NBA players are without any single kind of doubt the most gifted and talented basketball players in the world, as they’re part of an elite group among millions of ballers across the globe that want to fulfill their dreams of playing at the highest of levels.
We often tend to think of NBA players as superhumans that are pretty much perfectly rounded players and that can do a little bit of everything every time they set foot on the hardwood, but that image isn’t always true to reality.
See, even though they’re top tier sportsmen and they are obviously light years better than most of their competition, all of them got flaws in their game that may improve if they care enough to put some work in the gym on it.
And that’s why today we’re going to point 10 players and their biggest flaws, so if you’re a big fan of them, please don’t get mad at us, just recognize that even the best ballers in the world can still improve a bit.
10. Lonzo Ball - Shooting %
Lonzo Ball has been quite inconsistent through the first 18 games of his career, and regardless of what media and his father say, this young man has to put a lot of work in the gym if he wants to be half as good as everybody’s expecting him to do, especially when it comes to his terrible shooting.
Ball can push up-tempo, isn’t the worst defender in the world, is a very solid rebounder and a terrific passer, but he’s one of the worst shooters the league has seen in the last couple of years, with a really ugly and low release that grants him a lot of blocked shots. So far, he’s averaging a terrible 30% from the floor and 28% from beyond the arc.
9. Kristaps Porzingis - Rebounding
Kristaps Porzingis is a much better defender than we all expected out of him, and he never ceases to amaze with his offensive skillset and ability to put up points from everywhere in the floor despite being a 7 footer.
Nonetheless, for a 7 footer and a player that spends so many minutes playing below the rim, his rebounding is mediocre at best, averaging roughly 7 boards per game and looking kind of lazy in box outs at times, struggling to gain and maintain position even against smaller opposition.
8. Nikola Jokic - Defense
Ever since holding onto the starting center job for the Denver Nuggets, Nikola Jokic has constantly made the highlight reels with his no-look / between the legs / behind the back passes and his ability to stretch the floor and connect from beyond the arc.
Nevertheless, even among one of the worst defensive teams in the league the past season, he was a very bad defender, and he only averages 0.6 blocks per game this campaign despite his size and position.
7. Blake Griffin - Blocks
Blake Griffin has always been an offensive machine and a dominant force due to his athleticism, strength and round up physique, but truth to be told, he’s always also been cataloged as a very soft defender, and for very good reason.
Griffin can score in bunches and has improved in every aspect of the game but one since entering the league: his swats. See, throughout his career, he’s averaged just 0.6 blocks per game, really low to be considered an elite power forward in the National Basketball Association.
6. DeMarcus Cousins, James Harden, Russell Westbrook - Turnovers
Those three ballers are part of basketball elite, with Cousins being perhaps the most gifted offensive big man in the league while Harden and Westbrook went at it the whole past campaign to try and determine who’d take home the MVP award.
Even though, they’ve got to be way more careful with the rock in their hands. Of course, when you have so many offensive touches like Westbrook and Harden, it’s normal to have high turnover numbers, while Cousins often loses control while driving and gets called for offensive fouls. Still, 3.5 turnovers per game seem way too high for elite players.
5. LeBron James - Minutes
Truth to be told, father time hasn’t been mean to LeBron James, and he seems as fast, healthy and strong as he did when he first got to the league right out of college back then in 2003, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers in every aspect of the game.
Still, racking up a lot of minutes in November may take a huge toll in the Cavs’ playoff chances, especially considering the King is already 32 years old. Having said that, he definitely needs to take those 37.9 minutes per game down a notch.
4. D'Angelo Russell - Free Throws
D’Angelo Russell was considered to be something like the second coming of James Harden when he was at Ohio State, but he’s mightily disappointed with his offensive inconsistency and lack of playmaking so far throughout his NBA career.
And one of the aspects of his game that definitely needs more work right now is he’s shooting from the charity stripe, as he’s a career 68.3% shooter from the line, a terrible number for a combo guard that’s constantly getting fouled.
3. Marcus Smart - Shooting
Marcus Smart is a terrific ball handler and passer and perhaps one of the best backcourt defenders in the league, but he just shouldn’t average that many shots per game in Brad Stevens offense, especially considering most of them come from beyond the arc.
Smart constantly bricks up shots from distance and it winds up hurting his team, as he’s a terrific driver but a terrible shooter. So far, He’s 35% shooter and he only connects in 28% of his attempts from three-point land despite shooting almost 5 times per game from there.
2. Karl-Anthony Towns - Assists
Karl-Anthony Towns has improved a lot and is getting more and more terrifying as time goes by, but he still needs to put a lot of work when it comes to his passing, as he constantly drives and doesn’t get his head up trying to find the open man.
The Timberwolves offense constantly gets stalled and looks static at times, and Towns needs to do a better work making his teammates better, and averaging just 1.4 assists per game for a guy that has so many touches down low is something unacceptable.
1. Carmelo Anthony - Driving
And finally, Carmelo Anthony gets our last call, as he’s lost pretty much all his touch when it comes to driving to the lane. Anthony used to be an elite driver when he was a young and athletic scorer in Denver, but now he’s just settled for ball stopping and chugging up shots.
This season, Carmelo’s averaging just 1.4 points on drives, and that takes a lot out of his game that has become pretty much unidimensional at this point. Of course, when you’re such a good shooter, it may not seem like an issue, but that’s one of the reasons why he often struggles so much in isolation.