Rating NBA players is always a tough task considering the many factors that come into play. You have to consider their current production and contributions to their team, while also keeping in mind past seasons. Since players are prone to go through streaks during a lengthy season, it signifies plenty of ups and downs along the way. We also have to consider the salary being paid to these players, and whether they are currently repaying the team's investment in them.
That's not to mention the massive hype that comes with being a top lottery pick, which always generates massive expectations among fans. And while we often discuss the best and least productive players on every roster, rarely do we speak about the most overrated. The word overrated has gained a negative reputation in recent years, but it doesn't indicate that a player is bad by any means. Some NBA teams may not have a single player who warrants such label at the moment, although there will always be one name who perhaps receives more praise than he truly deserves.
Many of today's entries happen to be great players, although their impact may be greatly exaggerated by their fanbase or the media, earning them a spot on the list. Others are simply not as great as their draft status or the large contracts that they currently have. And as the season continues to play out, many of these players may prove us wrong by the end of the year. Here are the most overrated players on every NBA team today:
30 Atlanta Hawks: Trae Young
The Atlanta Hawks roster is made up of younger prospects trying to make an impact in the league, as well as veterans who aim to retain a spot in the NBA. Trae Young is the only Hawks player who gets more credit than he deserves, as he hasn't had great start to his rookie journey. After being compared to Stephen Curry during his college stint, Young is putting up bad shooting numbers across the board to make him the most overrated Hawks player.
29 Boston Celtics: Jaylen Brown
Depending on who you ask, you might get a different answer regarding the Boston Celtics' most overrated player as there are multiple candidates to consider. A case could be made for Gordon Hayward, but it may be too early to dub him as such since he is recovering from a year long injury. On the other hand, Jaylen Brown was seen as one of the better prospects around the league, but his level of play hasn't warranted such hype yet.
28 Brooklyn Nets: Spencer Dinwiddie
Most players on the Brooklyn Nets roster tend to be overlooked as the team has been among the worst in recent times. But the average fan has likely heard of Spencer Dinwiddie, who may be putting up decent numbers on the board, although his impact hasn't been quite as strong. He hasn't shown to have enough talent to be a top option on any team with goals beyond tanking for a top lottery pick. It's possible that he becomes more efficient once he is surrounded by better players.
27 Charlotte Hornets: Nicolas Batum
The highest paid player on the Charlotte Hornets is set to make $25 million for the next three seasons. With his current numbers, it's safe to say that Batum has one of the least desirable contracts in the NBA. Despite his reputation as an all-around player, he hasn't been nearly as good to warrant such buzz or salary - making him by far the most overrated member of the Hornets. On the other hand, the team's best player Kemba Walker is only making half the sum per year.
26 Chicago Bulls: Zach LaVine
Last summer, Zach LaVine agreed to a four-year $78 million deal with the Chicago Bulls. After getting off to a hot start this year, it appears that his level of play has reverted back to previous seasons. LaVine has the talent to fill up the stats sheet, but hasn't shown to be good enough to lead the Bulls to victories. Some fans are already hyping him up as a potential All-Star this year, which doesn't seem right given that the Bulls are currently last in the Eastern Conference.
25 Cleveland Cavaliers: Kevin Love
Kevin Love is not the star player that fans thought he was during his stint with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Despite winning a ring with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Love's reputation has taken a hit overall as a player with many believing that he is among the most overrated big men in the league. Considering that he is fresh off a four-year, $120 million extension with the Cavaliers after some relatively down seasons, it's easy to see as to why someone may think so.
24 Dallas Mavericks: DeAndre Jordan
DeAndre Jordan is not only the most overrated player on the Dallas Mavericks, but one could argue that he is among the most overrated in the past decade. Last summer, Jordan was expecting to be offered a maximum or near maximum contract by a team, and once such offers didn't come in, he ended up settling for a one year deal with the Dallas Mavericks. His impact as a defender has been greatly exaggerated as Jordan has never been quite as effective as his reputation.
23 Denver Nuggets: Isaiah Thomas
Isaiah Thomas was once a legitimatize All-Star player who could run a team and score from all over the court, but injuries have affected his play as we saw last season with his brief stints as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers and then later on Los Angeles Lakers. While he is coming off a disappointing season, Thomas is still generating plenty of hype among fans who believe that his role with the Denver Nuggets will be greater than it actually is.
22 Detroit Pistons: Reggie Jackson
The Detroit Pistons have finally found a suitable head coach in Dwane Casey, as well as a good pairing with Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond. What they are lacking right now is a better starting Point Guard as Reggie Jackson hasn't proven to be good enough to have the spot. And while some fans may believe that he is a great player after taking a brief look at his stats, Jackson's shooting numbers are below the league average - making him the most overrated on the Pistons.
