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Top 10 Overrated NBA Players

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The Most Overrated Players In The Game

Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

What exactly is an overrated player? Well, the perfect example is Tim Tebow. Overexposed, overpaid, overhyped, and underperforming. But he doesn’t play in the NBA.

A lot of people say Carmelo Anthony is the most overrated player in the league. Yet, during the London Olympics and so far this season, Melo has gotten his game back. He’s playing better than he has in years.

Others point to Tracy McGrady, Vince Carter or Derek Fisher.

There seems to be a connection between players that play for big market teams and being “overrated” – Jeremy Lin, Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire -- all have/had one thing in common, the New York Knicks. Yet, David Lee is one of the league’s best power forwards and he is rarely mentioned, unless he’s telling off Blake Griffin for flopping.

Sometimes, it is just that the player is overexposed and fans get so sick of hearing about him. We are talking about the player on the All-Star team who was voted on because he is a fan favorite but unlike the rest of the team, he’s just not that good.

He’s there purely because he is promoted and hyped well.

Sometimes, players are overrated at no fault of their own, but because of persistent injuries and being media targets.

Some have just such high expectations coming into the league, that people forget that players coming out of college need time to develop and transition into NBA play. They cannot possibly live up to what’s expected of them.

Who are the top 10 overrated players in the game right now?

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10. Joe Johnson

Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

Six years

$119 million.

Statistically speaking, as of last night, he ranks 102 in the league.

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9. Kris Humphries


Kris Humphries is a media favorite, so you hear about him a lot and after a while you start to assume he is really good.

When Humphries signed that big contract with the Brooklyn Nets, it was just shocking but it's kind of like, good for you because everyone definitely thought that Jay Z was going to drop you from the team.

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8. Michael Beasley

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Going into the 2008 NBA draft, it was Michael Beasley and Derrick Rose.

Rose became a superstar and Beasley seems completely happy just playing in the NBA.

As time goes on Beasley will probably start to take his career a little more seriously.

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7. Jeremy Lin

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It's been a long time since someone in the NBA has been as well liked as Jeremy Lin.

Being paired with James Harden is making Lin a better player and he is starting to live up to the hype.

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6. Amar'e Stoudemire


The only one who gets injured more than Amar'e Stoudmire is Derrick Rose. Persistent injuries are his major downfall.

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5. John Wall


John Wall has had high expectations since his days at the University of Kentucky. His outstanding college career hasn’t yet correlated with great results in the NBA yet.

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4. Chris Bosh

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It’s not that Chris Bosh an average player, he’s just not as good other players who receive less attention, less praise, less money and less press.

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3. Russell Westbrook


Russell Westbrook wasn’t overrated until James Harden turned out to be outstanding.

Did they trade the wrong guy?...

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2. Brandon Roy

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Brandon Roy will make $23,108,958 in the 2013-2014 season. That’s Kobe Bryant money.

That’s more than LeBron James makes. How Roy got this contract is beyond logic.

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1. Lamar Odom

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It’s becoming clear and clear that the weak link on the Los Angeles Clippers is Lamar Odom.

Odom has been getting into playing shape for months now. In March, it was clear that all bets were off in Dallas. In the summer, the Clippers gave him a second chance. If someone offered you $8 million dollars and gave you from July to October to get into shape, how emaciated/Hulk would you be?