His intense winning mentality stifled any potential friendships in the NBA, and his cold demeanor made him unlikable to anyone that wasn't a Lakers' fan. Even ex-LA coach, Phil Jackson, called Bryant "un-coachable."
Oh yeah, let's not forget the main reason he is a d-bag, Kobe raped a girl in Colorado. Remember this incident back in 2003? The victim got paid off, his wife got a beautiful multi-million dollar "I'm sorry" ring, and everything seemed okay. The hotel even renovated the room he was staying in, supposedly to hide evidence. Possibly a conspiracy, but someone definitely got paid off.
5 Karl Malone
"The Mailman" always delivers, except when it comes to being in his child's life. Malone may be the second leading scorer all-time in the NBA, but that does not excuse him from being a d-bag dad. When Malone was in college, he fathered a child with a 13-year-old. That is considered statutory rape almost everywhere. Malone never claimed responsibility and the son, Demetrius Bell, actually went on to be drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the NFL.
But wait, there is more. When Malone was 17, he fathered twins with another women, and you guessed it, did not take part in the children's lives. Eventually, when the twins go older, Malone did become part of their life, even appearing in an add for Louisian tourism with one of the twins, then WNBA player Cheryl Ford. Maybe Karl was just young and dumb, but in both instances, he was a total d-bag.
4 Michael Jordan
We all know Jordan as the best to play the game, but with that sort of greatness, comes a fair deal of arrogance. He once punched former teammate, and now coach of the Warriors, Steve Kerr, in the face for disagreeing with him. When it came to rivals like Charles Barkley, a funny story from assistant coach Johnny Bach comes to mind:
"The day before game 4 of the Bulls Suns finals with the Bulls leading the series 2-1. Michael and Charles Barkley went golfing. They played 48 holes of golf. And Michael bought Charles a $20,000 diamond earring. Johnny asked MJ, “what did you do all that for?” Michael responded, “he won’t get in my way the rest of the series, what’s $20,000 to me? Charles thinks we’re great friends. I hate that fat f—.”"
Damn, for more d-bag moments, you can just sit through his hall of fame speech where he threw everyone under the bus!
3 Jayson Williams
Besides an NFL quarterback, who plays around with a shotgun? Probably an NBA All-Star. In 2002, Williams was getting ready to go to a charity event wen he was playing around with a live shotgun, which fired, and killed, his limo driver, Gus Christofi. This wasn't the first time he misfired a gun. In 1994, he fired a semiautomatic weapon in the parking lot of the Meadowlands, but was never criminally charged. But, back to the manslaughter. After years of legal battles, Williams was convicted of manslaughter in 2010. After receiving a DUI, he was moved to Riker's Island, but was released in 2012. Williams was also involved in several bar fights and was even tasered by police in 2009. The ex-Net is one big d-bag who has killed someone, and barely took any punishment for it.
2 Latrell Sprewell
Anyone remember when Sprewell choked out his coach and got suspended for the 1997-98 season? That's just one incident. After being kicked out of practice for choking his coach, he went back and punched him too! This guy has had a history of fighting with teammates and is just an all-around d-bag.
Sprewell's career famously came to an end when he refused a 3-year, $21 million dollar contract from the Timberwolves because he stated it wasn't enough to feed his kids. Then, his $1.5 million yacht was repossessed, two of his homes were foreclosed upon, and he was prohibited from seeing his children. Anger and arrogance were Sprewell's downfall, but at least he now has a sense of humor about it in this priceline.com commercial.
1 Kevin Garnett
KG's intensity is only matched by his witty, d-bag comments, and that's why he makes our list at No. 1. Instead of boring you with random instances, we will just list some of KG's on-the-court insults.
“Happy Mother’s Day, M***********” - KG to Tim Duncan in 1999 on Mother's Day after Duncan's mother died.
Called Charlie Villenueva a "Cancer Patient" referring to his disease, Alopecia.
"Burn your suit" - KG to the ever-stylish Craig Sager.
"She tasted like Honey Nut Cherrios" - KG to Carmelo Anthony when referring to Carmelo's wife, Lala Anthony.
These are just a few of Garnett's ridiculous trash talk. Honey Nut Cheerios? I guess it got to 'Melo as he confronted KG after the game. Again, Garnett is the king of the top 20 NBA players who are huge d-bags in real life.