NBA Free Agency 2013: Overhyped Talent Destined to Disappoint New Team

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIJuly 1, 2013

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There are plenty of big names in free agency this offseason, but there are a few players that will be big disappointments after receiving new deals.

The free-agent market is filled with news about Chris Paul and Dwight Howard, but there are other people becoming free agents that teams will be looking at.

While a lot of players will probably come in and make a positive impact on their teams, there are a couple of players that are overhyped and will be big disappointments on their new squads; here are a few of those names.


J.R. Smith

According to a report by USA Today, J.R. Smith declined his option with the New York Knicks and will become a free agent.

As much as everyone wants to think that Smith will become the next superstar with his new team, there are some warning signs to worry about.

Last season’s Sixth Man of the Year will likely be calling for a big deal after opting out of a deal that would have given him only $2.9 million next year.

Smith will likely be getting superstar money, but this past postseason suggests he isn’t a true superstar.  In the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Pacers, Smith only shot 28.9 percent from the field.

Is Smith a star player?  Absolutely.  Will he live up to his likely big contract?  Probably not.  He will be overpaid for his services and probably won’t join that top tier of players in the NBA.


Monta Ellis

There’s no doubt about it that Monta Ellis is a scorer, but he is likely going to overpaid due to his ability to score.

Ellis scored 19.2 points per game last season, but he also shot 41.6 percent from the field, his worst mark since his rookie season.  He also took an average of 17.5 shots per game.  Regardless of whether or not Ellis is playing well, he’s going to take shots.  If he’s hot, it’ll be fine, but if he’s cold, he’ll be a major liability for his team.

An inconsistent shooter can be a major problem for a team when they rely upon him as the go-to scorer on a big deal.  If he does get a big deal and there’s not another scorer on the team, then Ellis could hurt his new team.


O.J. Mayo

It seems like every year is supposed to be the year that O.J. Mayo breaks out and becomes a star in the NBA, but it hasn’t happened yet, and it won’t with a new team and a big contract to live up to.

During his career in the NBA, Mayo has averaged only 15.2 points per game on 43.6 percent shooting.  While these numbers aren’t bad, they certainly aren’t what people were expecting back when this guy was one of the biggest high school recruits of all time.

It’ll be hard for him to live up to another big deal, but he can be a good player in this league.  If he can play behind an efficient star player, then he will be a solid contributor.  However, he will likely go to a team that needs a scorer, and it will hurt his chances at flourishing in this league.