Making it to the NBA is an extraordinary accomplishment in its own right as a maximum of only 450 players are in the NBA at one time. This occurs if each franchise fills its roster with the maximum allotment of fifteen players. While a team can carry up to fifteen players on its roster, only thirteen of those fifteen players can be listed as active. In this case, a maximum of 390 players are in the NBA at one time that can engage in NBA competition.
In essence, NBA roster spots are reserved for the best of the best, the creme de la creme and the elite of the elite. Yet, there are still those players currently on NBA rosters that stick out for all the wrong reasons. Moreover, it is baffling as to how and why these players are even on an NBA roster.
Here, we take a look at fifteen current NBA players who don't deserve their roster spot.
15 Sasha Vujacic
With Phil Jackson being hellbent on implementing the triangle offense in Gotham City, it shouldn't be all that surprising that thirty-two year old Slovenian combo guard Sasha Vujacic plays for the New York Knicks. Having spent multiple years playing under the "Zen Master" in the "City of Angels", Vujacic's level of familiarity with the triangle exceeds that of most players and coaches alike. Despite Vujacic having a clear understanding of Jackson's preferred philosophy, he doesn't seem to have a clear understanding of producing productively. The 6'7" guard is averaging a paltry 2.2 PPG, 1.3 RPG and 0.9 APG. Teams aren't lining up for Vujacic and it's highly likely that without Jackson reigning as Knicks President that Vujacic wouldn't be playing within the NBA ranks whatsoever.
14 Metta World Peace
While the Los Angeles Lakers have certainly shown signs of improvement from the 2015-2016 campaign, they are still a dismal team. The team is spearheaded by a youth moment with the likes of Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle and D'Angelo Russell, which makes the inclusion of Metta World Peace on the roster even more questionable. At thirty-seven years of age, World Peace rarely sees the court. World Peace only averages 4.1 MPG which makes it rather difficult for him to provide much value to his purple and gold jersey sporting teammates. The former Defensive Player of the Year is only good for 0.9 PPG and 0.4 RPG. World Peace, as well as the Lakers should've known the writing was on the wall in the 2015-2016 season as he looked like a shell of his former self.
13 Anderson Varejao
Javale McGee may be the most renown resident of Shaquille O'Neal's "Shaqtin' A Fool" segment on TNT's Inside the NBA, but he isn't the least deserving Warriors Center of his roster spot. Instead, that dishonourable distinction goes to The Simpsons' human version of Sideshow Bob, Anderson Varejao. At face value, it appeared that the Warriors gained quite a valuable presence in the paint when they picked up the Brazilian big man in 2015. Instead, the pickup was merely good at face value. Varejao was unproductive in 2015-2016 for the soon to be bound San Francisco franchise, and is continuing the trend in the 2016-2017 season. Varejao only contributes 1.2 PPG and 2.1 RPG as he only steps foot on the hardwood for an average of 6.1 MPG. Not to forget, being behind Zaza Pachulia and Javale McGee on the depth chart does nothing to help his cause.
12 Jason Terry
From 1999-2012, Jason "JET" Terry spent his NBA career with two NBA teams, the Atlanta Hawks and the Dallas Mavericks. During his playing years for the Peach State's franchise and in the "Big D", Terry was a lock for being a candidate for the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year award annually. Since departing Dallas, he's been with four teams in six seasons as he's played for the Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Houston Rockets and Milwaukee Bucks. Now thirty-nine, the former Maverick great is one of the last players off Jason Kidd's bench in Milwaukee. Terry is averaging a career low 3.2 PPG to go along with 1.2 RPG and 1.3 APG. At the very least Terry could knock a drink out of Coach Kidd's hands to make himself a worthy asset.
11 Nick Collison
Nick Collison has spent all of his NBA career with the Oklahoma City Thunder franchise and has been with the team since 2003 when they played in the Emerald City as the Seattle Supersonics. While Collison has been a staple for over a decade for the franchise, he has seen better days. Moreover, Collison looks like he's better suited for retirement as opposed to suiting up in an Oklahoma City Thunder jersey. In the 2016-2017 season Collison is posting career loss of 1.3 PPG, 1.1 RPG and 0.6 APG. At thirty-six years old, Collison sees himself heavily out of the rotation as Billy Donovan has more skilled options in the front court such as Steven Adams and Enes Kanter. Like former Jayhawk Paul Pierce, former Jayhawk Nick Collison should call it a career sooner rather than later.
