By Nathan Grubel @The_Only_Grubes on June 11, 2014
The 2014 NBA free agency class has the potential to be pretty good, but there are some players who are not worth the price they may think they are worth. Here are five players who do not deserve max contracts.
Irving is a spectacular individual player, but he has not become a true leader just yet. Irving is an isolation scorer, and is not yet a great distributor at the point guard position. A point guard who cannot excel at both things nowadays is not worth a max contract.
Bledsoe has tremendous talent and potential, but he has not yet proven himself over a full season as a starting player. A team that has not seen that kind of production cannot be expected to gamble on him with a max contract and then see him be a bust when he gets real time and is put in a lot of crunch-time situations.
Stephenson certainly is a gifted player on both ends of the floor as he is versatile and capable of scoring in bunches. However, his antics in the playoffs and his attitude in the locker room may prevent him from getting a max deal this offseason.
Gay is an elite athlete capable of putting up big numbers in the scoring department. With that being said, Gay does not have the consistency and the overall leadership capability that is worth a max contract. If he chooses to opt out of his last year with the Kings, expect him to not get many offers that are that high in terms of maximum value.
A lot of people may come after me for saying this one, but hear me out. Anthony is an elite scorer, but is not a playmaker and defensive force worthy of a max contract. Great scorers are tough to find, but if Anthony does not learn how to contribute at both ends of the floor consistently, then he will find himself in the same spot he finds himself in every year: out early in the playoffs. Anthony deserves a good contract, just not a max one.
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