We will not be any smarter as NBA followers these days, however we’re extra discerning and scrutinizing. The place followers as soon as merely loved the scoring exploits of bigger than life basketball stars, trendy league followers consider these stars by way of the context of perceived worth relative to their contract. Past that, a newfound consideration to analytics signifies that gaudy stats are not ok and effectivity reigns supreme. Not solely has this impacted the best way we watch an NBA recreation, nevertheless it has additionally served to affect the best way we fee gamers. As evidenced by the autumn from grace of Carmelo Anthony, ball-dominant scorers with excessive utilization charges who aren’t prepared to adapt have shortly gone from celebrated to undesirable.
Even aside from ‘Melo, there are a slew of once-revered gamers who loved star standing who at the moment are being re-examined. Sure, they made All-Star groups, however did they really assist their very own golf equipment?
All of this evaluation helps inform each the issues we now worth (subject aim proportion, free throws, excessive level totals on few photographs) and the gamers who ought to in all probability be talked about extra and fewer than they’re. Since 2000, the fashionable NBA has modified the best way we take a look at who could be thought-about overrated. In any case, a number of the loftiest scoring seasons in current reminiscence have come from gamers jacking up 25 photographs an evening, which does not have a tendency to assist your workforce, particularly in the event you’re solely making 10 of them. With that, let’s take a look on the participant on every membership because the flip of the millennia who can now be indisputably thought-about overrated:
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- 1 30 Atlanta Hawks: Josh Smith
- 2 29 Boston Celtics: Paul Pierce
- 3 28 Brooklyn Nets: Keith Van Horn
- 4 27 Charlotte Hornets: Gerald Wallace
- 5 26 Chicago Bulls: Carlos Boozer
- 6 25 Cleveland Cavaliers: Larry Hughes
- 7 24 Dallas Mavericks: Josh Howard
- 8 23 Denver Nuggets: Voshon Lenard
- 9 22 Detroit Pistons: Andre Drummond
- 10 21 Golden State Warriors: Monta Ellis
- 11 20 Houston Rockets: Moochie Norris
- 12 19 Indiana Pacers: Jermaine O’Neal
- 13 18 Los Angeles Clippers: Shaun Livingston
- 14 17 Los Angeles Lakers: Robert Horry
- 15 16 Memphis Grizzlies: Rudy Homosexual
- 16 15 Miami Warmth: Dion Waiters
- 17 14 Milwaukee Bucks: Glenn Robinson
- 18 13 Minnesota Timberwolves: Andrew Wiggins
- 19 12 New Orleans Pelicans: Emeka Okafor
- 20 11 New York Knicks: Stephon Marbury
- 21 10 Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder: Serge Ibaka
- 22 9 Orlando Magic: Grant Hill
- 23 eight Philadelphia 76ers: Jerry Stackhouse
- 24 7 Phoenix Suns: Leandro Barbosa
- 25 6 Portland Path Blazers: Brian Grant
- 26 5 Sacramento Kings: Jason Williams
- 27 four San Antonio Spurs: Tony Parker
- 28 three Toronto Raptors: Jerome “JYD” Williams
- 29 2 Utah Jazz: Greg Ostertag
- 30 1 Washington Wizards: Gilbert Arenas
30 Atlanta Hawks: Josh Smith
All through his 13-year profession, one which seems to have ended following a marginal, three-game tryout alternative in New Orleans final season, Josh Smith left individuals wanting extra. Enticed by his 6’9″ body and mixture of physicality and explosiveness, Smith was gifted with quite a few alternatives to thrive and be an offensive focus for groups, most notably in his 9 years with the Atlanta Hawks. However despite the fact that the preps-to-pros ahead averaged 14.5 profession factors and seven.four rebounds, he by no means even made an All-Star staff nor did he fairly function an appropriate second choice subsequent to Joe Johnson.
29 Boston Celtics: Paul Pierce
Earlier than Boston Celtics followers come at me with pitchforks right here, I ought to level out that it is partly due to how storied a franchise the Celts are that I am tabbing Paul Pierce as overrated. The Fact was unquestionably a key cog within the membership’s 2008 championship and even gained a Finals MVP for his troubles. However even with Corridor of Fame enshrinement on the horizon, can we at the least pump the brakes on holding him up as certainly one of Boston’s all-time greats?
