As the All-Star break comes ever closer, the talk about the best players in the NBA will get hotter by the minute. However, over the years we have seen a lot of players up there with the greats, that made us think “Why is this guy even here?”. These players are most likely NBA stars who are way past their prime, but they make their way into the All-Star Game considerations by brand-name alone. Whether it is a fading superstar, or a player who has been over-hyped by the media, here is a list of the 10 Most Overrated Players In The NBA.
10. Austin Rivers
Rivers has been steadily increasing his production since he joined the Clippers, with the highlight of his career being the 12 ppg, 2.8 apg and 2.2 rpg he recorded last season, all season-highs. This season he has increased his productivity following the wake of Chris Paul’s departure, and is among the league leaders in steals.
However, he is playing for a team that is bound to be re-built sometime in the near future, and his father has given him the green light. It would be difficult to imagine him having a role in the NBA had it not been for his father.
9. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
Kidd-Gilchrist was selected at the 2nd overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Bobcats, and looking at what they passed on in that draft, it was a criminal move. Beal was selected as the #3, Lillard was selected at the #6, Drummond was selected at the #9, and Draymond Green was the steal of that draft at the 35th pick.
Kidd-Gilchrist is currently on his 6th season in the NBA with little to show in the previous season, at least not what the media expected. Last season was the first season that he didn’t miss any matches, and he posted 9.2ppg, 7 rpg, 1spg and 0.9 bpg. This season he’s been a complete bust, even when Nicolas Batum was missing, so it is safe to say that he might need a trade to rejuvenate his career.
8. Rajon Rondo
The four-time NBA All-Star and NBA Champion with the Celtics in 2008 has been plagued by injuries the past few seasons, and he is far from the man who averaged a near triple-double in the 2009 NBA Play-offs.
Last season with Chicago he had the least average in points since his rookie year (7.8), while this season he’s scoring only 4.8 points through 8 matches. All-in-all, Rajon Rondo’s start days are over, and he is considered nothing more than an assists specialist in the league, and a mentor for younger players.
7. Tony Snell
ESPN scout reports called him “one of the top sleepers on the West Coast” and a “diamond in the rough”. The Bulls believed in him when they picked him at the 20th pick of the 2013 NBA Draft, but Snell was really below expectations in his three seasons there.
He was eventually traded to the Milwaukee Bucks last season, in exchange for Micheal Carter-Williams. Snell seriously improved his numbers across the board, posting career-highs in points (8.5), rebounds (3.1), assists (1.2), steals (0.7), minutes (29.2), and FG percentages (45%), but he is still far off from what the experts expected him to be.
6. J.R. Smith
J.R. Smith has mostly been used as a 6th-man for most his career. He actually won the Best Sixth Man of the Year award in 2013, during his time with the Knicks. He also played in China during the lock-out season in 2011-12, and he has been traded to the Cavaliers in 2014-15.
His numbers have been steadily going down in the past 7 seasons, and he posted career-lows last season with just 8.6 ppg.
This season he has been a big part of Cleveland’s rotation, but he is only posting 8.1 ppg on 37.5% in FGs. His star is slowly fading away, especially in a team that is featuring so many great players.
5. Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder earlier in September this year. and he is averaging less than 20 points after quite a while. His numbers have dipped a bit since he is now along with teammates like Russel Westbrook and Paul George, and even though the trio has a nice chance to challenge the playoffs in the West, Carmelo only has a couple of more years of good basketball in him.
The 10-time All-Star, who has also had enormous success with the National Team (3 gold medals, 2 bronze), might have had tons of honors in his career, but he still doesn’t have a ring, and that is why he is on this list. Whichever team he had played for the past 5-6 years hasn’t done much, despite Carmelo’s strong stats.
Maybe it’s time to focus more on how the whole team works, and let his individual success go second. Otherwise, he will soon enough finish his career without a single ring.
4. Emmanuel Mudiay
Emmanuel Mudiay spoke only French when he came to the USA, but he eventually had a strong career in high school. He chose to forgo college, and headed overseas, where he signed a $1.2 million contract with the Guangdong Southern Tigers. He was plagued by injuries and only played 10 regular season matches and a couple of play-off matches, posting impressive averages of 18 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 5.9 apg and 1.6 spg.
He was eventually selected in the 7th overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets, but has yet to fulfill his potential, with averages just above 10 ppg and around 5 apg. His main problem is his shot (37% career FGs), and his lack of a 3-point threat. He might need a change of scenery in order to be the player they destined him to be.
3. Tyson Chandler
Tyson Chandler has been a core part for multiple teams during his 17 seasons in the NBA, and he was once considered to be a dominant defensive asset. He was drafted at the 2nd overall by the LA Clippers in the 2001 NBA draft, who immediately traded his rights to the Chicago Bulls. He managed to win an NBA title with the Mavericks on 2010-11 and was the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 while helping multiple teams reach the playoffs.
He currently plays for the Phoenix Suns, where despite his 35 years of age and his inability to defend, he still averages 25 minutes per match (7.3 ppg and 9.2 rpg). The Suns have undergone a re-build, and they have a lot of talented players like Marquese Chriss, Alex Len and Dragan Bender, but they have been unable to off-load Chandler in order to develop them instead. Expect that to change soon.
2. Chandler Parsons
Chandler Parsons is slowly turning into the biggest bust in the NBA in recent years, but to be honest, he had a ton of injuries that are threatening to end his career. Picked at the 38th overall pick of the 2011 NBA draft by the Houston Rockets, and after a solid rookie season (9.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.2 spg), he went on to record at least 15ppg in his next two seasons. After the 2013–14 season, Parsons became a restricted free agent, and he signed with the Dallas Mavericks, who were looking for a solid scorer. He played a couple of solid seasons there and signed with the Memphis Grizzlies right after that, and that’s when his torment begun.
He only played 34 matches in his first season with the Grizzlies, held back by a meniscus problem in his good knee. His career has been trending down a lot in the past couple of seasons, having played just 34 matches last season, and 17 matches this season. He has an average of 8.6 ppg this season, in just under 20 minutes per match. His injuries on both knees have really held him back, and with a degree in telecommunications, he might have a better future in sportscasting instead.
1. Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose is by far the top name on our list, and surely the most unlucky of all the players that featured here. He was a dominant force in his first three years in the league (2008-2011), also winning an MVP Award in 2011, and Rookie of the Year Award in 2009. However, his career has been decimated by injuries to both legs, starting in his 4th season with the Bulls, where he played only 39 matches.
Even though he actually came back to post decent numbers for the next 3 years, his injuries not only broke his body but also his spirit. Last season he unexpectedly traveled to Chicago for a family issue on a game-day, without even telling anyone. This season he made a fresh start with the Cavaliers, and a shot to the title.
However, he has suffered yet another injury in his frail legs and is currently contemplating retirement. It’s tough to see a once great player to suffer so much, and we can only wish him the best.