While many Raptor fans are, not surprisingly, focused more on what’s going on with management, I thought I’d turn the focus back to the guys who make their money on the court.

Bill Simmons has his annual NBA Trade Value List, and Forbes has their overpaid list, so I thought I would start my own annual list. Not to be outdone, and because no column of mine would be complete if it wasn’t at least a couple of thousand words, instead of just one list, I’m going to have three. The 5 most overrated players, the 5 most underrated players and the 5 players who should break out next season.

The parameters I gave myself were that the player had to be healthy for most of the season, and there had to be one Raptor on each list. Now, obviously these lists are not conclusive of anything and are solely my opinion, so I expect lots of people to tell me I’m wrong.

Of course, there were plenty of omissions and no list would be complete without talking about some of the big ones. Part one is my All Overrated team, so here were my biggest overrated omissions, in no particular order:


Carmelo Anthony: Anthony was the league’s leading scorer and the best player on a team that won 54 games, good for second in the Eastern Conference, and lead New York to the second round for the first time since Patrick Ewing wore a Knicks jersey. So why would he be overrated? Because for a franchise player, he doesn’t make his teammates better, he’s a poor defender, and he’s not the most adaptable offensive player.

Brandon Jennings: When Jennings came into the NBA, he averaged 25 ppg, shooting .479 and dishing out 5.5 apg in his first eleven games, highlighted by a 55 point game against Golden State in just his 7th game. Since then, his shooting percentage plummeted. In four years, he’s got a career shooting percentage of under 40% but it hasn’t stopped him launching more than 15 shots per game. His decision-making, which was a question mark before he was drafted, hasn’t improved much, and his defense seems to have gotten worse. And many predict he could get as much as $12 million as a free agent this summer.

Dion Waiters: Waiters was one of those draft prospects that jumped up the in the mock drafts after the college season had ended, which is always a bit of a red flag for me. He was the second leading scorer among rookies, this year, and made the All Rookie first team. He also barely shot 40% from the field and 31% from beyond the arc. And he took 13.4 shots to get to his 14.7 ppg.

J.R. Smith/Jamal Crawford: Both are high volume scorers who can score in bunches, and when they’re on they’re two of the best “bad shot makers” in the league. They finished one and two in 6th man of the year voting, and were big reasons why their teams had home court advantage in the playoffs. They’re also absolutely horrible defenders, can kill the offense when they aren’t hitting, and become bigger and bigger liabilities the deeper their teams get in the playoffs.

Dwight Howard: Howard is a three time Defensive Player of the Year winner who lead Orlando to the Finals four years ago. On the downside, he hasn’t been healthy in two years, still looks awkward most of the time on offense, and shot less than 50% from the line the last two years. If you need more evidence of why he’s overrated, read Bill Simmons’ recent article about him.

Top 5 Overrated

Blake Griffin

In just his third season, Griffin has made the All Star game three times, has made the All NBA second team the last two years and is one of the most exciting players in the game and a regular on ESPN Sports Center highlights. And he’s a career 20-10 player and sees the floor well enough to dish out 3.7 assists per game last season.


Unfortunately, he came into the league with poor defensive instincts and he’s still a poor defender, which Memphis took full advantage of in knocking the Clippers out in the first round. He’s also can’t hit a shot when he steps out of the paint and how exactly has his rebounding gone from 12.1, in his rookie season, to 8.3 last year?

If you’re paying Griffin the money he’s making, you’d hope he’d have at least one elite skill beyond being able to dunk on just about anyone (or anything). He’s not a bad offensive player, despite his shortcomings, but you can’t give him the ball and expect him to score. And with his defense as bad as it is, he should be a lot better on the offensive end.

I just don’t know how far the Clippers can go in the playoffs with Griffin. And instead of apparently being weary of Chris Paul’s presence, he should be thanking his lucky stars to have him on the team because I don’t think the Clippers are a playoff team without Paul, despite Griffin being on the team.

Russell Westbrook

I know what some of you must be saying. Didn’t Westbrook show his value to the Thunder when he got injured and Oklahoma looked nothing like the team that won a Western Conference best 60 games, losing in five games to Memphis in the second round?


Yes and no.

Westbrook is definitely an integral part of the Thunder team and especially to their offense. But that’s, in large part, to head coach, Scott Brooks, “designing” an offense that is so dependant on his ability to create havoc on opposing defenses.

