NBA Free Agents 2011: The 10 Most Offensively Challenged Players to Avoid

Joseph Fafinski@Joseph FafinskiCorrespondent IJuly 13, 2011

NBA Free Agents 2011: The 10 Most Offensively Challenged Players to Avoid

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    This year's free agency class in the NBA isn't exactly the most heralded of all-time.

    In fact, many have their own flaws that will prevent them from earning long-term contracts, or even a spot in the league.

    In the following 10 slides are the most offensively challenged players of the class. Avoid them at all cost, general managers.


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Theo Ratliff

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    Always known as a shot-blocking and defensive specialist, Theo Ratliff is practically a given for any list that talks about those who are inept offensively.

    I'm going to bet that this 38-year-old is going to mull retirement following this offseason. Playing for 11 teams in 16 seasons is no small accomplishment.

Anthony Carter

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    Anthony Carter is just about as inept as a point guard can be offensively in the association.

    Although he's a solid defensive player, there's really no use for him and his 40 percent career field goal percentage. 

    Unless, that is, they dig the four points and two assists he averaged this past season.

Etan Thomas

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    In order to explain Etan Thomas' inclusion, let's just say that him and I have made the same amount of three-pointers as professionals.

    I can also say that Thomas is a 6'9 big who shoots worse than 50 percent routinely. The funny thing is, Thomas never goes anywhere farther than about eight feet from the rim.

    Where do I sign up?

Francisco Elson

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    I'm not one to plagiarize myself, but a line from a June 2011 column I wrote about the most worthless players in the league said this:

    "Aren't big men supposed to average better than 2.2 points and 1.9 boards in 10 minutes of play?

    I guess someone forgot to tell Francisco Elson."

    I'm such a genius. His offense sucks, that's all there is to it.

Hamed Haddidi

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    Hamed Haddidi has a whopping career-high of 10 points in one game. I think offensive specialists need to take an extra deep breath after holding that one in.

    He's very inept offensively, and I can't really see any team making any sort of lucrative offer to send toward the Iranian's way.

Erick Dampier

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    Erick Dampier is in the twilight of his 15-year career, and throughout that time he has never been primarily known as an offense-orientated player.

    I'm guessing that both Dampier and I will have about the same number of offers from NBA teams this offseason.

Samuel Dalembert

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    Samuel Dalembert is a fine player, make no mistake about it, but his standing atop this list has to do with the fact that he is so offensively challenged even after being named as one of this offseason's biggest targets.

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute

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    Luc Richard Mbah a Moute has solidified himself as a decent role player in the NBA during his tenure with the Milwaukee Bucks, and just about zero percent of that reasoning has to do with his subpar offensive skill set.

    Mbah a Moute, a 24-year-old prince of Cameroon, is fierce with his defense but he couldn't drain a 20-footer if his life depended on it.

    Teams looking to upgrade offensively should avoid him at all costs.

Dan Gadzuric

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    There are many mysteries to life.

    Are O.J. Simpson and Casey Anthony actually innocent? Will there ever be a real way to travel back in time? Why does Dan Gadzuric still play in the NBA? 

    Nonetheless, he couldn't do anything offensively last season and he won't do anything offensively this season. It's simple science, really.

Kyrylo Fesenko

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    It's hard not to select someone who shoots a measly 39 percent from the free throw line.

    Kyrylo Fesenko is terrible on the offensive side of things, and I don't think anyone is going to bite on him this offseason.