Earlier than elevating him to the identical aircraft because the likes of Larry Chook and Invoice Russell, it is in all probability value noting that Chook gained two extra titles and made six extra All-NBA groups whereas enjoying greater than 400 fewer video games whereas Russell gained 10 extra titles in almost 400 fewer video games.
28 Brooklyn Nets: Keith Van Horn
Because the second decide of the 1997 NBA Draft, Keith Van Horn ought to actually be thought-about an all-time draft bust at this level. In any case, he was chosen between Tim Duncan and Chauncey Billups, each of whom would lead groups to championships over their careers. Van Horn by no means got here near such heights, however he managed to shed the ‘bust’ label largely on account of a strike-shortened 1998-99 season through which he averaged 21.eight factors and eight.5 rebounds whereas netting large minutes for a 16-34 New Jersey Nets group. His profession 16.zero PPG common exhibits that he wasn’t only a one-season marvel within the scoring division, however Van Horn had little else to fall again on, proving unable to play even league-average protection and rebounding poorly (6.eight profession common) for a 6’10” massive man.
27 Charlotte Hornets: Gerald Wallace
Trivia time: over the decade-long stretch between 2004 and 2014 through which Charlotte’s NBA group was referred to as the Bobcats, that they had precisely one All-Star. That may be Gerald Wallace, an Enlargement Draft selection of the ‘Cats who turned one of many higher gamers on some fairly terrible Charlotte groups. The lengthy, athletic ahead loved his All-Star marketing campaign throughout a 2009-10 season by which he averaged 18 factors and 10 rebounds, but in addition performed a whopping 41 minutes per recreation on a workforce in any other case led by Stephen Jackson. Wallace, who by no means superior previous the primary spherical of the playoffs over his 14-year profession, was actually an power man who obtained to play the position of prime scoring choice on a number of dangerous groups.
26 Chicago Bulls: Carlos Boozer
For anybody who questions the power of 13-year NBA veteran energy ahead Carlos Boozer, defenders of the Duke alum can simply level to 2 All-Star appearances and almost $150 million in profession earnings. However that solely tells a part of the story of an enormous man who noticed his first two NBA stops in Cleveland and Utah finish amid a lot enmity and ailing will and a 3rd in Chicago finish by way of amnesty clause.
At his peak, Boozer was a beast inside and a nightly 20-10 menace, however he was by no means a very elite participant and positively wasn’t well worth the five-year, $80 million contract bestowed upon him by the Bulls in the summertime of 2010. Now, Boozer was on some fairly good groups within the Windy Metropolis, however he was neither the membership’s main scorer (Derrick Rose) nor their prime rebounder (Joakim Noah).
25 Cleveland Cavaliers: Larry Hughes
Through the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons, Larry Hughes stood because the highest-paid participant on Cavaliers groups that additionally featured a blossoming LeBron James, who was incomes lower than half of Hughes’ wage. Positive, most NBA gamers will look dangerous compared to ‘Bron, however the 1998 eighth general decide stands as a simple parallel, particularly since he was signed to a profitable five-year, $70 million contract to function a mentor to the King in Cleveland. The athletic wing had his moments within the league, main all gamers in steals and being named to the All-NBA Defensive first workforce in 2004-05, however with the prospect to be James’ long-term operating buddy, Hughes dropped the ball.
24 Dallas Mavericks: Josh Howard
The current starry rookie campaigns of Dennis Smith Jr. and Luka Doncic have prompted some to mirror on the final potential-laden homegrown draftee to invigorate the franchise. That might be Josh Howard, who rose to prominence on some excellent Dallas groups earlier than flaming out spectacularly. Howard was simply getting into his prime when he established himself as an important cog within the Mavs’ 2006 NBA Finals run and once more the next season when he made the All-Star workforce because the second-leading scorer (behind Dirk Nowitzki).
However at a time when Howard was poised to take the subsequent step in the direction of superstardom, the small ahead obtained in his personal means via a litany of off-court incidents. Rick Carlisle uninterested in his act shortly thereafter, buying and selling him for Caron Butler. Howard was out of the league just some years after.
23 Denver Nuggets: Voshon Lenard
Eleven years looks like a reasonably very long time to handle to deceive individuals, however Voshon Lenard appears to have pulled the wool over the eyes of the whole NBA throughout his profession. Throughout stops in Miami, Toronto, Portland and two stints with the Nuggets, Lenard carved out a status as a three-point specialist. Whether or not it was deserved or not, nevertheless, was one other matter. Positive, he tried lots of threes and made a few of them, however solely in Lenard’s greatest capturing season -1996-97 – did he crack the league’s prime 10 in three-point proportion, squeaking in at #10. For his profession, the College of Minnesota alum ranks an underwhelming 93rd all-time in profession three-point proportion. Some specialty!
