Throughout its history the NBA has seen a number of players get into trouble on and off the court during their basketball careers. It's unfortunate that these negative circumstances occur but that's life and since nobody is perfect we just have to try to make the most of it. In the case of professional athletes, when you're making millions of dollars you should try to make the most of the situation by performing to the best of your ability and staying out of trouble. Obviously this is easier said than done. Since no one can predict the future, it's understandable for franchises to take a chance on troubled players like Ty Lawson, who has a well-documented past with alcohol abuse. Problems like Lawson's - which sadly aren't even the worst the NBA has witnessed - has caused general managers to really look at a players past before making the decision to bring them on board. There's nothing more important than keeping a clean rap sheet when playing a professional sport since any hindrance in this day and age will be all over the news within mere hours of its occurrence.
Bad draft picks and trades are another source of frustration for the 30 teams in the NBA. It's only normal for management to feel let down and disappointed when a a draft pick or a player acquired via trades doesn't quite pan out the way they hoped they would. Whatever the case may be every professional sports organization in America has had a player or two that they wish they never had in the first place. With that being said here are the hot heads, weirdos or just downright disappointing players that each NBA team wants to erase from their memory.
30 Atlanta Hawks - Jon Koncak
There have been multiple instances in which a players fails to live up to the contract they are given. Jon Koncak is one of them. Heading into the 1989-90 season, Koncak was up for bids primarily between the Detroit Pistons and the Atlanta Hawks. His stats that year earlier were nothing special: 20.7 minutes, 4.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. These numbers are what you would expect from your average center and that's exactly what Koncak was. The Hawks saw something else though and decided to give him a six-year, $13.1 million extension.
29 Boston Celtics - Len Bias
Tragic. That is the only word that can be used to describe the story of Len Bias. This is easily the most heartbreaking entry on our list and I can't imagine what was going through the minds of the Boston Celtics management and players when they heard Bias had passed away. Bias was a standout player coming out of the University of Maryland that was all but ready to play in the NBA and took the next step in his career by entering the 1986 draft. The Celtics took the small forward with the 2nd overall pick in the draft and the franchise was ecstatic to see what he could do alongside Larry Bird and Kevin McHale.
28 Brooklyn Nets - Jason Kidd
Jason Kidd has spent a lot of time with the Nets organization as a player and as a coach. Since he's done both I figured it would be fair to bring up his coaching days with the team. While his playing days are filled with positives, his coaching stint was quite the opposite. After the Nets moved to Brooklyn in 2012 Kidd was brought in the following year to replace interim coach P.J. Carlesimo. Things got off to a rocky start as Kidd was suspended for the first two games of the 2013 season after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor DWI charge from the year before.
27 Charlotte Hornets - Adam Morrison
When you're taken with the third overall pick in a draft you should probably last more then four years in the NBA. Adam Morrison was selected by the then Charlotte Bobcats back in 2006 and now finds himself in basketball purgatory. He is without a doubt one of the biggest draft busts the league has ever seen. Michael Jordan, who bought a minority stake in the team just 13 days before Morrison was drafted, most likely played some role in drafting the Gonzaga alumnus.
26 Chicago Bulls - Eddy Curry
Eddy Curry might be the laziest player to ever make it to the NBA. You would think that a chance in the premier basketball league would motivate someone to stay in shape and work hard towards achieving success. Eddy Curry did neither of those but I guess he did achieve some success since he won a title in 2012 with the Miami Heat. The Chicago Bulls had very high hopes for the hometown native Curry but their plans quickly blew up in their faces once the Bulls discovered that the center had a case of laziness that drastically effected those around him.
25 Cleveland Cavaliers - LeBron James
You're probably thinking "Are you kidding me LeBron won Cleveland its first title in decades?!?" but no one can forget the events that transpired before him and the rest of the Cavaliers won a championship in 2016. Back in 2010 James made the unpopular decision to leave the Cavaliers to pursue a championship with the Miami Heat. The backlash from those in his home state of Ohio was immense and basically everyone in the state wanted nothing to do with him after he announced his decision to millions on ESPN.
24 Dallas Mavericks - Roy Tarpley
There aren't many players that are banned from the NBA but Roy Tarpley was one of them. The Dallas Mavericks drafted Tarpley in 1986 with the 7th overall pick. It wasn't long before he started making an impact with the Dallas Mavericks as the power forward was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team and won the Sixth Man of the Year Award during his sophomore season. The potential was clearly there but to the dismay of many, Tarpley couldn't keep his life outside of basketball under control. Drug and alcohol abuse led to multiple problems during his professional basketball career. He was suspended on three different occasions from 1989 to 1991 and was banned from the NBA for violating their drug-use policies.
23 Denver Nuggets - J.R. Smith
J.R. Smith has been arrested on four different occasions during his tenure in the NBA. The most recent two arrests have come from him driving a scooter without a license. Weird.
