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Top 5 most hated NBA players of the 2022-23 season featuring Patrick Beverley, Ben Simmons and more

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Two-time NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo made a surprising claim on Twitter on Thanksgiving morning. Antetokounmpo tweeted a picture of himself snarling with the caption:

“Most hated.”

This comes a few days after Antetokounmpo got involved in a postgame controversy with Philadelphia 76ers center Montrezl Harrell. The two had a dispute over Antetokounmpo’s use of the Sixers’ court, which ended in the Bucks superstar pushing a ladder that belonged to a Sixers staffer.

However, even after Antetokounmpo’s outburst, fans aren’t convinced that he’s one of the NBA’s most hated players, with many saying he isn’t even close.

So, on that note, here are five of the most hated NBA players of the 2022-2023 season.

Top 5 most hated NBA players

Brooklyn Nets stars Ben Simmons and Kevin DurantLA Lakers guard Russell Westbrook

A lot of this had to do with his failure to accept a bench role and the fact that he didn’t play team basketball. LA Lakers fans were even pleading with the team’s front office to trade him all offseason.

However, Westbrook has finally accepted his new role off the bench and rejuvenated his career over the past few weeks. Russ has averaged 17.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 8.3 assists per game while shooting 43.2% and 38.9% from three in 12 games off the bench.

It remains to be seen if “Mr. Triple-Double” will keep up this level of bench production. For now, however, the Westbrook hate appears to have died down for the first time in a while.

#4 Kevin Durant

Brooklyn Nets superstar forward Kevin Durant

Also read: “NBA fans really got love for you; it’s just misplaced love I guess” – Kevin Durant on Brooklyn Nets being disliked by fans

#3 Draymond Green

Golden State Warriors All-Star forward Draymond Green

#2 Patrick Beverley

LA Lakers guard Patrick Beverley

Beverley just recently received a three-game suspension for taking a cheap shot at Phoenix Suns big man Deandre Ayton, which is now being called “Shovegate.”

Also read: Patrick Beverley is ‘a blight on the sport’, no reason to be in the league: NBA analyst

#1 Ben Simmons

Brooklyn Nets star Ben Simmons

Outside of those reasons, there are also fans who enjoy hating on Simmons for his inability to shoot 3-pointers (career 14.3% shooter from beyond the arc). Others just take shots at him for not living up to his No. 1 draft selection in 2016.

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