The NBA is a league full of enormous talent and a ton of players with massive potential. There are a lot of players that amaze us on a day-to-day basis, such as LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, etc. On the same token, there are plenty of players that make us scratch our head every time we watch them. We expect so much out of these athletes, who are the elite physical specimens that the world has to offer. So it’s no surprise that we get frustrated when they under achieve.
So, who are the most frustrating players in the NBA?
10. Metta World Peace
The player formerly known as Ron Artest is one of the most explosive guys in the league. And I’m speaking about emotionally. He plays with a fire, and nobody will doubt that. But he just does stupid things, such as run into the stands and fight a fan or throw a vicious elbow at James Harden. His strength is defensively, and he’ll be remembered as one of the best perimeter defensive players of his generation. Offensively, he’s average at best, especially at this point in his career. But he thinks he’s better than he is, which can be extremely detrimental to his team. I’d be awfully frustrated if I were a Laker fan and I saw him forcing bad three-pointers.
9. Baron Davis
When was the last time this guy was actually in shape? I’m serious. For someone who has posted monster numbers in the past, and has shown that he can really play, he is a huge under achiever. We all remember his time on the Warriors, when he led his eight seed team to victory against Dirk and the number one-seeded Dallas Mavericks. He thrives off of the crowd and the energy in the building, which can be a positive. But he can easily lose interest, and it’s not pretty. If you don’t want to take my word for it, ask any Clippers fan.
8. Lamar Odom
Lamar Odom has all of the tools to be an unstoppable player in the NBA. He’s 7 feet tall, can handle the ball, rebound, shoot pass, and defend. And for a while, Odom is very good. He thrived off the bench for the Los Angeles Lakers, and was a championship piece. Like many people on this list, Odom can become uninterested quickly. We saw that this past season with the Dallas Mavericks, where he was a non-factor and eventually left the team.
7. Josh Smith
Similar to many of the guys on this list, it’s obvious that Smith has all the physical tools you could ask for. He does a lot of things very well, and has been a big time contributor during his time in the league. But when he starts doing things well, he gets very eager. And that’s when he starts launching threes and turning the ball over. He’s a stat-sheet stuffer, but he sometimes doesn’t know his limits. Not to mention, Smith loves his very long two point jump shots. He isn’t bad at it, but it’s a very inefficient shot statistically.
6. Tony Allen
Tony Allen can offer a lot to a team. He’s an excellent defender, and is regarded as one of the best in the league as a perimeter defender. Add to the fact that he is extremely athletic and active on both ends of the floor, Tony Allen is certainly a valuable asset. As a Celtics fan, I loved him at times, because he would go head-to-head with the best of them. But then he would miss a lay-up on the other end, making me realize that he has his downfalls. He has no jump shot to speak of, which can really slow down a team’s offense. As good as he is defensively, his offensive shortcomings are just too much sometimes. He has the athletic ability to be an offensive weapon, but we haven’t really seen it out of him yet. It’s frustrating because if he became something offensively, he would be an extremely dangerous player.
5. Javale McGee
Big men are at a premium in the NBA. Even more so, there are very few athletic 7 footers. Javale McGee is as athletic as they come, and is a legitimate 7 feet tall. Don’t get me wrong, McGee is far from a scrub: he averaged 11 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game last season. But there are times when you watch him and you can’t help but think about how good he would be with a move or two and his head on straight. There is nothing stopping him from being an even better rim protector, as it seems like he has springs in his shoes. He runs the floor pretty well, which is an amazing asset for someone of his size and athleticism. Still, you can’t help but wonder why he isn’t one of the elite big men in the league.
4. Brook Lopez
Lopez is probably one of the better scorers at his position, and very few will doubt that. He has proved to be a 19/20 point scorer over the past few years, which is nothing to laugh at. What is laughable is his rebounding. The dude is 7 feet tall and is an absolutely horrendous rebounder. In only a few games last season, Lopez only posted 3.6 boards per game, and only 5.9 two years ago. You have to think that just by simply being 7 feet tall, a few boards a game will simply fall into your lap. Why is he not averaging 10 rebounds per game? There is no good reason for this, especially for someone who gets starters minutes. His rebounding single-handedly makes him an extremely frustrating player.
3. Andrew Bynum
When the conversation comes up about Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum, Bynum’s advantage is his post-game. He can fill it up, and we’ll probably see more of that this season with Kobe Bryant out of the equation. He has all of the physical tools that you want out of your big man, and more. You can tell Bynum plays with a chip on his shoulder, which is something that people question about Dwight Howard. But Bynum can really become uninterested, and it’s ugly. Because when he is, he’s wandering around the three-point line and completely goofing off. Bynum is just immature, and it’s alarming that he hasn’t grown up yet.
2. Rajon Rondo
We all know the story here. As soon as everyone starts talking about his attitude, and the fact that he can’t really shoot, he shuts us all up by out playing almost everyone in the league in the playoffs by posting triple-double after triple-double. It’s almost as if he needs the fire lit under him. Defensively, he’s excellent. His long arms and athleticism allow him to play much bigger than he is, and we’ve seen him man up on a much bigger LeBron James and do an admirable job. Rondo will get to the hoop, even when a defense is backing off of him. It’s the weirdest thing, but he makes it work. If he could hit a wide open mid-range jumper, and I mean wide open, he would be practically unstoppable. And imagine if he became a decent overall shooter, and even expanded to the three-point line?
1. Russell Westbrook
Westbrook is an unbelievable athlete, and is almost unmatched physically at his position. He could easily be the best player on a lot of teams in this league, it just so happens that he plays with Kevin Durant. He is a one man fast-break, and can really score from most places on the floor. If he played within himself, he would be unstoppable. But, he doesn’t do that. He tends to get in “chuck mode” from time to time, where he takes the ball up the floor, dribbles around, and takes a bad shot. Meanwhile, Kevin Durant and James Harden are being completely ignored. It’s frustrating that he can’t run an efficient offense and get the ball to the right players at the right spots. This is double-sided: it’s so frustrating to watch him because you know how good he can be.
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