NBA's Worst Starters at Each Position

Brendan BowersContributor IISeptember 4, 2013

NBA's Worst Starters at Each Position

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    The NBA's worst starters at each position include a collection of role players who happen to be their team's best option for the starting five.

    To qualify for consideration on this list, a player had to start at least 30 games during the 2012-13 campaign while also projecting as a likely starter again in 2013-14.

    None of the players on this list averaged double-figure points, rebounds or assists last season despite the respective minutes they earned.

    Each of the league's worst starters also finished outside the top 40 in terms of player efficiency rating at their position. 

Point Guard: Mario Chalmers, Miami Heat

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    2012-13 Starts: 77
    Points Per Game: 8.6
    Assists Per Game: 3.5

    Mario Chalmers has won two NBA championships as the starting point guard for the Miami Heat.

    He could very well be on his way to a third in 2013-14 and has no reason to apologize for starting every game that he's played over the last two seasons. 

    Despite that, though, Chalmers' individual production ranks at the bottom of all projected starters in the league at his position. 

    The 8.6 points that Chalmers averaged last year slotted him 29th overall in scoring among point guards. He also finished the '12-13 campaign ranked 33rd in assists at his position with 3.5 and 49th among point guards with a player efficiency rating of 13.29.

    This has all combined to help Chalmers get yelled at by his teammates more than anyone else in recent memory amidst the winning he's been a part of.

Shooting Guard: Courtney Lee, Boston Celtics

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    2012-13 Starts: 39
    Points Per Game: 7.8
    Rebounds Per Game: 2.4


    Whoever actually emerges as the consistent starter at shooting guard for the Philadelphia 76ers this season has a good opportunity to become the worst starter at this position. 

    With Jason Richardson possibly out for the season, according to Philly.com's Bob Cooney, however, that projected starter for Philadelphia isn't clear right now. 

    The starting five for Brad Stevens and the Boston Celtics certainly isn't etched in stone at the moment, either, but it appears likely that Courtney Lee could eventually win the job. 

    Ray Allen is a season removed from his days in Boston, and Paul Pierce and Jason Terry are now members of the Brooklyn Nets. With Jeff Green starting on the opposite wing, Lee could eventually win out over Avery Bradley, who may be best suited coming off the bench to back up both guard spots. 

    Last season, however, Lee made 39 starts in 78 appearances for the Celtics and ranked 30th among all qualified shooting guards in scoring at 7.8 points per game.

    He also finished 47th at his position with a player efficiency rating of 11.71. 

    So while Lee may be the best option as a starter for Stevens and the Celtics, he will still unfortunately rank as the worst at his position if he wins the job.

Small Forward: Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Sacramento Kings

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    2012-13 Starts: 45
    Points: 6.7
    Rebounds: 4.4

    Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is a valuable defender and energy player. There isn't an NBA rotation where he wouldn't earn minutes with the toughness he brings to the defensive end of the floor. 

    While making 232 starts for his career, however, Mbah a Moute has only averaged 6.9 points and 5.3 rebounds.

    As a member of the Milwaukee Bucks last season, he finished below his career average in each category with 6.7 points and 4.4 rebounds while starting 45 of the 58 games in which he appeared. 

    The Sacramento Kings have since traded for Mbah a Moute this summer in hopes that he become the team's starter at small forward. 

    While I expect him to eventually win the job, Mbah a Moute's offensive production will also make him the worst starter at a position that features some of the league's biggest stars in LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant.

Power Forward: Markieff Morris, Phoenix Suns

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    2012-13 Starts: 32
    Points: 8.2
    Rebounds: 4.8


    Markieff Morris is a solid young player who could make major strides during his third season with the Phoenix Suns.

    Based off his production last season, howeverwhile starting 32 of the 82 games he playedMorris could also become the worst starter at power forward in the league.

    While posting a player efficiency rating of 12.66 in 2012-13, Morris ranked 53rd among all qualified power forwards.

    He finished 24th in scoring with an average of 8.2 per night while also ranking 27th at his position in rebounds with 4.8. 

    For the rebuilding Suns, he could be his team's best option over his brother, Marcus, along with Channing Frye, who will be returning from injury. Unless Morris is able to improve his production dramatically, though, he may not prove to be the long-term answer as the starter in Phoenix. 

Center: Kendrick Perkins, Oklahoma City Thunder

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    2012-13 Starts: 78
    Points Per Game: 4.2
    Rebounds Per Game: 6.0


    Kendrick Perkins provides a valuable presence in the Oklahoma City Thunder locker room. He is an NBA veteran who learned how to win as a team player alongside Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett as a member of the Boston Celtics. He's also brought that knowledge with him to Oklahoma City. 

    At this stage in his career, however, Perkins should really not be an NBA starter.

    During the 2012-13 campaign, Perkins ranked 27th in scoring among all centers at 4.2 points per game. He also ranked 19th at his position in rebounding by collecting only six on a nightly basis.

    While he does bring an aggressive attitude and toughness to the court, Perkins is no longer the defender he once was for the Celtics. He averaged two blocks per game in 2008-09, for example, and only managed an average of 1.1 last season. 

    Perkins' player efficiency rating of 8.20 last year ranked 54th among all centers too. That's last among all qualified players at his position.