There are many players that you think of when someone mentions “NBA.” Players like Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Steph Curry, or Kevin Durant, just to name a few. Like with anything in sports, there are players that fans like and do not like, or maybe even cannot stand. It might be that you do not like the way they handle themselves or it could be the silliest reason like you do not like who they are dating or married to, or even who they voted to be president. We all have our favorites and players we want to see our teams beat.
Below is a list of the fifteen most unwatchable players in the league and the reasons they are considered unwatchable range from being overpaid to being top picks who turned out to be busts to being cancerous to their team. This list also consists of guys that were loved coming into the league, but, by their actions, have become hated. Like we stated above, this list also features guys who are on here because of who they dated or how they handle themselves on a daily basis (#11 and #5…cough cough). Whatever the reason, these fifteen players all have one thing in common, they're UNWATCHABLE!
15 Anthony Bennett, Nets
This is probably the worst move that the Cavaliers have made in the last couple of years. They were the ones who drafted Anthony Bennett first overall in the 2013 NBA Draft. So far in his career, he has not done anything that could justify him being picked that high. That is why the Cavs had no problem including him in the deal that brought them Kevin Love from Minnesota.
Bennett, since being selected number one, has been with a new team every season so far in his career. His best season so far was during his run with the Timberwolves averaging only 5.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in only fifteen minutes of playing time. This season, he is playing with the Nets. Could he finally show why he was taken number one? If not, he might be out of chances.
14 Allen Crabbe, Blazers
This guy is on this list because he was one of the players who was severely overpaid this past offseason. Last season, he averaged 10.3 points per game. Is that enough to get him a $75 million payday? We don't really think so, but this is the new NBA and the Blazers felt he was too valuable to lose to the Brooklyn Nets (who signed him to an offer sheet), so they were willing to show him the money.
You have to use common sense with something like that and the Blazers clearly did not, having signed Crabbe and Evan Turner both to lucrative contracts, when both of them are role players at best. If he starts averaging 20+ points per game over the length of the contract, you can say he was worth the money, but chances are he won't. And it doesn’t help that he tries to resemble Nick Young (also on this list), even if it is by accident.
13 James Jones, Cavaliers
Can anyone name the other guy, besides LeBron, who has been in the last six NBA finals? It's this guy. Why is he on this list then? Due to the fact that he is a literal follower of LeBron. LeBron has requested that the team he signs with gets him some three-point shooters like Jones, so it is a no-brainer as to why he's on the team.
The only problem... he doesn't play. He may have been to the last six finals, but he hasn't seen much time on the floor in any of them. The highest number of minutes he averaged during that span was with the Heat in 2011, when he averaged 22.7 minutes per game. If you think back, that was the year before the Heat loaded up their bench. Since then, he's only averaged double digit minutes one other time. I know LeBron likes having guys around him that can score with the basketball, but he also likes guys that actually get on the court.
12 Mike Miller, Nuggets
How many of you guys thought this guy was retired? Nope, he still plays. The last time Mike Miller was relevant was when he played with LeBron and helped him win back to back NBA titles in Miami with the Heat.
Like Jones, Miller was a three-point shooter that LeBron was looking for the Heat to surround him with. Since his run with the Heat ended, Miller has bounced around like a ping-pong ball. He went to the Grizzlies, then to Cleveland along with LeBron, but then left to go to Denver, where he is now. Mike has only played in four games so far this season and seems to be a part of the Nuggets’ cleanup crew. He was a great three-point shooter before he was hit with the injury bug. Now, he's in mop-up duty for the Nuggets. You cannot get any lower than that.
11 Kris Humphries, Hawks
Yes, Kris Humphries is on this list. You know, the guy that was married to Kim Kardashian for 72 days. Besides that little tidbit, when it comes to his NBA career, Humphries is not much more than a rotation player. Don’t take it the wrong way. He's a big man who can come off the bench, pound in the paint, and knock down the occasional jumper, but that's about all he is good at.