Westbrook’s biggest problem, other than his sometimes horrible defense, is his often brutal decision making. And if there’s one thing we’ve learned from this year’s playoffs, it’s how important decision making is to going far in the playoffs.

I still maintain that Houston traded the wrong player when they traded James Harden, and I really think they would be in a better position if they had traded Westbrook for a big man who can score in the post.

David Lee/Al Jefferson

831830I put these two together not because they play similar games (they don’t) but because they both have the same weakness that can kill their team.

Both guys are double double machines and can score twenty points before half time. They’re also hard workers and popular among teammates. But their defense is so bad it makes Andrea Bargnani look like Marc Gasol.

While On/Off Court stats are not the best indicator of really anything, it is interesting to note that Utah’s opponents had an Offensive Rating of +9.8 when he was on the floor as compared to when he was off.

And David Lee’s opponents actually shot much better at the rim than average when he was trying to protect it.

And, unfortunately, you need a good defensive front line to go far in the playoffs, even in today’s NBA, which means it’s difficult to contend with guys like this on your team.

Golden State would never trade the popular Lee, but maybe they should. And Jefferson will be an in-demand free agent this summer, but I would think twice about signing him to the money he’ll be asking.

Damian Lillard

Lillard was the runaway Rookie of the Year, leading all rookies in scoring and assists per game. He was relentless on the offensive end and displayed a confidence seen by few rookies.

That said, Portland only won 33 games despite Lillard running a team featuring LaMarcus Aldridge, Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum. And Lillard’s defense is BEYOND horrible. In fact, a team featuring both him and David Lee would create a defensive singularity so powerful it could rip open the fabric of space and cause a rupture in the space-time continuum that could destroy not only the entire planet, but the galaxy, as well. Obviously this is something David Stern and Adam Silver need to keep an eye on.


In a lot of ways, Lillard reminds me of Damon Stoudamire. Stoudamire was the perfect point guard for a bad team because he could dominate the ball and do anything he wanted with it. But as his teams got better, his value declined because he simply wasn’t good enough to dominate the ball on a good team, and he didn’t really have the role player skills to compliment the stars on the team.

The Rookie of the Year award is interesting, because it’s often not given to the best eventual player. Stoudamire’s draft also featured Kevin Garnett, Antonio McDyess, Michael Finley and Rasheed Wallace, each on an All Star and Garnett an MVP, but it was Stoudamire that won the Rookie of the Year award.

Tyreke Evans won Rookie of the Year over James Harden, Stephen Curry, Jrue Holiday, Ty Lawson and Ricky Rubio, all of whom are better players than Evans now.

Rudy Gay

To be honest, I’m not even sure whether Gay is even overrated, anymore. Especially with how Memphis scored more efficiently and defended better after they traded him away.

But there are still a lot of people, including a lot of NBA players, who seem to think that Gay is the player Bryan Colangelo tried to sell to Raptor fans and not the inefficient offensive player who hasn’t improved since his rookie season, six years ago.


Memphis gambled when they offered Gay a max contract before he could even test the market as a restricted free agent (a similar mistake Colangelo made with both Andrea Bargnani and DeMar DeRozan). They assumed he would fulfill the potential he had when he was drafted and become the elite player he certainly had the skills to become.

He didn’t.

And now he’s the Raptor’s problem.

There are some that argue that money shouldn’t matter when rating a player, but it does. If Rudy Gay were making half the money he is (which would be more in line with what he’s actually worth), then he would still be a Memphis Grizzly and people would be talking about how good a third option he is for them, instead of whether or not the next GM will be able to trade him and his massive contract away just a few months after acquiring him.

Next up, the All Underrated team….

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31 Responses to “2013 Overrated/Underrated/Breakout List (Part 1)”

  1. Rapsfan

    Rudy Gay had some great moments for the Raps this season, but he also had some bad ones. I think he just needs time to settle into his new role on a new team, as well as training camp and in my opinion, a new coach.

    A lot of the bad isolation bricks Rudy throws up wouldn’t necessarily have to happen if the team had a coach who would take advantage of the assets he has, instead of fucking around with the lineup a million times over the season. Casey is the real problem. He’s neutered Lowry, stifled Gay offensively, and he’s just bad at giving players minutes. Valancunias played too little minutes and Sebastian Telfair should have never even touched the floor to begin with.

    He shot .290 this year. Sebastian Telfair is a shit basketball player. Don’t give him minutes.

