Report: NBA’s dirtiest player is Reggie Evans

Los Angeles Clippers forward Reggie Evans is the dirtiest player in the NBA this year, based on a poll of 146 players across the league by Sports Illustrated. The title comes on the heels of one of the biggest flops of the season in Sunday’s victory against  the New Orleans Hornets.

Evans was also voted the dirtiest player in 2010 by Sports Illustrated. In only limited minutes for the Clippers this season, the wily veteran has managed to get under opponents skin and grind for rebounds, doing the “dirty work” under the rim. Here’s another clip of Evans getting up close and personal with then-Clipper Chris Kaman in 2010:

Kevin Garnett came in at No. 2 on the list. The veteran forward has been the ultimate intimidator with his ridiculous yells since entering the league, and often tries to bully opponents on the court with errant elbows. As Garnett has aged his “dirty” play has become necessary to keep up with the younger, more athletic forwards in today’s game.

The poll of players voted Metta World Peace at No. 3, though after Sunday’s events with Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden, I wonder if a revote is in order. World Peace finished off a dunk celebration with a vicious elbow to the head of Harden, who was later diagnosed with a concussion. Harden is questionable for the team’s remaining regular season games, while World Peace is still awaiting word from the league office on how long he will be suspended.

The rest of the list:

4. Jeff Foster*

5. Chris Paul

6. Gerald Henderson

7. Kevin Love

8. Kurt Thomas

9. Anderson Varejao

10. Eduardo Najera

11. Ryan Hollins

12. Dwight Howard

13. Shane Battier

14. Jamal Magloire

15. Raja Bell

*Retired earlier this season.

Some trends include: Several irrelevant players (strange that they stand out that much considering their limited playing time), a few superstars and a lot of veterans. The savvy older players know how to manipulate both players and referees because of their experience, leading to the perfect storm of dirtiness for several veterans on the list.

Notably absent from the list is Blake Griffin, who in my opinion is one of the dirtier players in the league. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him make the list at some point in his career.

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