NBA / Aug 12, 2013 / 5:00 pm

The 10 Most Hated Players In The NBA Right Now

Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard (photo. adidas)

There are many reasons to have hatred or dislike towards a specific player in the NBA. Some fans just love to hate, whether it’s a star player from a rival team or perhaps you just don’t like the way he comes across. Many of the NBA’s most disliked are hated for the same reason: they come across as arrogant. Others are hated because they play dirty or are consummate actors. Some are hated just because they just know how to win and have the ability to get in your favorite player’s head. The league’s most hated probably have a little of all of the above.

Don’t get it twisted, either. Players can be both loved AND hated. In fact, most of the league’s best (and most popular) players get hated on more than anyone else. Think about it. Kobe Bryant draws a lot of attention; Dahntay Jones doesn’t.

Whatever the reason of hate may be, here are the 10 most hated players in the Association right now:

Honorable Mention:
Metta World Peace
To be honest, Metta has become more likable as of late and while he has a corky personality, his Twitter handle provides pure entertainment for any NBA fan. His most recent incident can be seen below when he concussed the Beard with a vicious elbow during OKC’s trip to Los Angeles late in 2012. World Peace has passed his prime for being one of the NBA’s most hated players but after playing on a team that has Kenyon Martin, J.R. Smith and Carmelo Anthony this upcoming season, the formerly known Artest could regain the hate of many casual fans.

Matt Barnes
Barnes is another dude fans and players universally love to hate. You might remember when Barnes played for the Magic as him and Kobe would have a few scuffles during their matchups, including the one posted below. However, it is no accident that Kobe later reached out to Barnes to have him join his squad. Barnes is the classic example of a guy you hate to play against but love to have on your team and the Mamba’s approval is an authentic representation of that. Fans feel the same.

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Ray Allen is hated for two reasons. Allen is hated by many Celtics fans for the way that he left Boston but after almost being dealt by Danny Ainge on two separate occasions at the trade deadline, it was a long time coming. Fans who once called him “Jesus” Shuttlesworth switched to “Judas” as they claimed he had betrayed them. While this is a controversial reason for his hate, the biggest reason that he is disliked across the league is because he is just so damn clutch.

You have probably been victim to watching your home team lose the game to a Ray Allen buzzer-beater at one point or another and for that reason alone, you hate him. While other players on this list may be hated for something other than their talent level, Ray is mostly hated across the league for just hitting big shots against your favorite team. He also did kick Manu Ginobili in the balls.

Where do we begin? Andrew Bynum and his 70-year-old knees are most hated as of late due to Philadelphia dishing out young assets for the big man who never even put on the Sixer uniform. While he was in rehab, Bynum was criticized for his immaturity after setting back his knee rehab because a bowling injury.

After Philly’s Bynum experiment failed, the injury-plagued big man bolted for Cleveland of all places and dropped a bomb on the Los Angeles fan base by stating that he has “never played for a city that stands up and supports their team.” To make matters worse, L.A. got the short end of the stick as well in the four-way Bynum deal by receiving a one year rental of Dwight Howard, so yeah… pretty much every fan hates Andrew Bynum.

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  • Mannie Johal

    This list is a bit outdated, Kris Humphries is no longer even relevant in the NBA news. And Ray Allen should be higher up on the list because people still hate on him for joining the Celtic’s biggest rival in this decade compared to the dislike of Andrew Bynum.

  • Hilda Orduno

    Queen James should be number 1 on this list.

  • catty14

    Have to agree with your list and would like to know why the sports media doesn’t do more to include the public’s distrust of these players. Wade hit an all time low when he posted pictures of himself and his son’s hooded tribute to Travvyon Martin. Money doesn’t equate with class, intelligence or talent but at this level one would hope these “stars” would attempt to be leaders and not rely soley on emotion in their foray into making political commentary outside basketball. Stupid is as stupid does.

  • Thomas Castaneda

    I am going say for them doubters on odem we will bounce back with the strength of god hewill bouncebcak one love heat nation for all them haters keep hang on our nuts

  • Thomas Castaneda

    for all who say they cannot do it just belive it will come true just belive in our farther and be real with yourself he will blessed you again but if you see astrom infront of you just keeping fighting
    he will bleesed you

  • AustinBurton206

    What is wrong with Dwyane Wade’s tribute to Trayvon Martin? How do you know he’s only relying on emotion and that the Trayvon case isn’t something he discusses intellectually with his children?
    You sound like one of those people who thinks athletes should “stay in their lane” and not have any opinions outside of sports, so I’m not sure how seriously I should take what you’re saying.

  • algrolls

    Ridiculous comment.

  • algrolls

    Why Is Ray Allen in the most hated top 10, nobody hates Ray Ray and you all have the nerve not to put Ron Artest in the top 10 shame on you people.

  • Zeeee

    Love him- but Melo shoulda made this list. NY’ers will always love him for making the Knicks relevant again, but he’ll be hated…for making the Knicks, and by extension NY, relevant again.

  • JackPackage

    If you hate any NBA player (unless they’re a registered sex offender like Ruben Patterson) then you’re kind of a loser.

    Dislike? Yeah. Hate? No. I don’t think I hate anybody, hate requires a lot of time and effort.

    I love players like Matt Barnes, who would hate him? He genuinely gives a shit about the game, how can anybody hate that? Every team needs their own Matt Barnes.

  • arislocote

    Catty, Wade must have fucked you before and left you in the streets afterwards.

  • Murrays

    I would put Metta in the top 10 drop Humphries and make Carlos Boozer an honorable mention

  • slime

    The Celtics made it clear they did not want Ray in Boston anymore.. Then they just slide two of their best players to the retirement home in Brooklyn. In my eyes worse than the Lebron decision.

  • PurpleFluff

    must add Lance Stephenson now