Treason is something you can see anywhere nowadays in sports, as it is not only exclusive for politics, business or relationships. Betrayal is very hurtful for fans, especially when it comes to your favorite thing in the world.
Of course, the NBA has seen several treason episodes since their first competitions were created and throughout the years this practice has increased incredibly, with players taking their own personal agendas ahead of what the franchise wants or needs out of them.
All the fans can certainly say this is a recurrent activity in NBA as they have witnessed enough controversies to state that. Picking a starting five of traitors might be hard, but now we’re going to deliver the ultimate betrayal team.
Honorable mention: Ray Allen
Point Guard - David Stern
This might look insane, but it is true. The former NBA commissioner betrayed both fans and the Los Angeles Lakers after vetoing that infamous Chris Paul trade to the gold and purple several campaigns ago.
David demonstrated he was not in favor of the show and stopped CP3 to play alongside Kobe Bryant which could be one of the best duos in NBA recent history. Stern joined an exclusive group of hateful commissioners alongside NFL’s Roger Goodell and many more thanks to that move.
Shooting Guard – Jason Kidd
If you thought you were going to miss Jason on this list, you were far from right. Kidd became one of the best and beloved players in Dallas Mavericks during his stay in Texas, but after agreeing to sign the extension with the Mavs, Jason decided to move his talents to the Big Apple and play for the New York Knicks.
He was an idol in Dallas, especially after that historic Championship run, but after that decision not so much people were pleased with him. Even Mavs’ owner Mark Cuban told it was hard to him to show respect for Jason at that moment.
Small Forward – LeBron James
There is nothing new to say here. LeBron James’ decision to leave Cleveland and move to the Miami Heat was very hurtful for Cavaliers’ fans as they expect to win a ring with the King, but James decided to move to Florida instead and play with his friends Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
Well, LeBron won two rings in Miami and then came back to Cleveland and gave the city a ring as well, but that summer in 2010 when he joined Miami, Cavs fans were extremely angry with him, burning his jersey and calling him a snake.
Power Forward – Kevin Durant
This is the most recent case of betrayal, as Kevin Durant joined the Golden State Warriors after falling against them in the previous season. This wasn’t not only hurtful for OKC fans but for the rest of the NBA since Kevin didn’t handle things very well before and after his departure. He was an idol in OKC, but seeing the current reality of the team, he wouldn’t be able to win the ring anytime soon.
Kevin decided to move to Warriors and indeed it was the best for him, as he smashed every team Golden State faced during the season, having an incredible run during the NBA finals despite losing all the respect he had gained throughout his career.
Center – DeAndre Jordan
This one’s kind of odd, because DeAndre wasn’t even on the team when he betrayed them. Jordan had a verbal agreement with Dallas Mavericks to leave Clippers, but Steve Ballmer knew how to engage the center and at the end, DeAndre picked Clippers over the Mavs a couple of summers ago.
The Los Angeles Clippers engaged a late night hilarious emoji war on social media, with pretty much all the team involved trying to convince DeAndre to stay put at the Staples Center, completely hurting the Mavs’ plans, as they had to settle with sub par center Zaza Pachulia after struggling to find a suiting replacement for the talented big man.