NBA Free Agency: Top 5 Most Overrated Free Agents
NBA free agency often times gives ordinary players an enormous boost in media exposure.
Let's face it, shooting guard and current free agent Nick Young hasn't gotten a ton of publicity outside of the Washington area until now.
With NBA teams hoping to fill voids to get them over the hump, many free agents' services become overvalued (Jason Kapono, $6.6 million a year for a career average of 6.9 points per game...that's almost a million dollars a point!).
Here are five free agents from this year's pool that will cost more than they can contribute.
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"Big Baby" has benefited immensely by being able to learn from Celtic veterans Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, but can he take that knowledge and expand on it while playing at power forward for another team?
Last season, Davis managed to average 11 points a game while being the fifth option. Not bad, but once he steps out of the shadow of the "Old Big Three" and takes a bigger paycheck, I don't think he can do any better than he has done already.
His best option is to just re-sign in Boston and be a solid piece as the team slowly transitions into their rebuilding phase.
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Candace Parker's older brother has garnered a decent amount of attention this NBA offseason.
At age 36, Parker might be the oldest eight-year NBA veteran in history, but that might be his biggest downfall.
Anthony's window of opportunity to break through may have passed him by. His age suggests that a rapid decline in production is just around the corner. His stats have all but confirmed that notion.
Shooting guards seem to be at a premium this free-agent season, so Parker will probably get a decent contract.
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Jason Kapono is a two-time Three-Point Shootout Champion. With that title, the small forward has gotten teams to pay him $6.6 million per season...impressive.
Last season, Kapono played in only 24 games for the Philadelphia 76ers and averaged an anemic 0.7 points per game, yet according to Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com, it is rumored that the Los Angeles Lakers are interested in bringing him along as they embark on another journey towards the NBA Finals. Sounds about right.
(Not to change topic and sports, but Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte should look into hiring Kapono's agent...just saying.)
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Kris Humphries had by far his best season as a professional basketball player last season, but nobody knows him for that.
Many followers of media believe Humphries primary job is being the future ex-Mr. Kim Kardashian.
Humphries averaged a double-double in points and rebounds last year as a power forward with the New Jersey Nets, and actually started in 44 games.
But that was for a lowly New Jersey Nets team that had no other option but Brook Lopez for most of the season.
With all that is going on in Humphries' life, it is hard to believe that he can make the same contributions for a new team and not be a distraction.
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One of the most talked-about landing spots for a free-agent shooting guard is Chicago. Nick Young is rumored to be one of the front-runners for this job. Why? I don't know.
Young averaged 17 points per game for a Washington Wizards team that really had no other legitimate option outside of John Wall. He managed that point total while averaging next to no rebounds, assists, or steals.
Nick Young is also deficient in the defensive department, but the NBA free agency gods will still allow this unproven two-guard to cash in a huge payday with a contract from a better team than the Wizards.
Somewhere Eddy Curry is smiling.
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Say what you want about fairness, but the NBA free-agent signing period is one of the most exciting times of the sports calendar, and seeing who gets paid way more than they deserve is way too fun to ignore.
All five of these players could prove me wrong and provide great contributions for their new teams. I hope so, because you know I'll be watching.
Check out the five most overlooked free agents here.