Monday, July 7, 2008

NBA's Most Over and Underrated

We all know that some things in life are overrated (Apple Computers). Some things are underrated(Junior Bacon Cheeseburger from Wendy's). Some things are just rated.(Sex) Well, the NBA is no different. Here, without further ado, is my take on the most over and underrated players at each position in the Association.

PG: Jose Calderon, Toronto Raptors
2008 Salary: $2.5 million.

Jose averaged 11.2 ppg, 8.3 apg and shot 51.9% from the field, 42.9% from 3pt line and 90.8% on free throws. We get it Jose. Puedes tirar bien. You can shoot well. Add into those numbers the fact that Jose averages just 1.5 turnovers and played only 30 minutes a game (due to TJ Ford, who has gone bye-bye), and the offseason addition of Jeramine O'Neal and you can see next year will be a huge season for Jose. He definitely won't make this list next year.

SG: Kevin Martin, Sacramento Kings
2008 Salary $1.8 million.
Kevin continued his ascent towards the top of the lethal scorer's list with 23.7 ppg this year. He shot 40.2% from the 3pt line and grabbed a respectable 4.5 rpg. Dude can score, period. Add to that the fact that he looks like he could easily be in Color Me Badd (2 d's for a double dose of their pimping) and you have a scoring machine who can also lay down a slow jam to get his lady in the mood. Next year he jumps to over $9 million, but if he can stay healthy he'll be worth every penny.
"We can do it till we both wake up"

SF: Caron Butler, Washington Wizard
2008 Salary $8.5 Million.
I know what this guy has to be saying to himself: "How am I the third highest payed player on this team?" That is a good question, Caron. Butler averaged 20.3 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 4.9 apg and 2.2 spg. His steals aren't a mirage like Baron Davis' either. He doesn't gamble, he's just that good on defense. From what I've seen , he's right in the discussion for second best small forward in the league with Carmelo and Pierce. Also, his eyebrows make him look wicked intense.

PF: David West, New Oklahorleans
2008 Salary: $10.6 Million.
West is a player that many fans know little about. He was a really good player in college and continuosly got passed on Draft Night. He's turned into a solid pro, averaging 20.6 ppg 8.9 rpg and 1.3 bpg. He has good range, is a solid defender, and bitch-slapped Dirk Nowitzki that one time, which was awesome. The best part about it for Hornet's fans has to be that he has done it now 3 years in a row-he's no flash in the pan. He gets payed well, but he, along with Chris Paul, are the oil that keeps the Hornet's offensive machine moving.

C: Andris Beidrins, Golden State
2008 Salary $2.6 Million.
Quick question: Who led the league in FG% last year and was 3rd the year before? Andris Beidrins, that's who. Last year, the big Latvian chipped in 10.5 ppg, 9.8 rpg and blocked 1.2 shots per game. Add to that the fact that he hit 62.6% of all the shots he took and you have an incredibly efficient player. It's not his fault that Don Nelson retardedly sticks to playing the ever-so-sucky Al Harrington for so many minutes a night and robs Andris of 5 more points and 3 more rebounds (and probably millions of dollars)on his already impressive stat line. Does he look like a total douche bag? Yes. Can he play the game? Even more so.

Ok. Those guys are the good side of the sport. These next guys, while certainly talented, are the stuff fired GM's are made of. All have been All-Stars, but are now overrated, with bloated, crippling contracts that rob their teams of chances to win.

PG: Baron Davis, LA Clippers
2008 Salary: $16.4 Million.
A lot of people would disagree with this pick, but Baron just ain't that good. He is chronically injured, except in contract years. Coincidence? I want to compare the career numbers of 2 players here:
Player 1: 41.4 32.5 63.3 7.7 3.5 17.5
Player 2: 41.4 32.5 69.2 4.1 7.7 17.1

Player 1 has taken his team to the conference finals. Player 2 has never been out of the second round. Who are these 2 players?

Antione Walker (player 1) and Baron Davis (player 2). Does that put Baron into perspective, or what?

SG: Tracy McGrady, Houston Rockets
2008 Salary: $18.3 Million
Yes, T-Mac was once one of the best players in the league. Yes injuries have set him back. Yes he can erupt offensively with the best of them. No, he is not one of the best players in the NBA anymore. 2008 saw T-Mac shoot 41.9% from the field, an astounding 29.2% from 3Pt line (while still hucking up 4.5 per game!), and connect on only 68.4% from the charity stripe. Houston has not gotten what they payed for in McGrady, who has never gotten out of the first round of the Playoffs. Also, his damn eye throws me off every time he is interviewed. Maybe that's why he shoots so poorly.

