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Top 15 Terrible NBA Players That Legends Made Better

Superstars and legendary talent are more important in the NBA than any other sport. You don’t need a superstar in the NFL or MLB to win if you have the best depth at each position. NBA Championship teams generally need at least one potential Hall of Famer and another one or two All-Star caliber players to win it all. The teams to win rings with the least star power in the modern era still needed all-stars and future Hall of Famers. The 2004 Detroit Pistons are looked at as a team that didn’t need the superstar to win but Chauncey Billups is going to enter the Hall of Fame one day and they had an all-star caliber talent at each position.

It’s become an even bigger point of emphasis if a team even wants to contend in the playoffs these days. The best teams all have multiple stars and they lead the way to the franchise’s success. With elite talent controlling the league, it often leads to lesser talent getting carried to wins. The history of the NBA has seen many marginal talents get to achieve success due to being surrounded by great players around them. Most NBA Championship teams and dynasties have at least one or two stories of a player that benefited from the stars pulling the heavy lifting.

This list will give a deeper insight into some of the situations that would see a player look decent on a team with legends leading the way. The player was not the most talented and was unable to achieve success for most of his NBA career but he was put in a position by the legends and all-stars to contribute to the wins. Most of the examples come from teams to win the NBA Championship as the best legends and teams tend to get the weak players on point in title seasons. Without further ado, these are the fifteen terrible NBA players that legends made look competent.

15 John Salley 

via bleacherreport.com

14 Aaron McKie 

via sportslater.com

13 Samaki Walker 

via lakernation.com

12 Daniel Gibson 

via cleveland.com

11 Mario Elie 

via sportsdouchebags.com

10 Eddie House 

via zimbio.com

9 Rasho Nesterovic 

via bleacherreport.com

8 Devean George 

via startribune.com

7 Udonis Haslem 

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

6 Sasha Pavlovic 

via reuters.com

5 Kendrick Perkins 

via zimbio.com

4 Bruce Bowen 

via nba.com

3 Mario Chalmers 

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

2 Luc Longley 

via siol.net

1 Rick Fox 

via lakerholicz.com

Many still view Rick Fox as a good player but he took advantage of a great situation to make himself look better than he was. Fox spent the early portion of his career putting up hollow numbers on bad Boston Celtics teams before coming to the Los Angeles Lakers. Fox started at small forward for the Lakers during most of the Shaq and Kobe years and it saved his career. All Fox had to do was hit wide open three-pointers and he was treated like a hero. His defense is credited for being better than it was, especially since the league had very few good offensive small forwards at the time. Fox lived an easy life as a starter on a NBA Championship team and he went home to a supermodel wife. Some people have all the luck.

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