The biggest group of anti-superstars ever assembled were haphazardly thrown together one fateful season five years ago. The group was led by the only coach to ever win an NBA championship and NCAA championship, and a general manager who is considered one of the best five point guards to ever play the game.
Nine members of that team were chosen in the top 18 of an NBA draft. Seven were lottery picks, six were picked in the top eight and four were taken in the top four. The payroll was $124 million.
This team was the 2005-06 New York Knicks. They finished 23-59.
No NBA team has ever seen so much on-paper potential turn out to be such a catastrophic disaster, because no NBA team has ever had such a large collection of anti-superstars.
The anti-superstar, as that team masterfully demonstrated, is a player who has the look, talent and salary of a superstar and has achieved some sort of personal success professionally. Despite the success, the player does not play up to his superstar potential due to a variety of on and off-court excuses, not including injury. Can you really fault Yao for his body fighting against him? No. Can you really fault Vince Carter for not trying in his last season in Toronto? Of course.
Here are the NBA's 10 biggest anti-superstars in alphabetical order.