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The Mount Rushmore of the Most Annoying NBA Players From the Last Decade:

The NBA is entertainment that features freak athleticism and fancy dunks. It also features trash talk. A big part of basketball is getting inside your opponent’s head. This list sums up the Mt. Rushmore of the most annoying NBA players from the last decade.

Russell Westbrook has been one of the league’s most entertaining players. Westbrook has become known for his triple-doubles. He’s a six-foot-three guard that steals rebounds from his taller teammates in order to get them. Westbrook will often get 30 points in a game, but that comes at a cost of having 19 shots per game, and making only 46.7% of his attempts for his career. Westbrook’s playing style was the main reason for Kevin Durant’s Oklahoma City departure. His interactions with the local media over the years has also not been a good look in many people’s eyes. Congrats, Russ. You made the cut.

Lance Stephenson is mostly remembered for blowing in LeBron’s ear during the Eastern Conference Finals in 2014. Make ‘em Dance Lance was interviewed in 2018 by the New York Post and was asked why he did it. His response was; “I was really trying to get him mad. Really trying to win the game, trying to get him like unfocused. I was trying anything.” Lance has always been entertaining with his antics and streetball playing style. Very entertaining, yet annoying as sometimes his antics would result in technical fouls hurting his team. Stephenson is 29 years old and his current team is the Liaoning Flying Leopards. He just might get one more shot in the NBA.

Patrick Beverley is the defender that everybody wants on their team. No other NBA player goes all out on defense the way that Beverley does. However, his defensive efforts and associated antics have resulted in him being labeled as a dirty player at times. He was accused of purposely trying to injure Russell Westbrook in the 2013 playoffs when Westbrook tore his meniscus, forcing him to miss the remainder of the playoffs that year. Beverly seems to get in scuffles with every opponent that he faces. In my opinion, there needs to be more players like him, and it’s not a knock on him for him to be on this Mt. Rushmore.

Draymond Green has to be the king of this Mt. Rushmore. He fights and argues with his own teammates, Steve Kerr won’t even acknowledge him at times and he is the primary reason why Kevin Durant abandoned ship. Yes, Durant is extremely sensitive, but if Green were a better teammate, Durant could be helping the Warriors get their fourth ring and his third. Instead, the Warriors have fallen to be the worst team in the NBA with only 15 wins and 50 losses. Green can provide some great entertainment at times, however. For example, back in 2017 Paul Pierce was on the Clippers bench chirping away at Green. Green went on to say to Pierce; “Chasing that farewell tour, they don’t love you like that. You can’t get no farewell tour. They don’t love you like that. You thought you was Kobe? You ain’t Kobe.”

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