NBA Fans love to give young players crazy comparisons and put such vast expectations on them. NBA Fans also love to overrate tons of players by throwing about the word G.O.A.T, a word used in a multitude of NBA Players, past and present.
Lastly, a player can be overrated based on the contract he has/received. Calling a player overrated does not mean that the player is bad, it means that the player just isn’t as good as people make them out to be.
Coming out of High School and College, Andrew Wiggins was a highly touted prospect and was compared to LeBron James due to his high-flying abilities. After being selected first overall in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, he was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves, alongside Anthony Bennett, in exchange for Kevin Love. Wiggins then went on to win the Rookie of the Year Award and up until his third season, he was looking like someone who was going to be special.
Since his third year, Wiggins has been mediocre. Andrew Wiggins is someone who scores a lot of points but that’s really it. At his 6’8 frame, he is a below-average rebounder, recording a measly 4.3 rebounds per game. He is someone who is a bad defender and even though he does score a ton of points, he is extremely inefficient. Last year, though he did average 18.1 points per game, he shot 41% from the field and just under 34% from three and As stated by Kirk Goldsberry, “Out of 133 Players with at least 500 FGA, Andrew Wiggins is 132nd in TS%".
Now you can attribute these past few horrible seasons by Andrew Wiggins to poor coaching or even Jimmy Butler, but the real reason as to why he is as mediocre as he is currently is his motivation to the game.
Wiggins is someone who has had everything handed to him. He was the top pick, never had to fight for minutes, and was given a Max Rookie Extension after his third year. To add insult to injury, his near 30 million dollar contract makes it almost impossible to trade him so it seems as if the Timberwolves will be stuck with him until he becomes a Free Agent in 2023.
Tobias Harris re-signed with the Philadelphia 76ers on a 5 year/$180 million deal. Tobias hasn’t done anything in his career to even warrant anything close to that kind of money and I believe the Sixers made a mistake by giving it to him. Last year, Tobias was having a good season for the Los Angeles Clippers, averaging 20.9 points and 7.9 rebounds on 49.6 percent from the field and 43.4 percent from three.
But, in a shock to everyone, the Clippers decided to trade Tobias at the deadline to the Philadelphia Sixers. When he arrived in Philly, his production dipped as his points per game went down from 20.9 to 18.2, but it made sense as his role change and he went from the 1st option on the Clippers to a 4th option on the Sixers.
Regardless of this, the biggest issue was how his efficiency drastically declined. He went from 49.6 percent from the field, 43.4 percent from the three-point line and a True Shooting Percentage of 60.5% with the Clippers to 46.9% from the field, 32.6% shooting from the three-point line, and a True Shooting Percentage of 56.2%. Not to mention his production continued to dip in the playoffs.
After that abysmal performance for the Sixers, you would think that the Sixers would hesitate to give a player such as Tobias Harris, who has played on a total of 5 different teams and someone who has never made an All-Star team of an All-NBA team, a max Contract.
Gordon Hayward is a player who has always been solid but never someone who stood out. It took Hayward seven seasons to make an All-Star team and that was enough for the Celtics to sign him to a 4 year, 128 million dollar max contract. But with Hayward, unfortunately, suffering gruesome leg injury a season ago, it doesn’t look like he will live up to that contract.
But even without the contract, Gordon Hayward seemed to just be a player who had success in a system and just wasn’t worth the max contract that the Boston Celtics gave him.
Jayson Tatum coming out of college and in his early NBA career is someone who has had comparisons to Carmelo Anthony due to his isolation abilities and his love for the long two-point shot. But Jayson Tatum is doesn’t have the incredible scoring ability that a prime Carmelo Anthony had. People were saying Tatum should’ve won the 2018 Rookie of the Year award even though he only averaged 13.9 points per game.
Jayson Tatum did have a great postseason in 2018 but was unable to replicate that same success this past season. Now, Jayson Tatum is someone who I believe will have a great NBA career but to compare him to Carmelo Anthony is just absurd.