The 25 Most Hated Players in NBA History

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant shows his jersey and shows why he's one of the most hated NBA players.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant shows his jersey during a game in 2014. | Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Fans love sports in part because of the “good guy, bad guy” dynamic that often comes with rooting for specific teams or players. Many basketball fans tend to turn team owners into the bad guys. But every sport has its share of players who fans, opposing teams, and even their own teammates hate.

It could be because a player was frequently in trouble with the law, liked to mock opposing teams, or just had one of those faces you just want to punch. The notion of hating a player, in itself, is completely subjective. We took a look at the NBA and came up with the top 25 most hated players in league history.