20 Most Overrated NBA Players in the League Right Now

20 Most Overrated NBA Players in the League Right Now

There are a lot of players in the NBA that receive a lot of attention every year, but the most overrated NBA players might receive a little too much attention. They enter the season with high expectations or large contracts, but never truly live up to the massive hype that surrounds them. 

In fact, it seems like every team has an overrated player these days and some of them have several. Relying on them too heavily generally leads to disaster and they’re often more effective in a ‘sidekick’ or No. 2 role, despite getting superstar attention and superstar-level contracts. 

Why these players get so much attention is beyond me. It’s not that they aren’t good basketball players and it’s not that they don’t have a place on the roster, but they certainly aren’t as good or valuable as people lead you to believe. Instead, they’re inconsistent or unavailable at best. 

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Who Are the Most Overrated NBA Players?

20 Most Overrated NBA Players in the League Right Now
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You might be wondering who the most overrated NBA players are in the league right now. In fact, there are probably a couple of players that immediately come to your mind when you hear the term ‘overrated’ — I know I have a few names swimming around in my mind already.

Don’t worry, we’re going to break down our top 20 most overrated NBA players below. We’re going to take several things into consideration, including expectations vs. reality, their salary, their current role, how many minutes they receive, when they were drafted, and much more. 

Honorable Mentions: Zach LaVine, Joel Embiid, Nicolas Batum, Lauri Markkanen, Montrezl Harrell, Blake Griffin, Pascal Siakam, Dwight Howard, Gordon Hayward, and Jusuf Nurkić

20. Paul George

Seasons: 2010-present (11 seasons)

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Clippers

2020 Stats: 54 games, 33.7 minutes, 23.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.4 blocks per game

2021 Salary: $35.45 million

Career Stats: 706 games, 33.5 minutes, 20.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.7 steals, 0.4 blocks per game

Paul George was drafted by the Indiana Pacers with the 10th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. He gradually improved over the first four years of his career, but a scary season-ending injury during the 2014-15 season brought an immediate halt to that improvement. 

That was six seasons ago and while George has posted more than 21 points per game in each season — including a career-high 28.0 points per game in 2018 — he has struggled to lead a team in the playoffs and frequently chokes under pressure. Great player, but not when it counts.

19. Kyrie Irving

Seasons: 2011-present (10 seasons)

Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets

2020 Stats: 54 games, 34.9 minutes, 26.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.7 blocks per game

2021 Salary: $35.33 million 

Career Stats: 582 games, 33.9 minutes, 22.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.4 blocks per game

Kyrie Irving is one of the most skilled dribblers of all-time and can score as well as anyone else in the league. Unfortunately, his frequent unavailability and constant drama causes a lot of unnecessary distractions to him, his teammates, and the city he’s supposed to represent. 

Irving was the No. 1 overall draft pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2011 NBA Draft. He made an immediate impact in the NBA and has only posted below 20 points per game in two of his 10 seasons. His lack of leadership and frequent injuries are becoming a problem, though. 

18. P.J. Tucker

Seasons: 2006-present (10 seasons)

Teams: Toronto Raptors, Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, Miami Heat

2020 Stats: 52 games, 26.1 minutes, 3.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.3 blocks per game

2021 Salary: $7.00 million

Career Stats: 706 games, 29.1 minutes, 7.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.3 blocks per game

P.J. Tucker was drafted by the Toronto Raptors in the second round of the 2006 NBA Draft. He played in 17 games as a rookie, but played overseas for the next five seasons — including Israel, Ukraine, Greece, Italy, and Germany. He made a return to the NBA in 2012.

Since then, he has been a reliable player that rarely misses games. He’s best known for his defense, but doesn’t combine that with a lot of offensive prowess. Despite averaging over 29 minutes per game in his career, he has never averaged more than 9.4 points per game. 

17. Andre Iguodala

Seasons: 2004-present (17 seasons)

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat

2020 Stats: 63 games, 21.3 minutes, 4.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.6 blocks per game

2021 Salary: $2.64 million

Career Stats: 1,193 games, 32.5 minutes, 11.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.5 setals, 0.5 blocks per game

Andre Iguodala entered the league in 2004 as the Philadelphia 76ers’ 9th overall draft pick. After averaging 9.0 points per game as a rookie, he would average more than 12.3 points per game in each of the next eight seasons — including a career-high 19.9 points per game in 2007.

Since then, he has failed to average double-digit points per game and is best known as a stout defender. He’s frequently haunted by air balls and doesn’t always make the best decisions on the floor. He was, however, the 2014-15 NBA Finals MVP, which is something to be proud of. 

