We all know how good the NBA’s best players are.
I mean, they’re at the top of the game for a reason right?
But even the best basketball players in the world have a flaw. For some, it’s shooting, for others, it’s defense. Regardless, no player can be good at everything. And in this list, we take a look at the NBA’s most valuable players and expose their biggest flaws:
James Harden| Defense
The Beard can do just about anything offensively. He can drive to the rim, shoot from the three, and get to the line with ease. Last season, he even proved he could provide for others, being the main playmaker for Houston.
But when it comes to Defense, Harden isn’t very well known for that ability.
For some reason, James doesn’t have a talent for stopping whoever is in front of him and often falls asleep trying to guard the opposing teams’ player. This flaw is perhaps what kept him from winning MVP the last couple years, as even Steph Curry has seen better days on that end of the floor.
DeMar DeRozan| Reliability
DeRozan isn’t the biggest or brightest star in the league. Still, his game deserves recognition. Without his constant contributions on both ends, the Raptors wouldn’t be half the team they are today.
That, however, doesn’t mean DeRozan is without his fair share of problems.
Most notably, DeRozan has a tendency to disappear in big moments, whether it’s down the stretch of a tight game, or Game six of an NBA Playoff series. When his team needs him most, DeRozan looses his offensive touch. If he can learn to take over and come through in the big moments, it could lead him into the next class of stardom.
Stephen Curry| Athleticism
Let’s clear something up here: we’re not saying Steph Curry is not an athlete. When using the term “athleticism,” we’re talking about strength, verticality, and speed.
Yes, Steph Curry is the greatest shooter of All-Time. But without that lethal shot, Curry wouldn’t have the athleticism to score at a consistent rate in the NBA.
He’s never been the fastest or strongest on the pro-basketball level.. and he probably never will be. What’s good for him, is that he’ll also never need to be. He compensates his biggest flaw by using his most priceless talent: shooting. And it works wonders for him.
Russell Westbrook| Decision Making
In this case, one of Russell Westbrook’s best qualities may also play a hand in his biggest flaw. Every time Russ steps foot on the court, he plays with a level of energy few players are able to maintain for 5 minutes, much less a whole game.
And while it’s truly awe-inspiring to watch, it sometimes causes Russ to make rash and questionable decisions.
Although he excels at getting his teammates involved (last season was proof of that fact), his shot selection and passing choices can put his team in awkward positions.
Blake Griffin| Durability
With Chris Paul gone, everyone is waiting for him to finally show us what he’s truly made of. After all, this guy can do almost everything on the court.
The only catch? He may never see the court enough for us to find out.
In the past, Blake has been no stranger to injury. The last few seasons especially, his body experienced a mid-season injury that benched him for important stretches of the season. Everyone always says the most important ability is durability, and it couldn’t be more true. How can anybody be a leader on the court if he’s spending his time on the bench?
Kevin Durant| Leadership
The Slim Reaper is absolutely deadly on the hardwood. Seriously, there are not many things this guy can’t-do.
Even with that being the case, there’s still something even he lacks: leadership.
On the Thunder, he could never quite figure out when to take control. He often deferred to Russell Westbrook and stayed quiet in situations where he should have stepped up. And now, with Golden State, he really doesn’t have to do a whole lot of anything. Before he arrived, the Warriors already knew how to win, they knew how to act. He didn’t have to take on a true leadership role with the team.
Is that one of the reasons he went there? We’ll never know.
LeBron James| Shooting
LeBron James is frequently compared to Michael Jordan, and even when he’s not, his name is included amongst the Top-5 greatest ballers ever.
The “King” isn’t without flaws, though, as we’ve seen throughout his illustrious career.
His biggest, and often most criticized, is his outside shooting. Yes, he has improved dramatically over the years, but for one of the greatest to ever do it, shooting is a relatively weak spot in his game.
He has never been the best shooter on his team and has never preferred his shooting stroke in late-game situations. For James, that part of his game will always be lacking. Fortunately, he makes up for it ten-fold with just about evrything else he does.