10 Players Who Are Only Good Because They're on Bad NBA Teams
There are plenty of players in the NBA who are averaging more points, rebounds, assists, you name it, than they should be. Just by looking at certain players' skill set, there is no way that they could be putting up the kind of numbers that they do.
Could this be a case of only being good because they are on bad teams?
Of course it could be.
So, read on to see 10 players who are only good because they are on bad teams.
DeMar DeRozan, Toronto
DeMar DeRozan's 16.7 points per game was pretty impressive this season, but his points per game was only that high because of the fact that he played for the Toronto Raptors.
Even so, don't let this 16.7 points per game fool you, because that is the only statistic that DeRozan was good in. He only averaged two assists per game, which I guess is understandable because he is a shooting guard, and he only averaged 3.3 rebounds per game, which is kind of pathetic, considering he is 6'7''.
The problem with DeRozan is he is an absolute ball hog. Put the entire opposing team on him and he may pass the ball—but that is only a maybe.
You can't forget the fact that DeRozan is very absent-minded on the defensive side of the ball. He rarely goes his hardest on defense, and he is easily beaten off the dribble because of this.
Kris Humphries, Brooklyn
Kris Humphries rebounded pretty well from one of the most infamous celebrity marriages of all time, averaging 13.8 points per game and 11 rebounds per game. Both were career highs.
That is great and all, but the Nets had 12 players on its team who averaged more than 20 minutes per game and five other players who averaged more than 13 minutes per game.
That is not because the Nets are a well-rounded team. It is because the Nets are lousy and no one other than Deron Williams really deserved more playing time over the other.
Humphries is known to force shots, not pass the ball and be a poor defender.
Rodney Stuckey, Detroit
Rodney Stuckey is a 6'5'' point guard, who is a poor shooter and can't finish at the rim. You would think that he would be able to do at least one of those things.
Stuckey averaged 14.8 points per game because he is on the Detroit Pistons, who are obviously not the best team in the league.
Keep in mind that he only put up 3.8 assists per game this past season.
14.8 points per game may sound good, but someone had to score for the Pistons, and I guess that someone was Rodney Stuckey.
Jordan Crawford, Washington
Jordan Crawford may have averaged 14.7 points per game this season, but that is because the ball was practically glued to his hands, when it came to passing that is.
Some of Crawford's shots probably left his teammates just scratching their heads. That is how bad his shot selection was at times.
Crawford shot 40 percent from the field and 28.9 percent from behind the arc. That does not sound too impressive for a professional basketball player.
It is no wonder why the Washington Wizards were so bad this year.
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento
DeMarcus Cousins put up 18.1 points per game and 11 rebounds per game for the Sacramento Kings this season.
However, Cousins has terrible shot selection, poor conditioning skills, an attitude problem that no one can fix, is a bad passer and he plays poor defense.
If Cousins was on a team other than Sacramento, he would not put up the numbers that he does. He would most likely be benched for that matter.
Shannon Brown, Phoenix Suns
Shannon Brown finally averaged 10-plus points per game this past season, with 11 per game.
Brown may be a highlight reel in the making, when it comes to his dunks, but that is really the only above average aspect about him.
He isn't the best ball-handler in the world and his shot doesn't exactly go in as much as it should, which is a huge issue, since Brown is a shooting guard.
Tyreke Evans, Sacramento
Tyreke Evans had an amazing rookie season and has been on a decline ever since then.
Evans' numbers from behind the arc are hard to even look at. He is only making 25.5 percent of his three-pointers in his career so far.
He also plays way too much one-on-one ball, which his teammates probably love.
The worst part is that Evans does not get back on defense, and when he does, he seems to lose interest altogether at times.
Evans obviously has talent, but there is no way that he would be averaging 18.2 points per game if he played for a better team.
Nikola Pekovic, Minnesota
Nikola Pekovic may put up 13.9 points per game and 7.4 rebounds per game, but he does play for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Pekovic would be more fit for the NHL because he fouls way too much. Being physical is one thing, but committing a foul every five seconds is another.
He is obviously a big boy at 6'11'', but his ball-handling skills are nonexistent, he has no mobility whatsoever and he rebounds the ball at a low rate on defense.
Michael Beasley, Minnesota
Michael Beasley is one of the most overrated basketball players in the NBA.
He does not have good decision making, shoots way too much, even though he is 6'10'' he is not a good defender, and plays hard maybe half of the time.
Beasley may put up a decent amount of points per game, but that is all he does. Oh well, at least he is on a bad team, so he can pretend to shine.
Corey Maggette, Charlotte
The Charlotte Bobcats are getting the first pick in the upcoming draft for a reason. They are absolutely terrible.
Corey Maggette may look good putting up 15 points per game on the Bobcats, but just remember that they are the worst team in the league.
Maggette could be one of the best passers in the NBA, but we will never know because he never passes the ball. Not to mention, he is not a great outside shooter, averaging 32.5 percent in his career in threes.
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