Without naming all of Philadelphia 76ers – with the exception of Thaddeus Young and Michael Carter-Williams – this is a list of the Top-10 least talented starters in the NBA. Some of these players have been in and out of the starting line-up all year, but if they have started more games than they have come off of the bench, they qualify for this list. That is why none of the Milwaukee Bucks are on this list, even though everyone but Brandon Knight could easily be on this list. However, the constant juggling with the Bucks starting line-up due to injuries and coaching indecisiveness, leaves them all off of this list.
Of course, there are players that are less talented than this group, but these are the least talented starters in the NBA, not the least talented players in the NBA. Often times, the least talented starter on the team is better than the 6th man on the team. But even that is not a guarantee anymore, since many coaches prefer to keep the better player coming off of the bench than in the starting unit if the 6th man can provide a better scoring option off of the bench..
For example, Gregg Popovich has stated Manu Ginobili on the bench virtually his entire career and the same has happened to Jamal Crawford, even though both players are much better than some of the players in the starting unit.
The other occasion for starting a player that might really be a bench player is because they are the tallest guy on the team. A lof of times, starting centers in the NBA play in the first three quarters, but do not play a second in the fourth quarter because the frequency in which small ball is utilized nowadays.
For example, Chris Anderson often starts every game for the Miami Heat, but by the fourth quarter, Chris Bosh has usually moved to the center spot and LeBron James is now the power forward.
So, there is actually an abundant supply of mediocre players that are in the starting units of a lot of teams. Some of the players on this Top-10 list were dominant during the primes of their careers, but these are the least talented starters for specifically this year.
10 Alec Burks, Utah Jazz
9 Kyle Singler. Detroit Pistons
8 Derrick Williams, Sacramento Kings
7 Avery Bradley, Boston Celtics
Avery Bradley was able to capitalize a little bit with Rajon Rondo out for half the season. However, his heavy dosage of minutes and high usage rate with the ball in his hands has really exposed how many holes Bradley has in his game. Bradley has improved his 3-point shot a little bit, but his 6’2” frame makes him a very small shooting guard. Head Coach Brad Stevens tried using Bradley as a point guard in the beginning of the season, but his lack of vision severely limited the Celtics on offense. Now that Rondo is back, Bradley is back at his natural position, but he can still go long stretches with zero assists in a game, which is inexcusable for a point guard or a shooting guard in the NBA.
6 Ryan Kelly, Los Angeles Lakers
5 James Anderson, Philadelphia 76ers
4 Tayshaun Prince, Memphis Grizzlies
3 Kendall Marshall, Los Angeles Lakers
2 Wesley Johnson, Los Angeles Lakers
1 Raymond Felton
Ray Felton was good at one point in his career. He really was. However, this year, he suffered severely from weight problems and the tight jerseys this year did not help his look. The Knicks were desperately trying to unload Felton in search of a new point guard, but to no avail. Felton shoots three-pointers with regularity, but only hits 31.8% of them. And his field goal percentage is not that much better at a paltry 39.5% per game. The Knicks struggle with getting easy shots, and one of the main reasons for that is because Felton struggles creating for others. Couple that with his off the court problems this year, and Felton has looked like a shell of himself this entire year.
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