Current Stats: 17.9 points, 14.9 rebounds, 1.7 blocks
Overrated? : I just don’t see Andrew Bynum keeping up with this extraordinary pace that he has set for himself early on this season. When healthy, he could very well be the second best center in the entire league.
The key word in that sentence was “healthy”. Bynum has only played more than 65 games once in his career. If he can remain injury-free for the remainder of the season, then he could very well play himself off of this list. For now, I’m just not buying into the hype.
By the way, for all of you Laker fans who say they shouldn’t trade Andrew Bynum for Dwight Howard, please stop talking.
Current Stats: 7.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.0 blocks
Overrated? : At 6-11 and weighing over 265 pounds, DeAndre Jordan has all of the god-given physical attributes to be a dominant center in the NBA. To this day, Jordan has yet to use those talents in the correct manner.
Even with Chris Paul’s arrival in Clipper country, Jordan still hasn’t found a way to take his game to the next level. He may shoot a tremendous percentage from the field at 63%, but that’s because he refuses to take any shot that’s not 5 feet away from the net.
Averages of 7 points and 7 rebounds a game are well below the numbers a player of Jordan’s stature should be putting up at this stage of his career. Fans may look at his size and the talent that surrounds him and place Jordan on a pedestal of the greatest centers in basketball today, but until he develops his skill-set and pushes himself to be a better overall basketball player, he will never be as good as advertised.
Current Stats: 13.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists
Overrated? : Even though Horford is just 25 years of age, I feel he may already have peaked.
Al is a 2-time NBA All-Star, but that accolade is lessened by the lack of true elite power forwards in the Eastern Conference. If Horford played for a Western Conference squad, he may never have been chosen to an All-Star team.
13 points and 7 rebounds a game are not mind-blowing numbers. He is a quality big man for the Atlanta Hawks, but he is not the kind of player that will ever blow you away on the court. He should be thankful he plays for the Atlanta Hawks in the East, because if he played in the power forward dominated West (Love, Duncan, Randolph, Aldridge, Gasol, Nowitzki, Lee, Scola), we may never have heard of him.
Current Stats: 12.0 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.8 blocks
Overrated? : Last season with the Dallas Mavericks, Tyson Chandler was thrust into the perfect situation. Dwayne Casey created a defensive system that made a defensive-minded player like Chandler look like a million bucks. Because of his stellar play, Chandler earned himself some big money with the New York Knicks.
$58 million dollars to be exact.
Sorry, but Tyson Chandler is grossly overpaid. He was supposed to take the horrible defense of the New York Knicks and turn them around to create a contender in the East. He hasn’t quite done that just yet. He still has yet to add an offensive game to his repertoire. He is a career 9, 9 and 2 guy in the NBA, which isn’t overly impressive. I’m just not buying into Chandler being the missing ingredient in the Big Apple.
It’s amazing what 1 solid year for an NBA Championship team can do for your career. Just ask J.J Barea.
Current Stats: 18.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.2 assists
Overrated? : Westbrook may be the one player on this list that truly believes he is greater than he really is.
Look, I like Russell Westbrook. He is a great point guard who plays for a great team in the Thunder. He does however play for a team that has the greatest scorer in basketball in Kevin Durant.
Westbrook has a tendency to want to take over games and tries to be “the man” on his own terms. When you play on a team with Kevin Durant, you will always be the second option. Westbrook has yet to realize that.
He turns the ball over 4 times a game, shoots only 43% from the field and a horrible 19% from 3-point territory. Those aren’t the kind of numbers you would want from your starting point guard. He is still a great player, but he isn’t in the top class of his position.
Current Stats: 19.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists
Overrated? : Chris Bosh became overrated the minute he joined Miami and became apart of the so-called “Big Three” of South Beach.
Let’s get one thing straight…..Chris Bosh isn’t in the same league as Dwayne Wade and Lebron James. It’s not Lebron, Dwayne and Chris. It is Lebron and Dwayne featuring Chris.
Bosh is a good player who is playing with 2 great players. Right Shaq?
I have been a Toronto Raptors fan since day one, and even I could have told you Chris Bosh was overrated even when he was playing for the team. He was always a big fish playing in the small pond of the Raptors. Now in Miami, he has no problem playing third-fiddle to King James and Wade.
Current Stats: 13.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, 7.1 assists
Overrated? : Where can I really start with John Wall?
The guy shoots 35% from the field, 70% from the free throw line, turns the ball over 4 times a game, and is the leader of a team that only has a single win to date.
To be fair, the Washington Wizards are a mess of a franchise. They have no supporting players to surround Wall and have a piss-poor attitude running through the locker room.
Being selected as a point guard with the number one pick means you have a lot of hype to live up to. John Wall certainly isn’t on the level of a Derrick Rose, Deron Williams or Chris Paul at this point and time. He doesn’t show that drive and leadership ability to be the face of a franchise.
His immaturity is starting to bite him in the butt.
Current Stats: 14.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists
Overrated? : Carlos Boozer is still living off of a reputation he created for himself in Salt Lake City.
Over the last 3 seasons, his averages in points, rebounds, assists and field goal percentage have all dwindled. He is certainly not the same player who was dominating the paint as a member of the Utah Jazz.
Boozer was a part of the big 2010 free-agent frenzy which saw Lebron James, Chris Bosh and Amar’e Stoudemire change teams. Perhaps that’s the reason why so many fans believe Boozer is still an all-star caliber player.
Trust me, he is anything but that. He is currently the third or fourth scoring option on the Chicago Bulls. His days of being an elite power forward in the NBA are over.
Current Stats: 17.8 points, 3.1 rebounds, 6.0 assists
Overrated? : 11/15/09 was probably the best and worst day of Brandon Jennings NBA career.
On that day, he scored a staggering 55 points for the Milwaukee Bucks in a 129-125 victory over the Golden State Warriors. He set a bar for himself that game that was so high, he could never possibly live up to it.
Low and behold, he never did.
Jennings has become a turnover machine who can’t shoot the ball despite taking the most shots for the Bucks. He plays with a streetball mentality, when what he really needs is an NBA point guard mentality.
He shows glimpses of excellence from time to time, but Jennings is way to inconsistent to be considered one of the best small guards in the game.
and the most overrated player in the NBA today is……
Current Stats: 16.9 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists
Overrated? : Joe Johnson is currently making $119 million dollars over 6 years…..
Joe Johnson!! That’s more than Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant
Need I say more?
Ok, I will.
Joe Johnson’s scoring, rebounding, passing and shooting numbers have decreased every year for the last 4 seasons.
With Johnson, the Atlanta Hawks are nothing more than 2nd round fodder for the Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat.
In case I didn’t stress it enough the first time, Johnson is working under a contract that is paying him $119 million dollars!