He's currently with the Hawks and is only averaging about ten minutes of playing time per game. For a veteran of his stature, that is sad. There is a debate going on whether the Hawks should play him more, but when you have guys that contribute more than he does, they deserve the playing time over the veteran. The Hawks have a logjam at the power forward and center positions with Dwight Howard, Paul Millsap, Tiago Splitter, and Mike Muscala, so Humphries really does not fit with the team the way it is. The problem is he signed with the Hawks, knowing that these four guys were in place. The decision to date and even marry Kim Kardashian might have not been the biggest mistake of his life after all....
10 Derrick Williams, Heat
Derrick Williams is one of those players who was swallowed up by the hype that surrounds the player taken with the second overall pick in the draft. During his collegiate career at the University of Arizona, Williams was averaging 17.8 points per game and was compared to LeBron James thanks to his highlight reel dunks.
Going into the draft, there was a debate who should go first; Kyrie Irving out of Duke or Williams. The Cavaliers took Irving with the first pick and they're happy they did, looking back on how both players turned out. Irving has been an All-Star every year while Williams has turned out to be just another role player. Williams has played with four teams in his career, yet to find a place he can call home permanently. He has become just another player who was the man in college and became just one of the guys in the NBA.
9 Roy Hibbert, Hornets
Roy Hibbert had a couples of good seasons a few years ago, but since then, he has been just awful. He went from being in the discussion for top big man in the NBA to having memes made up of him as a trash can. He got his fame from giving the Miami Heat hell in the 2013 playoffs, dominating their big men in the post. During the 2013 playoffs, he averaged 17 points and almost ten rebounds per game and many thought that that was his coming out party, but they were wrong.
Before the 2013 playoffs, he hadn’t averaged more than 12.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game and after the playoffs, he went right back to those mediocre numbers. He even sunk as low as averaging 5.9 points a game and 6.5 rebounds per game last year with the Lakers. With the Hornets this year, he is averaging 5.4 points and 3.8 rebounds per game, a long way away from the double-double he was averaging in those 2013 playoffs.
8 Evan Turner, Blazers
Like Allen Crabbe up at number twelve, Evan Turner is on this list because he was severely overpaid this offseason and most certainly not worth the pay. Does a player averaging 10.6 points per game for his career deserve a contract worth $70 million? The Blazers obviously believe so. They paid Crabbe (10.3 PPG) $72 million and Turner (10.6 PPG) $70 million. It truly doesn't make any sense.
Turner was picked number two overall by the 76ers in the 2010 NBA draft and has never really lived up to the hype that surrounds the number two overall pick, just like Derrick Williams and Michael Beasley. Just like Williams and Beasley, Turner was a twenty point per game scorer while in college, but has failed to reach that so far in his NBA career and it might be safe to say he won’t reach that at any point.
7 Ricky Rubio, Timberwolves
Ricky Rubio is an example of a player who had so much potential, but was hit hard by the injury bug. He was the talk of the 2009 NBA Draft. Rubio started playing professionally in Spain at the age of 14 and made the national team at the age of 17. Many NBA scouts liked his game and thought he had what it took to be a great NBA point guard. The Timberwolves took him fifth overall in the 2009 Draft. We should’ve known he was doomed, right?
The Timberwolves seem to be like the Cleveland Browns of the NFL when it comes to drafting. You can say they struck gold with drafting Karl-Anthony Towns and Zach LaVine in recent years, but look at other past draft picks like this one. With the next pick in this draft, they took Jonny Flynn out of Syracuse. Exactly.
After being drafted, Rubio stayed overseas for two more years before joining the Timberwolves. In five seasons with the Wolves, he has only played all 82 games once thanks to nagging injuries. The Wolves seem to have realized that Rubio is not their point guard of the future and that is where Zach LaVine fits in.
6 Anderson Varejão, Warriors
When the debate over the worst flopper in the NBA comes up, this guy’s name is usually in the discussion. Anderson Varejão flops and is not good at showing the refs that he's faking it. He could make a gentle shove look like it came from the Incredible Hulk.
