Building the NBA's All-Overrated Team at Midseason Point

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Building the NBA's All-Overrated Team at Midseason Point
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Uh, oh. We're dealing with the dreaded "overrated" tag, and fans of the players on the All-Overrated Team aren't exactly going to be happy. 

No one likes hearing that their favorite players aren't as excellent as their reputations would lead people to believe, but that's unfortunately the case in a lot of situations. 

Misleading stats, like points per game, can steer NBA fans in the wrong direction, and an aggressive or flashy style of play can do the same. When a player thrived in the past or displayed signs of lofty potential, they can easily become overrated if they fail to live up to those expectations. 

And that's what this is all about: A failure to meet expectations. 

Calling a player overrated is not akin to saying he's not any good.

If the world suddenly decided that LeBron James is unquestionably a league above Michael Jordan in any set of historical rankings, then LeBron would be overrated, even though he'd still be the best player in the Association. The same theory applies to many of these players, just not quite to that extreme. 

Cross your fingers and hope your favorite guys didn't end up on the midseason version of the 2013-14 All-Overrated Team. 


Note: All stats, unless otherwise indicated, are current as of Jan. 21 and come from Basketball-Reference

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