The NBA has a lot of talented athletes and exceptional human beings. We've seen top NBA players like Michael Jordan, and Kobe Bryant accomplish a lot on the court but off the court, they can be real jerks at times. Their cockiness gets the best of them and they think they can do anything they want. Kobe who was a great athlete and one of the top Lakers of all time. But he wasn't a great mentor to the young players and had some off the court issues. Then there's some like Dwyane Wade who was a great player, who has now broken down a little but he does a lot of good off the court with charity work.
There are some players who actually do good things off the court whether it's charity work or even helping another teammate out. It makes their creditability be better and they become better role models.
Not all NBA players are going to be viewed as stars though. Some are able to hang around because they do one thing exceptionally well, or they're just good enough to hang around for many years. Some players use this fortune and do good with it, while others simply milk their brief period in the limelight and bring negative attention to themselves. Here, we will outline 8 middling NBA players who are jerks in real life and 7 who are complete sweethearts.
15 JERK: NICK YOUNG
Nick Young currently plays for the Golden State Warriors. He's played 12 seasons in the NBA with the Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers, and Los Angeles Clippers. He's played in over 600 games and started nearly 200. What makes him a jerk is the things he does off the court.
He is not a very decent guy with women. We all remember him when he dated Iggy Azalea and she dumped him because he was caught cheating on her with multiple women.
In 2016 she wrote in a Tweet "“I broke up with Nick because I found out he had brought other women into our home while I was away and caught them on the security footage." In March of 2016 a video was released that Nick was bragging about cheating on Iggy Azalea with other woman.
14 SWEETHEART: CHANDLER PARSONS
Parsons is an average player in the NBA. In seven seasons in the league he's played for the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, and Memphis Grizzlies. He's closing in on the 400-game mark, which already is a respectable career. What makes Parsons a sweetheart is he did some charity work while with the Dallas Mavericks. He posted himself and teammate Devin Harris on a camel in front of a mural of Dirk Nowitzki, which was an advertisement done for charity.
Other charity work Parsons has done included his time with the Houston Rockets when he did Dunks for Donation with Nina Agdal. Parsons is a good example of your average player on the court but off the court he is an all star person.
13 JERK: MATT BARNES
Matt Barnes is a pretty huge jerk. For example during a game Barnes said some things to James Harden's mother Monja Willis. He would apologize for saying those nasty things to her. It was during Game 2 of a playoff series in 2015 against the Houston Rockets. After the game he addressed yelling at Harden's mother, saying "We've made our peace."
Barnes claimed after the game that he didn't know who James Harden's mother was and didn't know he was yelling at her until after the game. Barnes said.
However, Barnes has a lot more jerkish behavior on his resume. There was the time he drove 90 miles to his ex-wife's house to beat up Derek Fisher after finding out they were seeing each other.
12 SWEETHEART: RICKY RUBIO
Rubio has played in seven seasons in the NBA for the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Utah Jazz. He is the type of guy that you would want to be friends with. He is from Spain and came to this country when he was young. Rubio has done several events for charity and one cause that's really important to him is raising cancer awareness and research. In his life, Rubio has lost several loved ones to cancer, as well as one of his former basketball coaches.
In an interview with NBPA.com, Rubio explained how much the cause meant to him and how he wants to do his part: “I want to try to help as many people and families that I can,” Rubio said.
Rubio also started an initiative in donating $1,000 for every assist over two games to the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics needs.
11 JERK: J.R. SMITH
Smith has been in the league for 15 seasons and played for the Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers, and the New Orleans Pelicans. In 2009 however he got in trouble with the law off the court. The judge at the time sentenced Smith to 90 days in jail for causing an car accident that killed his friend.
According to USA Today Smith had 27 points penalized against his license from April 22,2005 to January 10, 2006 with eight violations on seven dates. The crash happened in 2007 and his license was in good standing at the time of the crash. Smith also had controversy in 2012 when he posted a picture of model Tahiry Jones on his Twitter account. He was fined $25,000.
Let's not forget about the time he was playing a charity basketball game and smacked the ball out of a kid's hand while the other grown men were trying to let the kid take the shot.
10 SWEETHEART: ZACH RANDOLPH
Randolph isn't the star he once was and hasn't played much of a role on the Sacramento Kings this season. At least he is still a good person off the court and a good role model for his 14-year old-son. Randolph is also known for taking younger players under his wing and helping them avoid the pitfalls that can come in an NBA career.
This past Christmas, Randolph also was seen handing out warm Christmas turkey dishes to starving older people, and explained why he was doing it: "Man, I swear I do. I do, man," Randolph told ESPN. "Seeing these older women like that, seeing how they appreciate it, you can tell. It means a lot, man. It makes me think of my mother. She's here with me in spirit, and I know she's smiling because this is what she wants me doing."
Randolph had a bit of a troubled past himself, but he has grown into an exceptional himan being.
9 JERK: P.J. HAIRSTON
Well, it's pretty easy to see why P.J. Hairston lands on the jerk side here. Hairston was charged with assault and battery in 2014 outside an Durham YMCA. It was reported that Hairston threw a punch at a high school kid named Kentrell Barkley in retaliation. That's not the first time Hairston got in trouble with the law. He was arrested at a traffic stop, was found to be in possession of marijuana, and a handgun was found near the car he was in.
