It takes a supreme level of athleticism, skill and confidence to make it pro in any sports, especially the NBA.
But sometimes players can go overboard in the confidence department when their skill level doesn’t necessarily correlate. Players who are merely role-players or fringe starters consider themselves All-Star material, demand millions more than their worth during contract negotiations, and are generally an annoyance in the locker room, especially for team morale.
There’s been many of these players throughout NBA history, one of the more recent examples being Dion Waiters when he was playing in Cleveland and Oklahoma City (thankfully, Waiters has lifted his game since moving to Miami). But ever since the NBA changed the All-Star voting format from fans only to fans, media and players, it’s become even easier to spot some of the more overconfident players in the association.
Tim Cato of SBNation has looked into the player voting for the All-Star game and has found a collection of players with a singular All-Star vote from the player pool, which clearly indicates that they voted for themselves. Here are those eight players.
Obviously, these guys voting for themselves ultimately didn’t pay off, but hey, at least they believe in themselves.