In the NBA, you're going to come across some of the world's most obnoxious athletes.
This seems to happen in the NBA because of just how few players there are, and how much attention each individual receives. With only 15 roster spots available on 30 NBA teams, each player is going to receive a little bit of attention and focus from the media.
These players are going to be a little obnoxious when they're on a television daily.
Not to mention that they don't have a cap or a helmet covering their face. They get these ego's because of how much exposure they can receive.
It's a lot easier to point out the sixth man for the Detroit Pistons rather than the offensive lineman for the Carolina Panthers because of how much more likely it is that you've seen the basketball player.
When a player is obnoxious, they're basically being annoying in someway.
Not every type of way of being obnoxious is the same, however.
It's usually either a result of a player being a locker room nuisance, playing below expectations on the court, or not being a good teammate.
Anything to impede or disrupt the team can be qualified as obnoxious.
A few teams will have two or three obnoxious players, while others will have none. It just depends on how humble and how each player conducts himself on the court, so let's take a look at each player and their most obnoxious player.
A superstar athlete who could very well be one of the NBA's top players, Josh Smith is lacking a few key ingredients to becoming one.
We recognize that Smith is an excellent athlete who fills up a stat column, but his commitment and attitude towards the game has proven to be his downfall.
It always appears that he's not playing 100 percent, and he rarely utilizes his athleticism and talent in a half-court setting.
Only in the open court will you see Smith show off his athleticism. In a regular half-court offense, Smith hardly takes an initiative to drive and draw fouls.
Instead, he'll usually rely on post-ups and ill-advised jump shots that no defender ever takes seriously.
On a Atlanta Hawks team that's only a key piece or two away from becoming elite, Smith is the player holding them back because of the potential he possesses that will most likely never be put to good use.
You probably could have chosen three different Boston Celtics for the title of the teams' most obnoxious player.
Paul Pierce is definitely an option. It wasn't until Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen arrived and aided him to a 2008 championship victory that he began to blurt out ridiculous statements of his greatness.
Aside from claiming to be the best player, he also claims that he could have been the greatest three-point shooter in NBA history.
Rajon Rondo would have also served as a valid choice. His immaturity has been put on full display a number of times, which includes attempting to listen in on the Miami Heat's huddle and allegedly throwing a water bottle through a video screen during a video session with the Celtics.
Still, none of these players could possibly trump Kevin Garnett as the Celtics most obnoxious players.
Garnett is a surefire Hall of Famer and an overall amazing teammate, but he does some things on the court that will leave you furious.
Whether it's his tendency to go after players that are much smaller than he is, slapping people in the back of the head, or making Glen Davis cry, Garnett certainly reigns as one of the NBA's most obnoxious players.
Still don't believe me? Just look at what he did with Jerryd Bayless.
He's been quiet for the past few years, but since the Charlotte Bobcats don't have anyone that qualifies as obnoxious, we'll just have to select Corey Maggette by default.
Surprisingly, not every NBA roster has at least one obnoxious player. Sometimes you'll have teams like the Boston Celtics who have three or you'll have a team like the Portland Trail Blazers, who possess a squad that remains quiet.
Maggette is the Bobcats most obnoxious player mostly because of how he handles himself on the court.
When they traded Stephen Jackson to Milwaukee for him, they basically received the same exact player with lesser range.
Maggette has a shoot-first, ask-questions-later mentality that will leave any coach in fits.
Despite averaging nearly 30 minutes worth of game time for his career, Maggette is averaging two assists per for his career.
He's never averaged more than four assists per, and it's clear in his stats that scoring is the one thing that Maggette enjoys doing on the court.
They're Hollywood as hell, but they're still very good.
Instead of Noah just giving the Heat his best regards, he still has to throw in a subtle jab that proclaims the Heat to be a team that's, "Hollywood as hell".
Since Noah averaged only five points, 10 boards, and two blocks per against a Heat front line that boasted Joel Anthony as its starting center, he should be the last one to even think of criticizing an opponent that had basically turned him into a non-factor.
This isn't the first time that Noah's let his mouth do the talking.
During the fourth quarter of a game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls where the Cavs were up huge late, LeBron James began to dance on the sideline. It's certainly not the classiest move by James, and, trust me, we'll get to him later.
