All-NBA Underrated/Overrated

Tyler DickinsonContributor IFebruary 12, 2009

Since the All-Star Game is just about here, I figured I would hand out my awards for the All-Overrated/Underrated team. We'll start with the Overrated team.

C: Yao; He's 7'6" and he can't even average a double-double, but will make the All-Star game every year because of Chinese voters. He only averages about two blocks a game despite his length and he is incredibly slow.

If you ask me, he is a shooting guard trapped in a Center's body, but then again he probably wouldn't be as good of shooter with people in his face. There is also the fact that Nate Robinson has blocked one of his shots, which should have automatically made him retire.

PF: Al Jefferson; Jefferson is just one of those players on a team where SOMEBODY has to score. He is incredibly slow, can barely dunk, not the greatest free throw shooter, and plays horrible defense.

He only averages over 10 rebounds because Minnesota is that bad at shooting and he gets plenty of chances to grab one. I will admit that his post game is fairly good inside five feet, but outside that he's not a threat at all.

SF: T-Mac; I actually like T-Mac, but I have to admit that he is overrated. He does score a lot, but that is mainly because he takes a lot of shots, and he doesn't shoot that great of percentage. There is always the question of whether he's going to play or not, too. He's not even 30 yet and acts like he's 50. His back or knee or something is always acting up.

SG: Manu Ginobili; There is no way I could leave a Spur off of this list. He prides himself on not starting and is wildly inconsistent. Probably could have found someone better to put instead of him, but I just don't like the Spurs one bit and needed to have someone.

PG: Stephon Marbury; Could have been a lot better of a player if he didn't demand KG-type money and left Minnesota. He has never really been as good of player since he left, and there is also the fact that he hasn't played in a solid two years despite being perfectly healthy. If you can't play on the Knicks you can't be too good.


And the Underrated Team.

C: Emeka Okafor; He has averaged a double-double every season that he has been in the league and has increased his FG percentage every year (.582 this season). Despite being an undersized center, he averages nearly two blocks per game throughout his career. One of his flaws is his free throw shooting; while he is not quite as bad as Shaq, he is still bad.

PF: Paul Millsap; Doesn't quite average a double-double, but has stepped his game up ever since Boozer got hurt. He is also an undersized power forward; he is only 6'8", but he still gets a good amount of points in the paint and boards.

SF: Caron Butler; You could make the case that he only gets stats because of the team he is on, but I think he is a solid player. He does a little bit of everything and is one of the better defenders. Not the greatest three-point shooter, but he has a good mid-range and inside game.

SG: J.R Smith; He comes off the bench for the Nuggets and is instant offense. Not really known for his defense, but is always looking to jump a pass and take it coast to coast. He's also one of the better three-point shooters in the league. He averages nearly 14 points a game despite being the sixth man. If he got a chance in the starting lineup on another team I think he could average over 20 points a game.

PG: Joe Johnson; Take Joe Johnson away from the Hawks and they are back to the lottery days. One of the main reasons that the Hawks ALMOST took the champs out last year. He plays all three perimeter positions, so he is a very versatile player. Averages over 20 points a game and around six assists.

Honorable Mention: Rodney Stuckey, David West, Jeff Green, Mario Chalmers, LaMarcus Aldridge, Lamar Odom, and Stephen Jackson