The 8 Naughtiest and Nicest Players in the NBA Right Now

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The 8 Naughtiest and Nicest Players in the NBA Right Now
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DeMarcus Cousins gives back at Christmastime.

For all the NBA players on Santa's naughty list, there's plenty of nice guys in the league, too.

The stereotype of the "me-first" athlete is pervasive, but it is overblown. On-court selfishness, from ball-hogging to extracurricular physicality and other nonsense, is real and fuels that perception. That said, take that naughtiness with a grain of salt, because only a minority of players will receive a lump of coal.

'Tis the season to be jolly, so let's highlight all the niceness in the league, too. Between beautiful play, team-first focus and general benevolence, there's so much goodness in the world of basketball that deserves to be celebrated.

What better time to do so than the holiday season?

Dwell on the nice here, not the naughty. Rather, treat the latter as cautionary tales; for every one, there is someone merry making a far greater impact.

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