The problem is that Noah had to make a comment about it after the game by stating, "When you're losing the way you're losing, guys just rubbing it in your face and dancing like that—I have a lot of respect for LeBron; its just a frustrating situation."
You don't want the opposition dancing on the sideline? Do something about it.
You can start off by not being down 20 points.
Also, this celebration 'dance' isn't helping his image.
Let's just start with the obvious on why we believe Anderson Varejao is the Cleveland Cavaliers most obnoxious player, shall we?
It is infuriating watching Varejao play the game of basketball.
He has a big body that could be used for rebounding and shot blocking purposes, but he instead plays as if he's 6' when it comes to taking charges.
Varejao is one of the NBA's most notorious floppers, constantly aggravating and frustrating opposing teams and their fans.
We get that taking charges is a part of the game that works in your favor.
But when you're 6'11" and slide 10 feet because 6'3" Derek Fisher brushed up against you, you're desecrating and insulting the game.
Flopping is becoming more and more prevalent, and you can thank Anderson Varejao for being one of its pioneers.
Jason Terry deserves his due props for being a main force in the Dallas Mavericks 2011 championship victory.
Because Terry would have looked rather silly had he not.
He knew how to get into LeBron James' head, played solid defense, and made key shots from the perimeter down the stretch to ensure a Mavericks victory.
Arguably, Terry was just as effective as Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki.
One of the league's top perimeter threats, Terry has established himself as an excellent three-point shooter at the perfect times.
He's also one to flaunt what a great three-point shooter he is.
The fact that he pretends to fly after every single three-pointer he converts is quite possibly the most obnoxious thing you'll ever see in the NBA.
It's so annoying that it even has its own terrible song to memorialize it.
Also, the only 'Jet' I know is a TNT analyst, not Jason Terry.
When Chris Andersen made his initial return to the NBA, the majority of us looked at it as inspirational.
Allowing drugs to take over his life, Andersen was kicked out of the NBA late in the 2005-'06 season for violating its drug program after playing three seasons with the Denver Nuggets and two with the New Orleans Hornets.
He would be reinstated to the NBA in 2008 with a completely new look. Long gone was the fair-haired athlete that we once knew.
Instead, Andersen returned to the Nuggets with a mohawk and vibrant tattoo's all over his body.
The NBA world didn't take too much notice until the 2008-'09 season, where he had the best year of his NBA career.
Averaging a little over two blocks per, Andersen finished second in the league in that category and won over the hearts of millions because of it.
Since then, however, he's been awful. He hasn't averaged at least two blocks per since and his minutes have been on the decline.
Now that we look at Andersen, the mohawk and the tattoos aren't doing much for us aside from being an eyesore.
Following the completion of the 2008-09 season, the Detroit Pistons thought it would be a wise decision to go after Milwaukee Bucks power forward Charlie Villanueva.
It might have cost them $7 million per season, but you can't afford not to have a player who had just averaged a career high 16 points and seven boards per.
Villanueva could score from inside and outside, and the Pistons assumed that they made a smart pickup after he just had the best year of his career.
As you can tell by how the Pistons have been playing over the past three seasons, it hasn't worked out well.
To say the least, Villanueva has been dreadful with Detroit.
In his first year with the team, he averaged only 12 points per on 44 percent shooting to go along with less than five rebounds per game.
He only managed to go even more downhill the next season when he averaged 11 points and four rebounds per.
Villanueva isn't a point guard. He's 6'11" and can play power forward as well as center.
For him to average four rebounds per game in 22 minutes worth of action is enough to show that his commitment to playing aggressive is lacking greatly.
Oh, and he also wanted to kill Ryan Hollins for some reason.
I'm not going to say that the Golden State Warriors are totally making the wrong decision by signing Nate Robinson.
But they are totally making the wrong decision by signing Nate Robinson.
The Warriors are the youngest team in basketball with a rookie head coach. You need cool heads in the organization to keep all the young players in check, and the Warriors unfortunately don't have that veteran to look to for guidance.
With an entire roster under the age of 30, it would be best not to let anyone cause some sort of disruption.
