More often than not, “annoying” is a good thing in professional sports.
Being “annoying” means being disruptive, messing up someone else’s flow and generally mucking up the works of an otherwise smooth-running machine.
You can get paid a lot of money as an annoying-ass basketball player, and even win your team a championship by virtue of your sheer ability to make the guys wearing different color jerseys too uncomfortable to function.
Annoying can be valuable. Annoying can also be plain, no-good annoying.
With that said, the following are the 20 most “annoying" players currently in the NBA. This is a cadre of irritators, bamboozlers and straight-up jerks from all across the usefulness spectrum in the league.
Some are on-court irritants, others annoy via personality, off-court antics and general aura. But they are all extremely effective jerk-faces in their own special ways.
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Andrew Bogut, free agent
Purely on this list for his social media presence and the third-degree burns it has caused him.
I root for Alex Abrines because we have similar physiques and his existence in the NBA keeps the theoretical dream alive that I, too, could technically be paid to come off the bench and literally do nothing else for a team except hit the occasional, wide-open, catch-and-shoot three.
But then he goes and shoots 29 percent from deep in the postseason and the dream is gone.
Trademark move: Desperate, wide-eyed chasing on defense.
Tony Allen, Grizzlies
Tony Allen is the Kobe Slayer and one of the few human beings on the planet the Mamba has ever complimented in earnest, which tells you exactly what kind of monster annoyer he is on the basketball court.
Trademark move: Hand check, hand check, wide-open layup.
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Meyers Leonard, Trail Blazers
I have nothing against Meyers Leonard except he makes some tremendously snooty faces when faced with DeMarcus Cousins beef.
Trademark move: Inform the authorities.
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Andre Roberson, Thunder
[Jim Carrey holding phone away from face]
LEARN TO SHOOT BASKETBALLS, YOU GIFTED LOCKDOWN DEFENDER.
The Internet’s champ, but kind of a scummy dude if we’re being perfectly honest.
Trademark move: Crowd-electrifying turnover.
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Matthew Dellavedova, Bucks
An annoying try-hard who is becoming infuriatingly effective in his role as backup/co-facilitator for the Milwaukee Bucks. The Matthew Dellavedova glow-up is real and nauseating.
Trademark move: Dehydrating defense.
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Chris Paul, Clippers
The league’s foremost whiner and the least-liked individual to ever be painted in positivity by a series of insurance commercials.
Trademark move: Searing hate directly into the back of DeAndre Jordan’s head.
Markieff Morris, Wizards
A valuable role-player for the Wizards who epitomizes the player you hate on a cellular level until the moment he puts on your team’s jersey.
Trademark move: Chesting up against your favorite player.
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Patrick Beverley , Rockets
Another feisty player I personally enjoy but whom also, without a doubt, is one of the most obnoxious individuals to ever take the basketball court at any level. Patrick Beverley is the professional version of the dude you most hate to be guarded by in pickup basketball.
Trademark move: Asking between possessions if you want to see these pictures of your girl.