Analyzing the Most Overrated Players for the 2021-22 NBA Season

By Dan Vasta in Sports
| September 4, 2021 7:03 am PST

The NBA has plenty of overrated players that make absolute bank. Contracts have been outrageous over the years, and some make several million and don’t even play.

Others that have nearly received max deals have struggled miserably. I am looking at the perception of players to go along with the salaries they are making.

Here is my list of the most overrated players entering the 2021-22 NBA season.

Ben Simmons, G, Philadelphia 76ers

Many have projected Ben Simmons into the next Scottie Pippen. While the size and styles coming out of LSU were comparable, the inconsistencies have been unbearable to watch.

We may have seen the last game Simmons played in a Philadelphia uniform against Atlanta in their Game 7 loss, too.

The rumor mill is swirling, which has many wondering where Ben Simmons will play in 2021-22.

After the season he finished, that should be all she wrote for Simmons and the Sixers. He was passing up wide-open layups and dunks, trying to create more challenging shots for his teammates. He lacks the confidence and alpha-dog mentality to be an NBA star.

Losing Game 7 to the Atlanta Hawks was humbling and embarrassing at the same time. He doesn’t have to be a shooter from three-point territory, but not making a basket or a free throw has been rough to watch.

For the 2021 postseason, here are his averages

  • 34.2% Free Throw Percentage
  • 11.9 PPG
  • Games of 20+ Points: One
  • Games of 15+ Points: Four

It has been mind-boggling why he has struggled so much, but the inability to score the ball in the basket is troublesome. Per HoopsHype, he is the 20th highest-paid player entering the 2021-22 season. Yikes.

John Wall, G, Houston Rockets

The second highest-paid player in the league entering the season is John Wall ($44-plus million). He is at second with James Harden, and the two players couldn’t be further from comparison.

The issue with Wall has been his inability to stay on the hardwood. He has been making nearly a million dollars for every game he has played, which is laughable. Look at how many games he has missed over the past few seasons.

He has barely played half the seasons when he isn’t out for the entire year.

  • 2020-21: 40 games played
  • 2019-20: Missed entire season (Achilles, left heel)
  • 2018-19: 32 games played
  • 2017-18: 41 games played

Appearing in 113 games in four seasons is atrocious. Wall hasn’t played in the postseason the past few years either. That makes it even worse since he has not added on games later in the spring or summer.

The talent isn’t lacking, but the results have been. The former Kentucky star hasn’t been able to win because his team has been at a disadvantage.

The 2017-18 season was the last time he even appeared in the playoffs. The second pick of the draft by the Rockets was shooting guard Jalen Green. Perhaps that will help out Wall and the franchise, but it could be another miserable season ahead.

Andrew Wiggins, F, Golden State Warriors

Andrew Wiggins

Wiggins came into college with exceptional skills, size, and athleticism. He was one of the top recruits that Bill Self landed, but the results were never consistently there. Wiggins lost to Stanford in the Round of 32.

Wiggins was a complete no-show despite being their most talented player. He was the eventual number one pick in the 2014 draft. In the loss to Stanford, Wiggins failed miserably. He made one of six shot attempts and finished with four measly points.

Not everybody, but some pointed and questioned his ability to score from the outside.

There have been too many moments in the NBA that Wiggins has disappointed. Not developing with Minnesota wasn’t shocking, but he has come up short for the Warriors.

The overall production is there, but the little things have cost him dearly.

He has been under a 72% free throw shooter the past two seasons and hasn’t come close to the hype of being a number one pick in the NBA Draft. Expectations in sports change the way many look at players and teams.

Wiggins perhaps could have his best year yet, with a healthy Klay Thompson and Steph Curry, but don’t bet on it.

Kevin Love, F, Cleveland Cavaliers

The year was 2013-14, and Kevin Love was an animal in the paint. He was playing similar to Charles Barkley. He handled and passed the ball with ease.

Love lost some weight and transitioned towards a spot-up, pick-and-roll stretch forward/center. He lost his physicality to the game and failed to stay healthy.

He had the skills and body to become a future Hall of Famer, but his game suffered since coming over to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The points per game have been respectable, but still nowhere close to 20 a game. He was once a 23-13 type of player with ease, and he was a top 10-15 player in the game.

He isn’t among the top players in his NBA Central Division nowadays. Yet, many still believe he is a solid player. There are playoff teams with players off the bench with more impact on both sides of the court.

Love is aging rapidly, and there’s just no denying he’s one of the most overrated NBA players in 2021-22.

Kemba Walker, G, Boston Celtics

Kemba Walker

Kemba Walker is filling the stat sheet up, but hasn’t done enough. This overrated spot comes down to injuries derailing the undersized guard.

Many would throw Kyle Lowry in this spot, but Walker has missed nearly an entire season worth of games over the past two seasons.

Coming up one shy of 100 games played has been a liability on defense due to his lack of size. He is averaging only one steal per game, and more importantly, his franchise has been struggling miserably.

Walker was a stud with Charlotte for four-plus straight seasons, but his body has suffered these past two years.

He is No. 17 in the NBA among highest-paid players, and it is crazy to think he is making more money than other stars such as Nikola Jokic, Devin Booker, CJ McCollum, Bradley Beal, and Jayson Tatum.

Walker isn’t a bum by any means, but there have been at least a dozen or so more productive guards that have taken their teams to higher heights in recent years.

Draymond Green, F, Golden State Warriors

The last few seasons have been challenging to watch Draymond Green struggle with the Warriors. He has passed up wide-open shots from deep to take contested shots closer to the rim.

Golden State has struggled without Klay Thompson, and the hope is they will make a run at a title in the 2021-22 season. Some believe he is a future Hall of Famer, but sports-reference lists him at only a 34.7% shot at the moment.

The liability is when he is on the offensive end. Just look at his career points per game averages and outside shooting percentages.

Year Points Per Game 3-point %
2020-21 7 27%
2019-20 8 27.9%
2018-19 7.4 28.5%
2017-18 11 30.1%
2016-17 10.2 30.8%
2015-16 14 38.8%
2014-15 11.7 33.7%
2013-14 6.2 33.3%
2012-13 2.9 20.9%

Green isn’t asked to be some offensive stalwart, but with defenses focusing so much on his teammates, you’d think he’d trip into better numbers than these.

Steph Curry has carried Green recently. Curry has been one of the more impressive players in NBA history.

Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson have made their marks as well.

Green has been a solid role player. Yet, he has received as much hype as Zach Lavine, Russell Westbrook, Bradley Beal, and Khris Middleton.

We know Green can rebound, defend, and assist at high levels, but he has been inconsistent on the offensive end the past four seasons.

Green has shot under 29% from three-point territory, which is with many wide-open looks from Curry. This team is a trendy pick to make a deep run in the West, but many contenders have more proven role players than Green.

Looking to the 2021-22 NBA Season

There are so many talented players out there, and these six can have successful seasons ahead and put this ranking to shame. However, the production, eye-test, and inability to live up to expectations have made them worthy candidates.

In my mind, they’re the most overrated NBA players going into 2021-22. Maybe they can prove me wrong, though.

The offseason is far from over, too. We could see a player like Simmons thrive or perhaps struggle even further on a new team. It should all be interesting before the opening tip is here.

With potential changes coming, some of these overrated NBA players may rise and impress in 2021-22. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to find out.

To get ready for the coming season, check out more NBA posts below.

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