Bringing in Nate Robinson probably wasn't the best idea. He's listed at 27-years-old, but it wouldn't be surprising to know that he was actually 17.
If you watch how he conducts himself on and off the basketball court, you would assume that he was just another rookie attempting to get his feet wet.
We'll start off with his game first. There are obvious reasons why he's been on three different teams since departing the New York Knicks in 2010.
He gets extremely jump shot happy and will have no problem shooting your team out of the game, which is why the Oklahoma City Thunder had him on the bench for the majority of his time there.
Secondly, he just has poor judgment.
What kind of player takes the risk of shooting into his own basket?
Or one that nearly breaks his neck because he's so excited about a teammate making a big shot?
How about one that could care less what his coach is attempting to draw up for his team?
I guess that's the kind of player that begins a huge brawl at Madison Square Garden.
One of the NBA's best athletes that you've never heard of, Terrence Williams is still attempting to make a name for himself since being drafted with the 11th pick in the 2009 draft.
During his time at the University of Louisville, Williams was lauded as a freak athlete who could jump out of the building.
While it is absolutely true that Williams can throw down a mean dunk, it didn't say much about the rest of his game, which the New Jersey Nets seemed to ignore when they drafted him.
It took the Nets 88 games to trade Williams.
After averaging eight points per on 40 percent shooting to go along with five boards and three assists per in his rookie year, the Nets were done with Williams as they traded him away to the Rockets in order to receive Sasha Vujacic and a first round pick.
He's still not doing much with Houston.
He can't get any playing time, as he averages six points per on 42 percent shooting.
So what exactly makes Terrence Williams obnoxious?
It's the fact that he's so talented and has yet to put it to good use. He has the build of Andre Iguodala and could very well be a terrific defender if he set his mind to it.
Instead, he continues to force things and will continue to remain on Houston's bench.
Word from the Indiana Pacers organization is that Lance Stephenson's maturity is improving.
That's a terrific thing to hear because he could use a lot of it in order to right past wrong's.
Throughout his high school years, Stephenson was recognized as one of top basketball products.
He won a championship all four years, is the record holder in points overall in the history of high school basketball in New York and was also a McDonalds All-American in 2009.
Unfortunately, Stephenson's immaturity caused many teams to shy away from drafting him in 2010 before the Pacers took him in the second round.
Among his issues off the court, Stephenson reportedly got into an altercation with one of his teammates in early 2008.
He would face jail time a few months later after being charged with groping a 17-year-old girl outside of a high school.
Stephenson saved his best act for last by pushing his girlfriend down a flight of stairs, only two months after he was drafted by Indiana.
Have fun, Indiana.
There shouldn't be any explanation as to why Reggie Evans is the Los Angeles Clippers most obnoxious player; just ask Chris Kaman for the painful answer.
There's a reason why Evans was voted by his NBA peers as the league's dirtiest player.
He certainly isn't the most obnoxious, but the fact that he's willing to go as far as to directly instill pain in the nether regions of an opposing player is enough for him to be recognized as obnoxious.
I'm hurting just thinking about it.
What? Was Ron Artest not good enough? Does he have to make the job of a writer even more difficult by naming himself Metta World Peace?
I suppose we'll let that one slide, even though it is going to be annoying having to remember that Ron Artest now goes by the name of Metta World Peace.
Aside from that, World Peace can be an obnoxious player on and off the court.
We've seen what sort of damage he can instill on the court.
However, it's his mindless banter on Twitter that would annoy a saint.
He was constantly tweeting messages throughout the lockout, and even made fake claims that the lockout was ending.
His constant unnecessary and uneducated analysis of everything that goes through his head has made him one of the NBA's most obnoxious players.
One of the most heavily-hyped high schoolers since LeBron James, the NBA world could not wait to see what O.J. Mayo would deliver.
Before then, however, he had to make sure to run into trouble.
He started that off with a run-in with a referee during a high school game. Mayo ran over to the referee to argue over a call and when he brushed up against the official, the zebra flopped and proceeded to throw him out of the game.
Two months later, Mayo and a few friends would be caught with marijuana.
After a brief stop in college, where he shockingly received improper benefits from USC, he moved on to the NBA where he would be taken third by the Minnesota Timberwolves before being traded to the Memphis Grizzlies.
