This list could have easily been quantified by the amount of times a player has been featured on Shaquille O’Neal’s “Shaqtin’ A Fool” or to put it another way, the top 10 players with the lowest basketball IQ. Every player makes mistakes and has mental lapses now and then, but when a particular player commits basketball felonies over and over again, they develop a reputation for having a very low basketball IQ.
All of these players are extremely talented, but this list had nothing to do with their physical ability, so much as it has to do with their mental aptitude. Some players do a lot with very little, but these players do very little with what they have been given.
Being a superstar in the NBA has as much to do with a high basketball IQ as it does with athleticism. Chris Paul, for example, has a very high basketball IQ. As a point guard, CP3 is like an extension of Doc Rivers on the floor. There is a reason why his assist to turnover ratio is one of the highest in the NBA. To go even further back, Charles Barkley was not only an extension of the coach on the floor, but an extension of the referee on the floor as well. It was not unusual for Sir Charles to call an illegal defense on his opponents, while he was posting up, so that the referees would be aware of what was happening and call it themselves. And to the referees credit, they would actually call the play that Charles was pointing out. Charles was that alert and that aware of what was happening everywhere on the court.
On the other hand, players with a low basketball IQ have a very difficult time being aware of anything that is happening on the court other than themselves. They are unaware of their teammates, have a difficult time reading the defense and struggle to make the right choices given the plethora of options that a player has to make in a split second.
So, these are the top 10 players in the NBA with the lowest basketball IQ.
10 Jordan Crawford – Golden State Warriors
9 Brandon Jennings – Detroit Pistons
8 Monta Ellis – Dallas Mavericks
7 Andrea Bargnani – New York Knicks
6 Rudy Gay – Sacramento Kings
5 Josh Smith – Detroit Pistons
4 Michael Beasley – Miami Heat
3 J.R. Smith – New York Knicks
2 Nick Young – Los Angeles Lakers
1 JaVale McGee – Denver Nuggets
Everyone’s favorite star on “Shaqtin’ A Fool,” JaVale McGee has now become a household name. No one doubts the athleticism and potential that McGee has. He is a true seven-footer that can protect the rim and even hit the open fifteen-footer. However, it is when McGee thinks that he is a point guard, shooting guard, small forward, or power forward, that he finds himself in trouble. From running the fast break to no look passes, McGee sometimes loses himself in the moment. It may be a nightmare for his coaches, but he brings pleasure to viewers everywhere that need a comical relief in the midst of an intense game.
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