Some people might get up-in-arms about what I’m gonna say in this article. Believe it or not, many NBA fans hold their favorite stars in very high regard and will defend them at any length. Yet here I am to ruin these good people’s day by telling them their favorite player is overrated.
Saying something (or somebody) is overrated doesn’t always have to be an entirely bad thing though. Every player on this list is easily a top 50 talent in the NBA, each with a ceiling that exceeds their current status as “overrated” (for the most part). I present to you, 3CoSports official 2018-19 All NBA Overrated team…
Eric Bledsoe, Milwaukee Bucks
Bledsoe looked great this season…in games where the Bucks were convincingly defeating their opposition. In tight games, Bledsoe was a much different player. Once again, we saw Bledsoe meltdown into a very ineffective lead guard during the playoffs (at least it wasn’t at the hands of Terry Rozier this time) as the Bucks turned to George Hill more often than not. Unfortunately for Bledsoe (and the Bucks, who have him locked up for the next few years), he might be doomed to forever be the lite version of Russell Westbrook.
Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns
Booker is a great scorer, yet on defense he is as bad as they come. Likewise, for a two-guard he is a rather mediocre playmaker (although he did average 6.8 a game this year, I think his assist numbers benefitted from the Suns lack of a true point guard). With each year, Booker’s stats improve, yet his team’s record gets worse. While there may be no solid causation between these two trends, it elevates concerns that Booker can lead a contender. I hate to use the phrase empty stats, but I think it is appropriate when used in the context of Booker, considering his team’s struggles despite his impressive stat sheets.
Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics
Tatum has a superstar upside, but this season he fell well short of expectations. Coming off of an impressive rookie campaign, many expected Tatum to elevate his game to a whole new level in 2019. Yet what we saw from him instead was stagnation and passiveness, as he looked more like the timid rookie from the beginning of the 2017 season than the aggressive scorer we saw during the 2018 playoffs. This case can be chalked up to unreal expectations, but given the hype surrounding Tatum heading into the season, it’s hard to name a player more qualified for this list.
Pascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors
Siakam was a breakout star for the Raptors this season, as he improved greatly on both ends of the floor, yet I find him to be a highly overrated player thanks to stats alone. As much as Siakam has been talked up this season, I don’t see the same upside in him on the offensive end that many other analysts do. His offensive game is still very raw, but he does a good job of scoring off of hustle plays. While his defensive versatility is incredibly valuable to the Raptors, calling him a long term centerpiece is a major stretch in my opinion. There may have been other strong candidates for this spot (Ben Simmons if you consider him to be a power forward), but I think Siakam is the most deserving considering how much he has been talked up in these last few months.
DeMarcus Cousins, Golden State Warriors
Cousins was considered to be the best center in the NBA by many fans heading into this season, yet the Cousins we saw was a far different player. There were several stretches throughout the season where Boogie looked lost on both ends of the court, to the point that some deemed him to be “unplayable” in Golden State’s scheme. While he remains a star in the league, it’s quite possible that Cousins’ days as a top 5 player at his position are over.