    • NyAlesund

      I think Gay is good for no playoff team like Raptors. He cost us 18 mln per year, a huge amount of money for someone not special. If I have to spend 18 mln I demand someone special. No one overrated like him.

      Bargs and DeRozan were Colangelo’s mistake (yes of course), Gay was another that are killing us with the cap. Now, the only way to improve the team is trade Bargs but unfortunately he isn’t a great asset and worst we are so close to choose whether Lowry has to stay with us or not.

      I hope in the new GM’s ideas.

  2. Paul Stevens

    Interesting article. Nice way to break down a look at various players.

  3. Sam Holako

    Hard to call Gay overrated with the dismal offensive performance the Grizzlies are giving in the West finals against the Spurs: 39% 34% and 43% from the field in those games. Just saying…

    • Tim W.

      Would the Grizzlies have gone as far as they have with Gay, though? Would they have won 56 games (they had a better record without Gay than with him) and would they have reached the Conference Finals? It seems to me that Memphis has just run into a superior Spurs team.

      • Matt52

        Would the Grizzlies have had the 56 wins without Gay had the final 23 of 38 opponents not been against non-playoff teams?

        Would the Grizzlies have beat the Clippers with a healthy Griffin and Paul?

        Would the Grizzlies have beat the Thunder with Westbrook?

        It seems to me the Grizzlies have made the most of the opportunities they have been given since the Gay trade.

        • Tim W.

          I definitely think Memphis made the most of their opportunities, and to say that Memphis is better than Gay is misleading. I’m not suggesting Gay has a negative effect on his teams (like other, unnamed, players), but by him leaving, more efficient players and better decision makers had the ball more, which made Memphis better. Without Gay, Mike Conley had the ball more, which was better for the Grizzlies. And by losing Gay and his inefficient scoring, it meant more shots for more efficient players, like Marc Gasol.

          • Guest

            For the record, Gasol and Randolph averaged a combined increase of 1 shot per game, at best. Gasol averaged half a shot more while averaging about a minute more per game, while Randolph averaged half a shot less while averaging about three minutes less per game. Gasol’s efficiency went up a bit while Randolph shot a dismal 43% after the break. Gay’s absence did not change as much for Gasol (or the frontcourt) as you seem to be indicating, at least on paper. Conley was the main beneficiary of Gay’s absence.

            We need to drop both the “would the Grizzlies have made the WC finals with Gay?” or “would the Grizzlies have played as well after the break” arguments, because just as we can’t possibly know whether they would have been as successful, we also can’t know whether they wouldn’t have been as successful. Using either argument as proof of anything is silly. The most we can offer is mere conjecture; as an opinion, I think having an extra weapon for the Spurs’ defense to plan against would not have been a bad thing if Gay was utilized correctly.

    • NyAlesund

      …..sure. In fact with Gay they’ve never won a single PO series. I remember 4-3 against the Clips………….without him conference semifinal and conference final. Probably a coincidence………….

      Yes the Grizzlies are 0-3 in the series after lost two OT. They were not dominated by Spurs, simply the Spurs are better team with a deep quality bench.

      • AJ

        Bringing up the 2012 playoffs series between the clips and grizz is just the same as saying rudy gay is needed close game for the grizzlies. Its reckless, irresponsible and lazy to say this just to prove the bad or good rudy theory. No one seems to bring up the fact zach randolph was dealing with a knee injury throughout the whole season and the fact the clippers made a miraculous game 1 comeback. Im just trying to show another side to the argument

    • Tim W.

      Also, I’m not sure how adding an inefficient scorer who is too ball dominant (which would hurt Memphis against the Spurs) would help the Grizzlies shoot better. And Gay tends to make poor decisions in crunch time, which I’m guessing the Spurs would take advantage of.

      • Sam Holako

        Watching those games, it looks to me that they can’t score the ball; that’s what Gay does. Now, I’m not saying they win those games, win 57 games, shoot over 50% from the field, but the fact that they gave away one of their only guys who can create scoring opportunities out of thin air (while they are struggling to do just that in the playoffs) speaks to his value.

        While the guy is an inefficient scorer, he shoots 54% in clutch situations (Memphis as a team doesn’t).

        There is a really interesting piece on ESPN (today no less) that says he is exactly what the Grizzlie’s need in this series, against the Spurs; they didn’t need him so much in the first two rounds (insider):


        • bigweeze

          If they didn’t need a guy for the regular season, plus rounds 1 and 2, he can’t just magically appear in round 3. Rudy is not the type of player/contract a team can stash on the bench and strategically deploy.

