If you are in the NBA, you have a special talent that only a very few percentage of people are blessed enough to obtain. These same athletes are the ones who are talked about nonstop in media circles, both good and bad. There are the obvious top players in the league, LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Steph Curry, etc., who are talked about the most out of anyone.
However, there are also some players who receive a little too much attention more than they should, and some that are not talked about enough. Some of the most overrated and underrated players become a hot topic that fans love to discuss.
Below, I will show you who I personally feel are the 5 most overrated/overhyped players in the NBA today.
We don’t judge the skills and talent of a player solely based on a dunk contest, right? If that’s the case, you will realize why Gordon belongs on this list. Other than giving us a highlight reel of incredible dunks in-game and during All-Star weekend, Gordon has not had much of an impact in the league as people wished he would. He was a highly rated prospect coming out of Arizona in 2014, leading him to become the 4th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft selected by the Orlando Magic.
Gordon is still a very young player, so he still has many years ahead of him to grow as a player. But as of now, he is one of the most overrated players in the league.
It’s sad to say his Boston days, also known as his most impactful days as a player, have been over since 2014. Ever since Boston dealt him to Dallas back in the 2014-2015 season, his career has been on a major decline. Although he still puts up his triple-doubles, he has not been the same Rondo he once was. He did lead the league in assists last season with 11.7 APG, but is currently averaging a career-worst 6.5 APG, dating back to his second season in 2007-2008.
His style of play has him known as one of the last “true” point guards our league has today. True or not, he is on the decline and is overrated to many people.
Goatzingis, Porzingoat, Porzingod? No. His name is Kristaps Porzingis. That’s it. He is not a superstar by any means. The 7’3″ lengthy shooter has all the potential in the world to become a league dominant player. Yes, he is young, and yes he is still adapting to a whole new way of life in the US. But please, do not say the New York Knicks are better off with Porzingis as their go-to guy rather than 10x All-Star and former NBA scoring champion Carmelo Anthony. It makes me sick to my stomach knowing people think this way. He has a very long way to go to even put his name in the same category as Melo. And no, I don’t hate him. In fact, I would love to see Porzingis take the league by storm. But he still has a lot of learning to do as a player.
Although he is still a good player and is better than the other 4 players on this list, I am putting him on here because of the hype around him. We can’t hype him up too much yet, NBA fans. Let’s wait and see what goes down throughout his career. Maybe one day he will take the league by storm. But as of right now, people overrate him big time.
I’ll admit it. I was a firm believer that this addition for the Indiana Pacers a couple of years back would be a strong upgrade that can potentially put them back in the ECF for a rematch against LeBron James and the Cavs. I thought this would be a very helpful upgrade to help their superstar and play alongside Paul George. Nothing but false beliefs for me, along for many others who had similar thoughts.
Ellis is averaging a career-low 8.5 PPG while shooting an abysmal 30.2% from beyond the arc. He hasn’t been known as a lethal 3 point shooter, though, so I’ll give him that. Ellis has been playing so poorly lately that CJ Miles has taken his starting job from him. Watching his play over the last 2 seasons with the Pacers, the 4-year $44 million player has shown that he’s not worth that much at all anymore.
I’m a Brandon Knight supporter. He’s the type of player I see a lot of potential in. A great college player that had the potential to become a very solid starting point guard in the NBA. He even started off his career on a high note after being named to the 2012 NBA All-Rookie First Team when playing for the Detroit Pistons. Since then though, he has been known as the laughing stock of the NBA due to blown layups, getting posterized, having his ankles stolen by Kyrie Irving and so on. Regardless, he has been a solid player for every team he has played for. Not this year, though. Knight has started 5 games, which makes sense since Phoenix has their backcourt set on the duo of Eric Bledsoe and Devin Booker. He doesn’t seem to be in a comfortable position in the backup role, at least it seems like that.
Averaging 11 PPG, while shooting 39.8% from the field and 32.4% from 3, Knight doesn’t seem to be comfortable with his role. Phoenix needs to let him go immediately. Get something in return, maybe, and move on. Maybe it will be a blessing for both sides. More so for B-Knight hopefully, since we saw what happened when the Suns dealt Isaiah Thomas to Boston. But as of right now, it’s sad to say that Brandon Knight is the most overrated player in the league today.