Ahh. The allure of basketball. The greatest players in the world, battling for excellence. The NBA’s stars magnificently show out for each game, dunking, drilling three pointers, and demonstrating unique character. These players are purely spectacular. But then there are also the roster fillers. The guys who demonstrate little to zero skill with two hands and an evolution branded basketball. These players suck, and are liabilities to their teams. I’m referring to the Kwame Browns.
You may be thinking, how could someone actually measure in a categorical list the worst players in the NBA? I used statistical analysis from the league’s homepage, and personal knowledge of my own, since I am an avid NBA fan. It’s these boring, and simplistic basketball players, that annoy the hometown fans, make people laugh at their abilities, or just maybe neither of these because they are also on the bench. The worst players may not be the guys who sit on the bench, it is a lot of times the bum who struggles to be clutch, in any situation ever.
Being a Philadelphia 76ers fan is exasperating. We have one of the worst records this 2016 season, in NBA history, let alone North American sports history. In other words, it’s an inexperienced squad, with guys that you will see on this upcoming list. The list of people that probably should try a new sport, or just continue their careers elsewhere, maybe in the D-League.
The NBA is full of roster fillers, guys who simply are unproductive. I’m referring to the players who sit on the bench, or play and are horrible. Notably, some of the these players were standout in college, and great, but it didn’t translate to the professionals. This article outlines the worst players in the NBA.
Most of these players struggle to shoot the ball, or rebound/pass for assists. The only reason they remain on a team could be because they sit on the bench to fill a roster, or maybe they have a relative who plays which keeps them a job.
Regardless of these assumptions, here it is.
15. Joel Anthony – C – Detroit Pistons
He averages less than a point a game (0.7 PPG), 1.2 rebounds, and less than a block per game. What’s interesting about Anthony is he used to be kind of a solid player. He used to play for Miami Heat and actually started for quite a bit with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. He has two championship rings, but regardless he floated from the Celtics then to the Pistons, and has been crazy unproductive.
14. Ian Clark – PG – Golden State Warriors
Ian Clark is on one of the best teams in the NBA right now, but it seems as though the energy hasn’t transferred to his abilities yet, and it appears it won’t. According to NBA.com, Ian Clark is averaging one of the fewest points per game in the whole league. He racks up a minimal 4.3 points per game, and turns the ball over regularly when he has the ball. The good news is the Warriors are a phenomenal team, and Clark plays maybe 10 minutes a game at most.
13. T.J. McConnell – PG – Philadelphia 76ers
T. J. McConnell pretty much resembles every white point guard in a basketball wreck league. He’s very simplistic, and does nothing close to above average with the ball. He plays nearly 20 minutes per contest, and still only achieves a slim 6.2 PPG, 4.8 APG, and 3.6 RPG. Okay, so his stats aren’t that bad, but he is really boring to watch and it is frustrating to watch him play.
12. Steve Novak – SF – Oklahoma City Thunder
He hasn’t been relevant since his short lived days in New York City for the Knicks, and should retire. He scores 2.4 points per game, and less than a rebound. Although he gets in the game when the Thunder are destroying another team, he still is unproductive, and as a big man should be under the rim getting rebounds, not jacking shots. Considering the small amount of games he has played in which he averages less than three points a game, maybe it is not working.
11. Josh Richardson – SG – Miami Heat
In the last 10 games, Josh Richardson has shot .300% from the ark, and a nifty 1.9 points per game. There’s really not a whole lot to say about this guy to be frank. In NBA 2K16, he received a 66 rating out of a 100. He has been a disappointment to the NBA. He can’t shoot the ball and turns it over a lot. Being a second round pick just last year, there’s some time for Richardson to turn things around.
10. Bruno Caboclo – PG – Toronto Raptors
Bruno Caboclo has floated in and out of the D-League, and you never know when he’ll be a Raptor or on the Toronto D-League team. Currently he averages 0.3 rebounds per game, and that is it. No Points, no assists.
Not everything is as it appears on a highlight film. Bruno is only 20 years old, and is struggling to adjust to the NBA’s high level of athletes. I hope Caboclo can pick it up, he was a first round pick (20), but until then his name is on this list.
9. Kendrick Perkins – C – New Orleans Pelicans
Perkins gives no effort on the court. He makes millions of dollars, but still couldn’t give a damn. Kendrick Perkins is god awful, but also could try a little harder to actually compete.
