NBA 2016-17: The 15 Most Overrated Players Today

The NBA has always been a star-driven league. Many of the stars of the NBA get praised too much, and others do not garner enough attention for the amount of progress they have made with their teams. Stars also get the most blame when their teams fail. Sports media has also fabricated the abilities of some players that play in the NBA today, and this includes players who are not all star players.

These overrated players are often times players who people had high expectations for, and people still hold out some hope that they will reach these expectations. There is also the former star player who many think is still capable of playing at an elite level. Most players whose careers are trending downwards do not pick their game back up to the elite level it once was at. Players who receive big pay days are stamped with big expectations, but some do not live up to their paychecks and it sometimes takes fans a while to realize they were not worthy of that money. There are many other ways that a basketball player can be classified as overrated, and the NBA does have a decent amount of players who fit some of the descriptions mentioned earlier.

These are the 15 most overrated players in the NBA today:

15 Kristaps Porzingis

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14 Tristan Thompson

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13 Monta Ellis

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Monta Ellis has been thought of as a scorer throughout his years in the NBA, but he has not been doing a lot of scoring as of late. His best years came when he played in the Western Conference for the Golden State Warriors and Dallas Mavericks. With the Indiana Pacers he is only averaging 12 points a night, which is good from a complimentary player on a team but Ellis is expected to be the second best scorer on the team. During his days on the Dallas Mavericks he averaged 19 points a night, and during his early days on the Warriors he would regularly put up over 20 a night.

12 DeAndre Jordan

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DeAndre Jordan is seen as an elite player in the NBA, but most elite players have a great offensive game. There is no denying that Jordan is an excellent defender and rebounder of the basketball. He grabs over 10 rebounds a night most games and serves as an excellent shot blocker by averaging around two a game and altering many other shots. The weaknesses of his game are very visible to anyone who watches him in just one game.

11 Mike Conley

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Mike Conley was given the richest contract in NBA history during the 2016 NBA offseason, and that alone gives him the label of overrated. Making around $30 million a year means that you have to produce at an elite level. Conley has not been an elite player since entering the league out of Ohio State, but he has been a fringe all-star. It is tough to even categorize him as a top 10 point guard in the NBA.

10 Brandon Knight

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Brandon Knight has been slated as point guard who can be a solid starter in the NBA. He currently plays for one of the worst teams in the NBA in the Phoenix Suns, and he cannot even crack the starting lineup. He is only playing 24 minutes a game early on in the 2016-17 NBA season which is eight minutes less than his career average. Eric Bledsoe has gotten the nod to start at the point guard slot for the Suns, but a starting backcourt of Knight and Bledsoe has been executed in the past.

9 Greg Monroe

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Greg Monroe was once seen as one of the better big man in basketball during his days with the Detroit Pistons, but his career has taken somewhat of an unnoticeable nose dive since he arrived in Milwaukee. He was rewarded with a nice contract when he left the Pistons to join the Bucks. Unfortunately Monroe has not played up to expectations with the Bucks, and his numbers across the boards are down with his new team.

8 Victor Oladipo

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7 Rajon Rondo

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Rondo has a unique skill in penetrating the basket and then dishing the ball to open teammates for easy scoring opportunities. Rondo has a great amount of talent, and he is worthy of being a starting point guard in the NBA. The problem is that he is not all that good at scoring outside of the paint. He also cannot shoot three pointers well, and his free throw shooting is poor for a guard. The Bulls were supposed to have a 'big three' of stars in Jimmy Butler, Dwyane Wade, and Rajon Rondo.

6 Jeremy Lin

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5 Aaron Gordon

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4 Klay Thompson

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Many wondered whose performance would suffer the most on the Warriors with the addition of Kevin Durant. People assumed Draymond Green would take the biggest step back when Durant signed, but Thompson has not played at the level he has been accustomed to the past couple of seasons. Thompson is known as a great shooter. He has benefited from playing alongside Steph Curry and Draymond Green all these years, and if he was on another team it is hard to see Thompson being as good a player as he has been over the years.

Early on this season he is shooting only 31 percent from three which is 11 percent lower than last season’s average. Thompson needs to improve over the season, and if he cannot do that he may not get an invite to the All-Star game.

3 Bismack Biyombo

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Bismack Biyombo has been a bit of an underachiever since he came into the NBA from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He was selected in the lottery of the 2011 NBA draft by Charlotte, and never gave them the production of a lottery selection. He then moved on to the Toronto Raptors for the 2015-16 NBA season. With the Raptors he played at a high level in the 2016 NBA playoffs, and since he was in a contract year his high level of play in the playoffs intrigued many teams around the NBA. He scored a big contract with the Orlando Magic over the summer of 2016.

2 Zach Lavine

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1 Derrick Rose

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Derrick Rose claimed that the New York Knicks had a super team before the regular season started, and so far the Knicks do not look like a super team that will make any noise in the playoffs in 2017. Rose has spent the majority of his career with the Chicago Bulls before joining his new team the Knicks before the start of this season. Injuries have derailed Rose from the MVP player that he used to be, and now he is just a mere image of his former self. He has only averaged 14 points a game early on this season which is 5 points less a game than his career average.

With less explosiveness than he had prior to the injuries, it would be plausible that he would improve his outside shot, but early on in the 2016-17 season Rose is only shooting a horrid 25 percent from three.

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