Confidence is crucial for NBA players, as they got to believe in their own capacities in order to not be bullied around by the most talented athletes on earth, as well as not to choke during crunch time.
Nonetheless, overconfidence is something that backfires more often than not, with players constantly betting on themselves rather than doing what’s actually best for the team that actually pays their bills.
Some players never get back to their former level after suffering several injuries, or just because father times takes its toll on them.
Others, well, simply weren’t as good as they thought, and today, we’re going to let you know about the top 10 players that aren’t as good as they think.
10. Brandon Jennings
Brandon Jennings entered the league with a lot of praise and hype after being one of the highest ranked prospects in the world and spending some time overseas instead of going to college and play for the NCAA, a very bold move at the time.
Jennings is actually extremely talented despite not being much of a shooter, but following the injuries he’s suffered over the last couple of years, he’s not quite there yet and he may never be, regardless of what he thinks.
9. Evan Turner
Evan Turner is one of the biggest Draft busts of the decade after going as high as the 2nd overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers, but he’s never been able to live up to the expectations surrounding a top 3 pick.
Turner won’t hesitate to hog the ball on offense and brick shot after shot, while not being much of a defensive factor either. Also, he��s getting paid a lot of money he’s never earned, something that has inflated his ego a lot as well.
8. Chandler Parsons
Chandler Parsons was actually on track to become a very solid player when he decided to join the Memphis Grizzlies, and even though he may not be that kind of All-Star talent, he was looking like a solid scoring forward.
Nonetheless, injuries really took a toll on his career up to the point where he became one of the worst signings in NBA history, and we definitely doubt he’ll ever go back at being merely productive.
7. Joakim Noah
Joakim Noah went through a huge feud with coach Jeff Hornacek after the ladder refused to include him on the team’s rotation, mostly because of how poorly Noah fared during his debut season at the Madison Square Garden.
Noah still feels like he can contribute a lot on defense but honestly, he just looked washed out and out of rhythm all year long, and he’s going to find it extremely difficult to make a comeback unless he leaves his ego aside and agrees to a buyout and coming off the bench.
6. Tristan Thompson
Tristan Thompson was vastly overhyped, mostly by LeBron James himself, after the Canadian had a couple of great performances as an offensive rebounder, getting a huge extension by the Cavs but failing to pay off for that kind of money.
Thompson’s offensive game is pretty much nonexistent, he bricks freebies with both hands, he’s terrible at ball handling and he’s not much of a rim protector either, so other than his feelings for the offensive board, he doesn’t bring much to the table.
5. JR Smith
JR Smith thrives the most when he shoots contested shots, especially from three-point land, and he actually is a very gifted player in the offensive side of the ball, but not nearly half as good as he thinks he is.
Smith has slowed down a lot over the last couple of seasons and his streaky shooting hasn’t shown as often as it used to be, but that won’t stop him from chugging shot after shot regardless of the play clock or even the score.
4. Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose has had a very tough 5 seasons or so, after being named the league’s Most Valuable Player and leading the Chicago Bulls to the best record in the Eastern Conference and made them legit Championship contenders.
Thing is, Rose will never go back to being as good as he was, and he’s a borderline 3rd string point guard at this stage of his career, something he may never embrace and could wind up just quitting because of his ego.
3. Damian Lillard
Damian Lillard is a terrific scorer and one of the clutchest players in the league, but he’s constantly whining about not getting enough recognition, being snubbed out of team USA and All-Star games; stating that he’s as good as the best point guards in the league.
Well, actually, he’s still yet to prove it, especially after the humiliation the Blazers suffered by getting swept by the Pelicans, with Jrue Holiday completely owning him in both ends of the hardwood. Lillard is a great player, but he’s nowhere near top-tier.
2. Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony was one of the best players in the league and is one of the most prolific, reliable and consistent scorers this game has ever seen, but he’s borderline washed out and needs to stop his ball stopping if he wants to continue playing in this league.
Anthony’s shot isn’t falling and he’s looking slow and heavy right now, but he still insists on getting the ball early in the shot clock and just hog it for about 17 seconds with his constant pump fakes and jab steps, something that completely takes all rhythm away from the offense.
1. Hassan Whiteside
Hassan Whiteside is constantly bragging about how good he is and whining about not playing through key stretches of games, but honestly, he’s not a factor in either side of the court and other than his shot blocking, he’s an average to mediocre big man in this league.
Whiteside has no defensive awareness at all, is a unidimensional offensive player and gets easily exposed against mobile big men, and he’s going to be extremely disappointed when no team is willing to give a lot of money to him to please his big mouth.