22 Detroit Pistons: Andre Drummond
Andre Drummond might erupt for a 30-point, 30-rebound recreation tomorrow and few can be stunned. That is the kind of dominant inside presence that the UConn massive man is able to being. Why, then, hasn’t he had extra success – both individually or as a member of the Pistons? Not solely has Drummond performed in a mere 4 playoff video games, however he is been named to only two All-Star groups in seven seasons regardless of enjoying within the weak East. His two rebounding titles are good and he is nonetheless solely 25, however questions of want and energy have caught to Drummond for years now. The tandem of he and celebrity energy ahead Blake Griffin ought to give Motown one of many league’s greatest entrance courts, however that solely occurs if their long-time middle commits himself.
21 Golden State Warriors: Monta Ellis
Presently, there are solely 133 gamers who boast a better profession PPG common than Monta Ellis’ 17.eight. Every single certainly one of them – even the lively gamers – has been an All-Star no less than as soon as in his profession, leaving Ellis with the doubtful statistical distinction of ‘biggest scorer by no means to be an All-Star’. Most of these lofty scoring numbers have been racked up in Golden State for Warriors groups that predated the powerhouse franchise we all know right now.
Sure, the diminutive-but-entertaining two-guard knew the way to rating, however his passive protection and penchant for turnovers weren’t overcome by some inefficient offensive figures. Clearly groups throughout the league did not discover the Monta Ellis expertise worthwhile, because the 2006-07 Most Improved Player can be out of the league by 2017 on the age of 31.
20 Houston Rockets: Moochie Norris
Regardless of being a fringe NBA level guard who averaged a meager 5.1 profession factors and a couple of.eight assists, Norris caught round for 9 seasons unfold throughout 5 groups, with most of his 445 video games coming as a member of the Houston Rockets. At one level, he even had his personal bobble head doll launched, full with ‘fro. The bobble head clearly happened on account of his coif, however you may even argue that the coiffure helped convey a few degree of league-wide recognition that extended his profession.
19 Indiana Pacers: Jermaine O’Neal
Jermaine O’Neal was some of the gifted huge males of his era, and has each the numbers and accolades to again it up. What retains him aside from the all-time greats, nevertheless, is his monitor report for disappearing within the playoffs and for a profession that careened off a cliff at 28 years of age. Sure, the 2001-02 Most Improved Player endured an extended record of debilitating accidents all through his 18 years within the league, however that solely goes to date in explaining an entirely underwhelming 11.6 PPG and 6.5 RPG in 97 profession postseason video games, not to mention the truth that he wasn’t rather more than a league-average ahead as he bounced between six groups for his final seven years.
18 Los Angeles Clippers: Shaun Livingston
Sure, Shaun Livingston’s long-term leg damage robbed him of greater than a yr and a half of his profession. However whereas the 2004 fourth general decide certainly deserves some slack for his near-two yr absence, let’s not fake like he is been on a Corridor of Fame path in any other case. Livingston’s first three seasons within the league noticed him fail to overhaul the beginning reins with the Clippers from an growing older Sam Cassell whereas offering steady-but-underwhelming offensive help.
Since then, three championship rings with Golden State has certainly softened the blow of largely being a role-playing backup, however that does not change the truth that his resume – rings apart – skews extra in the direction of bust territory than smash success for a man who was as soon as thought to probably revolutionize the sport as a 6’7″ level guard.
17 Los Angeles Lakers: Robert Horry
A nickname like “Big Shot” Bob immediately establishes three issues: 1) you’re trusted to get the ball in clutch conditions, 2) you make good on sufficient of these key alternatives, and three) your identify is Bob. Whereas I do not understand how many individuals truly name Robert Horry ‘Bob’, he definitely got here by way of in his justifiable share of massive moments. With all due respect to the seven-time NBA champ, although, basketball is a 48-minute recreation and Horry’s general physique of labor is surprisingly unsatisfying.
Few gamers are afforded the prospect to stay within the league for over 1,100 video games with a 7.zero profession PPG common. Whereas he deserves credit score for locating a strategy to stand out on some really loaded Lakers and Spurs groups, you would make a reasonably good argument that Horry was no higher than the sixth- or seventh-best participant on these rosters.
