Al Jefferson and the 10 Most Boring Players in the NBA
The NBA game is, for the most part, a very exciting game. With players like Blake Griffin and LeBron James, the NBA fan expects to be amazed and delighted from game to game. Highlight plays, freak athleticism and last-second miracles are all the types of things that draw the fans to this incredible league.
But, of course, there are those players in the NBA that can be boring to watch. To the average NBA fan who doesn't understand the sport and just wants to be entertained, these following players MAY come across as supremely boring to watch.
But to a diehard NBA fan, the way they play the game can be just as exciting as a LeBron or a Dwyane Wade. For example, I can never get enough of Al Jefferson. He would be boring to a casual fan, but to me his low-post play is a work of art, and I'm dazzled by it while watching the Utah Jazz.
Keep in mind, I'm not saying I think they are boring. I'm simply pointing out players who may come across as boring to the casual NBA fan.
Most of these players have their particular art perfected and know how to get it done night-in and night-out. They just aren't known for their highlights and amazing feats.
Some of the players are on this list because they are boring to watch, others are boring people in general, and others are boring for their lack good play all together. Enjoy the ride.
Tim Duncan is one of the greatest power forwards ever to play the game of basketball. Coming into San Antonio, he was supposed to take over for a legend in David Robinson.
The rookie took the NBA by storm and led San Antonio to their first every NBA championship. The "Twin Towers" duo of Robinson and Duncan was one of the best frontcourt combos to ever play the game.
Led by Gregg Popovich, the Spurs have won four championships since Duncan came to wear the black and silver and could find themselves with another banner at the end of this season.
Duncan's a master in the low post and knows how to effectively use the glass to get the majority of his shots to fall. The guy has a career field goal percentage of 50 percent.
Not only does he score, but he's effective on the defensive end and on the glass. With a career percentage of 11 rebounds and just over 2 blocks, it's safe to say that Duncan is one of the best ever to play.
But, of course, to the casual NBA fan, his style of play may come across as slightly slow and boring. To diehard NBA fans and Spurs lovers, we'll never be able to get enough of Timmy.
Tim is also known for his calm demeanor and avoidance of the spotlight. He's not a diva superstar and remains loyal to the team that made him a star. He may be slightly boring, but he's one of the most respectable guys to ever play this game.
Danny Granger has been in the league for some time and has spent his entire career in Indiana, playing for the Pacers. He's a deadly scorer and an all-around productive small forward who's been a borderline star in this league.
With career averages of 18.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2 assists, Granger can be depended on every night to produce for a young and upcoming Indiana team. His jump shot is almost automatic, but not something NBA fans grow to love watching game after game.
He has the ability to be effective all over the floor, but tends to take more jump shots than anything else. That's obviously not the most exciting thing to watch.
And to people outside NBA circles, the name Danny Granger wouldn't be recognized nine times out of 10.
Granger is an effective and efficient player, but not incredible to watch.
Kevin Love is a freak of nature and will go down as one of the biggest surprises and best power forwards ever to play the game. He rarely misses a rebound and has a Three-Point Champion trophy. He's also a charming personality and a very good interview.
What makes him boring is his lack of highlight plays from night to night. Rarely will you see him getting to the rim and slamming it down hard on a defender.
He's more content posting up or shooting from outside. This isn't to say that he's not capable of slamming it down; he'd just rather show off his much more well-rounded game (take notes, Blake Griffin).
To the casual NBA fan: Boring.
To the diehard Minnesota fan or NBA fan: We can't get enough of it.
One might argue that the entire Jazz team is boring to watch. You would only say that if you don't appreciate good basketball. Utah has always been a fundamentally sound and disciplined team (especially under legend Jerry Sloan) that has a set playing style.
Al Jefferson fits right in with the Utah Jazz system. He's known for being a beast in the low post with incredible footwork and an extremely high field-goal percentage.
From night to night, you can see him taking his time down low, posting up, and throwing up a shot that looks off and having it go in.
He's the most underrated low-post threat in the game and is a huge veteran piece for the up-and-coming Utah Jazz.
Sure, his game isn't flashy and his personality leaves something to be desired, but there's no denying that this guy has loads of talent.
There's just something about Luis Scola that has always thrown me off. I have a hard time sitting through a Houston Rockets game simply for the fact that I cannot stand Luis Scola. I don't know what it is.
Maybe because he's boring?
I don't deny his talent and his ability to produce on the low post, but he just comes across as super old and slow. Not only that, but he looks like a warrior who randomly wandered out of Sparta.
His production has been declining due to his age, but he's still one of the more efficient forwards in the NBA. But he's not one of the most exciting.
Who is Joel Anthony?
Well, my fellow NBA fans, he's formerly the starting center on the Miami Heat, but he still receives consistent minutes on a nightly basis.
These are his averages: 3.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks.
I cannot for the life of me figure out why he is still on an NBA roster.
When I watch Heat games, he appears to do absolutely nothing aside from an occasional block or well-placed screen. Other than that, he appears utterly useless.
There must be some reason he's still on the championship-bound Miami Heat.
Once touted as the next Michael Jordan, Grant Hill's career went downhill quickly after a knee injury, and it has never recovered.
Despite all that, he has been able to last in the league up until now. But he remains one of the league's most boring players simply due to his age, frailty and slowness.
I respect the heck out of the guy, but I don't consider him to a very fun player to watch. He's amazing mainly due to the fact that he's managed to remain relevant for so long. Plus, he's efficient and a tremendous leader on a rebuilding Suns team.
If his injury had never happened, he would have never touched this list.
But the guy is almost 40. Can you blame me for putting him on this list?
The younger Gasol brother has emerged onto the NBA scene and made his first All-Star game this past year. But, for some reason, I have been unable to really get excited about him.
I know it doesn't make sense that I adore similar boring players like Al Jefferson, but can't stand players like Luis Scola or Marc Gasol. Maybe it's a European thing?
He's just hard to watch compared to his older brother, Pau. But he has his game down pat and knows the type of player he is. I will never deny his skill or anything else about him.
But I would rather watch plenty of other players...
Hedo Turkoglu is one of those role players that I'm sure Dwight Howard is desperate to get rid of. Widely inconsistent and somewhat lazy, Turkoglu would be an extremely frustrating personality to deal with.
On top of that, he doesn't show much emotion and his only flashy plays come once in a blue moon in the form of clutch jump shots.
He is on a team in need of offense and he only averages 10 points a game. He didn't work out in Phoenix or Toronto, but found his way back to an Orlando team that is desperate to unload him and his bloated contract.
It bores me just to talk about him. His best days are behind him and not many NBA fans would be happy to see him donning their jersey unless it came at a drastically reduced price.
Every Charlotte Bobcat
There's not really much to say here. A lot of these players would be dynamic and exciting to watch on another team, but as a whole they are a mess and hard to watch. Kemba Walker, Gerald Henderson, and Bismack Biyombo are the lone bright spots on one of the worst basketball teams ever to take the court.
The rest are mix of busts, no-namers, over-hyped, and not-up-to-their-potential type of players. Check out these names: Corey Maggette, Matt Carroll, Eduardo Najera, DJ Augustin, DJ White, etc. Yawn.
The owner, Michael Jordan, was a phenomenal player, but he is a poor owner. This team is a mess and won't be going anywhere in the near future. I don't even know where to start with them.
I'm bored even talking about them...