SF: Vince Carter, New Jersey
2008 Salary: $13.3 Million
Vince Carter quit on his own team. Vince Carter sucks.
Vince Carter gets no picture.

PF: Rasheed Wallace, Detroit Pistons
2008 Salary $12.5 Million
I'm so tired about hearing how good this guy can be if he puts his mind to it. Guys who make 12.5 Million always put their minds to it. 'Sheed averaged 12.7 ppg 6.6 rpg and shot 43.2% from the field and 35.6% from the 3pt line.
Not exactly impressive. Guess who scored 12.6 ppg, pulled down 5.8 rpg and earned $770,000? Ryan Gomes. 12.4 ppg and 6.5 rpg? Kenyon Martin. 12.2 ppg and 7.2 rpg? Troy Murphy. So stop with all the "Rasheed is great when he wants to be" crap. Rasheed is a decent role player who is overpaid. Nothing more.

C: Shaquille O'Neal, Phoenix Suns
2008 Salary $ 21 Million
Is Shaq one of the best Centers ever? Without a doubt. While he may have dubbed himself the Big Aristotle, his career may be the big "What If?" What if he had taken care of his body? He never played a full 82 game season, playing less than 60 five times. What if he had worked at his free throw shooting? I don't care what he says, a career 52% mark means you aren't working hard enough.

Shaq has faded greatly, averaging just 13.6 ppg and 9.1 rpg last year. Those are respectable numbers, but not for someone who earns what Shaq earns, and has the hype that Shaq has. Also, he once said "My game is like the Pythagorean Theorum, no one has an answer." Yes they do, Shaq. A squared plus B squared equals C squared. It's one of the simplest damn theorums in the world. Oh well, at least he gave us Kazaam!


Taylor said...

I would like to nominate Kevin Love for the NBA version of Color Me Badd also. Great picture of McGrady.

J-Gao said...

Very interesting blog.
Unique content.
I love the pictures, and the Davis/Walker comparison was nice.

One problem: The Pythagorean Theorem is A^2 + B^2 = C^2 (not times).


Boyd said...

Does that make me a bigger idiot than shaq? Ha ha. I fixed it, thanks.


Anonymous said...

I'm glad to see Baron Davis on this list. He's regarded like some sort of legendary point guard for reasons I don't entirely understand. Maybe it's the beard...

Gilbert Arenas played only 13 games this season, and Washington improved by two wins. Washington's management decides he's worth a 6-year, $111 million contract, which, if my math is correct, is a lot more money than they're paying Butler. WTF?!!

Good post btw.

Anonymous said...

I'm with you on Rasheed. I get sick of hearing about his potential. He's been in the league how many years and we're still talking about his potential?

Anonymous said...

Where's the love for Al Jefferson on the most underrated list, man. Dude's good for twenty and ten every night and will be for the next ten years. And I'm with "anonymous" on Gilbert Arenas being overrated. He's a nutjob and he didn't give some of that money back to the Wizards out of concern for the team's future. He did it so he won't look like Greg Ostertag (sp?) in a couple of years with a huge contract and not good enough numbers to back the money up.

By the way, do you know where I can buy an actual Jock Stap? I've been searching for hours.

-Jim (Boyd's older[and funnier] brother) that's a parenthetical statement inside a parenthetical statement, which is awesome

Anonymous said...

Great blog and lol @ no pic for Vince Carter. But 2 names were left out that I would have liked to see on this list: Stephon Marbury (overrated player with a lot of talent but he wasted it) and Joe Johnson (most underrated player in the NBA IMO)
He is a great all-around player who is not only a great field goal shooter but has a beautiful 3 pt shot and for a guard he is decent on the boards (averaged 4.2 rpg in his career). Although 06-07 was his best year so far (averaged 25.0 pts) he didn't and STILL doesnt get the glory he deserves because he plays on a young team that barely made it into the playoffs this year. This season he averaged 21.7 pts, 4.5 rpg and 5.8 apg. Not to mention he is an undercover All-Star and very exciting to watch (his crossover is SICK)...anyway I didn't mean to write an essay lol but ppl have slept on him since his days in Phoenix, just wanna see him get more love