16. Tobias Harris

Seasons: 2011-present (10 seasons)

Teams: Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers

2020 Stats: 62 games, 32.5 minutes, 19.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.8 blocks per game

2021 Salary: $35.99 million

Career Stats: 680 games, 31.0 minutes, 16.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.5 blocks per game

Tobias Harris was the 19th overall pick by the Charlotte Bobcats in the 2011 NBA Draft. He never played a game for the team and was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks on draft night. Since then, he has played on five different teams and struggled to find a permanent home in the NBA. 

A large reason why is because he’s very talented and can score the ball with ease, but he’s not as consistent as you’d like to see and doesn’t have the leadership you want out of a $36 million player. He has found a home in Philly, but his contract limits their ability to build around him.

15. Aaron Gordon

Seasons: 2014-present (7 seasons)

Teams: Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets

2020 Stats: 50 games, 27.7 minutes, 12.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.7 blocks per game

2021 Salary: $16.41 million

Career Stats: 453 games, 28.5 minutes, 12.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.6 blocks per game

When you draft someone with the 4th overall pick, you expect them to be the face of the franchise for many years to come. That’s exactly what the Orlando Magic were hoping for when they drafted Aaron Gordon in 2014, but it’s far from what they ended up receiving out of him. 

He played in just 47 games his rookie season and didn’t average double-digit points until his third season. He scored a career-high 17.6 points and 7.9 rebounds per game in 2017, but has been in a gradual decline ever since. — averaging jus 12.4 points and 5.7 rebounds in 2020.

14. Russell Westbrook

Seasons: 2008-present (13 seasons)

Teams: Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers

2020 Stats: 65 games, 36.4 minutes, 22.2 points, 11.5 rebounds, 11.7 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.4 blocks per game

2021 Salary: $44.21 million

Career Stats: 944 games, 34.7 minutes, 23.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 8.5 assists, 1.7 steals, 0.3 blocks per game

Russell Westbrook will go down as one of the most explosive players to ever step foot on the court, as well as one of the most versatile. He has averaged a triple-double in four of his last five seasons and has averaged more than 21.8 points per game in 11 straight seasons. 

With that said, he’s not much of a leader, lets his temper get the best of him, is on the wrong side of too many technical fouls, and fails to turn his team into a consistent winner. He might fill the stat sheet, but there’s a reason he has never won a championship and may never will. 

13. Andrew Wiggins

Seasons: 2014-present (7 seasons)

Teams: Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors

2020 Stats: 71 games, 33.3 minutes, 18.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.9 steals, 1.0 block per game

2021 Salary: $31.58 million

Career Stats: 526 games, 35.4 minutes, 19.5 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.0 steal, 0.7 blocks per game

Not many people can say they were drafted first overall, but Andrew Wiggins earned that milestone in 2014 thanks to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Unfortunately, he never played a game for the team and was traded for the likes of Kevin Love before his rookie season ever started. 

He started his career with the Minnesota Timberwolves and they had high hopes for him, but he could never help the team get over the hump. He can score pretty well, but has never shot better than 48% from the field in a season and is far from the player we all expected him to be. 

12. DeAndre Jordan

Seasons: 2008-present

Teams: Los Angeles Clippers, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Lakers

2020 Stats: 57 games, 21.9 minutes, 7.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.3 steals, 1.1 blocks per game

2021 Salary: $2.64 million 

Career Stats: 933 games, 27.4 minutes, 9.4 points, 10.6 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 0.6 steals, 1.6 blocks per game

DeAndre Jordan was a member of the Los Angeles Clippers’ big three, which included Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. He was never expected to be a leader and played well in his role with the team, largely because Paul and Griffin demanded a lot of attention from opposing defenses. 

He averaged a double-double every year from 2013-2018, but hasn’t been the same since being traded. He’s not nearly as effective on the defensive end and frequently makes mistakes on that end of the floor. He can still rebound the ball, but that’s the case with most players 6’11’’ or taller. 

11. Al Horford

Seasons: 2007-present (14 seasons)

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, Oklahoma City Thunder

2020 Stats: 28 games, 27.9 minutes, 14.2 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.9 blocks per game

2021 Salary: $27.00 million

Career Stats: 881 games, 32.5 minutes, 13.9 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.2 blocks per game

Al Horford was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks with the third overall pick in 2007. In 14 seasons, he has never posted more than 18.6 points per game and has only averaged one double-double in his career (2012-13). You would expect more from someone drafted right after Kevin Durant

For the most part, NBA teams sign Horford for his leadership and ability to control a locker room. While that’s certainly needed in today’s NBA, you would expect a little more on the floor from someone you’re paying $27 million per year. It doesn’t give the team much salary room. 

