The NBA continues to be littered with ballers who play the man as often as they play the ball. Whether it’s on or off the court, some professional athletes see sports as a tool to demonstrate their aggressive personalities.
The infamous Detroit Pistons unit of the 1990s were the chief architects of using the bad boy mentality to their advantage. They were the closest thing the NBA had to the hated Oakland Raiders outfit during the 1970s and ’80s, undertaking every dirty trick and dark art to win – at any cost.
There is no right or wrong way to play the game and as these players have shown, many of them have profited because of their bad boy mentality. Officially, commentators and people in the game will deride their behavior, but behind closed doors they love the guys who come to the game with an edge and get the headline writers fired up to print more copy.
Here are the top 10 bad boys in NBA history.
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