          I guess the thing holding the Grizzlies back is that they can’t make trades during the playoffs.

          The Grizzlies do have a need for a player like Rudy at times, but unfortunately GMs have to choose where to and where not to dedicate their limited resources.

          Even if they don’t make it to the Finals, I highly doubt they would express any regret. If they never make the trade, there is no guarantee they advance far enough to meet the Spurs (the team that necessitates retaining Gay).

    • thegloveinrapsuniform

      Would be interesting to see what Gay is going to do next season, if he is going to take in all the negativity and prove the doubters wrong, or, play the same way he did Memphis.

      Underachiever, overrated, overpaid, held back the Grizzlies to becoming a good team. Some big tags to disprove.

      • bigweeze

        It’s been suggested that Rudy’s inclination towards floaters and jumpers is because of his past shoulder injury. It’s a safer way to play than barrelling to the hoop out of control, because guys are taught to foul hard and yank to prevent the and-1. If that’s the case, then I don’t really imagine he will take his play to a higher level, unless his shot improves or he develops a new dimension.

        Back when Vince was posterizing everyone, people unfairly labelled him soft when they realized that he had an aversion to taking hard fouls while 3 feet off the ground. But Vince wasn’t alone, nobody likes to be fouled hard. It’s been shown that every player, Lebron included, is affected out of self-preservation. And the ones who have less regard for their bodies pick up more injuries, shortening their careers.

  4. smh

    Westbrook. I still shake my head on people thinking he’s a good/great PG.

  5. Gary73

    I agree that Gay is not worth half his salary, but I actually disagree with the consensus that Memphis is better wo him, at least in the playoffs.Having Gay able to create his own shot would have put a lot more pressure on SA and made it harder for them to stack the middle against Gasol and Randolph. Also noted couple times Conley has gotten out on break with nobody with him.

  6. bigweeze

    For 1/2 of the regular season and two playoff rounds, most have said that the Grizzlies do not miss Rudy Gay. And I would tend to agree – the team showed great improvement since the trade. For those suggesting that the Grizzlies made a mistake (ignoring long-term implications), would they be willing to undo the gains guys like Gasol/Randolph/Conley showed, and start again in round one – just to have Rudy back?

    Sure, Prince/Davis are non-factors and what team short of the Heat couldn’t use a big wing who can score at will? But the idea of Rudy is more romantic than it is in reality as Grizzlies/Raptor fans will both tell you.

    Were he making a modest salary, the Grizz would surely be glad to have him to deploy in spurts. But the least impactful $16m they could give up to keep Gay would be – Prince/Daye and two of Arthur/Bayless/Allen. Those five include two starters and the first big and guard off of the bench. Clearly, he is a luxury they cannot afford and it should not be much of a storyline.


    As for Westbrook – he is a lightning rod for criticism and is alternatingly blunderous/spectacular. But he is undeniably good and the league’s biggest mismatch. I think that OKC’s big problems are actually rooted in Brooks’ simplistic coaching. The offense is far too reliant on Durant/Westbrook individually, as well as Durant/Westbrook doing 1-3 stuff. Not only that, but Ibaka failed miserably at rising to the occasion, though Jackson performed admirably.


    The inability for coaches (Brooks/Del Negro/Woodson) to install an effective offensive system is the reason that many of the jump shot-heavy players listed in the post above are on this list. Integrate any of them onto the Spurs and they would be perceived far differently.

    Subscribe to this channel, the one Tim linked – (http://www.youtube.com/user/bballbreakdown). I have watched the channel for the past year plus and it becomes crystal clear why certain teams have been succeeding/failing. A few of the things he ended up predicting were the Clippers/Nuggets failings and the Bulls’ success (results largely attributable to on coaching). Unfortunately, I don’t think there was a Raptor breakdown this season.

    • Tim W.

      I agree about Brooks being a big reason for Oklahoma’s failure, but I also don’t think all players necessarily fit into a Spurs-type system. I thought Richard Jefferson was a great acquisition for the Spurs, but he never fit in. A guy like Gay is overrated, in my opinion, not just because he takes way too many jumpshots, but because he’s not nearly as good at many aspects of his game many believe. While he CAN play good defense, he’s been a mediocre defender, at best, for most of his career, and that was with a very good defensive coach.

