NBA's 10 Most Overrated Player

Straight Outta V-TownCorrespondent IMarch 5, 2010

CHICAGO - MARCH 01: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls grabs his knee following a collision in the first quarter of a game against the Atlanta Hawks at the United Center on March 1, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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1. Derrick Rose: For all the accolades Rose has been receiving, he clearly doesn't deserve most of them. Rose is not a winner and what he does on the court has very little impact to the final outcome. The Bulls were not a rebuilding team when they drafted him #1 overall. They won 48 in 2007 and made the playoff 3 years in a row from 2005-2007 with Kirk Hinrich starting, yet it took the John Salmons, Brad Miller trade to push them to the 8th seed last season despite having a very deep roster. They fluked out with the lottery in 2008 and only missed the playoff that year due to chemistry problems (Ben Gordon, Luol Deng wanting lucrative extensions.)

The Bulls' play did not improve this year as they continue to languish around .500. Rose averaged 20 points per game, but takes 18 shots to get there. Allen Iverson took 19 shots per game with Denver in 2008 and averaged more than 26 points. Rose is quite possibly the most inefficient scorer in the NBA. His assist number actually went down this year from his rookie year. The selfish ballhog has a shaky jumpshot, no 3 point game, and horrible defense. The fact that he was selected to the all-star game and some so-called analysts saying he should be a starter just because he is Stern's pet project and play in a big market is a joke.

2. Brandon Jennings: Jennings is probably one of the worst starting guards in the NBA. I don't care what else he does on the court. You shouldn't be taking 15 shots per game when you're shooting 36%. Jennings is the model of inefficiency.

3. Rodney Stuckey: Quite possibly the sorriest excuse for a franchise player in the history of the NBA. He's single-handedly responsible for destroying the Pistons. Yet the media always picked the veterans as the scapegoats. Last season, they beat Orlando, Cleveland, and LA in the early going and looked like a darkhorse contender until Stuckey got into the starting lineup. He destroyed an all-star (Rip Hamilton) and a future Hall of famer (Allen Iverson) careers.

This guy shot 40% in his rookie year yet was declared the only untouchable on the roster by Joe Dumars. Since then, he showed no sign of improving. The stats were purely a result of being a ballhog and more playing time.

4. Carmelo Anthony: C-Ant is a choker who disappears in the playoff. He was lucky enough that Andre Miller brought them to the playoff in his rookie year, then Allen Iverson carried the team and now Chauncey Billups is leading the team. With Anthony, the Nuggets lost 4 of 5 to a bunch of lottery teams when Billups was injured. When Anthony was injured, Billups led the Nuggets to a win against the Lakers. Who is more important to the team? Nuff said.

5. Monta Ellis: Ellis is an undersized shooting guard with horrible playmaking ability. He averages 5 assists and 4 turnovers per game. And anybody in the NBA can average 25 points if he takes 22 shots per game.

6. Trevor Ariza: Ariza is a very sorry player. There is a reason that Phil Jackson only played him 24 minutes per game last season (roughly half the game). Houston Rockets somehow think that Ariza is a dead-eye 3 point shooter. However, even during last season's breakout, Ariza shot less than 32% from downtown. He's overpaid and overrated. Any team who start Ariza let alone let him shoot 15 times per game (38% shooting) is destined to miss the postseason.

7. LaMarcus Aldridge: His new contract is a joke. Aldridge is not an all-star caliber player. At year 4, it is likely that he will never become one either. He is extremely soft. His career high in rebound is 8.1 per game this season despite standing at 6'11. He doesn't get to the free throw line and he rarely blocks shots.

8. Kevin Durant: Durant is getting a lot of hype because the NBA is trying to market him as a replacement of Kobe Bryant as the future rival of LeBron James. He has horrible playmaking skills and is very turnover prone (3.6 turnover per game) despite not being the primary ballhandler on his own team. He also doesn't play a lick of defense. If Corey Maggette takes as many shots as he does, he would be just as good.

9. Hedo Turkoglu: He had one good season in his 10 year career. The rest of the time he has been a role player who shoots at a low percentage and does a bit of everything, but nothing particularly well. After a down season in 2009, I was surprised he got paid.

10. Rajon Rondo: Rondo can't shoot to save his life. Without the Big 3 opening up scoring opportunities for him, he would be shooting less than 40% with the Nets or Minny. Hell, he can't even hit his free throws.

Dishonorable mention: Joe Johnson (very inconsistent. a slightly better version of Jason Richardson. superstar my ass), Ben Gordon (one dimensional, streaky), Chris Bosh (the epitome of piling up pointless stats with no playoff resume whatsoever. doesn't play with passion or heart. have no winning drive. best suited as a #2 option a la Pau Gasol), Luol Deng (his contract is a joke), Devin Harris (Harris proves that he blows now that Vinsanity is gone. The Mavs won on the Kidd-Harris trade.), Andre Iguodala, Yi Jianlian (quite possibly one of the worst players in the NBA. The only reason he's still starting is because he's Chinese.), Mo Williams (spot up shooter. all-star game selection last year was an insult to the game.), Rudy Gay (Kenyon Martin has more assists than he does. ballhog), Marvin Williams, OJ Mayo (see Rudy Gay), Anderson Varejao, Al Jefferson (career loser. the epitome of piling up pointless stats), Roy Hibbert, Mario Chalmers, Lamar Odom, Danilo Gallinari, Mike Conley, David West (a slightly better version of Aldridge), Al Horford (all-star? Gimme a break.), Raymond Felton (I don't understand why he still has a starting job.), Jerryd Bayless, Andrew Bynum, Greg Oden, J.R. Smith, Corey Brewer, Blake Griffin, Stephen Curry, Kevin Love (already benched), Jonny Flynn (horrible playmaking ability), Thaddeus Young, Derek Fisher, Courtney Lee, Jameer Nelson, Chris Duhon (what did the Knicks see in him anyway?), Deron Williams (stacked roster + hall of fame coach, yet never made Jazz a legitimate contender), and entire Lakers bench.