If as an NBA player you can regularly get a huge reaction out of the crowd, then you have succeeded in your career. Fans thrive on being driven into a frenzy by these types of players, be it through tough defense, a clutch shot or a thunderous dunk. These are players everyone looks forward to seeing because it's a certainty that at some point in the night, everyone will jump out of their seats.
One of the masters of this practice is Kobe Bryant, easily the best scorer in the game. Love him or hate him, the man can shoot the ball from practically anywhere on the floor, with or without a hand in his face. His fine work will either elicit boos from the crowd or make everyone jump for joy.
The fact is that these players are great at eliciting any type of reaction out of a crowd, be it a friendly or hostile one. The fans are chomping at the bit whenever watching these masters work their craft, which makes them all the more iconic in the long run.