The climate of the NBA changes every year. The style of play has gone from the days of a big man dominating the paint for the majority of offensive success to ball movement and efficient shot selections from the outside being key. Until it happened, many believed the Golden State Warriors would not stand a chance to win the NBA Championship due to their offensive game plan revolving around the three-point shot. Coaching philosophies, player mindsets and the organic flow of the game have caused an evolution over the recent years. With things moving at such a rapid speed, players can easily grow or lose their value at the drop of a hat.
It is difficult to try to find the right criteria for what one deems overrated. Players being given large contracts symbolize organizations believe they are among the best in the sport and that puts a target on the back of those stars. There’s also the scenario of a star being past his prime and no longer being a premiere talent despite playing with the mindset of one. The rationale behind viewing one as overrated has many definitions, but mostly it’s about a player that’s not as good as he’s being valued.
The players selected as most overrated on their team are being evaluated on their situation entering the season. Most of these players are good but they’ve become valued more than their actual worth when it comes to their current situation. From championship contenders to franchises on the rebuilding path, every team has someone that is currently overrated. We’ll look into each situation carefully and examine why each player selected is the person being valued more than he should be on his team. There’s a very good chance things will change quickly as the season starts, but these are the most overrated players on each NBA team right now.
30 Atlanta Hawks – Jeff Teague
29 Boston Celtics – David Lee
28 Brooklyn Nets – Joe Johnson
27 Charlotte Hornets – Nicolas Batum
26 Chicago Bulls – Joakim Noah
25 Cleveland Cavaliers – Kevin Love
24 Dallas Mavericks – Deron Williams
23 Denver Nuggets - Danilo Gallinari
22 Detroit Pistons – Reggie Jackson
21 Golden State Warriors – Draymond Green
20 Houston Rockets – Dwight Howard
19 Indiana Pacers – Monta Ellis
18 Los Angeles Clippers – DeAndre Jordan
17 Los Angeles Lakers – Kobe Bryant
16 Memphis Grizzlies – Jeff Green
15 Miami Heat – Dwyane Wade
14 Milwaukee Bucks – Michael Carter-Williams
13 Minnesota Timberwolves – Ricky Rubio
12 New Orleans Pelicans – Eric Gordon
11 New York Knicks – Carmelo Anthony
10 Oklahoma City Thunder – Enes Kanter
9 Orlando Magic – Nikola Vucevic
8 Philadelphia 76ers – Nerlens Noel
7 Phoenix Suns – Eric Bledsoe
6 Portland Trail Blazers – Mason Plumlee
5 Sacramento Kings – Rajon Rondo
4 San Antonio Spurs – Tony Parker
3 Toronto Raptors – DeMar DeRozan
2 Utah Jazz – Trey Burke
1 Washington Wizards – Nene Hilario
With a backcourt set up for the future thanks to John Wall and Bradley Beal, the Washington Wizards have locked up Nene Hilario and Marcin Gortat to be their big men in the paint. The NBA is evolving and it’s rare to see two traditional big men in a starting lineup as many other teams opt to go smaller. Washington performed better when Paul Pierce (now gone) and Otto Porter Jr. were on the court, with Gortat in the front, rather than Nene. Between his age and health issues, Nene has declined and is no longer a starting caliber power forward unless the rest of the lineup is stacked.
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