      • bigweeze

        I think every team wants players who can follow a system, play off the ball, move the ball crisply, shoot from distance. I don’t know that Jefferson ever developed properly in NJ (his career arc there was strange), but the main problem seems more to be that he just isn’t a good player anymore, evidenced further in GS. Things went downhill quickly after the non-marriage debacle. That the Spurs gave him a contract after his miserable first year there was absolutely perplexing. A rare misstep by one of the league’s top FOs.

        Gay is overrated not because he isn’t capable, but because he will never perform to his full current potential in game or put in the off-court work to develop his skills to their full absolute potential. He will do things that few else can do. He will also alternate those flashes of star-level ability with stretches that a mere journeyman could replicate. It’s often theorized that those who are too talented often do not develop the same level of focus/work ethic of less gifted persons in their field – and so they can be surpassed. I am thinking that is the case with Rudy, which is why he doesn’t dominate as he should.

  7. mountio

    Good read. I appreciate when people on here step outside the raps and give their thoughts. I generally agree with most of your list. David Lee for example I think is extremely over-rated. I think guys like him (even Hump or Reggie Evans) who fill up the stat sheet with rebounds, but cant create their own shots can often look very good, but dont really help their teams win.

    I would put Kevin Love at the top of my list. People LOVE (no pun intended) his game and many last year had him as a top 10 player in the whole league. Despite that, hes never played for a winner .. and he has been declining since 2010/11, despite being a young guy. Throw in the injuries (albeit some of them fluky) and I think this guy is vastly over-rated. I still think hes a very good NBA player .. but something like top 50, not top 10.

    As for your list, I violently disagree on Westbrook. I realize advanced stats guys hate him .. but to me, the stuff he does and the way he creates opportunities for his teamates cant be measured. He constantly keeps the other team on their heals (and is a beast defensively). Hes the anti-calderon .. in that everything he does, by the nature of his move .. blowing by his man or garnering attention on his jumpshot .. creates opportunities for his teammates Does he always make the perfect play once the opportunity is created? No .. sometimes takes a bad shot, sometimes not a perfect pass. But, EVERY play, his moves put the team in a much more advantageous position. Contrast that with Calderon, who never naturally creates opportunities through his speed / moves, but does the best he can with every little advantage / angle he gets. Merits to both .. but Ill take RW (or Rose, who is similar) all day every day.

    I realize its a raps blog, so can understand putting Gay high on the list .. but I look it more simply. Can I guy who was traded for Tayshon Prince and Ed Davis (who cant crack the rotation in the playoffs) really that overrated? I think people know what Gay is – an overpaid player who brings certain things, and doesnt bring others. Thus, to me, hes properly rated.

    Ill be interested to read your all underrated team. In past, you have sung the praises of guys like Kendrik Perkins, Kris Kumphries or DeJuan Blair when compared to AB. Hard nosed, defensive types .. but guys who, to me, are to total role players and not the type any team should be worried about getting until they are at the multiple star / superstar level.

    • Tim W.

      I agree completely about Love, who probably would have been on my list had he been healthy.

      We obviously disagree about Westbrook. Westbrook not only doesn’t always make the perfect pass, he often makes the wrong pass, and that puts his team in a bad position.

      I don’t recall singing the praises of Humphries other than to say he could be a good role player if he ever figured out that’s what he is. As for my underrated list, it’s got a good mixture, I think.

      • mountio

        Perhaps not Hump in particular that you called out .. more the rebounding stat stuffer who maxes out at 10 n 8 or 8 n 10 that you have praised vs an AB type. I have often argued against these guys in that they can put up rebounding stats in the right situation, but arent really great players. I would sight perkins, blair and hump as great examples of darlings who were praised / well paid in the past and now either cant crack their lineup or are amnesty candidates. (for the record .. not saying AB is much better .. just noting that these no talent rebounding types arent the answer)

        • Tim W.

          Perkins’ game fell off a virtual cliff, unfortunately. I don’t think you can get away with someone who is a negative on offense, which Perkins is. He didn’t used to be, but he is now.

          Humphries and Blair are both excellent rebounders, but not good defenders, so they’re basically one skill players.

          My feeling is that you can’t just be a rebounder. You need to be a defender, as well. That’s one reason why I wasn’t as big a fan of Reggie Evans as many other Raptor fans. Yes, he was fun to watch and worked hard, but his offense was beyond horrible. It’s tough to win with those guys.

