Top 20 Most Hated NBA Players

Of course you enjoy watching the NBA, it’s a great sport. But there are those players that, whenever they pop up on the screen, you either want to change your channel or put your fist through the television set. Sometimes it can be hard to explain why you hate an athlete so much, but you have your reasons. The NBA has no shortage of people that get hated on constantly, and a lot of that has to do with exposure.

In the NFL, MLB and NHL, it can be hard to catch a good glimpse of what the player looks like, so there isn’t as much exposure or recognition. In the NBA, however, you get full closeups of a guy’s face, and sometimes you want to just hit that face with a folding chair. Trash talkers, backstabbers, underperformers, a lot of players in the NBA are just plain unlikable.

But which players do the common fans hate the most? It’s hard to gauge a true public opinion and rank them, but we tried it out anyway. This is not a list of the top 20 NBA players that I personally hate the most, or else the list would be exclusively made of guys that played for rivals of my favorite college team. Instead, this is a guess at the general consensus of the most hated players in the NBA. So sit back, take a deep breath, and try not to get too mad as you read the top 20 most hated active NBA players.

20 Stephen Curry

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19 Jeremy Lin


18 Kevin Garnett

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17 Chris Andersen

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16 J.R. Smith

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15 Amar’e Stoudemire

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

14 Paul Pierce

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13 Rajon Rondo

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

12 Tyler Hansbrough

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

11 Tony Parker

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

10 Derrick Rose

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

9 Kris Humphries

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

8 Blake Griffin

Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

7 Dwyane Wade

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

6 Chris Bosh

Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

5 Joakim Noah

David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

4 Carmelo Anthony

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

3 Dwight Howard

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

2 Kobe Bryant

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

1 LeBron James

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Before you even opened this list, you had to have known that LeBron James would be on the top. People have been crucifying LeBron since he was 16 years old and basketball writers were hailing him as the next Michael Jordan. Ever since then, everything LeBron does is compared to Jordan, and those that grew up rooting for the 1990s Bulls absolutely hate LeBron. If he misses a game winner, it’s the top headline. If he loses a championship series, it’s the top headline. If he says that he’s the best basketball player in the world, it’s the top headline. LeBron is a smart businessman, seems to be a nice guy and is a dominant athlete. Still, nothing he does will ever be good enough, and he earned a lot of enemies with “The Decision” that took him to Miami for four seasons.

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