21 Golden State Warriors: Draymond Green
Draymond Green is already a three-time NBA All-Star, but we aren't sure so sure that he is quite as great as his resume suggests. He has certainly provided an immense impact for the Golden State Warriors, but Green has a specific job that he does extremely well. But if he were on a less talented team, it is very possible that Green would struggle as the first or second option. He certainly hasn't been good enough to talk down his teammate Kevin Durant.
20 Houston Rockets: Chris Paul
It doesn't seem right to have one of basketball's greatest PG of all time on this list, but a four year extension of $160 million earn Chris Paul a spot on this list. As an injury prone player who may be nearing the end of his career, it was deemed a bad move by the Houston Rockets from the jump. Some had expected the contract to become a bad in year three, but it appears that Paul has already started declining as he is averaging career lows in many statistical categories. His production hasn't been worthy of a maximum contract, making him by far the most overrated player on the Rockets today.
19 Indiana Pacers: Myles Turner
The Indiana Pacers don't have one player who stands out as overrated, although a good case could be made for Myles Turner. The likes of Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis are already playing up to their potential, but it's Turner's contributions that have been underwhelming. He hasn't been bad by any means, but more was expected from Turner coming into the season and he will have to shed the overrated label with his play on both ends of the floor.
18 Los Angeles Clippers: Avery Bradley
The Los Angeles Clippers' roster consists of underrated players who have been overlooked throughout their careers. Avery Bradley fit that criteria during his time with the Boston Celtics, but he hasn't been nearly as productive with his new team. He happens to be the fourth highest paid player on the team, making $12 million per season despite being one of their worst players. And yet he still holds a favorable reputation among Bradley, believing that he is still an effective 3 & D player as he once was.
17 Los Angeles Lakers: Lonzo Ball
For a player averaging with his numbers and shooting below 40% from the field, and close to 30% from downtown, the hype is just too immense for Lonzo Ball. He is among the most overrated players in the NBA today and has long ways to go before shedding that label. That's not to say that he will be a bust in the future as he may turn it around - but Ball hasn't been nearly as great as the hype machine led us to believe.
16 Memphis Grizzlies: Chandler Parsons
By now, we hope that there aren't many fans or GMs left who still rate Chandler Parsons very highly. The public opinion may have changed as far as Parsons is concerned, but a salary of $25 million per season earns him a spot on this list. Parsons has been among the worst players in the NBA in the past three years, and yet he remains the third highest paid player on the Grizzlies. To his credit, he did have good years with the Rockets although his value was greatly inflated by GMs around the league.
15 Miami Heat: Hassan Whiteside
From playing overseas to a prominent NBA starter, Hassan Whiteside has had a great turnaround to get where he is today. But he hasn't lived up to the four-year $98 million contract handed to him by the Miami Heat. Whiteside has continued putting up solid numbers, although he has regressed with every passing season and yet he is still highly ranked among fans and analysts alike. The Heat were expecting him to become a better all-around player, but his development hasn't progressed beyond his early seasons with the team.
14 Milwaukee Bucks: George Hill
The Milwaukee Bucks players are all rated just right these days, but it's the latest addition to the team in George Hill who stands out as the most overrated. He will making $18 million for the next two seasons, which is quite the overpay considering his current production. The Bucks also had to trade a first round pick to acquire him - and while we understand that they shed some salary in the process - it seems like they are greatly overrating Hill.
13 Minnesota Timberwolves: Andrew Wiggins
With a maximum contract for the next five seasons, Andrew Wiggins will have to make massive improvements to earn his contract. He is arguably the most overrated prospect in recent memory as the first pick of the 2014 draft has failed to live up to his potential. There were expectations on Wiggins to take his game to the next level this year, but his numbers have regressed in nearly every category as he continues to be inefficient on the offensive end.
12 New Orleans Pelicans: Julius Randle
The New Orleans Pelicans are another team that may not have one overrated player in particular. Anthony Davis is undoubtedly one of the best players in the league, while Jrue Holiday happens to be underrated despite his brilliant performances. Nikola Mirotic has been a massive addition to the roster, leaving Julius Randle as the most overrated of the team's top players. That's not to dismiss his talent since Randle is clearly a gifted talented, although he has yet to put it all together to live to the hype.
