NBA’s Biggest Jerks: Top 15 in the League Today

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Top 15 Biggest Jerks in the NBA

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As we all know, sports today are riddled with jerks and bad apples. There's no shortage of players who think that they are the greatest thing to ever grace the league. Some guys are jerks because of their careless attitude and others can be considered jerks because of the way they treat opposing players and fans.

While the NBA doesn't draw the same kind of crowds as the NFL does, there are still millions of fans across the country that know exactly who should be included on a list like this and these players' actions don't go unnoticed by many. Over the years, there have been many jerks in the NBA and those players were loved by their own fans and hated around the league.

Although he is considered the greatest player of all time, Michael Jordan was considered one of the biggest jerks of his era. It seemed like everyone loved him, but he had a fiery personality that sometimes came off the wrong way and angered opponents and opposing fans.

Playing in the NBA isn't easy and these players know it. Sometimes NBA players encounter opponents who play dirty, take low blows at them and just try to get into their head. It's a mind game that is constantly being played by both sides and it seems like the biggest jerks have the upper hand in the mind game.

The guys on this list are a mixture of superstars and just normal everyday players. Some guys on this list have made a successful living off being jerks. Some have had a hard time shaking the label of "jerk" and other just don't care -- they just play the game the same way they have been accustomed to.

Take a look at this list of the top 15 jerks in the NBA today and let me know who I've missed.

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also reach him at muldown5@gmail.com.

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15. Kenyon Martin

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Martin is known as an enforcer in the paint and has been called one of the dirtiest players in the league. He won't be shy to give you a gut check, groin punch or elbow to the back. He just plays like a jerk -- sometimes that's a good thing.

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14. Paul Pierce

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Paul Pierce is not a very likable guy. Although he did survive a scary stabbing attack in 2000, he has come off as nothing but arrogant. If there's any guy you like rooting against, it's him -- especially after he left a game in a wheelchair and came back as healthy as ever.

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13. DeMarcus Cousins

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DeMarcus Cousins is the type of player that would play for money instead of the love of the game. He insisted that he didn't want to be part of the Sacramento Kings organization multiple times and made it known he wasn't happy with his team. Not the greatest teammate and definitely a jerk.

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12. David Stern

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Denying trades, fixing NBA drafts and making extreme rule changes while allowing one of the worst referee scandals in history to happen are just a handful of things Stern has been accused of.

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11. LeBron James

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"The Decision." Yeah, that pretty much sums up how big of a jerk he is.

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10. Gilbert Arenas

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Gilbert Arenas pulled a gun on his teammate in a locker room altercation. I guess that's a good way to get yourself labeled as a jerk by your own teammates. He's been known as a prank artist and once defecated in his teammate's shoe as revenge for a prank.

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9. Kobe Bryant

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Besides being charged with rape, which was never proven, Bryant has the personality of a stone-cold killer on the court. No one wants to play him because he will take whatever steps necessary to win, even taking cheap shots. Plus, he knows he's one of the best and he won't let you forget it.

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8. Rajon Rondo

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Rondo is one of those young scrappy players that just doesn't know when to quit acting like a fool. He constantly tries to start fights and skirmishes with other players.

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7. Dwight Howard

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Big baby Dwight is quick to turn his back to teammates and coaches and talk trash about them the second he earns more money elsewhere.

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6. Matt Barnes

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Matt Branes likes to play head games as well as physical cheap shot games. This guy can play as dirty as anyone and he's known for his trash talking as well.

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5. Stephen Jackson

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Stephen Jackson got into a fight with fans a few years back and he also choked out Steve Francis at a club. Yeah, he's a jerk.

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4. J.R. Smith

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J.R. Smith has threatened opponents on social media, been rumored to be a member of a gang and he loves to trash talk even if he can't always back it up.

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3. Delonte West

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Delonte West was the center of a harsh rumor -- that might be true, but West has denied it -- that he slept with LeBron James' mother. However, he's also been known to get into trouble off the court.

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2. Metta World Peace

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Malice at the Palace. Need I say more?

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1. Kevin Garnett

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Garnett has called players names, taken personal jabs at players, saying "Happy Mother's Day" to a player who lost his mother and just trash talks until players can't help but lash out. He's a cold, cold man.

Around the Web

  • TM Gerber

    Um…how about Lance Stephenson? Biggest douche in NBA right now.

  • disqus_ie01LrTsZk

    Gee, they are all black!

    • ParkMeadows

      David Stern is black? What a surprise that must have been to his Jewish parents – you racist moron.

      • disqus_ie01LrTsZk

        Same thing!

      • disqus_ie01LrTsZk

        Besides, you are a woman, What would you know about sports?

  • Bob Lyle

    David Stern should have been #1. But at least he was included. Pretty good list.

  • Chilly

    Labron Should not be on this list. He made “The Decision” but donated all the money to a boy and girls clulb… $600,000 that’s not a jerk.,,, Also, recently he allowed a high school basketball player who was stricken with caner to warm up before a bucks game in Milwaukee. He initiated the warm up idea after hearing about her situation…that’s not a jerk

    • Deno Lorenzo

      I agree. THE DECISION was in very poor taste. He has donated tremendous amounts of $$$$ money $$$$ AND time to children in need without publicity! He donated $1,000,000 for a new gym at his old high school in Akron! I know all his detractors are going to say $1,000,000 is NOTHING in comparison to what he makes! I say BULLSHIT! A million dollars is a million dollars no mater how much money you have or earn!

  • gbvrox

    I thought this would be some inside scoop on who is a jerk behind the scenes. Instead, its just rehash of old news everybody already knows. Lame.

  • Pusok

    What a bunch of crap. Many of these guys are “gone” from the league. Come on, you can do better.

  • jdubtrey

    I’ve never hear Pierce described as a jerk…in fact, he’s fairly well respected.

    Areans is goofy, but not malicious. Also, you have the stories wrong. He brought guns in the lockerroom but didn’t draw them (Crittendon did however). Also, the crap in Blatche’s shoe was from a dog.

  • Calcedon Meers

    No non-black jerks. How great is Anglo-America and Christian Laetner!

  • Deno Lorenzo

    Delonte DID NOT SLEEP with LeBron’s mother. He did go to bed with her but DID NOT SLEEP!

  • torpedo

    Reggie Evans: grabbed Karman’s nuts during a game. Jason Kidds: spilled soda (as a coach) to get a timeout, then blamed and fired his mentor, then tried to took over the job from the guy who hired him. Tony Parker: messed with teammate’s wife.

  • Rolph Ehr

    …and what do all these men have in common?,,,,except for token Stern???