The assault charge would be dropped and so would the marijuana possession charge. He would also be suspended from North Carolina's team after an NCAA investigation into use of his rental vehicles. He was also cited in May and June of 2013.
8 SWEETHEART: JOAKIM NOAH
For Noah he is a charitable guy who founded Noah's Arc Foundation. The former Chicago Bull and current New York Knick travels to Chicago for his charity. His foundation is based in Chicago and he wants to make sure that the kids have a chance to succeed. He told the Chicago Tribune last year. "There's a lot of work to be done, It hurts me to know the state for so many kids of this city I've grown to love. I'm very proud of the work that we do. But the truth is it's not normal what's going on in Chicago. The violence is like a plague. The more we got involved, the heavier it got for me. But we have to do what we can."
That is a prime example of a player who does good off the court to help the community. Keeping the foundation running despite leaving the Bulls was a very classy move on the part of Noah.
7 JERK: RAJON RONDO
Rondo is now an mediocre washed up whiny basketball player. His time with the Celtics was good in 2008 but when he left it got very ugly. Him and Ray Allen don't even talk to one another. He also loves talking trash to other opponents to get under their skin. His relationship with Ray Allen began in 2009 when it started to go bad Allen wasn't even invited to the 2008 reunion they had this past summer because there is still beef between him and Allen.
Rondo once called Dwyane Wade a dirty player, but he is a dirty player himself in a lot of ways. Rondo has pretty much worn out his welcome with any team that's had him since his Boston days. The Mavericks thought he was so bad they excluded him from playoff shares following their 2015 season.
6 SWEETHEART: ENES KANTER
Enes Kanter is a player for the New York Knicks who was traded there by the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder got Carmelo Anthony from the New York Knicks. He is owner of the Light Foundation which brings foster awareness and provides assistance for children's development. In areas of Education, Poverty, and Social Harmony. The foundation supports local charities and non - profits in Oklahoma City. The foundation donated more than 400,000 meals to the Oklahoma City Food Bank.
The foundation also donates 5,000 meals for each Kitchen 11 episode to support The Food For Kids Program. He also donated $25,000 to Houston for Hurricane Harvey. He also made a video after he was traded thanking the Thunder saying. "Please beat the Warriors." That's a classy guy right there.
5 JERK: Matthew Dellavedova
We're going to bend the rules a little here, because Matthew Dellavedova is by all accounts, a really dirty player on the court. While he looked serviceable in Cleveland when he had LeBron James to fall back on, but his weaknesses have been exposed in Milwaukee. His teammates tend to like him, but opposing players are constantly saying how dirty Dellavedova is. One NBA player said about him: "as dirty as they come".
He was voted the dirtiest player in the NBA by players and coaches a few years ago. He's probably a dirty player because he doesn't have the talent to keep up if he wasn't. We sure hope it's not a reflection on him as a human being.
4 SWEETHEART: EVAN TURNER
Evan Turnerpays it forward with Hearts and Hoops. Over the years, Turner has done great with charity work. He's handed out gift certificates to underprivileged kids, bought Christmas gifts for needy families, and would stop at local hospitals to make someone's day. He talks about Hearts and Hoops telling Oregon Live, "I know there's a big homeless population and, obviously, there are always people who need food. Each city I've been in, I try to figure out which way I can give back positively and help the community. I knew doing a food drive was what I wanted to do." Throughout last November, Hearts and Hoops collected food and books for those in need during the holiday season.
3 JERK: DERMARR JOHNSON
In 2007 Johnson was arrested when he was playing for the Denver Nuggets. It was reported at the time he and two women were involved in a disturbance at a nightclub one night. Johnson's attorney would release a statement saying that his client was breaking up a fight between the two women. If he was breaking up a fight why wouldn't he just tell the police that instead of not cooperating? He wouldn't have gotten arrested if he was just up front with it. He was charged with resisting arrest and interfering with police. In 2008 he was arrested again for a DUI telling the cops. " I just had a few cups of wine."
Hopefully Johnson's doing better these days now that he's playing in Ice Cube's Big 3 League.
2 SWEETHEART: TOBIAS HARRIS
While Tobias Harris is a decent contributor for the Detroit Pistons, his true motivation is helping kids. He told the Jim Rome Show in a recent interview “Especially in the world we live in now, we need more young leaders. So, trying to instill that into the kids, trying to just let them know that they can do it. I know a lot of these kids go through hard times, and a lot of times don’t really have anybody to speak to them or to give them that motivation, so it’s just my duty to be that person and try to help out and try to see somebody be successful.”
He is also involved with City Year Detroit which helps inner-city public schools through educational support. It's great that he is involved with the community and helping the kids of the future find success.
1 JERK: JEFFERY TAYLOR
In 2014 Taylor was arrested for domestic assault. He was playing for the Charlotte Hornets at the time. The organization released a statement saying "The organization is in the process of gathering more information and doing our due diligence, This is a matter that we take very seriously." When he pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor domestic assault, charge the NBA suspended him a total of 24 games.
Taylor and the woman were drinking and an argument occurred. He shoved the woman in a violent manner into the hallway when she fell to the ground and hit her head on a door. Taylor is currently out of the NBA and playing for Real Madrid in the EuroLeague. Hopefully he's since been able to stay out of trouble.