Top 5 Most Disrespected Players In The NBA Today


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The disrespect is real sometimes. Fans and media critics alike spew hate towards a player no matter the circumstance, especially on social media. Don't get me wrong, a lot of players feel the heat, but these players get the most flack by far! Here are my top 5 most disrespected players in the NBA.


1. Lebron James


Let's not ignore the fact that LeBron is still by far the most hated player in the NBA. Fans won't forget about the summer of the "decision" or his prediction of winning not on, not two, not three...you get the point. LeBron was the villain for a good stretch of his time in Miami, and despite that being almost a decade ago, he still gets hated on by many. His ability to create "super teams'' hasn't helped his image amongst some NBA fans either.


Let's not ignore the fact that LeBron is still by far the most hated player in the NBA. Fans won't forget about the summer of the "decision" or his prediction of winning not on, not two, not three...you get the point. LeBron was the villain for a good stretch of his time in Miami, and despite that being almost a decade ago, he still gets hated on by many. His ability to create "super teams'' hasn't helped his image amongst some NBA fans either.


Then there's the Jordan talk. Many look at LeBron as being inferior to Jordan no matter what, and honestly that's fine, people have different opinions. However, the debate sometimes feels like another excuse to bash LeBron. "The King" is as revered in some circles as he is hated in others which only plays into the weight of his reign on the NBA.


2. Devin Booker


Why is it that every year Devin Booker seems to be outcasted from the all-star game? He did get in this year but that's because he was a replacement. Booker is one of the best shooting guards in the league but still gets overlooked. Is it because he plays in Phoenix? A market that in itself is overlooked. Last year we saw him and the Suns ball out in the bubble. No, they didn't make the playoffs despite being the only undefeated in the bubble, but Booker put on a clinic and opened the eyes of many to just how talented he is.

As the Suns sit near the top of the Western Conference, Booker deserves more credit for the team's success. Did people forget that epic 70 point game performance a few years back? Booker has always faced unfair criticism and the failure of the Suns has been placed on his shoulder. Even LeBron has stated Booker is one of the most disrespected players in the league. Put some respect on the guy's name!!!!


3. Damian Lillard


Another player who seems to have a hard time getting respect is Portland's Damian Lillard. Despite being a six-time all-star, Lillard still gets criticized by the media for matters sometimes out of his control. The series-clinching game-winners he's hit over the years are some of the most impressive highlights the game has ever seen. His stepback three over Paul George to send the Clippers home is an all-time moment, or should an all-"Dame Time" moment.

Despite hardly ever being on great teams, Lillard still possesses alpha mentality and it shows. He balled out in the bubble season last year and was the MVP during that run. Even though the NBA world still loves to trash "Dame Dolla", just remember next time you watch a TrailBlazer it's Dame Time!


4. Ben Simmons


The former first overall pick has been hounded by fans and media alike since he’s stepped foot in the league. He's been called overrated, his shooting is less than stellar and fans question his overall game. Putting all that aside, Simmons is an elite player, make no mistake about it. Last season Simmons was named to his first All-NBA team, and has made it to three all-star games at just the age of 24. Also, he led the NBA in steals last year, a nice feather in the cap.


Many have tried to brand Simmons as a bust because he can't get off a jump shot. Yet he is an exceptional playmaker and a great defender. You can knit-pick all you want, but when he’s on the court the team feeds off his energy. Sure Simmons doesn’t have a jump shot, but the hate he receives is quite laughable.


5. Kevin Durant


Yes, yes. The man who turned the page on a new chapter of his career by joining a 73-win team. That's precisely the moment when Durant took over for LeBron as the biggest villain in the league. Long story short the Warriors basically became impossible to stop. With the likes of Steph, Klay and Draymond, plus a rock solid core of role players, they very much became a modern day dynasty.

Durant in his prime is one of the best pure scorers the league has ever seen and the disrespect surrounding his rings is hilarious. Check the stats, Durant was the man in Golden State and was the anchor behind both of those championships. The jump to Brooklyn hasn't quieted down the critics, but Durant may just add another ring or two before he calls it a career.


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