NBA Power Rankings: Jeff Van Gundy and the 15 Worst Announcers of All Time

Joseph FafinskiCorrespondent IMay 11, 2011

NBA Power Rankings: Jeff Van Gundy and the 15 Worst Announcers of All Time

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    The NBA is full of insightful announcers, whether they be guys who love and admire the game, or guys who used to be a part of the game's history themselves.

    But there is a bad side of the commentators. Many are questionable in their abilities and they often leave fans scratching their heads, wondering how they got a job and if they should just leave the podium for good.

    With that in mind, here are the 15 most pain-inflicting announcers to listen to in the NBA's history.

Honorable Mention: Brian Collins

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    I'm sorry guys, I just had to.

    I know he's not technically announcing a game, but this displays he has absolutely no knowledge of the game of basketball and therefore should not be calling the highlights.

    Oh wait, he does know that Reggie Miller looks good.

15. Austin Carr

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    In the video on the left, Austin Carr seems to point out everything wrong with Dwight Howard.

    I'll do the honors here: Austin Carr, you are a terrible commentator.

14. Bill Land

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    A classic example of a homer, Bill Land takes the 14th spot for his commentating on the San Antonio Spurs.

    Land often makes note of the 12 guys on the Spurs, and hardly makes even a mention of the other teams.

    And superstars? Well, obviously they only play for the Spurs!

13. John Havlicek

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    ...

    And that's about all John Havlicek would say during a game he broadcasted.

12. Charles Barkley

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    Let me get one thing straight: Charles Barkley is a hilarious man. I love watching his broadcasts for the main reason that we had no idea what we were going to get next.

    That being said, the video to the left is a reason why he can be considered one of the "worst". He goes way off track sometimes, and doesn't come back until another commentator reels him in.

    Barkley could fill an entire book with his hilarious quotes and wrongdoings as an announcer.

11. Doug Collins

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    Doug Collins did some commentating for NBC in the late 90s and early 2000s.

    He most notably helped call the 1998 Finals with Isiah Thomas and Bob Costas.

    Too many times in his broadcasts would Collins refer to his playing days or to those of whoever he was calling the game with. Isiah was a main target that season.

10. Neil Funk

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    Neil Funk is awkward, and he doesn't seem to care too much about what he says.

    In the 46-second video above, he and Stacey King call Kwame Brown a "T-Rex" and states that "you don't even have to guard him."

    Seriously, guys? Talk about weird commentating.

9. Reggie Miller

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    Since Marv Albert and Steve Kerr were such a good broadcast team, it was hard to gauge where Reggie Miller would fit in when he joined TNT a couple years ago.

    Needless to say, he hasn't found his niche in the booth yet. He is far too awkward and doesn't provide the insight that Kerr does.

8. Rick Barry

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    Rick Barry was a great basketball player but a horrible announcer. He spoke way too fast, he had too many awkward moments, and let's face it-- he wasn't a well-liked player or announcer.

    And yet, he covered the NBA Finals. Start watching at 2:08 of the video to see what I'm talking about.

7. Bill Walton

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    Well, Boris Diaw apparently reminds Bill Walton of romanticism.

    The best part is that Diaw isn't even one of the best players in the league.

    I mean, it'd be different if he were waxing poetically about Kobe or LeBron, but Boris Diaw? Bill must've been in 1970s mode.

    Sometimes he'd use big words just to make it seem like he cared, too.

6. Jeff Van Gundy

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    Jeff Van Gundy is one of the worst announcers in the NBA's history. Routinely he leads the crew off-topic to talk about himself. He is self-centered, and would rather talk about his hair than the Celtics or Lakers.

    Hey Jeff, let's talk about haircuts in the middle of the NBA Finals! No one will question the commentary at all.

    "It takes three minutes to cut my hair, and I still have to pay the full price."

    Does he even have enough hair to get a full-priced haircut?

5. Matt Devlin

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    This video has the most anticlimatic finish I have ever seen.

    Matt Devlin absolutely slaughters it by messing up on the score. He claimed the contest was headed to overtime, when it was clear the Raps had won by the way all the players were acting upon hearing the buzzer.

4. Mike Rice

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    Mike Rice, a Portland Trail Blazers commentator, is perhaps the most biased sports announcer ever.

    In this video, he stops what he is doing on the microphone to tell the referees to "look at the replay."

    He also has a habit of comparing mediocre Blazers players to NBA legends. He once called Sergio Rodriguez the next Steve Nash.

    Even Bill Walton claims he turns the sound of his television off whenever he watches his Blazers.

3. Johnny Most

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    Johnny Most was a streaming example of Boston Celtics' bias and homerism.

    He treated his C's like they were a bunch of gods, and verbally destroys everyone else. In the video on the left, it's the Pistons' turn. I can't tell you how many times I want to say "shut up!" during it, although I'll tell you it's higher than three.

2. Tommy Heinsohn

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    Celtics' fans revere this guy, but in all honesty he is one of the worst and most biased NBA announcers ever, and he's one of the biggest homers out there.

    It's one thing to disagree with a call, but it's another thing entirely to call the NBA stupid.

1. Mark Jackson

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    Now is it just me or does Mark Jackson think everyone has to be the best at something when they're playing? Like "Chris Paul is the best passing point guard in the league" has to be said? I thought that was pretty obvious.

    A year or two ago, both Deron Williams and Chris Paul are "the best point guard in the league", according to Jackson.

    Okay, I declare myself the best to reveal the fact that he does that!

    The guy in the video absolutely owns Jackson after he stupidly almost declares Dwight Howard a decoy.