10. Lonzo Ball

Seasons: 2017-present (4 seasons)

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans, Chicago Bulls

2020 Stats: 55 games, 31.8 minutes, 14.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.6 blocks per game

2021 Salary: $18.60 million

Career Stats: 217 games, 32.1 minutes, 11.7 points, 5.8 rebounds, 6.4 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.6 blocks per game

Lonzo Ball was the second overall draft pick by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2017. He was expected to be their point guard for the future, but that never materialized and he was eventually run out of town once LeBron James started having a say in what happens in Los Angeles. 

When you look at some of the players drafted behind Lonzo Ball — such as Jayson Tatum, De’Aaron Fox, Donovan Mitchell, and Bam Adebayo — you start to see just how overrated he has become. Now entering his fifth year, he still has yet to cement himself in this league. 

9. Julius Randle

Seasons: 2014-present (7 seasons)

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans, New York Knicks

2020 Stats: 71 games, 37.6 minutes, 24.1 points, 10.2 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.3 blocks per game

2021 Salary: $21.78 million

Career Stats: 446 games, 30.5 minutes, 17.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.4 blocks per game

Speaking of the Los Angeles Lakers, they had a lot of hope for Julius Randle when they drafted him 7th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft. Unfortunately, he suffered a broken leg in his NBA debut and missed the entire 2014-15 season as a result. That’s not a good way to start your career. 

While he has steadily improved every year since and is starting to reinvent himself with the New York Knicks, he’s still far too inconsistent and often shoots the ball far too much on a daily basis. I think he’ll continue to improve in New York, but that won’t stop him from being overrated. 

8. Kevin Love

Seasons: 2008-present (13 seasons)

Teams: Minnesota Timberwolves, Cleveland Cavaliers

2020 Stats: 25 games, 24.9 minutes, 12.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.1 blocks per game

2021 Salary: $31.26 million

Career Stats: 738 games, 31.7 minutes, 18.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.4 blocks per game

We mentioned Kevin Love earlier when he was traded from the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Andrew Wiggins. Although he won a championship with LeBron James in 2016, his move to the Cavaliers could be the worst thing that could’ve happened to his career. 

Love averaged more than 20 points per game in three of his six seasons in Minnesota. He hasn’t done that in any of his seasons in Cleveland. He also averaged a double-double in five of his six seasons in Minnesota, but has only done that in two of his seven years in Cleveland.

7. Kemba Walker

Seasons: 2011-present (10 seasons)

Teams: Charlotte Bobcats, Charlotte Hornets, Boston Celtics, New York Knicks

2020 Stats: 43 games, 31.8 minutes, 19.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.4 blocks per game

2021 Salary: $36.02 million

Career Stats: 704 games, 33.7 minutes, 19.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.4 blocks per game

Kemba Walker was drafted ninth overall in 2011 by the Charlotte Bobcats. After failing to average more than 17.7 points per game in his first four seasons, he finally made a big leap in 2015 when he averaged 20.9 points, 5.2 assists, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.6 steals per game. 

He would go on to average more than 20 points per game in five straight seasons, but that streak ended in 2020. He has been riddled with injuries over the past two seasons and doesn’t live up to his $36 million contract — making him the 11th-highest paid player in the NBA. 

6. Andre Drummond

Seasons: 2012-present (9 seasons)

Teams: Detroit Pistons, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers

2020 Stats: 46 games, 27.0 minutes, 14.9 points, 12.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.1 blocks per game

2021 Salary: $2.40 million

Career Stats: 645 games, 30.7 minutes, 14.5 points, 13.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.5 blocks per game

Andre Drummond will go down as one of the best rebounders the league has ever seen, especially in the modern era. It’s what he does best, but is perhaps the only thing he does well consistently. He has never averaged more than 17.7 points per game, which he did in 2019. 

His lack of versatility is why he went from being paid $27 million to $2.4 million in just a two-year span. He doesn’t add much value offensively, other than grabbing offensive rebounds — which is definitely needed, but being one of the worst free throw shooters in the league isn’t helping him. 

5. Kyle Kuzma

Seasons: 2017-present (4 seasons)

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers, Washington Wizards

2020 Stats: 68 games, 28.7 minutes, 12.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.6 blocks per game

2021 Salary: $13.00 million

Career Stats: 276 games, 29.7 minutes, 15.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.5 blocks per game

Kyle Kuzma quickly made a name for himself with the Los Angeles Lakers after being traded by the Brooklyn Nets on draft night. The 27th overall draft pick in 2017 played in 77 games his rookie season, averaging more than 31 minutes and 16 points per game — more than expected.