16 Memphis Grizzlies: Rudy Homosexual
Within the span of simply over 10 brief months inside 2013, the Grizzlies and Raptors each made the choice to commerce Rudy Homosexual in his prime. However what’s notable was how nicely dealing the supremely gifted ahead labored out for each golf equipment. After delivery Homosexual to Toronto mid-way by way of the 2012-13 season, the 29-15 Grizzlies misplaced simply 11 occasions the remainder of the best way and made the franchise’s first Convention Finals journey.
When the Raptors despatched him to Sacramento for an underwhelming platter of veteran position gamers, they turned a sputtering 6-11 begin to the 2013-14 season right into a 48-win division champion and constructed the inspiration of a perennial playoff contender. It is in all probability unfair to recommend that these groups received higher by jettisoning the now-32-year-old, however there’s one thing to be stated for the truth that he has a minimal playoff report (12 postseason video games throughout 13 seasons) and nonetheless hasn’t made an All-Star staff.
15 Miami Warmth: Dion Waiters
For a few months mid-way by means of the 2016-17 season, we received to see the Dion Waiters that we had all the time hoped for. The No. four decide of the 2012 NBA Draft got here alive throughout a memorable 2017 stretch by which he carried the Warmth together with his scoring prowess and had them on the precipice of the postseason earlier than an ankle damage sidelined the shot-happy capturing guard and torpedoed the Warmth’s playoff hopes. Sadly, that model of Waiters has been a uncommon sight.
Accidents have performed a big position in that, holding him to only 76 video games over the earlier two seasons and leaving him sidelined this season into the brand new yr. That does not totally erase the truth that the previous Syracuse standout hasn’t persistently realized his potential, enjoying his approach out of Cleveland and Oklahoma Metropolis earlier than touchdown in Miami.
14 Milwaukee Bucks: Glenn Robinson
For anybody who performed towards Glenn Robinson through the late-90s and into the early 2000s, it was fairly clear what his ‘Huge Canine’ nickname was all about. The place a lot of the league’s small forwards would sometimes get by on talent and capturing prowess, the 6’7″, 225-pound bruiser would generate scoring possibilities by bullying opposing defenders. That strategy helped Robinson earn two All-Star invitations and lead the Milwaukee Bucks in scoring 5 occasions, however its general effectiveness may be a bit overblown.
With a purpose to common greater than 20 factors per recreation for his profession, the 1994 first general decide wanted to place up greater than 17 photographs per recreation. That prime utilization left Robinson with a comparatively underwhelming profession PER of 17.5 and helps clarify why his Bucks gained simply two playoff collection in his eight years there.
13 Minnesota Timberwolves: Andrew Wiggins
The Jimmy Butler saga is lengthy over in Minnesota and what’s left is a lingering, nagging thought: what if he wasn’t the issue? Butler’s consternation throughout his temporary time as a member of the Timberwolves targeted on the apathetic attitudes of younger stars Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Cities. Since Butler left city, it isn’t precisely as if Wiggins and Cities have sparked a surge in Minny, who lately let coach Tom Thibodeau go.
Among the many two franchise constructing blocks, the youthful Cities has proven extra celebrity potential and seems more durable to switch. Wiggins, however, is an elite athlete, however has proven little past scoring capability, having but to develop playmaking expertise, a robust defensive recreation or a constant three-point shot.
12 New Orleans Pelicans: Emeka Okafor
Heading into the 2004 NBA Draft, Okafor was considered the positive factor, a well-seasoned 22-year-old energy ahead drafted by what was then the Charlotte Bobcats who had been named Most Excellent Player on the 2004 nationwide champion Huskies. However whereas the shot blocker performed nicely sufficient to keep away from bust territory, he did not precisely excel as soon as he reached the NBA.
As an alternative, Okafor’s modest numbers (12 factors, 9.7 rebounds for his profession) primarily turned him right into a barely above league common ahead – one which was out of the league at 30 on account of neck issues. A comeback with the Pelicans final season made for a feel-good story, however curiosity appears to have dried up this yr and left his NBA future unsure.
11 New York Knicks: Stephon Marbury
From the quantity of press protection afforded within the New York market to the regularly hapless state of the Knicks, that is one franchise with no scarcity of overrated candidates. Even amongst that group, Stephon Marbury stands out. ‘Starbury’ had already worn out his welcome in three different NBA cities when the Knicks got here calling within the 2003-04 season, providing up an enormous commerce package deal that included the primary spherical draft decide that may develop into Gordon Hayward.