10 Chris Andersen
LeBron James has the uncanny ability to have players he played with in years past (and those that he didn't play with) have an interest in playing with him. This may have something to do with him being the NBA's most dominant athlete. James Jones followed James to Cleveland from Miami. Dwyane Wade entertained the idea in the 2016 offseason. Ray Allen was forever linked to "the Land" before officially announcing his retirement. Like Jones, Chris "Birdman" Andersen also finds himself reunited with James now except in a wine and gold jersey and not a black, red and white one. Andersen doesn't see much marquee action as he's only averaging 2.3 PPG and 2.6 RPG. At thirty-eight years old, Andersen is at the end of his run and he himself is almost certainly aware of this.
9 Alonzo Gee
How exactly did Alonzo Gee begin the 2016-2017 NBA season? He was waived less than a week prior to the season commencing by the New Orleans Pelicans. Not exactly the type of start Gee or any other player would like to begin with. He was later picked up by the Denver Nuggets and despite the move to the "Mile High City", Gee hasn't experienced greener pastures. The twenty-nine year old Small Forward is averaging career lows of 0.8 PPG, 1.1 RPG and 0.5 APG for the Nuggets. The Nuggets also have a number of talented players who are capable of playing the three position such as Will Barton, Wilson Chandler, and Danillo Gallinari. Moreover, the forenamed players are leaps and bounds ahead of Gee in terms of skill set. Gee wasn't productive in New Orleans and he's proving to be just as, if not more unproductive in Denver.
8 Paul Pierce
Former Kansas Jayhawk and Boston Celtic great Paul Pierce is a surefire Hall of Fame talent. However, we aren't discussing Pierce's past contributions; we are discussing his current level of contribution. At thirty-nine years old and with close to two decades of NBA mileage on his body, Pierce has obviously lost a step. But, Pierce hasn't just lost a step; he's lost a considerable step. Pierce is only good for 3.8 PPG, 1.5 RPG and 0.2 APG as he doesn't see much game time off the Los Angeles Clippers bench. Pierce should've probably hung it up last year when he only posted averages of 6.1 PPG, 2.7 RPG and 1.0 APG. Pierce may still have the will to play, but to see him become such a non factor isn't helping him nor is it helping the "Lob City" franchise. The only argument for having Pierce on NBA roster is for veteran leadership.
7 Josh McRoberts
The Miami Heat's decision to disallow Chris Bosh to suit up for them based on his plagued medical history becomes even more puzzling when taking a look at the Power Forwards on their roster. For one, there's Luke Babbitt. Secondly, there's James Johnson. Third off there's Udonis Haslem who is way past his prime. And it gets worse. The worst of the worst is ten year NBA veteran Josh McRoberts. McRoberts is in his third season of being a let down for the South Beach franchise as he touts averages of 4.9 PPG, 3.4 PPG and 3.3 APG. McRoberts is currently plagued with a foot injury that may or may not keep him out for the remainder of the year. Regardless of whether or not McRoberts is out, he seems to have checked out three years ago when he first inked the deal Pat Riley placed in front of him.
6 Andrew Harrison
Its hard to remember that Andrew Harrison and his brother Aaron were once touted as top five prospects for players that committed to colleges in 2013. Unlike his twin brother, Aaron, Andrew actually was drafted as the Memphis Grizzlies selected him in the second round of the 2015 NBA Draft. Also unlike his brother, Andrew finds himself in the NBA and not the NBDL. This is where the good stops. Harrison didn't spend his rookie year on the NBA hardwood; he spent it on the NBDL hardwood. This year, he finds himself in the NBA ranks, and the transition hasn't exactly been easy for him. Right off the bat, Harrison posts an uninspiring PER of 8.53. He's only averaging 6.3 PPG, 3.3 APG and 2.2 RPG. To further hurt Harrison's cause is that new Coach Dave Fizdale gave Harrison an opportunity to shine as he was logging close to thirty minutes prior to the 2017 calendar year beginning.
