Overpaid. Overrated. Underachieving. These are all words that get thrown out to describe certain NBA stars, but why? What classifies a player as overrated?
Well for starters, if a star is to be considered overrated, he must at first be a star. Being a star in the NBA means more than other sports. The individual is so glorified in the NBA that stars become household names even among casual and non-NBA fans. Everyone on the planet knows the names LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.
Along with this level of notoriety, there must be some monetary discrepancy. Teams are forced to overpay for stars, but when you are overpaying an already overrated star, then you run into issues.
I want to emphasize that these are players who have a certain status or cache in the league, yet have largely won nothing. They are all stars, so they are great players Yet, for what they have brought to teams, their stature is misleading.