Ever since LeBron went on National TV and announced he was bolting from the Cleveland Cavaliers to take his talents to the Miami Heat, he has easily been one of the most disliked NBA players and it never really was a close second until Kevin Durant made a controversial decision of his own in free agency.
Fans generally don’t like players who win too much or get too much coverage. We have seen that around the NFL world with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots and the Dallas Cowboys as a whole.
With LeBron making it to 8-consecutive NBA Finals, his dislike only got stronger and stronger every year. Once Kevin Durant signed with the Warriors and proceeded to win back-to-back NBA titles and NBA Finals MVP’s, he was definitely on the top of the list of hated players.
Those two superstars remain atop the entire league of most hated players, and that was proven true using geotagged data dating back to the end of the 2018-19 season. Sportsinsider.com put together a map of the United States that shows which state hates which player the most.
James is the most “hated” player with 25 states.
Kevin Durant comes in next with 17 states.
Kyrie Irving has 5 states.
Anthony Davis has 2 states.
James Harden has 1 state.