Deron Williams and the 10 Biggest Hotheads in the NBA

Matt Shetler@@buccos12Correspondent IJanuary 12, 2012

Deron Williams and the 10 Biggest Hotheads in the NBA

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    Every season, there are plenty of hotheads running around the NBA.

    Bad tempers are about as common as slam dunks.

    But there are different forms of hotheads running around the league. Some guys are the quiet types that let things build up before they explode and some guys explode just for the sake of exploding.

    The one person that is always the brunt of all these guys' frustrations is the referee.

    Here's a look at 10 of the worst tempers in the NBA.

Deron Williams

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    Deron Williams only makes a guest appearance on this list after his two technicals got him tossed from last night's game against the Denver Nuggets.

    But you can see that his temper is starting to boil over.

    Not only is he getting T'd up, but he doesn't want to talk about anything to anyone.

    So much attention paid to Williams and he didn't ask for any of it.

    He's in a lousy situation that's only getting worse by the day. The New Jersey Nets stink and Williams is becoming very frustrated.

DeMarcus Cousins

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    DeMarcus Cousins hasn't been in the NBA long, but has more situations where his temper has flared than the Kings have wins in that time.

    In just a little over a year Cousins has gotten in a fight with teammate Donte Greene and almost came to blows with Rajon Rondo.

    He's been left off a team flight, kicked out of practice and asked not to suit up for games.

    Cousins definitely could use some anger-management classes in the future.

Metta World Peace

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    Call him what you will, but the guy I know as Ron Artest isn't all there.

    Remember the brawl at the Palace?

    How could you forget?

    That fight and all of the technicals earn him a well-deserved spot on this list.

    He's toned it down a bit as of late, but he still belongs here. Maybe that psychiatrist he thanked after the Los Angeles Lakers' last championship is paying off after all.

Matt Barnes

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    Matt Barnes has a short fuse and a ton of technicals and confrontations to prove it.

    When there is tension, Barnes seems to be at his best. I guess he needs to get the blood pumping somehow.

Andre Miller

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    For most of his career you wouldn't think Andre Miller would be on a list like this, but this guy definitely has a temper.

    Last season he shoved Blake Griffin into the stands and got into a fight with coach Nate McMillan that nearly came to blows.

    Then there was the basketball incident when he heaved the ball into the stands that got him a suspension.

Ben Wallace

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    Ben Wallace is a very angry man, but he often used that anger as a tool on the defensive end, but let's not forget that night in Detroit.

    There would never have been a brawl without Wallace massively shoving Ron Artest.

Stephen Jackson

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    I often thought Stephen Jackson was nuts.

    He also played a big role in the fateful brawl in Detroit that got him a 30-game suspension, but that's not the whole story.

    Jackson has often been a target for technical fouls throughout his career.

    He always has something to say and has never committed a foul in his life. Just ask him; he'll tell you.

Kendrick Perkins

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    Kendrick Perkins doesn't exactly have a career filled with being a hothead, but he gets a spot on the list since he's leading the NBA in technical fouls this season.

    If he keeps adding them up he could find himself sitting for a game.

    To be fair though, if Rasheed Wallace didn't retire or Kenyon Martin were in the NBA at the moment, Perkins wouldn't have cracked the list.

Dwight Howard

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    You don't pick up the amount of technical fouls in a season that Dwight Howard racks up if you're not a bit of a hothead.

    He's been suspended multiple times for too many techs and nearly was suspended from a playoff game for the same reason.

    Whether it's constant complaining about calls or showing up officials, Howard is a bit of a hothead on the court even though he's got a great personality off of it.

Rajon Rondo

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    All of the hotheads on this list before Rondo have one thing in common: None of them fired a glass bottle at a plasma television screen because they didn't like the criticism they were receiving.

    Maybe that separates Rondo from the rest, though.

    He's even been locked out of the practice facility as well.

    He may be a fantastic point guard, but he definitely has some anger issues.