Top 20 Biggest Crybabies in the NBA Today

The NBA is in a wonderful place right now with the style of play, youth infusion, superstar drawing power and overall game at all-time highs. Using these guidelines, today’s league is in the best state the NBA has been since 1998. We’re fresh off one of the most compelling seasons in recent memory that has fans loving the product. However, there’s one constant complaint among diehards and casuals alike. Players engaging in frequent complaints about not getting calls from officials, flopping and whining about playing for a specific coach or teammate all provide the attributes for the NBA’s biggest pet peeve among viewers – too many crybabies.

Athletes are perceived to be the top competitors we have in American entertainment, combining the elite strength, speed and overall God given talent to give us a spectacle. No one wants to see someone in that position whine and moan about things not going their way or behave like a petulant child as they earn millions of dollars. It turns off fans from connecting with or rooting for a team or player. Unfortunately, it’s become common practice for athletes, especially in the NBA, to have their moments as a crybaby.

Our list looks at the biggest crybabies in the NBA today. Who refuses to own up to their mistakes or can’t let things go by complaining every time we watch them play? Who creates drama with other players or coaches because they can’t co-exist in an environment that requires them to take responsibility for their own actions? Each player on this list has talent and is an athlete to be respected for their unique gifts and skill but you have to call it like it is – these are the biggest crybabies in the NBA right now.

19 Kobe Bryant

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18 J.R. Smith

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17 Dion Waiters

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16 Reggie Jackson

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15 Glen Davis

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14 Carmelo Anthony

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13 Brook Lopez

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12 Lance Stephenson

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11 Kyle Lowry

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10 Manu Ginobili

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9 LeBron James

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8 Deron Williams

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7 Joakim Noah

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6 DeMarcus Cousins

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5 Dwyane Wade

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4 Rajon Rondo

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3 Chris Paul

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2 Blake Griffin

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1 Dwight Howard

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Players don’t respect him. Fans don’t like him. Coaches don’t trust him. It could only be Dwight Howard topping the list. Howard’s first big moment as a villain occurred when he caused Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy to get fired. Howard would still force a trade to the Los Angeles Lakers hoping to win his first title. Instead, the team severely underachieved and Howard decided he didn’t want to stick around someone as vocal as Bryant, so he moved to the Houston Rockets as a free agent. Most recently, players showed their disrespect to him as Bryant and Kevin Garnett had minor altercations on the court with Howard this season, all while the big man just complained to officials.

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Top 20 Biggest Crybabies in the NBA Today