The fun with Mayo continued to persist as he reportedly had a fight on the team plane with teammate Tony Allen.
As for his playing career, Mayo is playing below expectations after two solid seasons.
He was pushed to the bench last season in favor of Allen, and would finish the season averaging 11 points, two boards, and two assists per.
He's currently averaging nine points per and is constantly in the middle of trade rumors.
Where do you even begin?
Do we start with the fact that he made an hour-long television special revolving around himself and where he would end up?
How about we start off with his post game press conference at the end of the Miami Heat's NBA Finals loss where he pretty much told the world, "I'm LeBron James and that sucks for everyone else".
LeBron James is the league's best player, the league's most skilled athlete who can do it all.
But it's his gross immaturity that prevents people from liking him.
It's as if he tries on purpose to become an obnoxious player so that the casual NBA fan dislikes him.
Even since he was an 18-year-old driving around a $50,000 Hummer, James has been an obnoxious player.
There's just so many reasons to dislike James that it's become difficult not to show some disdain towards him and the way he conducts himself.
The most recent obnoxious incident? Apparently, his people rejected a $3,000 cake meant for his birthday celebration and isn't paying for it.
It didn't take long for Stephen Jackson to make his impression felt with his new team, the Milwaukee Bucks.
In fact, he didn't even have to play a single possession to get on the wrong side of his new squad.
After missing a few pivotal days of training camp in December, the reason given was that Jackson was annoyed that the Bucks had yet to approach him over a contract extension.
He's been with the team only for a few days and he's already pulling these antics? This isn't any other training camp either, any bit of time you could get in was hugely significant due to the lack of a full preseason.
With the lockout cutting into serious practice time, players were expected to attend training camp in order to get their minds back in the right place.
All that training camp he's missed out on has translated to Jackson averaging 13 points per on 31 percent shooting.
The 25 percent shooting from beyond the arc only continues to show just how significant those days he missed out on were.
Even before Milwaukee, Jackson had a notorious reputation of being a bad teammate.
He has a solid offensive game, but he tends to assume control of it too many times when it's unnecessary. Averaging only 16 points per game, Jackson is shooting 42 percent for his career.
When the Miami Heat had to drop a few players in order to sign LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, they had to make a significant decision on who they should keep: Udonis Haslem or Michael Beasley.
While Beasley was clearly the more talented player, the Heat elected to keep Haslem.
Not only was he the hometown favorite, but it's because he's a player that won't be in the headlines like Michael Beasley.
In eight years, Haslem only saw himself in the news for throwing a mouthpiece at a referee.
In two years, Beasley had already gotten himself into trouble for possessing marijuana as well as causing mass hysteria over his twitter account.
Since then, he's settled down with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
He's become a solid scorer who can produce from inside and out, and is coming off a season where he averaged a career-high 19 points per game.
He still managed to find himself in the news after mushing a heckler in the face during a charity game.
If you're going to talk mess about the opposition following a win, you deserve it as long as you contributed in a huge way.
DeShawn Stevenson talked a lot of mess throughout the NBA Finals and its aftermath.
He was a solid defender and did a good job at getting into LeBron James' head, but he doesn't have much of a right to begin wearing obscene T-shirts like this.
Even before last year's NBA Finals, Stevenson earned the reputation of being a trash-talker.
During his time as a Washington Wizard, Stevenson became publicized for claiming that LeBron James was overrated prior to their postseason meeting with James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
James played like a man possessed, and his Cavs won the series in six games.
Stevenson recently joined the Nets after zero teams made a heavy pursuit for him over the offseason.
Once again, we encounter a team with not many players that are known as obnoxious.
Honestly, who could you pick out of this team that would be known as such?
Since we're in a bind, we'll just have to go with Trevor Ariza.
After a few uneventful seasons with New York and Orlando, Ariza believed he found his home with the Los Angeles Lakers.
In the 2008-'09 season, Ariza would eventually become the starting small forward and would be a part of the Laker team that defeated the Orlando Magic for the NBA championship.
His versatility and defense were keys to him earning the job.
However, he would chase the money to Houston, and would get traded a year later to New Orleans.