    • Sam Holako

      Never played for a winner? Really? it’s his fault he played for a team ran by one of the worst GM’s the league has seen in ages? I don’t know, man…

      • mountio

        At some point, if you are truly a top 10 type talent .. there no excuses for your teammates / GM. I can fully understand not winning championships if you dont have the best talent .. but you should be able to drag your team to the playoffs.

        On top of that, he actually has had some pretty decent teammates. Rubio is pretty solid, as is Pekovic. D Will has been a disappointment, but hes not all that bad either.

        Anyways – Im not saying he playing with total studs .. but not total duds either. For some reason he gets a free pass whereas others dont …

        • bigweeze

          Kevin Love is sort of like.. Ryan Anderson and Reggie Evans combined but with most of their good skills. It never made sense to me that a guy who can neither be your offensive nor defensive backbone, would be a top 5 player in the league. I feel like his box score stats must be misleading (like David Lee), because no elite player is ever on teams as horrible as he has been. Even after adjusting for Kahn.

          His best attribute is his rebounding, but when it comes to rebounding, there are guys who:
          – grab all of the rebounds (and take all the credit) – Kris Humphries (who notoriously fights teammates for rebounds)
          – box out or run out allowing others to grab the rebounds (and get no credit) – Shane Battier
          – steal rebounds that the opponent should’ve gotten (the most valuable type of rebound) – Orlando Dwight Howard

          I suspect that Kevin Love is more of the first than the second or third. It would explain why his stats are great (he is a stat accumulator), while the team is poor. SportVU data would be pretty handy to assess him.

  8. RapthoseLeafs

    [” …. so I expect lots of people to tell me I’m wrong. “]

    I’d say you’re covering all the bases here, however, that takes away all the fun in telling someone they’re mistaken.

    Some good points though … Tim.

    Most Over-rated thoughts – the important ones.
    Carmelo – Although ego’s are what make some players great, Anthony’s ego is what takes him down a notch from the lofty air that Super Stars breathe. He has the talent to reach another level, so I guess I’m on the fence with him being over-rated.

    Waiters, Smith & Crawford
    Sounds more like a gun company.

    Dwight Howard
    I’ve never considered him over-rated amongst those with talent. And that’s for the simple reason that I haven’t been impressed with him during the last 2 seasons. Has he earned his (2012-13) 19.2 million dollar salary? Technically he has. Morally no.


    I’m with you on Griffin & Westbrook. I really do believe trading Harden was a mistake. Someone had to go, and Westie should’ve been the man.

    I disagree with your assessment of Damian Lillard. I think you’re being too hard on the rookie.

    As for Rudy Gay, yes … he’s overpaid. So is Bosh. So is Kobe. There are dozens and dozens of overpaid players in the NBA. Question is, does Toronto have to overpay to get a Star into the 4th largest market – and I’m not referring to a Lebron / Durant type of Star either? My sentiments have ALWAYS been that Toronto will continue to bounce off that “Canada eh?” wall.

    I see Rudy as one of two things. Potential to be a Star and finally learn what it takes to lead a team, or potential to be a huge expiring contract with decent player value. On the latter, I envision an opportunity to move 19.3 million dollars prior to the Trade deadline in March of 2015. That of course means waiting 2 years, but I believe our odds will be better at getting something then, then drafting a top level talent in a future draft, or acquiring by free agency.

    To the last part, I believe the Raps need to be in the same atmosphere range that the big Spenders hang out in. Bloated contracts do have value. Weaving through the NBA not only requires good judgment of skills, it also requires a special knowledge of numbers.

    If you want to talk about under-rated members of the NBA, Capologists have to be at, or near the top of that list.


    • Tim W.

      Lillard could definitely improve, but I think, right now, he’s overrated.

      As for Rudy, I don’t think you can attach “potential” to a player who has already played 7 seasons in the league while averaging more than 30 mpg over that period. He’s no longer a potential anything. He is what he is. And I don’t see how expiring contracts are going to be worth very much in new NBA. The last time expiring contracts made a player MORE valuable was back when LeBron and company were coming up for free agency, and the NBA was different, then. There will be LOADS of big, expiring contracts flooding the market. Calderon’s value actually decreased because of his expiring contract.

  9. raptorspoo

    Keeping Westbrook wasn’t the wrong choice. Giving Ibaka $12+mil/year and being unable to resign Harden was the wrong decision.

    As much as I like Ibaka, I was surprised that they signed him to so much money.



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