22 Detroit Pistons - Darko Miličić
Here's another player that did nothing for any of the teams he played for but wound up winning a ring anyway. Darko Miličić should not have been taken in the first round or drafted at all back in 2003. The class of '03 is one of the greatest the NBA has ever seen so I guess it only makes sense that it also included one of the biggest bust of all time in Miličić as well. The Pistons won a championship in 2004, which of course was Miličić's rookie season. They could have had even more success if they drafted someone like Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade or even David West for that matter. In his three seasons with Detroit he averaged 1.6 PPG in just under six minutes of play.
21 Golden State Warriors - Charlie Bell
It's pretty hard to get three DUIs in a year. In 2011 Charlie Bell was able to accomplish this impressive feat to the disgruntlement of the Golden State Warriors. Bell was first taken into custody in February and things proceeded to only get worse from there. He was pulled over eight months later for once again for failing to stop while driving under the influence with a suspended license. The trouble doesn't end there though. In December, Bell made the stupid mistake of showing up drunk to his court hearing for his second arrest.
20 Houston Rockets - Rafer Alston
Rafer Alston spent four years with the Houston Rockets and got in quite a bit of trouble during his time in Houston. Two separate charges of assault, one that includes stabbing a man in a Manhattan night club, made those in the Houston organization worry about Alston's actions when he wasn't playing basketball. The worst part about the two assault cases is that they occurred within three weeks of each other. Heading into the 2008-09 season, Alston once again found himself facing authorities when he was pulled over for driving erratically with his headlights turned off. Alston was charged with a DWI but was eventually acquitted in a jury trial.
19 Indiana Pacers - Ron Artest
This one is pretty obvious. Ron Artest, AKA Metta World Peace, AKA Panda Friend had some productive seasons with the Pacers but we all know what incident overshadowed his run in Indiana. The Malice at the Palace is one of, if not the worst incident to occur in the NBA. The scuffle is a major black eye on the organization and resulted in Artest being suspended for the rest of the season (86 games) plus any playoff games Indiana would find themselves in. It is the longest suspension for an on-court incident in NBA history and other players such as Jermaine O'Neal, Stephen Jackson and Ben Wallace received punishments as well. At the time Indiana already had a reputation of being one of the rougher teams to play against in the NBA but this altercation took things to a whole different level.
18 Los Angeles Clippers - Michael Olowokandi
The Clippers were one of the worst teams in the NBA for several years before the Paul and Griffin era kicked in a few years ago. Therefore there are a number of players that could have taken this spot on our list however Michael Olowokandi stands out the most out of all of them. Olowokandi is easily the most disappointing and embarrassing player in Clippers franchise history. Being a huge draft bust was enough for L.A. to deal with, nut throw in his troubles off the court along with his toxic attitude in the locker room and you have a disastrous situation that only MacGyver could get himself out of. Actually this scenario might be impossible for even him to escape.
17 Los Angeles Lakers - Kermit Washington
The punch that Kermit Washington landed on Rudy Tomjanovich could have knocked out a rhino. It's one of the most lethal right hands I've ever seen and this is coming from someone who has watched a ton of MMA over the years. On December 9th, 1977 the Los Angeles Lakers were up against the Houston Rockets in a Western Conference showdown that seemed to be going okay until a scuffle broke out at center court. The actions leading up to Washington's infamous punch are still unknown to this day, but what we do know is that his shot at Tomjanovich was unnecessary. Washington got into it with Kevin Kunnert which resulted in the benches clearing and chaos ensuing.
16 Memphis Grizzlies - Hasheem Thabeet
Look what we have here, another draft bust that a team gave up so much for while getting nothing in return. There have been many cases in which a far less talented player is taken way to early in a draft ahead of other notable names but this situation might take the cake. The Grizzlies took Hasheem Thabeet with the 2nd overall pick back in 2009. I'm about to list some of the players that were taken after him and you're probably not going to believe it: James Harden, Ricky Rubio, Stephen Curry, DeMar DeRozan, Jrue Holiday and Jeff Teague. I don't need to point out the names that stand out from that list since they're all much better players than Thabeet.
15 Miami Heat - Greg Oden
Greg Oden was a liability for any team that decided to sign him. His knees just couldn't hold up during the grueling NBA season. The Miami Heat got his terrible knees along with a case of battery towards his ex-girlfriend. After Miami signed him in 2013 Oden was unable to log consistent minutes and found himself riding the bench for most of the season.
14 Milwaukee Bucks - Larry Sanders
Before his departure from the NBA Larry Sanders was going down one of the strangest paths we had ever seen from a professional basketball player. After being suspended twice in 2014 for violating the NBA's drug policy, it became evident that there was more to the situation at hand then we had originally thought. In December the team placed him on the inactive list due to personal reasons. Rumors that Sanders wanted to leave the sport began popping up left and right and he eventually did on February 21, 2015 when the Bucks bought out his contract ending a roller coaster stint in Milwaukee.