11 New York Knicks: Enes Kanter
The New York Knicks can only wish they had talents to overrate these days, but given the state of the franchise, the award would have to go to Enes Kanter. The numbers are there for the big man, but his impact simply doesn't match the stats that he puts up. Tim Hardaway Jr. could also be in consideration for the Knicks' most overrated player, but Kanter takes the cake due to his ranking as a player among fans around the league.
10 Oklahoma City Thunder: Andre Roberson
When Andre Roberson got injured last season, there were worries that the Oklahoma City Thunder would be unable to replace him. Going into this season, some fans strongly felt that OKC would miss Roberson on the court, although they have done just fine without him. He will certainly be a welcomed addition once he is healthy, but considering his minimal production, Roberson isn't worthy of the praise that he receives from the fanbase and will have to bounce back with a strong year to justify his $10 million salary.
9 Orlando Magic: Timofey Mozgov
When it comes to the Orlando Magic, none of their current players are overrated at the moment. In fact, many would fall under the underrated label as they have been overlooked due to the team's state. Timofey Mozgov is one of the highest paid players on the roster, making $16 million per year while providing career averages coming into this season of just 6.8 points and 4.9 rebounds. He would need to double his production to justify such payday, making him easily the most overrated on the roster.
8 Philadelphia 76ers: Ben Simmons
Ben Simmons is still one of the best prospects in the league and potentially a top 10 player in the future, but he has several flaws in his game that make him overrated. Joel Embiid may have a massive following, but he has backed up the hype with brilliant performances on the court. As for Jimmy Butler, his history in the league speaks for itself as far as impact goes. Not only does Simmons lack a three-point shot, but he hasn't shown the ability to be a top option on a winning team thus far.
7 Phoenix Suns: Josh Jackson
The Phoenix Suns have several top lottery picks on their roster, many of whom are greatly hyped, but Josh Jackson has to be the most overrated right now. The fourth pick of the 2017 Draft is edging close to bust territory although it is still too early to officially label him as one. Despite his struggles early into his career, Jackson is still being hyped as a potentially great player in the future, which he has yet to show on a consistent basis in the NBA.
6 Portland Trail Blazers: C.J. McCollum
The league is well-aware that C.J. McCollum is a very good scorer by now. He has put up four high scoring years in a row to establish himself as the second option on the Portland Trail Blazers. But McCollum hasn't progressed since his breakout season in 2015-16, failing to improve in other areas of the game. He would make a much better third option on a contending team, but the Blazers are paying him $27 million per season to average less than three assists and less than five rebounds per game.
5 Sacramento Kings: Iman Shumpert
The Sacramento Kings have many impressive young prospects, most of whom are currently playing up to expectations, so it is tough to label them as overrated. Even the veterans have also delivered this year so far, so the spot would have to go to Iman Shumpert. He has had a solid year with the Kings, although it may not be good enough to justify his $11 million deal. Shumpert is a good role player who fits well with the Kings' young team, but he is the most overhyped of the bunch.
4 San Antonio Spurs: LaMarcus Aldridge
LaMarcus Aldridge is having a down season by his standards with his numbers taking a hit across a number of statistics. He has been overrated for many years now as Aldridge has failed to impact the game as some of his peers. While he puts up impressive numbers, he is incapable of being the top option on a contender. An argument could be made that his teammate DeMar DeRozan is more overrated since the latter has been very disappointing in the playoffs throughout his career.
3 Toronto Raptors: Fred VanVleet
Just a year ago, Fred VanVleet would have likely been on the other end of the spectrum as the Toronto Raptors' most underrated player. He had a solid case for NBA Sixth Man of the Year award, and was handed a two year, $18 million deal by the team. VanVleet has failed to replicate last year's performances so far, and looks like he may have been a one season wonder after all. His decision making has been questionable on the court, and he is no longer viewed as an important asset by the team anymore - although non-Raptors fans continue holding him in high regards.
2 Utah Jazz: Donovan Mitchell
An impressive rookie year has already made Donovan Mitchell one of the hottest names in the NBA with many fans ready to label him as a future All-Star. But he hasn't been quite as effective this year as Mitchell's three point shooting has taken a major hit. Although he surely has the potential to become as great as his current hype, Mitchell's player doesn't warrant a high ranking at the moment - making him easily the most overrated player on the Utah Jazz.
1 Washington Wizards: John Wall
When you're regarded as an elite player while making $170 million for the next four years, there are major expectations that come along the price tag. John Wall simply hasn't been the player that the Washington Wizards need him to be, which is why the team is ready to part ways with him. Unfortunately for the Wizards, there isn't huge demand for Wall at the moment due to his massive salary. His inability to shoot as well as lack of work ethic have held him back from reaching his true ceiling as a player.