Is Dwight Howard or LeBron James the Bigger Villain in the NBA?

Hayden KimCorrespondent IIIJuly 4, 2012

ORLANDO, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  (L-R) LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat and the Eastern Conference and Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic and the Eastern Conference react during player introductions for the 2012 NBA All-Star Game at the Amway Center on February 26, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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After winning his first NBA title, LeBron James may have improved his image. Perhaps LBJ is no longer the most hated player in the league.

Could Dwight Howard have usurped LeBron's title of "most hated player in the league"?

According to a Forbes 2011 list, Kris Humphries and LeBron James topped the list of most hated players. Dwight Howard wasn't even mentioned. 

Up until his contract saga, people loved Howard's seemingly friendly demeanor, dunk contest exploits and yearly All-Star representation.

However, trade demands have changed the perception of a lovable big man to the Lex Luthor of the NBA.

Despite Howard's childlike behavior, will he ever top LeBron and his "Decision" in unpopularity? Has Howard's immaturity already topped what LeBron did to the city of Cleveland?

If you ask me, Dwight may be immature, but he isn't at LeBron's level quite yet. Even if Dwight ends up leaving Orlando, the magnitude will simply not be the same.

LeBron may rack up the stats and championships, but his personality will hold him back when the topic of "greatest of all time" is brought up.

Congratulations, Dwight, you are not the most disliked player in the NBA...at least for now.