13 Minnesota Timberwolves - Dante Cunningham
12 New Orleans Pelicans - Rasual Butler
11 New York Knicks - Allan Houston
Allan Houston is known for hitting one of the greatest shots in Knicks franchise history. He is also known for having one of the most ridiculous contracts New York has ever seen. The game winning shot he hit back in 1999 allowed the No. 8 seed Knicks to eliminate the No. 1 seed Miami Heat in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Houston was riding the hype he received after the shot and New York decided to reward him with a ludicrous six year, $100 million contract in 2001.
10 Oklahoma City Thunder - Mitch McGary
Marijuana seems to be quite popular among those in the NBA and Mitch McGary is one of the many players that has taken part in a bit of recreational activities over the years. McGary might have taken things a bit too far with the whole weed smoking initiative. In 2016 McGary failed a drug test before the start of the season and was set to sit out the first five games of the season. The suspension turned into 15 games after he failed to to live up to procedural guidelines set forth in the NBA's rehabilitation program.
9 Orlando Magic - Hedo Turkoglu
8 Philadelphia 76ers - Andrew Bynum
During his short stint with the 76ers, Andrew Bynum seemed to garner a lot of attention despite the fact that he never even played for Philadelphia. Fans were tuning in to see what outrageous hairstyle the center would be sporting next and boy were they weird looking. It probably didn't help that Philadelphia wasn't very good - they finished 9th in the Eastern Conference after the 2013 season - which is why a lot of the attention was being directed towards Bynum.
7 Phoenix Suns - Michael Beasley
I wouldn't say that Michael Beasley has been the worst draft bust we've seen but he's definitely been pretty disappointing throughout his career. Beasley played one season with the Phoenix Suns and in that lone season he was arrested on two different occasions. The first came during the 2013 offseason. He was pulled over for a traffic violation and a scent of marijuana quickly overcame the officers who proceeded to search the vehicle. After searching his car the officers found three marijuana cigarettes and arrested Beasley shortly after. Earlier that year he was cited on suspicion of speeding, driving on a suspended Arizona license and driving without a vehicle license plate or registration.
6 Portland Trail Blazers - Qyntel Woods
5 Sacramento Kings - Jimmer Fredette
It's hard to argue that there's been a more polarizing figure than Jimmer Fredette in the NBA. The Sacramento Kings traded down in the 2011 draft to obtain Fredette. Trading down usually ends up being a bad decision and this one is no different. In comparison to NBA standards, Fredette wasn't very athletic and really struggled on the defensive end of the court. He was badly outplayed by the 60th pick of the same draft Isaiah Thomas and is probably the worst draft pick in Kings history. Fredette played under three different coaches in Sacramento and barely saw any action on the court during his time in Sacramento.
4 San Antonio Spurs - David Wingate
The Spurs are lucky that most of their players haven't succumbed to the negative aspects of the lavish lifestyles professional athletes lead. David Wingate is one of the few people that found himself in trouble when playing for San Antonio. He was accused of rape on two different occasions: first with a 17-year-old girl and then a 21-year-old just a few days later. The NBA veteran had his problems with partying and alcohol in the past but this situation was much more serious than anything that Wingate had been involved with before.
3 Toronto Raptors - Andrea Bargnani
The Raptors had high hopes for Andrea Bargnani. Sadly the Italian power forward couldn't have been more underwhelming during his time with the Raptors. The 2006 draft wasn't filled with talent - it might be the worst draft the league has ever seen - but Toronto definitely had better options with the 1st overall pick. A certain stigma is placed around you when your taken first and guys like Tim Duncan lived up to the expectations place upon them after being the first ones called up to the stage.
2 Utah Jazz - Olden Polynice
1 Washington Wizards - Gilbert Arenas
This entry could have easily gone to Kwame Brown, but at least Brown never did anything as crazy as Arenas did back in 2009. Arenas was the star player for several years on a Washington Wizards squad that was unable to make any noise in the playoffs once the regular season wrapped up. Basketball fans will never forget the incident involving Arenas in which he decided to store firearms in the teams locker room. The D.C. Metropolitan Police and the U.S. Attorney's office began investigating and eventually charged Arenas with carrying a pistol without a license which is a violation of Washington D.C.'s gun-control laws.
Arenas didn't take the violation very seriously and decided to mimic gun gestures a few weeks later during the team's introductions to one of their games. While he was already suspended indefinitely, David Stern took things a step further and suspended him for the rest of the season. At least Arenas made it into Dr. Dre's song "Under Pressure". Jay-Z is featured in the song and at one point states "All these little haters got me back with the nina got me bringin' guns to work, Gilbert Arenas." Follow Arenas on Snapchat for more ridiculous activities he finds himself in.
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