Biggest Boneheads in the NBA: Ranking the Top 15
Biggest Boneheads in the NBA: Ranking the Top 15
One of the most underrated things about following the NBA is keeping track of and witnessing the blend of personalities in the league. You get someone with the near-unhealthy competitive nature and desire in Kobe Bryant in the same league that happy-go-lucky players like JaVale McGee exist. That’s fascinating and one of the plethora of reasons that I love the NBA.
The 2013-14 NBA season kicked off on Tuesday night with three games and I couldn’t be more pleased. This season figures to be one of the most compelling in recent memory. There are a ton of teams that you wouldn’t be incredibly shocked to see win a title this season and there are a multitude of players ready to put on their Superman capes and wow us with their performances.
However, there are also the players that are going to do incredibly dumb things that make us shake our heads or laugh or laugh while we shake our heads. That’s another of the many personalities in this league that I find so enthralling, one that, for lack of a better term, you could call a bonehead.
All boneheads in the NBA aren’t created equal and aren’t cut from the same mold. There’s the bonehead that has all of the potential in the world, but squanders it by trying to play the wrong way on the court. There’s the bonehead that squanders opportunities with what he does off of the court. There’s the bonehead that is just too immature in the midst of a man’s game. They are all different, but they are all certainly different types of boneheads.
Heading into this season, we are definitely going to see some boneheaded players in action, but that’s not nearly specific enough. To get specific, here are the 15 biggest boneheads in the NBA right now.
15. Jason Terry - Brooklyn Nets
New Brooklyn Nets guard Jason Terry certainly isn’t a player that is involved in any legal trouble and has shown over his long and productive career that he’s just fine when he’s on the court. However, that doesn’t take away from some of the dumb things that he does. Just this off-season, he continued to fuel an unnecessary fire in the war of words with the New York Knicks’ players. Add that to past instances like getting the Larry O’Brien Trophy tattooed on his body, and he belongs with the boneheads in the league.
14. Monta Ellis - Dallas Mavericks
If you ask new Dallas Mavericks guard Monta Ellis about his own abilities, he would tell you the he “have it all.” However, Ellis has been a player that just hasn’t grasped maximizing his talent at this level. He’s continued to play selfishly and with poor decision-making, squandering loads of raw talent. Between his arrogance/over-confidence and his play on the court, Ellis definitely qualifies as a bonehead.
13. Byron Mullens - Los Angeles Clippers
Looking at Byron Mullens, who signed with the Los Angeles Clippers this summer, he appears to be a physically gifted and large center in this league that could cause problems with his ability to stretch the floor. Watch him play and you’re certainly a lot more pessimistic about the big man. Mullens is a poor rebounder, a poorer defender, with even poorer shot selection. The way he plays and refuses to adapt his game to his frame and a system makes him a bonehead in my book.
12. Nate Robinson - Denver Nuggets
Personally, I love watching Nate Robinson play basketball and am excited to see him play with the Denver Nuggets this season. However, I’m also not naïve enough to ignore that Robinson doesn’t always have the best decision-making on the floor and sometimes gets a bit too fired up when on the floor. He’s hilarious a lot of the time, but he’s a bonehead nonetheless.
11. Chris Andersen - Miami Heat
Chris “Birdman” Andersen certainly has changed his image over the past few years, trying to clean up some old, terrible habits and even getting a title with the Miami Heat last year. Having said that, Birdman still has a temper that is scary when it flares up and that he sometimes seems to not have much control over. Case in point would be Andersen shoving Tyler Hansbrough to the ground in the playoffs last season. That temper of Birdman’s helps him find his way onto this list.
10. Metta World Peace - New York Knicks
In the same light as Andersen, Metta World Peace, who is now with the New York Knicks towards the end of his career, has tried to be on better behavior as of late. Even if he hasn’t had many or any incredibly severe on-court incidents lately, though, Metta certainly still is a bit eccentric off of the court to say the least. I’m not sure bonehead is the right term for World Peace, but it’s close enough.
9. Dwight Howard - Houston Rockets
When he signed with the Houston Rockets this summer, Dwight Howard had every opportunity to keep his mouth shut and start rebuilding his tarnished reputation. However, one of the biggest stories from Howard lately was him complaining that the Orlando Magic were allowing Tobias Harris to wear his old number 12. Way to keep being a bonehead, Dwight.
8. Nick Young - Los Angeles Lakers
Nick Young in Hollywood with the Los Angeles Lakers is one of the greatest things in the world in my opinion. I find Young’s antics to be absolutely hysterical most of the time and find his no-conscience offensive approach entertaining. However, there’s no denying that Swaggy P is also an fool despite being so endearing to people like me. Though I hate to say it, that’s definitely in the realm of the boneheads.
7. Brandon Jennings - Detroit Pistons
If there’s one quote that accurately describes the boneheaded nature of new Detroit Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings, it’s him saying “Bucks in six” last year when asked how his team would fair in the first round of the playoffs against the Heat. Jennings has a knack for saying hilariously over-confident things and for playing way above his head. When you have knacks like that, this list is certainly a place where you might land.
6. Kendrick Perkins - Oklahoma City Thunder
Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins has shown over his career that he can be a goon, which is boneheaded in and of itself. However, when you throw in his inept ability on the offensive end of the floor that leads him to making hilariously awful plays with the ball, Perk comes extremely close to being one of the top five biggest boneheads in the league.
5. J.R. Smith - New York Knicks
J.R. Smith is suspended for the first five games that he’s available to play in this season and that’s not really surprising. When he’s on, Smith can be a savior to the Knicks. When he’s off, he doesn’t know when to stop chucking and can lose them games single handedly. In addition, Smith has a long history of acting foolishly and senselessly (though not illegal for the record) off of the court as well. Bonehead and Smith are two words that are frequently used in close proximity of one another.
4. DeMarcus Cousins - Sacramento Kings
When the Sacramento Kings signed center DeMarcus Cousins to a big extension this summer, they were basically banking on him growing up over the next couple of seasons. Thus far, Cousins has acted as immature as a professional basketball player possibly can on the floor and has behaved with the air of a prima-donna as well. Until he shows that he has it all together, he’s going to be labeled a bonehead and one of the biggest in the NBA.
3. Andrew Bynum - Cleveland Cavaliers
Forget the fact that Andrew Bynum hasn’t touched a floor for an NBA team in over a year and a half. Forget the fact that Bynum once used the truck stick on J.J. Barea, a man about half of his size. Forget the fact that Bynum aggravated his knee injury by going bowling. All you need to see to prove Bynum’s boneheaded nature is the many hair-dos that he inexplicably showed off last season.
2. Michael Beasley - Miami Heat
Michael Beasley has a chance to turn his career around in Miami and, really, there’s no other possible direction for him to go. Beasley has a ton of potential as a player, but has never put it together mentally, on and off the court. Between arrests, poor shot-selection, making dumb choices and so on, Beasley is a bonehead matched by almost nobody.
1. JaVale McGee - Denver Nuggets
If I were to tell you to imagine the most boneheaded bonehead in the history of boneheads, Nuggets center JaVale McGee is pretty close to the guy that you would imagine. He makes hilarious mistakes on the floor, is a fool (in a humorous and not at all demeaning way) off of the floor, and is just a hilarious human being. Call him boneheaded, call him a comedian, call him whatever, but JaVale tops this list and it’s really no contest.