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The Most Overrated Player On Every NBA Team

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 

Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

29 Boston Celtics – David Lee 

David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

28 Brooklyn Nets – Joe Johnson 

Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

27 Charlotte Hornets – Nicolas Batum 

Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

26 Chicago Bulls – Joakim Noah 

Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

25 Cleveland Cavaliers – Kevin Love 

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

24 Dallas Mavericks – Deron Williams 

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

23 Denver Nuggets - Danilo Gallinari 

Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

22 Detroit Pistons – Reggie Jackson 

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

21 Golden State Warriors – Draymond Green 

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

20 Houston Rockets – Dwight Howard 

Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

19 Indiana Pacers – Monta Ellis 

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

18 Los Angeles Clippers – DeAndre Jordan 

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

17 Los Angeles Lakers – Kobe Bryant 

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

16 Memphis Grizzlies – Jeff Green 

Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

15 Miami Heat – Dwyane Wade 

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

14 Milwaukee Bucks – Michael Carter-Williams 

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

13 Minnesota Timberwolves – Ricky Rubio 

Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

12 New Orleans Pelicans – Eric Gordon 

Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

11 New York Knicks – Carmelo Anthony 

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

10 Oklahoma City Thunder – Enes Kanter 

Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

9 Orlando Magic – Nikola Vucevic 

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

8 Philadelphia 76ers – Nerlens Noel 

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

7 Phoenix Suns – Eric Bledsoe 

Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

6 Portland Trail Blazers – Mason Plumlee 

Godofredo Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

5 Sacramento Kings – Rajon Rondo 

Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

4 San Antonio Spurs – Tony Parker 

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

3 Toronto Raptors – DeMar DeRozan 

John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

2 Utah Jazz – Trey Burke 

Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

1 Washington Wizards – Nene Hilario 

Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

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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