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15 Strangest Players In The NBA

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The 15 Strangest Players in the NBA

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Dennis Rodman, former strangest NBA player and current strangest human, has made headlines for his unarguably bonkers relationship with North Korea’s heinous leader Kim Jung-Un. After organizing a game in North Korea with former NBA players and then singing happy birthday to the controversial (kindest word imaginable) leader, Dennis Rodman solidified himself, in my book and many others, as the strangest NBA player of all time. Also, probably the strangest athlete in history.

In the prime of Rodman’s career, he was strange, but not as strange as he would later become. There are some NBA player right now that are pretty odd. Maybe not on the level of “The Worm”, but then again, there’s a lot of hard work and dedication involved in becoming as strange as Rodman. Let’s remember the whole wedding dress thing and the North Korea thing -- those are what he’s done in public. What does a guy like Rodman do in the comfort of his own home?

Just as soon as you’re done shuddering with fear after that last super-happy thought, check out my list of the strangest players currently in the NBA. Make sure to think about how weird these players could become once they retire, or what strange on-court or off-court escapades we could witness from one of these players before the end of the season.

If you can think of a single stranger athlete, please feel free to leave a comment or send me a message on Twitter or Facebook.

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15. Kevin Garnett

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The Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Garnett has always danced the fine line between “intense competitor” and “crazy-eyed ticking time bomb”.

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14. Marquis Daniels

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Daniels has had a very up-and-down career in the NBA, but at least he has a tattoo of a cartoon character in a suicidal position.

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13. Reggie Evans

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Cut from the mold of a Rodman, Evans is not as crazy, but he’s for sure one of the scariest-looking NBA players. When he’s on the court, he kind of seems like he forgets there’s a ball in the game. When he finds one, he acts like it will burn his hands if he holds on to it for too long.

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12. Stephen Jackson

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Stephen Jackson’s spot on this list was solidified way back during the Ron Artest brawl at the Palace of Auburn Hills, but he hasn’t exactly been the definition of normal since then either.

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11. DeShawn Stevenson

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He has a tattoo of Abraham Lincoln on his neck.

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10. Greg Oden

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There's been an ongoing joke of how old Greg Oden looks, but he also boasts one of the creepiest stares in NBA history. If you ever catch him on the bench staring, look away quickly. I don’t know why, but I just think that’s smart.

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9. Pau Gasol

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The Los Angeles Lakers’ Pau Gasol owns some of the strangest on-court facial expressions in the league, and he refuses to fit into any offensive scheme whatsoever.

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8. Monta Ellis

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Here’s another guy you’re going to want to avoid eye contact with. His creepy bug eyes go perfectly with his family tree tattoo on his chest, featuring the face of a real baby on one of the branches.

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7. Delonte West

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With numerous off-court issues, including some strange deal with LeBron James’s mother, Delonte West has proven to be one of the weird ones.

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6. Chris Bosh

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Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh has an odd sense of humor, and has often crossed over from joke-maker to awkward and weird. I even have friends who use “Bosh” as a playfully derogatory moniker for each other.

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5. Joakim Noah

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Between a sidewinder shot, crazy homeless lady hair, and super-annoying shouts and yells on either fouls, dunks, rebounds or layups, the Bulls’ Joakim Noah is a clear choice here.

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4. Chris Kaman

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Chris Kaman is from another planet. Or at least from somewhere deep in the woods.

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3. Andrei Kirilenko

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Fresh off the set of any James Bond movie ever made, Andrei Kirilenko also sports a World of Warcraft tattoo on his entire back.

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2. Chris Anderson

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The Miami Heat’s Chris Anderson goes by Birdman. He looks a bit like a cross between Biff from Back to the Future and Macklemore with a massive Mohawk and extensive body art. His few and far between interviews leave us wondering if he’s leaving the court on a four-wheeler armed with assault rifles pulling a jet ski armed with assault rifles.

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1. Metta World Peace

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Let’s face the facts: Metta World Peace is the closest we have to a Dennis Rodman these days: volatile, missing many a marble, and prone to super bizarre actions on and off the court. He can change his name over and over, but he will always be Ron Artest.