NBA Trade Rumors: Most Overrated Players on the Trading Block
With the NBA labor situation in a dire crisis, basketball fans need something to talk about. Trades are a topic that can be brought up year around, and this year has a few big-name players on the block.
For every good player, there's an overrated player, which means some teams will give up too much for mediocre talent. In this slideshow, I'll point out the most overrated players on the NBA trade block.
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Reports have him being dealt to the Los Angeles Clippers for center Chris Kaman, and I believe that would be a mistake for the Clippers. Both players are overrated, but Kaman has proved to be a consistent center when healthy, in a league where consistent centers are a rare commodity.
Iguodala averaged just 14.1 PPG, and the Clippers already have extremely athletic players; e.g., Blake Griffin, Eric Bledsoe and Mo Williams.
Iguodala's production should be somewhere in the range of a Danny Granger or Rudy Gay, and if his jump shot was more consistent, he would be right there.
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Chris Kaman's contract is up after next season, and he's played in just 139 games over the last three seasons. Kaman is an above-average center when healthy, but he has failed to play in more than 40 games in two of the past three seasons.
The trade for Andre Iguodala would be bad for both teams, due to the fact that the Clippers need a player that can hit jump shots, and the Sixers need a big man who has proven to be healthy and can last a full season.
Kaman is overrated because of the lack of depth at the center position, which is why they should be entertaining other offers.
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Lamar Odom is a solid NBA player. Lamar causes some severe matchup problems at the forward position due to his quickness and length, and a Sixth Man Award this past season doesn't hurt, either.
However, Lamar is also careless with the basketball and sometimes tries to take over a game when he has no business doing so. During the NBA draft, Lamar was rumored to being in trade conversations with the Minnesota Timberwolves for the second overall pick in the draft.
By completing that trade, Minnesota would have acquired a 31-year-old veteran who has maybe four "decent" years left in the tank. Odom's trade value ranges from the seventh to fifteenth pick in the first round, which is clearly up for debate.
In the end, Odom is still a key contributor, but I see him as being an overrated asset.
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O.J. Mayo has seen his numbers decline since his solid rookie campaign, which was during the 2008-2009 season. Mayo is just above average compared to most guards in almost every category, according to Yahoo! Sports. But teams still might be offering too much based on potential.
The Pacers were linked to him back in February, but no other team has really made a push for the guard. Mayo has the ability to create shots for himself, but then fails to make those open looks. Mayo shot 40 percent from the field last season, and some team is going to overpay for his services.