The NBA is currently experiencing an embarrassment of riches when it comes to talent in the league. There are more great players in today's NBA than possibly ever in the game's existence, and with that being true, it can be argued that there are too many teams in the NBA. With 30 teams now in the league, the talent has become spread very thin.
The combination of too many teams, and many great players has left us with rosters unable to fulfill the potential of superstar players. If the NBA reduced the number of teams down to say 24, that would eliminate 90 players currently on NBA rosters, consequently making the teams much better on average. We have seen the unfortunate fate of great players being stuck on bad teams before, with Dominique Wilkins and Tracy McGrady being prime examples of players who spent their prime years wasting away with a mediocre franchise.
Today we will count down the 15 NBA players who who completely overshadow their teammates, and need to move on to greener pastures if they want to experience true success. Let us know in the comments if we forgot to mention a player that you think is too good for their team.
15 15. Nikola Vucevic
Nikola Vucevic was drafted in 2011 by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 16th overall pick. He played only one season in Philadelphia before being sent to Orlando as part of the Dwight Howard trade (which sent the All-Star to the Lakers). Since then Vucevic has turned himself into a great NBA player, and is a relatively unknown star simply because he is hidden in Orlando. Vucevic has turned himself into a double-double guy over the past three seasons, yet the Magic have not even sniffed the playoffs since they acquired him.
14 14. Kemba Walker
Playing for the G.O.A.T. would intimidate others, but Kemba Walker has proven himself to be one of the better, and most clutch players in the league under the watchful eye of Michael Jordan. Since joining the Hornets in 2011, Walker has increased his production every season, culminating in a 2015-16 season during which he averaged 21 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game.
13 13. Brook Lopez
12 12. Chris Paul
Some would argue Chris Paul is still the greatest point guard in the NBA today. He has the pure one-guard mentality, along with the drive of a player hungry to experience playoff success. Paul is a entering his 12th season in the NBA, and after 12 seasons CP3 has led the league in assists four separate times, and led the league in steals six times. With all those accolades, Paul has never reached the conference finals of the playoffs.
11 11. John Wall
Statistically speaking, Wall is one of the best point guards in the NBA today. He has averaged 19 points and 10 assists over the past three seasons, which makes him the best over that time. He has also helped turn the Washington Wizards into a respectable organization, despite some bad draft picks, and internal drama. With Wall at the helm, the Wizards were headed in the right direction until last season, when Wall spent some time on the sidelines with injuries.
10 10. Anthony Davis
9 9. Andre Drummond
Regarded by some as the best true center in the NBA today, Andre Drummond is stuck in Motor City trying to make it work with the Pistons. Drummond is spending his summer playing with team USA and honing his already incredible skills as an elite big man. Drummond is another player who cashed in big with the increase in salary cap. Drummond committed five years to the Pistons, and in exchange he will receive $127 million over the next half decade. After all, Drummond has shown that he is capable of dominating the league. Last season, he averaged 16 points per game, and a league-leading 15 rebounds per game.
8 8. James Harden
7 7. Carmelo Anthony
6 6. Damian Lillard
5 5. Russell Westbrook
4 4. DeMarcus Cousins
The best big man in the game is probably DeMarcus Cousins. He comes along with some attitude issues, but his skills on the court are undeniable. Last season, Cousins averaged 27 points, and 11.5 rebounds per game. There is no other big man in the NBA who can put up those numbers, and at only 25 years old, expect DeMarcus to improve on those numbers this coming season. As Cousins matures, he will become even more sought after than he already is, and when that time comes, Sacramento should demand a "king's ransom" for the talented big man.
3 3. Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant is way too good to go play for the competition, which is exactly what he did when he left OKC and ran to the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors are the team that sent Durant packing last year after coming back on the Thunder from a 3:1 deficit. Durant went to a team that was already stacked and did not need to add him to be a title contender. KD has as much or more talent than any player in the entire NBA, and now he will be forced to play second fiddle, "Robin" to Steph Curry's Batman, if you will. It is unfortunate to see such a talented player willingly get stuck in a situation in which he will have to compromise his own talents for the sake of other players.
2 2. Steph Curry
Through no fault of his own, Steph is now in a tricky situation. His team, the Golden State Warriors, went out and signed a 2nd alpha male, as well as a 3rd and a 4th if you count Draymond Green and Klay Thompson. Nevertheless, the Warriors are now a completely different team than the one Steph led to a championship a couple years ago. To get KD, the Warriors were forced to lose valuable role players, including Harrison Barnes, Andrew Bogut, and Festus Ezili. Curry is one of the three greatest players in the NBA, and now he will be competing with Kevin Durant to be the leader of the team.
1 1. LeBron James
When you're the best player in the world and you're dubbed "The King" you're inevitably going to overshadow your teammates.
LeBron is simply too good for any team he ever plays on, but for LeBron to have come back home to Cleveland and win that city and that franchise a championship is beyond storybook. But let's be clear; the team is the Cavaliers, and the team is owned by Dan Gilbert -- the same Dan Gilbert who wrote that scathing letter to his fans condemning LeBron James and berating him. LeBron somehow found it in his heart to come back and play for this man. LeBron has now made good on his promise to bring Cleveland a championship and if he decides to move on from Cleveland, there should be no ill-will towards him, like there was the last time he took his talents elsewhere.
There have been rumors swirling that LeBron may go to the New York Knicks after this coming season to play with long-time friends, and rivals, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, and Carmelo Anthony. If this quartet does happen and these superstars join forces, the basketball world will be in for a treat.
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