He is known to turn the ball over regularly, which is probably because he appears to have gained weight every other day. Perkins has an ability to pass the ball to defenders, on every play necessary. If I could give Kendrick one nickname it would have be “The Turnover Machine”.
He has been in the league for 12 years, but it is time to hang it up big fella. Kendrick is averaging 2.7 points per game, 1.9 rebounds per game, and 0.2 blocks per game this season.
8. Brandon Rush – SG – Golden State Warriors
First of all, Brandon Rush never plays for the Warriors, though he has been on the team since 2012. You know why? Because he gets injured every team his two feet touch the wood.
Brandon Rush moves like a fat crab on the court, and is slow compared to other basketball players. His shot is the only thing keeping him in the NBA. He has been the topic of debate since around 2009, and fans have been fed up with his nonsense to basically steal money from organizations with his non attentiveness to suit up in games.
His nickname would be something along the lines of “The Injury Prone Player Who Plainly Sucks.” Rush averages 7.3 PPG, and 2.7 rebounds in his career.
7. Jared Cunningham – SG – Cleveland Cavaliers
Cunningham was highly anticipated coming out of high school. Regardless, he is a lanky player with zero upside. In the games he has played he has shot at 35% and accomplished nothing more than a couple points, a lot of minutes, and some key turnovers. After watching his play style, he brings nothing to the court, and appears to have outgrown his supposed potential. He has difficulty grabbing rebounds, and is outmatched in the interior. This is probably because his body type is distorted making him not suitable for the game of basketball in any viable position.
Cunningham has a career average of 2.3 points per game, less than an assist a game, and less than a rebound per game.
6. Johnny O’Bryant – PF – Milwaukee Bucks
O’Bryant was given the opportunity to have minutes on the Bucks, but accomplished nothing and literally does nothing beneficial for the team. The Bucks should probably write him off, today. This guy needs to go, and bulk up. The Bucks really should release him and sign a capable free agent with at least a pound of arm muscle.
5. JaKarr Sampson – SG- Philadelphia 76ers
As I mentioned earlier in this article, I am a Sixers fan. The Sixers have not much talent on their time, so signing guys like JaKarr are what it has come to.
Watching Sampson is horrid. He may not even belong in the D-League. The Sixers actually give this guy minutes too. He averages a turnover a game, and doesn’t really belong in any position in basketball. He cannot dribble the basketball without losing it or just taking a crappy shot.
The Sixers did actually sign Elton Brand to help mentor the guys, and that was a respectable move. Sampson has good D-League stats, but the NBA is not where he belongs. He is an awkward player, with little positive abilities.
4. Duje Dukan – PF – Sacramento Kings
There is a reason Dukan got the lowest rating in NBA 2k16. Is it because he has yet to make a name for himself? Maybe, but he also has been playing in the D-League and it appears to have not translated to NBA stardom.
Dukan was undrafted, and the Kings signed him. He has yet to play a single game, but that must mean he is not good enough to make the jump to the NBA yet. He hasn’t even been putting up big numbers in the D-League with around 11 points a game.
3. Phil Pressey – G – Phoenix Suns
The Suns just signed him to a 10 day contract, which is a mistake. He usually shoots 29% from the field, and turns the ball over very often. He was unproductive for the Celtics, and will be for the Suns. If they’re smart they will release him after 10 days, and sign a viable free agent.
These are his 2013-2014 stats. 2.4 PPG, 2.5 APG, 1.1 RPG, 0.8 SPG
2. Elliot Williams – G – Memphis Grizzlies
Mr. Irrelevant. Williams shot 37 percent from the field and the worst net rating in the NBA a couple years ago, huge draft bust. Williams was a little anticipated coming out of college, but shattered any expectations. I say Mr. Irrvelevant, because many people reading this probably don’t even know who he is. He used to get big minutes but never scored a lot, and did anything good on the court. Move on from basketball, try tennis Elliot.
1. Anthony Bennett – PF – Toronto Raptors
The former no.1 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft has been one of the biggest busts in league history. He has been un-productive and in and out of the D-League. He was signed from the Cavaliers to the Wolves, now he is a Raptor. He averages 1.5 PPG, and two rebounds. His skill set was over estimated since he came out of UNLV. Bennett’s career has truly been a disaster from the beginning, and is one similar to Kwame Brown.
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