With the NBA season hopefully starting on time this season, it is time to look at the most overrated players in the league by the fans. These are guys that fans are in love with but are in fact not as good as they make the person out to be.
Will your favorite player be on the list? Will a player on your favorite team be on the list? Will there be any surprises. Read all of them to find out.
Keep in mind, this is based off stats and overall fan favoritism for these players.
Anderson Varejao is one guy who most of the Cleveland Cavaliers fans think is easily their starting center. However, a center who averages nine points and nine rebounds in 32 minutes is really someone you should be looking to put on the bench.
Not to mention Varejao has 1.3 turnovers per game, as well as just around three personal fouls. On any other team, fans would love to see this guy ride the bench rather than start every game and play 30+ minutes.
Brook Lopez looked to be what the New Jersey Nets needed as he averaged 18 points per game and nine rebounds in only the second year with the Nets. However, this season made everyone but Nets fans scratch their heads to whether the second-year Brook Lopez was a fluke.
This season, Brook Lopez averaged 20 points per game, but only six rebounds per game as your starting center. In 35 minutes, any big man should be able to average more than six rebounds. However, Nets fans still love this guy, but the rest of the country is really questioning his ability.
Tyler Hansbrough was the ACC's leading scorer out of the University of North Carolina. The Indiana Pacers thought for sure that this guy was going to be a perfect fit next to Danny Granger, and he has done nothing but disappoint.
In his rookie year he averaged nine points in 17 minutes and 36-percent shooting from the field. That is not at all what you expect from a lottery pick selection. However, fans of the Indiana Pacers think that he will just get better over the years, but they really should not expect too much.
Lamar Odom is loved by Los Angeles Lakers fans, but it looks like he will just be another Tony Romo. When his girlfriend goes to his games, he does nothing but mess up. Odom had 14.4 points per game in 32 minutes in the regular season, which is respectable. In the playoffs, Odom played 28 minutes per game, scoring 12 points, which was only 46-percent shooting from the field.
He deserves some respect from the fans for his regular season stats, but when it came to the time that mattered most, it seemed like Odom was just a liability with the ball.
Stephen Jackson looked like a top scorer last season with the Charlotte Bobcats, scoring 19 points per game. However, any player could really look good on that squad, so this season with the Milwaukee Bucks, Jackson should get back to a player who is not worth his contract.
Jackson will not get to see the ball as much with Brandon Jennings and Andrew Bogut running the show. He should come back to earth and be the Jackson we saw before.
The Heat's big three came up short this season when they lost to the Dallas Mavericks in the finals. Chris Bosh looked like a mediocre big man when he did not see the ball every possession like he did in Toronto. Nineteen points per game and nine rebounds for a guy that is being paid the maximum contract doesn't seem like the perfect match.
Bosh is owned by 100% of fantasy leagues, being a far third option for the Heat.
Devin Harris had one extremely good year in 2008-09 in which he gained a lot of fans and averaged 21 points and seven assists per game. However, in every season after that, Harris has yet to hit 17 points per game in a full season, and his shooting percentage has dropped near 40.
This is just the making of an overrated player after gaining so many people on his side in only one season.
Jamal Crawford gained a lot of fans in the 2007-10 seasons when he scored just around 20 points per game. This guy was thought to be a perfect fit next to Josh Smith and Joe Johnson. However, the Hawks recently saw that this guy was not who they thought he was.
There was even talks of him being waived toward the end of the season to possible destinations like Boston. Some team is going to overpay this offseason for him, just hope it is not too much.
Kevin Martin, or K-Mart, had extremely good seasons in Sacramento, and it continued into Houston and gained him a lot of fans. Every fan sees his 20+ points per game average and all of a sudden becomes his biggest fan.
However, they fail to look at the fact that he shoots around 43-percent from the field and 16 attempts per game on a team without their star, Yao Ming. Most people would look good on a team like that, and Martin definitely benefits from being the only real scoring threat.
How Jameer Nelson has so many fans is really interesting. If the Orlando Magic had a point guard who averaged more than 13 points and six assists per game, they would have an NBA Championship by now.
The Orlando Magic always fall short because of their game plan being too predictable. There is only so many times you can go inside to Dwight Howard, before the other team figures it out. Adding a point guard who can shoot and pass would help this team dramatically.
Mo Williams was someone who could really go higher than number five, but he did have one good season with LeBron, so this is where he lands. A guy shooting less than 40-percent in the 2010-11 season should not even be close to an All-Star Game, which he was in 2009.
LeBron James also thought he should have been an All-Star in 2010, but how does a player go from an all-star to a player who can barely shoot 40-percent? This is what makes him highly overrated.
Oklahoma City was happy to see Kendrick Perkins as the main piece coming to them in the Jeff Green deal, and the city instantly became a fan. But there is really no reason why. Perkins averaged five points and eight rebounds in his brief stint of 17 games with the Thunder at the end of the season. There is nothing to be excited about there.
Thunder fans were hoping for the defensive presence inside with blocking and rebounding, but in 25 minutes they saw Perkins average one block. This guy will easily find himself on the bench behind Nick Collison if his injury issues keep up as well as those numbers.
Joakim Noah is definitely one of the top overrated players in the NBA. Noah only played 48 games last season in which he averaged 12 points and 10 rebounds. You would swear that this guy is Dwight Howard by the way Chicago loves him.
What is there to love about this guy? His two turnovers per game? His hair? Someone tell me what is so special about this guy.
New York Knicks fans should be very disappointed, rather than pleased, in this point guard. Douglas has to be one of the worst defensive point guards in the league, which doesn't help them win many games. Douglas also shoots 41-percent from the field and 37-percent from long range.
Knicks fans were not too high on bringing in Chauncey Billups as they had high hopes for Douglas to develop, but there is very little future for this guy in the NBA. He should try playing overseas.
I asked LeBron to let me borrow $1.00, but he only gave me 75 cents. When I asked about the rest, he said he didn't have a fourth quarter.
Andrew Bynum is supposed to be the main piece going to Orlando for Dwight Howard. What are the scouts watching? Are they watching his cheap shots in the playoffs to a player who had no way to defend himself?
Or are they watching his injury-prone body that can only score 15 points and eight assists per game in his prime? I am not sure what Orlando sees, but it is sad to say that a 23-year-old can already be a bust, but you might as well add him to that list of overrated and a bust.