Cockiness gets a bad rap.
Unless a player is belittling an opponent or is downright rude, being cocky is a good trait that usually benefits the player and the team, especially in tight situations.
Coaches praise players who are humble, but they want guys with an edge. It's no coincidence that players considered cocky are often the ones who hit game-winning shots.
"Cocky" is really just another word for "swagger," a buzzword for one of the ingredients for success.
Sometimes cockiness is more perception than reality, and sometimes it is bestowed based on a single comment or act. In any case, it should be seen as an honor to be on our list of the 10 cockiest players.