Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 4/25/12

In the wake of Ron Artest’s (yes, I am reverting to the old name) flagrant elbow to James Harden’s head, Sports Illustrated has released their list of the NBA’s 15 dirtiest players. SI asked 146 players to name the person they thought was the dirtiest in the whole league, not including teammates.

Topping the list was Los Angeles Clippers' Reggie Evans. It’s not surprising when you figure that the 9-year veteran plays about 14 minutes a game and really only goes in to do the dirty work. If you remember, it wasn’t too long ago that a foul committed against Evans was downgraded from a flagrant to a personal because he clearly flopped when the referees looked at it on replay.

Kevin Garnett comes in at number two. The Boston Celtics veteran has long been known for talking a lot during the games and taking the occasional cheap shot.

Coming in the third spot is the man formerly known as Metta World Peace. This is a little surprising considering this poll was taken before the elbow to Harden’s head, and MWP has been commended for cleaning up his act since he became a L.A. Laker. I guess the facade can fool the public but it doesn’t fool the people on the court.

If you go down the rest of the list, there are a few obvious choices and some surprises. I was actually pretty shocked at the number of superstars on the list, guys that are in the spotlight all the time so they can’t really afford to be dirty. Guys like Kevin Love at #7, Chris Paul at #5 and Dwight Howard at #12 (although Dwight isn’t that big of a surprise).

There are the guys that are just traditionally dirty, and it’s no surprise they’re on the list. Shane Battier at #13 and Raja Bell at #15 have been notorious for their nagging defense their whole careers. I’m sure they didn’t get noticed just because they’re always just so quick at moving their feet.

And of course, there are the veterans who know how to get away with whatever they want because they’ve been doing it for so long. Kurt Thomas at #8 and Eduardo Najera at #10 don’t get the big minutes, it seems like their only purpose these days is to go in and be disruptive.

If you look at the rest of the list, no one comes to mind as being wrongfully named, and I can’t really think of too many people I would say got “snubbed.” As fans, we all have our opinions of who’s dirty, it’s just interesting to see what the players think.


Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Report: Chris Sale incident had to do with team executives

Ezekiel Elliott: ‘Evil NEVER prevails’

Orioles, Padres reportedly talking trades of Melvin Upton, Cashner

Le’Veon Bell reportedly missed ‘several’ drug tests

Report: Islanders looking at locations to build new arena


Top five takeaways from this year's NBA Summer League

NCAA rules that hanging out with hip-hop star Drake is violation

WATCH: Justin Bieber arm wrestle Sixers center Joel Embiid

RUMOR: Celtics sign Green, Zeller and two others to contract deals

Kevin Durant Thunder jerseys going for less than 50 cents in OKC

Why are Saints holding out on contract talks with Drew Brees?

Solo not taking any chances with Zika virus while in Rio

Rays reportedly demanding Profar in pitching deal with Rangers

Facebook doesn’t know the difference between Liverpool and Arsenal

Report: Teams asked about Wade Davis, asking price very high

Aussie Rules Football player accidentally kicks, breaks own leg

Former Arkansas football assistant trolls Bobby Petrino on social media

Could Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw's injury hinder trade talks?

Spurs strike a new deal with NBA stalwart Manu Ginobli

George makes return to Team USA following leg injury

Why the Clippers shouldn't break up their big three

White Sox pay homage to Bo Jackson’s bat-breaking skills with bobblehead

Orioles affiliate pay tribute to David Bowie on their jerseys

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Effect of ban on Russia could span beyond the Olympic Games

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

QUIZ: Name every city to host the NBA All-Star Game

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

The top NHL free agents available as offseason winds down

WATCH: NBA jersey sponsors that need to happen

Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

WATCH: Pop & Timmy have a guys' night out

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker