2011 NBA Free Agents: J.R. Smith and Hotheads Your Team Doesn't Want

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistNovember 26, 2011

That’s right folks, don’t adjust your monitors. We’re talking NBA basketball which means the NBA lockout is finally over.

While the lawyers hammer out the details of what should be the agreement that brings NBA basketball back to the fans for Christmas, it’s time for the fans of the NBA to start the rumor mill back up.

There are a plethora of solid free agents on the market this season, but attitude issues will keep several of these stars from reaching an elite level in the NBA and hopefully off your team.

J.R. Smith

While there are few players that come off the bench that can give a team the kind of energy that J.R. Smith does, your team does not want this player.

Smith has the Allen Iverson mentality when he is on the court, opting to take every shot that is presented to him. Check his 12.3 points and 2.2 assists per game averages if you need further proof.

It’s not just Smith’s unwillingness to pass the ball that turns teams off either. J.R. has the tendency to shut down when things aren’t perfect, making him a liability that teams don’t need.

 

Delonte West

Whether it was with the Cleveland Cavaliers or the Boston Celtics, Delonte West was either in trouble with the team, fighting with teammates or injured.

That’s not the kind of player your team will want to bank on come playoff time.

While he is solid depth on the bench, his off-the-court distractions could be more than most teams feel they can deal with. Although, a team like the Celtics that had a strong core could work with a player like West.

DeShawn Stevenson

The Dallas Mavericks won the NBA championship last season, but they will not look to keep DeShawn Stevenson in their nucleus. Neither will your team.

While Stevenson is one of the best defenders in the NBA, his attitude has gotten him in trouble and embarrassed his team on several occasions.

There will be a team that feels they can handle the trouble that comes with Stevenson, but its just hopefully not your team.

 

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