He's still playing solid defense, but the $7 million a year he is making to average 10 points per game just isn't worth it.
He also gave Rudy Fernandez quite the headache.
Baron Davis isn't an obnoxious person. Rather, he is an obnoxious player.
Following stints in New Orleans/Charlotte and Golden State where he was held in high regards, Davis would take his talents to the Los Angeles Clippers.
It was believed that he would be paired up with Elton Brand, but the power forward would soon depart shortly after Davis' arrival.
In return, Davis played some of the worst basketball of his career.
After averaging 22 points on 43 percent shooting the previous year, Davis went on to average a lowly 15 points per on a career low 37 percent from the field.
He shot 30 percent from deep and also managed to turn the ball over three times per game.
Davis is a streaky player because he wants to be a streaky player.
He doesn't care if he wins or loses, as long as he gets a paycheck. He'll only play hard if he's motivated and that itself is a rare occurrence.
He disrupts the flow of the offense by taking ill-advised shots, and refuses to play strong defense unless he feels like it.
And the New York Knicks expect him to co-exist with Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire.
He's a 41 percent shooter who loves to shoot and could care less about defense, so this may just be a match made in heaven.
There's just something about Kendrick Perkins that seems to rub people the wrong way.
Is it the fact that he's a notoriously dirty player?
Is it the same scowl he has on his face 24/7? Maybe it's because he and Tyson Chandler don't like each other.
Whatever it is, Perkins has made himself out to be one of the league's most obnoxious players for the way he conducts himself on the court.
He's well-known for handing out extremely hard fouls to anyone who enters his lane.
Perkins has already gotten himself into an altercation this season after getting into a shoving match with Portland Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge.
With his personality and the constant smile he always has on his face, there's no reason not to love Dwight Howard.
However, there's a few aspects to Howard that's constantly annoying to see.
We understand that every NBA player believes that a few of the fouls they rack up were wrongly given, but Howard seems to think that every single foul he receives is unjust.
Instead of letting his game do the talking, Howard would rather spend time making his case to the official who either made what he thought was a bad call on him, or the lack of a call where he felt he was fouled.
This whole incident going on with the trade rumors are getting to be a bit annoying as well.
It's bad enough that the Magic's fanbase had to go through the trouble of losing Shaquille O'Neal a decade earlier, so why make another public issue out of a sensitive subject to the fans that you claim to love.
It was tough to pick one obnoxious player out of the Philadelphia 76ers lineup because of how humble just about every player is.
From the starters to the bench, you don't see many of these players in the headlines because of the businesslike way they conduct themselves on and off the court.
Guys like Andre Iguodala, Elton Brand, or Jrue Holiday are in the NBA to do one thing and that's to play basketball.
So we'll give the honor of the Sixers most obnoxious player to Andres Nocioni.
Winning mostly by default, Nocioni sticks out in my mind strictly because of one incident I recall during a game where Nocioni, who was then a part of the Chicago Bulls, was taking on the Miami Heat.
Late in a game where the Heat were up by double digits, Nocioni took a pump fake by Wade and fouled him.
The two got tangled-up and Andres responded by throwing Dwyane out of bounds. Udonis Haslem then came over and pushed Nocioni into the stands as well.
See, not too many obnoxious players in Philadelphia.
That's a formula for winning, but could it also be the reason why they aren't getting any further in the postseason?
Much like the Philadelphia 76ers roster, the Phoenix Suns have a quiet team that prefers to only be in the headlines if they're having success.
There aren't many obnoxious players currently on the roster, so we'll just have to choose Sebastian Telfair by default on account of a few prior incidents.
Believed to be an NBA star in the making, Telfair was an unbelievable player the high school level and decided to commit to play for Rick Pitino at the University of Louisville.
Instead, he rescinded he commitment and decided to go straight to the NBA, where he would be taken 13th by the Portland Trail Blazers.
Passing up on college hurt Telfair.
Without proper guidance from a figure like Pitino, Telfair struggled to adjust to how fast the NBA was being run. He averaged only seven points and three assists per in his first season and was sent to Boston after only two years with Portland.
