The NBA can be extremely difficult to watch at times because of the severe lack of talent on most teams. These teams often find themselves with the same issues that begin with paying players an absurd amount of money, when in reality they are worth the salary of a bench player or reserve. Many teams were extremely lucky with the “amnesty clause” that was issued in the new CBA and some teams have already put them into effect. Here are the top 10 most overrated players in the NBA today.
PG: Jose Calderon, Toronto Raptors
Calderon has averaged 9.8 points and 7 assists per game throughout his 6 years in the NBA, which don’t get me wrong, are pretty solid numbers. However he is still owed over $20 million for this season and the ’12-’13 season. While he may not get a lot of hype around the NBA, paying a player that kind of money for those numbers is absurd.
SG: Stephen Jackson, Milwaukee Bucks
He has always been a “me first” type of player and still has not figured out the difference between a good shot vs. a bad shot, however, Stephen Jackson still gets paid $10 million dollars a year. For some reason, most teams have viewed him as a valuable asset without realizing that he isn’t really that good in the first place. He really only scores a lot because of how many shots he throws up in a night.
SF: Rashard Lewis, Washington Wizards
After one good season with the Seattle Super Sonics, the Orlando Magic decided to give Lewis a contract for 6 years worth $118 million that offered a guaranteed $22 million in the final two years of the contract making him the second highest paid player in the NBA right now. That seems a bit high for someone averaging 8.5 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist per game.
PF: Carlos Boozer, Chicago Bulls
I hate to say it, being a Bulls fan, but Boozers contract and output have just not added up in the time he has played for the Bulls. Most Bulls fans knew that he was not a great defender, but many were surprised at just how bad he was at defense. Boozer has also struggled mightily when it comes to playing well in big games (2011 playoffs) but he is nowhere near washed up and still has the potential to live up to some of the expectations of a $75 million contract.
C: Tyson Chandler, New York Knicks
Chandler has never really lived up to the expectations of a 2nd overall draft selection in 2001. Right after being traded, he was sent to the Bulls for Elton Brand and Chicago was supposed to have a dominant front court in Chandler and Eddy Curry which never worked out. Since then Chandler was traded to New Orleans, then signed a deal with the Bobcats, then a one year deal with the Bobcats, then won a championship with the Mavs and just recently signed a four year $58 million contract with the Knicks. $14.5 million over four years is a lot considering he’s not a scorer, he’s very injury prone and really only offers defense and rebounding.
Honorable Mention: Jameer Nelson, PG – Orlando Magic; Ben Gordon, SG – Detroit Pistons; Hedo Turkoglu, SF – Orlando Magic; Andray Blatche, PF – Washington Wizards; JaVale McGee, C – Washington Wizards
PG: Derek Fisher, Los Angeles Lakers
Yes, Derek Fisher has hit some big shots for the Lakers in big situations, but what else does he really offer that back up Steve Blake can’t? Fisher is 37 years old and has a tough time sticking with a lot of guards in the NBA. He really only can shoot 3’s and has few steps since the Lakers won their last championship.
SG: Monta Ellis, Golden State Warriors
Many people will be shocked by the thought of Monta being overrated, but what has he accomplished in his career? He obviously can score, which is not very difficult in the West because most teams don’t know what defense is, but he takes too many shots and can be out of control in crucial situations. He also shoots 25 percent from beyond the arc. He is a good player, but he would be much better suited as a secondary option for a different team.
SF: Richard Jefferson, San Antonio Spurs
Jefferson is a typical Spurs type player who is past his prime, but could still fit in somewhere as a role player. Paying him $10 million a year for 10 points a game is way too high for a 31 year old who’s best years are three years behind him.
PF: Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
Most people won’t agree with me here, but the fact is that the hype surrounding Griffin doesn’t even come close to Blake Griffin the basketball player. As of right now, the only thing that makes him seem so good are all of the ridiculous dunks he is able to pull off. However, does dunking the ball really make you a good basketball player? Ask the guys from the And 1 Mixtape tours who never made it in the league but could do 720 dunks. That being said, Blake obviously has a ton of room for improvement and will hopefully be able to shoot a consistent jumper or free throw someday, but there is no way that he should be in the starting line up of the All Star game over Kevin Love or even LaMarcus Aldridge. Right now, Love is averaging 4 more points and 3 more rebounds.
C: Kendrick Perkins, Oklahoma City Thunder
Perkins has been known as a bruiser his whole career, but he gets way too much credit for fouling people and nasty facial expressions. He is a solid defender, but the Thunder are basically playing 4 on 5 on offense with Perkins averaging 4 ppg and 5 rpg which both rank in the bottom five of all starting centers in the West.
Honorable Mention: Devin Harris, PG – Utah Jazz; Chauncey Billups , SG – Los Angeles Clippers; Jared Dudley, SF – Phoenix Suns; DeMarcus Cousins, PF – Sacramento Kings; Emeka Okafor, C – New Orleans Hornets