Everyone gets frustrated at times. NBA players are no exception. You can't blame people for having emotions but when they start to direct their anger towards other players, it becomes dangerous. Some players still do not understand that it's not okay to purposely hurt other players, and if that is their objective, then they should play another sport such as football or hockey.
On the other hand, you have people who are constantly complaining that the NBA is becoming too soft. These guys may change your minds about that. While they may be far from the players in the 90s, they still have an edge to their game.
I am not saying that these guys need to lower their intensity or love the game any less, these are just the guys by today's standards that qualify as being "dirty" players. I'm sure that dirty wouldn't even cross your mind if these guys played in the 80s or 90s, that's just how the game used to be.
Cheap shots can become the easy way out when a player is frustrated. The greatest players can channel their frustrations into fuel for their game. Fighting will never help your team like it can in hockey, it will only hurt them. No momentum is gained for winning a fight, but what will give your fans and teammates momentum is playing hard, and scoring baskets.
This is often a hot topic so post your feedback on who you feel are the dirtiest players in the NBA. Do you agree with the players on this list? If not who would you replace?
I will be listing the NBA players who I feel are the dirtiest because of the things I’ve seen them do or how other NBA players feel about their peers. The "Bad Boy" Pistons would be proud of the players on this list, that's for sure.
Here are the 15 dirtiest players in the NBA today.
15 Kobe Bryant
14 Rajon Rondo
13 Joakim Noah
12 DeMarcus Cousins
11 Draymond Green
10 Marcus Smart
9 Serge Ibaka
8 Steven Adams
7 Andrew Bogut
6 Patrick Beverley
5 Matt Barnes
4 Kevin Garnett
3 Metta World Peace
2 Reggie Evans
1 Matthew Dellavedova
"Delly" has become known around the league as the scrappiest player in the game. But he has also been voted the dirtiest by coaches, assistants, and players. You can't argue with the people actually playing the games. In last year's playoff run, Dellavedova's dirty tactics injured Al Horford, Kyle Korver and got Taj Gibson ejected for reacting to having his foot squeezed between Delly's legs. While his intense nature may spark the Cavs, other players around the league are pissed off about it. Years ago he may have gotten away with these dangerous antics but he needs to adjust his game to shed this label.
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