Blake Griffin and the NBA's 6 Most Overrated Big Men
The NBA has evolved into a point guard league over the past few years, and the big men are becoming a lost art in the league. Those who are true, fundamental big men tend to have success on any given night, while others struggle to stay on the floor.
The cost of a good big man these days is becoming higher and higher. Indiana proved that this summer when it paid top dollar to keep center Roy Hibbert.
We all know who the great big men are: Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum, Tim Duncan, Hibbert, Pau Gasol, Amar'e Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler, etc. There are other guys who get a lot of hype, too, but perhaps just a little too much.
These six guys are not on the top level of big men in the league and tend to be highly overrated in my book.
Marcin Gortat, Phoenix Suns
Losing a teammate such as Steve Nash hurts anybody's value, but especially that of Gortat. Not only was he spoon-fed by Nash but even his serviceable days in Orlando were due in large part to the perimeter shooting of the other four guys on the floor.
Gortat was never seen as a really good big man, but to say he is even a quality starter in the league is far-fetched.
Glen Davis, Orlando Magic
Take away the goofy nickname, the pee-wee antics and the little-boy attitude, and what are you left with?
Davis may be entertaining to watch, and he does have a decent 12-foot jumper, but is he anything special?
Orlando is about to find out, as it embarks on a cloudy season with Davis as the Magic's main big man on the roster.
I think we may have already seen the best Davis has to offer, which isn't really much.
Kendrick Perkins, Oklahoma City Thunder
If Kendrick Perkins saw this list, he probably would have a dark scowl on his face.
Actually, has anyone ever seen this guy without a scowl?
Looking at his game, though, Perkins looked solid at times last year, getting more physically fit. He's always been a good defender, too.
I have yet to see him do anything great, though, in Boston or Oklahoma City. Perkins always has been a role player on a team surrounded by elite players, so to say he's anything more than an average center in this league is preposterous.
Carlos Boozer, Chicago Bulls
Every time Boozer gets a rebound, he will let you know about it.
Thankfully we don't have to hear it that often.
The fact is, Boozer has always been a terrible defender, and when his 10-foot jumper isn't falling, what else does he bring to the table?
Sometimes I think he is more of a liability than an asset. The Bulls should feel more comfortable with Taj Gibson on the floor.
Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers
Every list has one that will get the fans' blood boiling. I feel this is that one.
Yes, we know Blake Griffin can dunk,—and he's arguably the best in the league at that—but until it becomes worth more than two points, it might as well be a layup.
Until he decides to incorporate a jump shot, defense or something into his arsenal, I just don't see what all the hype is about.
Make Griffin shoot a jump shot and play defense in the post—that's how you beat the Clippers.
Ryan Anderson, New Orleans Hornets
Anderson was in the perfect system in Orlando with Dwight in the middle. This allowed him to get open on the three-point line and gave the Magic a deadly shooting weapon.
Now that Anderson is in New Orleans, is he still going to be the same level of player? Teams will look to make him play defense inside and take away his three-point shot, thus making him almost irrelevant.