15 Biggest Instigators in NBA History

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15 Biggest Instigators in NBA History
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Make no mistake about it, basketball is a physical sport. As a result, instigators and dirty players fill the annals of the sport's lengthy and complicated history.

But despite the fact that the list of instigators could go on forever, these 15 players stand out above the rest.

We're not looking for one-time offenders like Kermit Washington here. Sure, Washington may have thrown the most famous punch in NBA history when he almost killed Rudy Tomjanovich, but he wasn't a dirty player and this was a one-time offense.

We're also not looking for guys like Manu Ginobili, who flop excessively, but do so more to draw fouls than to aggravate opponents.

Instead, we're searching for the men who liked to push buttons, get away with excessive physicality and generally be more hated by the opposition than anything else. It wouldn't surprise me in the slightest if a few of the players you'll soon read about would let a brief smug grin creep across their faces when they learned about their inclusion.

Read on for the 15 biggest instigators in NBA history.  

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