What Were They Thinking? The 15 Dumbest Plays In NBA History

NBA players are tested continuously throughout each game. The best players are the ones who are able to think on the fly and make the right basketball play even under the incredible pressure they are being put under. Certain players can't stay strong in the crucial points in the game and they start to fall apart. Sometimes players on a national stage made huge mistakes and look stupid just like someone like a player like you or I would. Sometimes it's refreshing to see players make fools of themselves. It takes them off of the pedestal and shows that we are all humans and we are all on the same level. Seeing that the players aren't robots is something that we all need to see to keep our sanity.

The players that make these idiotic plays are usually the ones who don't last long in the league. Other times, in rarer cases, the best players are the ones making these blunders. No one is safe from making them, and when they happen, they are embarrassing. Mistakes happen to the best of us they are just a bit more embarrassing when they are on a court in from of thousands of people.

15 Nick Young Loses Control of Layup

14 Javale McGee Free Throw Line Dunk

Javale McGee has been known for making stupid plays and has been on, "Shaqtin' a fool" more than his fair share. One of his most infamous moments is his free throw line dunk attempt... in game. It's one thing to attempt it in a dunk contest but it's a whole other thing when you are trying to do it within the flow of the game. Needless to say he missed the dunk. What does Javale do next? He tries another one... On someone... What makes him think that if he can't make it on a fast break he will be able to make it with a defender in his face?

13 Nick Young Thinks he Drains a Three...

Nick Young has a lot of swag, maybe a bit too much. Nick Young was turning around before his threes went in before the Warriors made it cool. The only reason Nick Young wasn't the one to make it cool is because he missed the shot. Young prematurely celebrated by putting his arms out to the side with three fingers out on each hand. He started walking back on defensive when he thought something might be up and he saw the ball bouncing away from the rim.

12 DeMarcus Cousins Throws An Errant Inbound Pass

11 Brandon Knight Misses Game Winning Layup

I feel bad for Knight when he gets embarrassed on a nightly basis, because he is such a good player, but this one has to be on the list. Not only did he miss the breakaway layup, but he could have won the game for his team. Instead they had to go to double overtime. Luckily for Knight, the Bucks ended up pulling the game out in the next period.

10 Tony Allen Misses Layup...4 times

9 Byron Mullens Throws Pass off of His Teammate's Head


8 Andrea Bargnani Tries to Make Poster Dunk

7 Brian Scalabrine Passes to No One

Brian Scalabrine might have made the most boneheaded play in NBA history. When his own teammate was standing two feet in front of him, he passed the ball away from him and subsequently, to the other team. Not only did he miss his teammate but it went to the other team. It looked as if it were intentional, but most likely, he was spaced out. Who really knows why he passed it, but it looked ridiculous. It even turned into a basket for the Trail Blazers.

6 Javale McGee Falling Shot

Javale McGee makes this list again. This time not for his free throw line fails, but for his incredible falling shot. Shaqtin' a fool should be renamed the Javale McGee show for all of his appearances. McGee was playing for the Nuggets at the time and it's not surprising he didn't last long for them. He was constantly making plays like these.

5 Bulls Forget an Inbounder


4 Brandon Knight Throws The Ball Out of Bounds

Brandon Knight could have his own tape of lowlights from what he has accrued over the course of his career. From getting dunked on repeatedly, to getting his ankles broken by Kyrie Irving in the rising stars game, Brandon Knight has truly seen it all. These didn't make the list however because they weren't, "dumb" plays. One dumb play that Knight has made was in a game against the Pacers when he was with the Bucks. Knight jumped in the air and couldn't decide whether to pass or shoot, and he ends up throwing it straight out of bounds.

3 Lamar Odom Forgets to Pass the Ball In

2 Alexey Shved Shoots Over The Backboard

1 Tony Parker Airballs Free Throw

Not only did Tony Parker miss the free throw, not only did he airball the free throw, but he must hold the record for shortest foul shot in NBA history. He looked hesitant on the free throw which is incredibly confusing because no one is trying to block it. You know you have to shoot it... The ball ended up landing about 5 feet in front of him which is absurd. Another incredibly confusing play that will only ever be solved by asking the player himself in this case it's Tony Parker.

The most surprising thing about the play is that the play was made by Tony Parker himself. It's rare that such a seasoned veteran would make such a rookie mistake. Heck, it's hard to imagine even a rookie making this kind of blunder.

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What Were They Thinking? The 15 Dumbest Plays In NBA History