NBA Free Agents 2013: Talented Players Who Won't Live Up to the Hype

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistJuly 3, 2013

Dec 12, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Andrew Bynum (33) prior to the game against the Chicago Bulls at the Wells Fargo Center. The Bulls defeated the Sixers 96-89. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

As the 2013 NBA offseason continues, the expectations on this year’s class of free agents are through the roof.

While each of the following players has an immense amount of talent, there is little doubt that the pressure put on each will be too much and these stars will falter under the pressure.


Andrew Bynum, Center

While former Philadelphia 76ers center Andrew Bynum has all the physical tools to be one of the best centers in the NBA, the team that eventually signs him will overpay for a player that underperforms.

Bynum was an utter disappointment for the 76ers because the big man never even suited up while dealing with nagging knee injuries. The franchise was dependent on Bynum’s health and was punished for its blind confidence.

That will once again happen to another team.

One of the teams going all in on the Dwight Howard sweepstakes will fail in its conquest. With no center and enough cap room to make a significant move, a team like the Dallas Mavericks or Houston Rockets could be willing to make a deal with Bynum.


J.R. Smith, Shooting Guard

While there are plenty of teams looking for a shooting guard that can provide secondary scoring off the bench, those franchises must consider options besides former New York Knicks star J.R. Smith.

Smith is one of the streakiest shooters in the NBA—amassing a .422 field-goal percentage and .356 three-point percentage in 2012-13—and can hurt a team as much as he helps it with his poor shot selection and game management.

There is no doubt that a team desperate for a scoring guard that can hit big shots will make a big investment in Smith, but if a franchise depends on Smith to be anything but a role scorer, it will be a costly mistake.


Monta Ellis, Shooting Guard

The teams looking for players like Smith via free agency will also look into the services of former Milwaukee Bucks shooting guard Monta Ellis.

Like Smith, Ellis is a shooting machine that doesn’t worry about the situation before jacking up ill-advised shots. While there is no denying the talent Ellis possesses, his .416 shooting percentage and .287 three-point percentage last season indicate an erratic shooter.

The fast-paced nature of the NBA lends itself to a roster full of players that can get the ball in the basket at the quickest rate possible, and while Ellis will never be the most consistent player on a team, there will be at least one franchise that deems the veteran worthy of a high-dollar contract.


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