5 Marshall Plumlee
It's no secret that the Plumlees are a basketball family, with Mason and Miles having made the NBA. In 2016, another Plumlee, Marshall also entered the NBA when he was signed by the New York Knicks as an undrafted free agent. For watchers of the Duke Blue Devils, it wasn't exactly surprising to not see Plumlee hear his name called on draft night. Moreover, it was rather expected as compared to his brothers, he showed the least promise. Plumlee finds himself a member of a crowded Knicks front court that features the likes of Carmelo Anthony, Willie Herangomez, Joakim Noah, Kyle O'Quinn and Kristaps Porzingis, all of whom are leaps and bounds ahead of Plumlee on the orange and blue's depth chart. If Plumlee's pedigree at Duke is any indication of his potential, it is unlikely he makes a name for himself in the NBA. He currently only averages 1.8 PPG and 3.2 RPG for the Jeff Hornacek coached team.
4 C.J. Watson
Persona non grata in the world of Floyd "Money" Mayweather, C.J. Watson is now in his second season with his fifth team, the Orlando Magic. Plagued by injuries in the 15-16 campaign, Watson was looking to put the past season's woes behind him. Unfortunately for him, he hasn't been able to put those woes to bed and he's brought them back with him for the 16-17 season. Watson posts one of the worst PER's for an NBA Point Guard at 6.30. In addition, he is averaging a career low 2.9 PPG, 1.4 APG and 1.3 RPG. The nine year veteran isn't necessary old at thirty-two years old and he has proved to be a viable backup in stints with the Golden State Warriors and Indiana Pacers in years past. The Magic could simply be a bad fit for Watson; regardless, he is unworthy of his current roster spot.
3 Boris Diaw
At thirty-four years old, Boris Diaw has never been one that's been applauded for being in shape. On the contrary, Diaw has been flat out chastised for his physique. In 2013, his former Head Coach Gregg Popovich kept it about as real as anyone could when he said of Diaw, "he's never been in shape. He won't agree with me but just trying to keep it real". And keep it real you did, Pop. Nonetheless, it seemed like Diaw always had a home with the San Antonio Spurs. Yet, in the offseason Diaw was traded to the Utah Jazz. Let's just say the new scenery hasn't exactly been ideal for the Frenchman. Diaw doesn't fit the mold for the young, uptempo playing Utah Jazz. His PER is reflective of this, as its an unimpressive and concerning 8.04. He's averaging less than 5 PPG, which is right near the worst average of his career and is also averaging career lows in rebounds and assists.
2 Lavoy Allen
The former Temple Owl Lavoy Allen has bounced around between the Indiana Pacers and Philadelphia 76ers in is six year NBA career. Allen's primarily been a bench player, but his contributions this year suggest that not only is he not worthy of a starting role, but that he may not be worthy of a job in the NBA ranks period. Allen posts one of the NBA's worst PER's not just for a Power Forward, but for players overall at 6.95. Allen's averages are even more alarming as he's only putting 1.3 PPG on the scoreboard, grabbing 2.3 boards, and blocking 0.3 shots per game. Allen is young at twenty-seven and may just need an opportunity with another NBA franchise. But, his averages tell the story; he is clearly unworthy of his roster spot in the "Hoosier State" for the Indiana Pacers.
1 Solomon Hill
The phrase "everyone is cashing in" became commonplace in the 2016 offseason as the inflated cap allowed teams to significantly overpay players due to the NBA's new TV deal. Perhaps the player that benefitted more so than anyone from the new TV deal was Solomon Hill. Hill received a monstrous four year, $50 million dollar deal from the New Orleans Pelicans. Each and every game Hill is reminding the Pelicans why they regret that deal. Hill is given ample minutes by Coach Alvin Gentry at 27.1 a contest. But, Gentry may want to downsize his workload and fast. Hill has a putrid PER of 7.51. He only averages 5.9 PPG, 1.7 APG and 3.7 RPG. You would've been hard pressed to find someone that would've said Hill was worthy of the contract he was given. Regardless of one's opinion on Hill's contract, his lack of production is what is even more concerning as he's failing to capitalize on his opportunity to shine despite being given plenty of court time.
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