Over 4 and a half seasons within the Huge Apple, Marbury clashed with head coaches Larry Brown and Isiah Thomas and refused to simply accept a bench position, all of the whereas taking greater than $90 million of the membership’s cash and getting booed repeatedly by the MSG trustworthy. After All-Star stops in Phoenix and New Jersey, it turned clear he simply wasn’t that sort of participant anymore, despite the fact that he was getting star-level pay and flooring time.
10 Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder: Serge Ibaka
If you watch Serge Ibaka play, it is easy to speak your self into the large man. Inevitably, you will wind up seeing an athletic, chiseled pressure of nature serve up an emphatic block and perhaps even drill an open shot on the opposite finish of the ground. Given the $75 million he is already earned in his profession, nevertheless, and the $45 million he is slated to tug down over the subsequent two years, you could be inclined to need just a little extra. Do not maintain your breath.
A fan favourite in each OKC as a member of the loaded Thunder and now in Toronto with the Raptors, Ibaka nonetheless carries comparatively meager profession averages of 12.2 factors and seven.2 rebounds. Regardless of having led the league in blocks twice and been named to 2 All-Defensive groups, the facility ahead appears unlikely to ever earn an All-Star invite.
9 Orlando Magic: Grant Hill
Grant Hill now appears to exist extra as a legendary piece of league lore than an precise former participant. Within the 1,zero26 video games he performed in, the seven-time All-Star did not actually assume the position of elite scorer. He at present stands 97th all-time in profession factors and – retaining in thoughts his damage historical past – at present occupies a spot all the best way again at 186th in all-time factors per recreation. Perhaps he was extra of a balanced, layered participant, however it’s exhausting to seek out any specific space during which he stood out as elite, whilst he made 5 All-NBA groups. As for the clutch popularity honed at Duke, Hill solely superior previous the primary spherical of the playoffs as soon as – as a sparsely-used 37-year-old on the 2009-10 Phoenix Suns.
eight Philadelphia 76ers: Jerry Stackhouse
The Pistons franchise record-holder for factors per recreation in a full season may shock you. For all the good gamers in franchise historical past, Jerry Stackhouse’s 29.eight PPG in 2000-01 looms giant above the remaining. In fact, it helped that Stack was placing up 24 photographs an evening whereas enjoying over 40 minutes for a 32-win staff who have been nonetheless a yr away from morphing into contenders.
One other signal that the UNC star’s unimaginable 2000-01 marketing campaign wasn’t fairly what it appeared is available in how comparatively little he did within the different 17 years of his profession. Sure, there have been three different seasons of 20+ factors per recreation, however the two-time All-Star all the time wanted a excessive quantity of photographs to get his numbers up and by no means displayed many different sides of his recreation. Even in his first few years within the league, Stackhouse obtained his stats by logging huge minutes on some lackluster (pre-AI) Philadelphia 76ers groups that gained 40 video games over two seasons.
7 Phoenix Suns: Leandro Barbosa
On the peak of their powers, the run-and-gun Suns have been thrilling to observe. Positive, you had two-time MVP Steve Nash anchoring a loaded core that featured Amar’e Stoudemire, Shawn Marion and a younger Joe Johnson in Mike D’Antoni’s up tempo offense, however even when Nash sat, the dynamic assault did not cease when Leandro Barbosa entered the sport. He was on the time, one of many league’s quickest gamers. However as Ish Smith will inform you now, velocity alone does not assure stardom.
Barbosa was protected as not only a product of a excessive octane offense, but in addition in serving as backup to an MVP. In fact, he wasn’t a very good passer or shooter, limitations which did not forestall him from profitable Sixth Man of the Yr honors in 2007 however did maintain him from ever turning into an on a regular basis start line guard.
6 Portland Path Blazers: Brian Grant
A fan favourite for his recognizable dreads and hard-nosed fashion of play, Brian Grant was embraced largely as a result of he wasn’t a headlining celebrity within the league. That is all properly and good to play the position of blue collar workhorse, however that does not imply his groups essentially obtained their cash’s value. The large man’s main space of experience was on the glass, however solely as soon as did he wind up among the many NBA’s prime 10 in rebounding.
