This list will contain players who don’t work well with others. Players that disrupt chemistry as well as lack winning mentality. Their weaknesses as players rank from uncoachable to having no drive or work ethic to improve. Trust me when I say, you do not want to see any of these players anywhere near your franchise.
Some of these players used to be great teammates and only foster cohesion but as the years progressed their value decreased. Here are the top 10 players I don't want to see playing for my team.
10. Kyle Lowry
Despite having a career regular season, Lowry still has three major knocks against him. First, being that he crumbles and chokes when the pressure is at its highest. His career playoff averages are abysmal for a player of All-Star caliber. During his postseason career, he’s averaged 14.9 ppg, 4.8 apg, 4.1 rpg, and 1.3 spg on 39% from the field overall including a terribly awful 31% on three-pointers.
Second, is the fact that he is injury prone. It seems every year when Toronto needs him most, he vanishes. Sometimes the biggest value a player can have is availability.
Third, he shies away from a challenge. Specifically, the challenge of working to get past a LeBron led team in the east. Reports from Marc Stein of ESPN say that he is looking to sign with a western conference team and go the route of chasing rings. Leaders do not shy away from the competition. He can’t be a leader for your team.
9. Blake Griffin
Blake Griffin is another player who can’t seem to stay healthy. When he’s on the floor, he’s a top PF but the dude is the Derrick Rose of big men. Griffin plays a high-risk style that makes him susceptible to sustaining many injuries anytime he is on the court. In the last two seasons, Griffin has went down to injury in the playoffs. This resulted in his Clipper team not advancing past the first round.
He’s played fairly well in the playoffs in his career, but his availability is like a game of where’s waldo. If your team signs this dude to a max contract, his probability for injury comes with him. Is that a risk worth investing in?
8. Rudy Gay
The Rudy Gay effect is real. The second he got traded from Memphis, the Grizzlies broke through to the conference finals and their best year as a franchise yet. The second he got traded from Toronto, the Raptors go on to win 48 games. Rudy Gay is what we like to call a ball stopper. The offense doesn’t flow well when he is on the floor. The ball doesn’t move, he averages a career 2.3 apg.
I hate to say it but the second he got injured, the Sacramento Kings started playing better team basketball. The ball was moving and spacing was great. He is a poor man's version of Carmelo Anthony but even more one dimensional.
7. Nick Young
The man who dubbed himself Swaggy P and doesn’t play a lick of defense. That coupled with the fact that his actions disrupt team chemistry and his party lifestyle is a major distraction to any team. Averaging a career 1 apg just goes to prove he is a selfish basketball player. Ball hogs do not foster cohesion and contribute to any type of team success.
Basketball is and will always be a team game. It’s not 1 on 5 but sure feels like when watching him go into iso mode. It also feels like 4 on 5 because he is a complete liability on the defensive end. I’ll admit when he’s on, he’s on but it is a rare sight.
6. Joakim Noah
I’m still trying to figure out what happened to this former triple double threat. Joakim Noah uses to a double-double and 5 assists guy. He used to be a defensive anchor. The second he got paid by the Knicks, he faded out. This year he had some of his lowest averages since his rookie season coupled with one of the worst free throw percentages in the NBA at 44%. Noah’s shooting form is cringed worthy.
In the last 3 seasons, injuries have been an issue as Noah has played below 70 games in each season. He only appeared in 46 games this season and is was forgettable nonetheless. Well, the bright side is Noah can’t get much worse right? At least, we like to hope so.
5. Lonzo Ball
One of the most over-hyped draft prospects in recent years. His dad, LaVar Ball continues to set unrealistic expectations for Lonzo. Saying that Lonzo only wants to play for the Lakers, setting his shoe price at $495, and only claiming Lonzo to be better than Stephen Curry. When will the asinine statements cease?
The problem isn’t Lonzo’s skillset because it is outstanding but the fact that if you draft Lonzo, he comes packaged with his loud mouth father. It just screams chemistry destroyer for any team that drafts Lonzo. How will LaVar react if his son doesn’t get to start right away? I highly doubt he will be tame.
4. Rajon Rondo
Here me out on this one. Rondo was once a championship level floor general. The key word here is once. Rondo was deemed uncoachable by some of the best after butting heads with two hall of fame level coaches in Doc Rivers and Rick Carlisle. One time in Boston, Rondo broke a TV when he was being shown tape on how he can improve his game. It is reported that Rondo was a huge reason for why Ray Allen decided to bolt from Boston unannounced and join their rival in Miami.
In Dallas, he destroyed the chemistry of the Dallas Mavericks and was denied a playoff share by Rick Carlisle as a result. More recently, in Chicago he called out Wade and Butler for going to the media in an Instagram post. Real smooth, Rondo, real smooth!
3. Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony is content with mediocrity. He cares more about getting paid than winning championships. He showed this when he dodged Chicago to stay with a disorganized Knicks franchise. If Phil Jackson says you don’t have it, then I’ll take his word. Jackson is a basketball guru. Carmelo believes that 3 Gold medals are enough if he never wins a championship ring. New York Knicks fans should be livid that he would even say that. That is their franchise player. If you aren’t playing for rings, then what are you playing for?
The main reason the Knicks have not been able to pull the trigger on any trade offers for Carmelo Anthony is because he is a notorious ball stopper. A team like the Boston Celtics that prides itself on great team basketball would not benefit from his addition to their team.
2. Dwight Howard
The problem with Dwight Howard is ever since he left Orlando, he’s had trouble working well with other star players. He and Kobe butted heads in LA. He and Harden butted heads in Houston. He’s gotten multiple different coaches fired over the years. They call him a coach killer. This year in Atlanta, Dwight Howard had a career low average in bpg at 1.2 and his lowest ppg average since his rookie year at 13.7 ppg. In the playoffs, he disappeared and only averaged 8 ppg and 10.7 rpg. Those are a far cry from how dominant Dwight Howard used to be.
Finally, the Atlanta Hawks GM whose big offseason move was signing Dwight Howard got terminated recently. What role did the play of Dwight Howard have in this decision?
1. DeMarcus Cousins
Cousins is really good from a statistical perspective but no one is lining up to play with him. He had to get traded to a good situation in New Orleans to be paired with Anthony Davis. The hopes were that the pair of him and Davis would take New Orleans back to the playoffs. To make a long story short, the hot-tempered Cousins would find himself suspended for succeeding the limit for technical fouls allowed in a season. He broke Dwight’s record set in 2011 for earliest automatic suspension in the season for succeeding the limit for techs.
You are no help to any team when you are consistently getting ejected and suspended throughout a season. Will Cousins ever mature as a player?