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Old 02-09-2013, 03:21 PM   #1
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Default Who is the most overrated player in the league?

Got the thread idea from reading the twitter feed on the ESPN.com NBA page. One of the analysts said Kevin Durant was a top 5 athlete in the NBA. Player? Yes. Athlete? No. But it got me thinking...

Just a quick note before people flip (I know they still will): I'm not saying the following players are bad. In most cases, they're top 10 players in the league. But rate them correctly within the top 10, don't overstate games and abilities, and at least recognize the clear separation between some of the top tiers of players (i.e. Lebron being clearly number one, then Durant and Paul are close, then another clear gap, etc).

Durant -- O/R because, while he is the second best player in the league, he is nowhere near Lebron. There is no argument. Lebron is best, head-and-shoulders best. Also, no way is Durant a top 5 athlete in the league. Dude is probably 3rd on his team (WB, Ibaka), much less 5th in the league.

Kobe -- Phenomenal career. Amazing competitor. Still scary. But not what he once was. Place him solidly inside the top 10, maybe scratching top 5 (this season). He is not in contention for first, nor second, best player in the league. Third is locked up by Paul. Kobe is, AT BEST, fourth. Though the argument can even be made against that as his D has slipped, badly, in the past few years.

Melo -- Nearly unstoppable scoring machine (though not as good as Durant in that regard), that plays lackadaisical D, and has consistently proven to be a relative black hole on offense... yet he's getting MVP consideration? Please. Top 5 scorer in the league. Game-changing offensive game, especially if there are only 2 mins left in the game and it's close. I'd be afraid to play against him then. But let's not overvalue contributions that come primarly through scoring.

Kevin Love -- Gotta step up the D to be considered a top 5-10 player in the league. There are two halves to an NBA game - offense and defense.

Brook Lopez -- Same as Love, only take away the rebounding numbers.

Who else did I miss?








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Old 02-09-2013, 03:23 PM   #2
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Jason Kidd

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Jason Kidd

ESPN dickrides everything he does out there.
what are you talking about? he gets no exposure. and i didnt understand why everyone loved him till he got to the knicks. he does everything that is necessary to win
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Old 02-09-2013, 03:30 PM   #5
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Default Re: Who is the most overrated player in the league?

as far as being made out to be something they're not, I gotta say Dwight pre or post surgery.
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Old 02-09-2013, 03:32 PM   #8
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as far as being made out to be something they're not, I gotta say Dwight pre or post surgery.

Pre surgery I disagree, just because he took a team to the finals as the central component. There were other players on the team, obviously, but none approaching all-star level. I realize Nelson made the all-star team, but that was a BS choice.
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Old 02-09-2013, 03:33 PM   #9
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What I said about Durant, Kobe and Melo I meant. All others I claim as "trolling" because I never watch them play
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Rondo. Gets so much credit for the success of a team with a near worst in the league offense
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Michael Beasley
Carlos Boozer
Monta Ellis
Tyreke Evans
Joe Johnson
Deandre Jordan
Amar'e Stoudemire
Dwight Howard
Andrew Bynum
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What I said about Durant, Kobe and Melo I meant. All others I claim as "trolling" because I never watch them play
So why post that?
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Old 02-09-2013, 04:00 PM   #13
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1. Kobe
2. Rose
3. Melo
4. Lillard

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Irving
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Old 02-09-2013, 04:04 PM   #15
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So why post that?

Got carried away with writing something that I figured would be inflammatory. Realized after writing it that I couldn't stand by what I wrote about Love and Lopez because I don't watch them; only check their box scores.
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