For as excessive character a man as he might have been, that is merely not sufficient manufacturing from a former eighth general draft selection who would earn $110 million over his 12 years within the league. In three years in Portland, alone, Grant made almost $20 million whereas averaging simply 10.2 factors and eight rebounds per contest.
5 Sacramento Kings: Jason Williams
If NBA video games have been awarded purely on type, then Jason Williams would go down as one of many all-time greats. Certainly, it is becoming that the second that “White Chocolate” is greatest remembered for – the elbow move – got here in a 2000 Rookie All-Star Problem exhibition recreation slightly than a significant contest that concerned protection. For as a lot enjoyable because the artistic, flashy level guard was, that did not essentially result in on-court success.
It is a credit score to Williams that he caught across the league for 12 seasons, with a retirement and un-retirement in there for good measure, however a 39.eight% profession capturing proportion and 5.9 profession assists per recreation make it exhausting to have fun the previous seventh general decide’s profession past a handful of highlights. It is also telling that the Kings, with whom Williams debuted, solely took off after Mike Bibby claimed the reins on the level.
four San Antonio Spurs: Tony Parker
The inclusion of Tony Parker right here is not to disregard his 4 NBA titles, 2007 Finals MVP trophy or his presence because the fulcrum of a virtually dynastic San Antonio Spurs core. However simply as we ponder whether Kevin Durant ought to get credit score for hitching a journey with the already championship-caliber Golden State Warriors, does the adorned level guard get an excessive amount of credit score on a staff that additionally had Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and head coach Gregg Popovich? Keep in mind, the Spurs had already gained a title and reached the Convention Finals earlier than Parker got here on board in time for the 2001-02 season.
Relating to his personal efficiency, Parker definitely earned his six All-Star appearances, however was by no means actually a lot of a defender nor a very adept three-point shooter (32.5% profession). To recommend that he was among the many greatest level guards of his era, to say nothing of all-time, is a bit a lot.
three Toronto Raptors: Jerome “JYD” Williams
Previous to their present growth interval underneath staff president Masai Ujiri, the Raptors hadn’t had an entire lot to rejoice. Prime stars Vince Carter, Tracy McGrady and Chris Bosh all bolted, leaving followers of the membership to embrace a number of the much less gifted, character guys, corresponding to Matt Bonner, and strong non-stars like Alvin Williams, Charles Oakley and Amir Johnson. On the prime of that listing is Jerome “JYD” Williams, who nonetheless will get a raucous welcome when he sometimes returns to Toronto, the place he serves as a group consultant.
The nice and cozy recollection Raptors followers have of the hustle-oriented Williams probably comes no less than partially by way of rose-colored glasses. In any case, for as likeable because the ‘Junkyard Canine’ is, his Toronto tenure was comprised of simply 180 complete video games (a bit over two full seasons) during which the ahead averaged simply 7.9 factors and seven.zero rebounds.
2 Utah Jazz: Greg Ostertag
Like a nasty chilly, Greg Ostertag simply stored coming again. Certainly, he was there once they went to back-to-back Finals in 1997 and 1998 and even returned for one farewell go-around in 2005-06 when Karl Malone and John Stockton had lengthy since departed. In all, the Kansas product spent 700 video games in Utah, sixth all-time in franchise historical past. That achievement is much less an indication of Ostertag’s loyalty to the franchise and extra a exceptional story of survival, provided that the largely motionless middle typically proved maddening for his weight points and basic clumsiness.
Typically the sufferer of elite opponents like David Robinson and Shaquille O’Neal, the 11-year vet retired with meager profession averages of four.6 factors and 5.5 rebounds per recreation. It is arduous to see him present in as we speak’s NBA.
1 Washington Wizards: Gilbert Arenas
We fittingly finish this listing with a basic instance of overrated NBA expertise within the type of ‘Agent Zero’. Gilbert Arenas constructed his popularity as an elite scorer on the again of a three-year All-Star stretch during which he averaged 25.5, 29.three and 28.four factors for the Wizards. In fact, it helped that the cocky guard took a mean of 20 photographs a recreation to publish these flashy numbers, typically whereas enjoying passive protection and failing to assist higher any of his teammates.
Arenas’s one-dimensional nature did not forestall the Wizards from signing him to a six-year, $111 million contract in 2008 that was virtually immediately regrettable. Even with out the notorious locker room fiasco, the 2003 Most Improved Player merely was by no means sufficient of a constructive, productive presence to warrant such a lofty monetary funding.
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