He was a key member of the Cavaliers during LeBron’s first go around with the team, but has gone from role player to one of the players who plays in a mop up role. As a member of the Warriors, the only reason Varejão gets put in the game is not just in a mop up role, but when the rest of their big men are in foul trouble. This was the case during last year’s finals. Every time Varejão was in the game, his highlight was a really dramatic flop.
5 Nick Young, Lakers
There are many reasons why Nick Young (or Swaggy P) is on this list. Where to begin? He went out with Iggy Azalea. He cheated on her and was exposed by D’Angelo Russell through video last year. The only problem about that is everyone was furious at Russell when the truth of the matter came out that Young had cheated on his girlfriend.
Russell was wrong in recording him confessing he cheated without his knowledge, but still, cheating is still wrong. Anyway, that isn't the only reason Nick Young is on this list. The way he carries himself has a lot to do with it. He comes off as arrogant and always has an annoying look on his face. He is a knockdown three-point shooter, but he'a also one of those players fans pray gets knocked down a few notches.
4 Jeremy Lin, Nets
Linsanity has not be relevant since he took the league by storm with the Knicks when Carmelo Anthony was out with injury during the 2011-12 season. He's on this list because since his coming out party with the Knicks, he cannot seem to stick with a team. In the five years since, he has been with four teams (Rockets, Lakers, Hornets, and Nets) and was only with the Rockets for more than one season.
He's averaged double digits in scoring each of the five seasons, but that has not been enough for him to stick around for another season. When he signed with the Rockets, he was thought to be the guy that the team would build around, but then they went out and traded for James Harden and signed Dwight Howard the following offseason. He went from being the man to a bench-warmer.
3 DeAndre Jordan, Clippers
There are many of you that are probably thinking “How is DeAndre Jordan on a list of the most unwatchable players?” We know he is constantly making Clippers’ highlights with his eye-popping dunks and blocks, but have you noticed he's never on the court in the fourth quarter?
That is the exact reason we have put him on the list. He does not see the court in the fourth quarter largely because he's a horrible free throw shooter and has become a victim of “Hack-a-Shaq” (or whatever you want to call it) strategy. He's a career 42.8% free throw shooter, which is not what you want out there on the court in the fourth quarter with the game on the line because you know who the opponent has their eye on to foul. Nobody wants to watch a game that's a nail-biter with Jordan on the court late in the fourth quarter because we all know the final minutes will consist of him going to foul line over and over again until Doc Rivers takes him out.
2 DeMarcus Cousins, Kings
At number two stands a guy who has yet to have a positive relationship with any head coach during his NBA career. DeMarcus Cousins has been described as a loose cannon who has a lot of growing up to do. During his six years with the team, the Kings have made five coaching changes and in all of them, Cousins was rumored to be part of the reason the coach was fired. Even a legendary coach like George Karl, who coached the Kings last season, didn’t get along with him. Don’t take it the wrong way. Cousins is one of the top big men in the NBA, but would you want him on your team if he's constantly starting trouble with the coach?
That may be one of the reasons that he's still in Sacramento, along with the load in return the Kings would ask for in a trade. Cousins constantly says he's frustrated by the lack of winning that the Kings do, but he might be a big part of the problem. He also says he wants to be traded over and over again, but like we stated above, no coach wants to put up with his antics on a daily basis, especially when they’re trying to win basketball games.
1 Dwight Howard, Hawks
And then there was one. The number one spot could go to no other player than Dwight Howard. Don't get it wrong. Howard puts up numbers, but with the three teams that he has been with before joining the Hawks this past offseason, he has become a nuisance and would even been described as a “cancer” by many of his former teammates.
There have even been reports that James Harden actually tried to get Howard benched last season because he didn't like playing with him. This comes after he forced his way out of Orlando to go to the Lakers, just like Shaq did, but unlike Shaq, he did not win anything, though, like Shaq, he was constantly at odds with Kobe Bryant. It might be a good thing that he went home to the Hawks because they do not have another big name star and it seems like Howard does not get along with other high caliber players.