The 5 Most Overrated L.A. Lakers of All Time

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The 5 Most Overrated L.A. Lakers of All Time
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The Lakers may be one of the most successful sports franchises in history but it doesn't mean they haven't had their fair share of mediocrity. 

For every Earvin "Magic" Johnson or Kobe "Bean" Bryant, there are a dozen players who we'll never remember or will remember for all the wrong reasons.

We may even reminisce about a particular player who, in reality, was as overrated as a Black Sabbath concert.  The Lakers have taken a chance on a number of highly-touted athletes who ended up being nothing more than an enormous paycheck and an even bigger headache.

Hey, you know who you are.

To be truly overrated takes some doing.  A bench splinter who only sees a few minutes of action per game does not qualify.  The expectations for such a player are too low. 

Honorable mention might go to some, such as Javaris Crittenton.  The former first-round pick (2007) never panned out in Los Angeles and was traded midway through his first year in the famous deal that brought Pau Gasol to the Lakers.

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, to "overrate" is "to rate, value, or estimate too highly" as in  "overrates his importance to the team" .

The Lakers may not like to admit they made a huge mistake on drafting someone in the first round or trading assets and high picks for another who turned out to be big bust.  So we will do it for them.

We are bound to miss some notable who didn't pan out.  And I am sure you will let us know who that was. 

For those of you who think the Black Mamba should be on that list, I look forward to hearing from you—but you won't find him on mine.

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