He'd continue to be an enormous bust with stops in Minnesota, the L.A. Clippers, and Cleveland following his time in Boston, as he has failed to average ten points per game since being drafted in 2004.
Telfair has also dealt with some off-the-court troubles as well.
After being pulled over for doing 32 miles per hour over the speed limit, a routine search was conducted and a loaded handgun was found under the passengers seat. He'd plead guilty, received three years probation, and was suspended three games.
The Portland Trail Blazers happen to be another organization that doesn't possess too many obnoxious players.
However, Marcus Camby wins by default for knocking out former coach Jeff Van Gundy after attempting to go after Danny Ferry during an altercation.
Van Gundy got 12-15 stitches to close up a gash above his eye.
You would think that Van Gundy would learn his lesson after the whole Alonzo Mourning and Larry Johnson fiasco.
It's barely been a year since DeMarcus Cousins was drafted with the fifth pick in the 2010 NBA draft by the Sacramento Kings.
The Kings thought they received a reliable big man, and while that prediction has come true, they also happened to receive one of the biggest headache's in recent memory.
Early into his rookie year, Cousins was reportedly getting into altercations with his teammates and coaches.
A few months later, he'd have to be removed from the team plane after getting into a fight with Donte Greene.
It was reported that Cousins was peeved because Greene had inbounded the ball to Tyreke Evans, not Cousins, for a last second shot.
The problems haven't stopped there.
Early on in his second year, Cousins was getting into trouble with the Sacramento Kings organization once again.
Word came out that he demanded a trade on two occasions, which he would rescind later on.
His constant battles with coach Paul Westphal led to his eventual firing earlier this week.
Even if Cousins wants a trade, does anybody really want a 21-year-old headache that's about to be given up by his team after a year?
Do I even need a reason as to explain why Tony Parker is the most obnoxious player on the San Antonio Spurs?
He was the luckiest man on planet earth. He's making millions playing the game he loved, on a team with two future Hall of Famers, has two championship rings, and a Finals MVP.
But all of that paled in comparison to his grandest trophy: Eva Longoria.
Most men know her as the hot lady from the show that their wife forces them to watch.
Parker was the envy of the male world once he got her, but then became public enemy number one after reportedly cheating on her with former teammate Brent Barry's wife.
It's bad enough that you're cheating on one of the most beautiful people that we know of, but to do it with a former teammate of yours?
Parker broke a strict man law on that one.
You're probably bewildered as to how Andrea Bargnani is the Toronto Raptors most obnoxious player, but it's actually quite prevalent why when you see it on a nightly basis if you live in Canada.
The Toronto Raptors aren't a good team because of Bargnani.
Even though he averaged 21 points per game last year and is currently averaging 23 per, he's still the main reason as to why the Raptors aren't getting any better.
First of all, he needs to come clean to the Raptors organization and tell them to look for an actual power forward or center.
Bargnani puts on his charade that he is a solid front court player because of his scoring touch, but it's actually the exact opposite.
Instead of assisting the team in the middle and addressing their rebounding concerns, Bargnani would still rather spend his game along the perimeter.
We all have to make sacrifices, and Andrea hasn't made any.
He continues to be the NBA's worst rebounding big man as he plays like a shooting guard in the body of a 7' footer.
Oh, Andray, where do we even begin to tell this story?
I don't need much proof to say why Andray Blatche is an obnoxious player.
All you need to see is just how desperate he was to secure a triple-double during a victory for his Washington Wizards.
He didn't go Ricky Davis on us by missing a shot on his own basket and securing the rebound to add to his total, but Blatche was just as adamant as Davis when it came to obtaining the triple-double.
Given that he'll probably never come close to dishing out ten assists again, but Blatche should conduct himself in a professional manner, rather than one that is so self-centered that he actually gets angry with his own teammate for getting in the way of a rebound that would have given him the feat.
Speaking of assists, Blatche doesn't get many of them because he doesn't like to pass the ball.
Players at his position usually don't garner too many assists, but Blatche is on another level of not dishing the ball.
In seven seasons, he has to average better than three assists per and is averaging less than two per for his career.
Yes, Andray, we know you can score. Maybe you can also try to rebound, pass the ball, and play defense for your 0-8 team while you're at it?