Every year the NBA has about five or six players that come out of college or from overseas that are extremely overhyped or overrated.
This misestimation could spawn from gaudy college playing systems that bolster their stats (see Adam Morrison), or players that just underachieved and are riding on their potential alone (i.e., Darko Milicic).
Let's take at five players that are currently receiving way too much credit for either of the above mentioned reasons:
- B.J. "Overhyped" Mullens - Mullens is the most overhyped player in the last decade. He has done absolutely nothing to prove he is NBA-ready. His height of 7'0" is the only thing that is saving his stock, but as we know, height doesn't mean a thing if you don't have skill. Per-game averages of 8.9 points and 4.7 rebounds aren't going to cut it, even at the college level. The truth of the matter is that no matter how you feel about Mullens, he's at best a late second-round prospect, though he's graded as a mid-first.
- Jrue Holiday - Just like Mullens, Holiday played terribly at the college level. What more can you expect at the pro level? He should have returned to school. With a solid year, he could have competed for a top-three overall selection instead of a mid-first round pick.
- Ricky Rubio - Rubio has done nothing to prove that he can play in the NBA. He has a very limited jump shot, and that's being nice. He has very questionable athleticism, yet people still ride his bandwagon because he makes a great story. I believe that he will be a major bust, though in the right system he might could prove me wrong.
- DeMar DeRozen - Like Mullens and Holiday, Rozan is a major prospect whose draft stock is riding on his high ceiling. He has all the potential in the world, but like Holiday and Mullens, he should have returned to school. His talent is exaggerated, just not as bad as Holiday's and Mullens'.
- Dionte Christmas - People may ask what is a second-round prospect doing on this list, but I'm pretty sure some team will see his gaudy numbers and will waste a selection on a player that is a product of Temple's system. Christmas is straight-up unathletic, and his style of play reminds me a lot of Adam Morrison a couple of years ago. He was all Temple had, so he had to generate a lot of the scoring. Don't get me wrong; I love the kid and believe he has the possibility to be a great steal, but teams should be wary.
Of course, by contrast, there are always prospects that people hate on for what seems to be no real good reason. They seem to just try to find flaws in them, but these players frequently surprise. Here are four underrated guys:
- Gani Lawal - This guy produced very good numbers in college and has great physical tools. People just seem to not like his style of play. I believe that Lawal should have returned to school for another year, as that would have made him a lock for the lottery.
- Sam Young - Young is probably one of the best prospects in this year's draft. While players like Mullens and Holiday have seemed to underachieve, Young seems to always overachieve. All he has done is produce. If he was younger, he would be an early lottery pick. Since he is 24, though, he drops to the late first round. I would rather have solid gameplay right away than a high ceiling like Mullens' or Holiday's.
- Stephen Curry - Curry was the nation's leading scorer. He carried his team to the Elite Eight a year ago and has an NBA pedigree, yet people almost seem to want to make this guy fail. I believe that he will be a beast at the next level. Against elite competition in college, he still produced; why would he change now?
- Jordan Hill - Some may ask why a player that might even come off the board at No. 4 is on the "underrated" list. It seems that everyone wants to compare him to Blake Griffin. These two are the clear-cut fours in this year's draft, but people seem to like Griffin more, so to make Griffin seem better, they bash Hill. If I were the Kings at No. 4, I would love to have Hill. he has a great 12 to 14-foot jump shot and great height.
Author's note: These are just my personal opinions. Feel free to comment. Any of these players could end up successful or terrible, this is just what I think.