He had an even better sophomore season in the NBA, but has been on a steady decline ever since. He has averaged under 13 points per game in the past two seasons, shooting just 44% from the field in both 2019 and 2020. We’ll see if he can reinvent himself with the Wizards. 

4. Kristaps Porzingis

Seasons: 2015-present (5 seasons)

Teams: New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks

2020 Stats: 43 games, 30.9 minutes, 20.1 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.5 steals, 1.3 blocks per game

2021 Salary: $31.65 million

Career Stats: 286 games, 31.1 minutes, 18.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.7 steals, 1.9 blocks per game

Kristaps Porzingis was the New York Knicks’ fourth overall pick in 2015. He was one of the top prospects that year after proving his talent overseas. Over the next three years, he rose to stardom as the Knicks’ most promising player, averaging 22.7 points per game in 2017-18

Unfortunately, an ACL injury derailed his entire 2018-19 season and disagreements with the Knicks’ front office eventually led to him being traded to the Dallas Mavericks. He hasn’t been the same since and has struggled to find consistent chemistry alongside Luka Doncic. 

3. John Wall

Seasons: 2010-present (10 seasons)

Teams: Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets

2020 Stats: 40 games, 32.2 minutes, 20.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 6.9 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.8 blocks per game

2021 Salary: $44.31 million

Career Stats: 613 games, 35.6 minutes, 19.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 9.1 assists, 1.7 steals, 0.7 blocks per game

After a successful career at the University of Kentucky, the Washington Wizards selected John Wall first overall in 2010. He made an immediate impact on the team and gradually improved over the next four seasons. By 2013, he was averaging 19.3 points and 8.8 assists per game

In 2014, he averaged his first double-double — something he ended up doing three straight years. Unfortunately, he has been declining ever since and is always struggling with injury. As the third-highest paid player in the league, you need him to be more available and consistent.

2. Ben Simmons

Seasons: 2017-present (4 seasons)

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers

2020 Stats: 58 games, 32.4 minutes, 14.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 6.9 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.6 blocks per game

2021 Salary: $33.00 million

Career Stats: 275 games, 33.9 minutes, 15.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, 7.7 assists, 1.7 steals, 0.7 blocks per game

Let’s be honest, Ben Simmons is slowly becoming the laughing stock of the NBA and it’s only getting worse. He was once touted as one of the most intriguing prospects the NBA has seen and had an opportunity to be one of the league’s most dynamic, versatile, and dominant players. 

He can do a lot of things well, including the work he does down low and his ability to get teammates involved. Unfortunately, he can’t shoot the ball from anywhere on the court, doesn’t know how to play well when it matters most, and doesn’t have any leadership skills at all. 

1. Draymond Green

Seasons: 2012-present (9 seasons)

Teams: Golden State Warriors

2020 Stats: 63 games, 31.5 minutes, 7.0 points, 7.1 rebounds, 8.9 assists, 1.7 steals 0.8 blocks per game

2021 Salary: $24.03 million

Career Stats: 640 games, 28.5 minutes, 8.8 points, 6.9 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.0 blocks per game

Draymond Green is perhaps the most overrated NBA player in the league right now and potentially of all-time. He can fill a stat sheet up and does a lot of things well when on the court, but a majority of his success is a result of the future Hall of Famers he plays alongside. 

He hasn’t averaged more than 8.0 points per game in the past three years, has never averaged a double-double, doesn’t shoot well from long range, is shooting 44% from the field in his career, and is called for far too many technicals. All that aside, the Warriors seem to really like him. 

Who Are the Most Overrated NBA Players of All-Time?

Overrated players are nothing new to the NBA. In fact, there have been overrated players ever since the NBA began in 1946. It’s not unusual for a player to receive a lot of praise, heavy attention, and high expectations, just to underperform and come short when needed most.

For example, some of the most overrated NBA players of all-time include Paul Pierce, Carmelo Anthony, Vince Carter, Tracy McGrady, Isaiah Thomas, Allen Iverson, Pete Maravich, Amar’e Stoudemire, James Worthy, Joakim Noah, Rudy Gay, and Dominique Wilkins.

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There will always be overrated players in the NBA, but the most overrated NBA players will go down in history as the few that received too much hype — especially when it mattered most. The real question is, who would you have on your personal list of the most overrated NBA players?

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