1. Kyrie Irving
It’s safe to say that the Brooklyn Nets didn’t expect this when they rolled the red carpet out for Irving. They attempted to create an instant contender by bringing Irving, Durant, and finally, James Harden to New York. Immediately, there was talk of a new NBA superteam but then Irving threw a spanner in the works. He missed most of his first season because of injuries.
Then the Nets fell short in the playoffs against the Bucks. However, Irving made the full transition to villain after refusing to accept a vaccine in 2021 (via FOX Sports). This went against New York state mandates and meant that the Nets couldn’t play him. It was a very frustrating position for the franchise because there was nothing that they could do except look at trade options.