Top 14 NBA Players Who Need to Hang 'Em Up

Some NBA players just don't know when to call it quits. Today we're going to talk about which players need to retire. There may be a few curveballs, so don't expect the obvious candidates. Kobe Bryant is a perfect example, but he and Tim Duncan won't make this list since they have already decided to retire. Yes, I guarantee you that this is Duncan's final year. No San Antonio Spur would publicly announce retirement mid-season. Gregg Popovich simply wouldn't allow it as a distraction.

With that in mind, we'll consider several types of players - some of whom aren't even in their mid-30s. Some players on this list will be similar in nature to Kobe. By that I mean they are decrepit. They can hardly dunk or block an opponent's shot. As such, they are either an absolute detriment to their team's success, or they add little to no value to the performance of their teammates. Their shooting percentage has likely fallen through the floor, or their WAR - wins above replacement - is negative. Suffice it to say they are inadvertently helping their opponents win.

Some of you may be thinking, "What about players who are absolute 'd-bags' and make their team's locker room a living-hell?"

Well, you're on point. There are certainly professional NBA players who seem to be unwilling and unable to consider themselves as a single piece in a team's structure. They can't seem to wrap their heads around the idea that their coaches and teammates don't have to treat them like princes. As such, they deliver body language worse than a convicted felon on his way out of a court-room. Of greater significance, arguably, is that paying fans cannot stand to see this player come off of the bench and into the game. Instead, they are exhaling a sigh of relief when this player either gets injured or is taken out of the game, or even traded from the team. So, here goes the list of NBA players that desperately need to hang 'em up.

14 14. Nenê Hilario


13 13. Manu Ginóbili 

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12 12. Roy Hibbert

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11 11. Tayshaun Prince

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10 10. Vince Carter

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9 9. Paul Pierce

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8 8. Kevin Garnett

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7 7. Austin Rivers 

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6 6. Metta World Peace

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5 5. Randy Foye

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4 4. Josh Smith

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3 3. Dwight Howard

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2 2. Carmelo Anthony

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1 1. Chris Bosh

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Chris Bosh makes this list for very serious health reasons, reasons bigger than basketball. In late February 2015, it was understood that a blood clot that started in Bosh's calf traveled to his lungs. He missed the remainder of last season, and up until a couple of weeks ago was enjoying another productive season with the Miami Heat. A new blood clot was detected in his calf muscle Still somehow only 31, Bosh is in his 13th season and holds two NBA Championships. No person should ever have to rely on blood thinners in order to play and as doctors have said they are unlikely to be safe enough to play with. Any small laceration could lead to excessive bleeding, but more importantly a head trauma could lead to dangerous brain bleeding. We sincerely wish Chris the best in his recovery and hope he, his family, and the Miami Heat come to a wise decision.

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