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Top 10 NBA Players That Should Be Better Than They Are

Some players in the NBA make a career by doing a whole lot with very little, while other players do very little with a whole lot. For example, Reggie Evans has a very limited skillset on offense. He c

Some players in the NBA make a career by doing a whole lot with very little, while other players do very little with a whole lot. For example, Reggie Evans has a very limited skillset on offense. He can’t shoot, he can’t post and his free throw percentage is at a horrendous 55.4% this year. Yet, Evans continues to find a way to make an impact on whatever team he plays on. He hustles, takes charges, annoys his opponents, and rebounds at an extremely high rate for a player that is only 6’8” and plays under the rim. Evans is one of the greatest overachievers in the NBA.

However, this is a list of the current underachievers in the NBA. These are the players in the NBA that should be much better than they are at this point in their careers. To be clear, some of these players may look like they do not belong on this list, but it is important to look behind the veil of good statistics. When a particular player has good statistics on a bad team, they may have good numbers, but they are inflated numbers. Or, just because a player has had a career year, it does not mean that he is still where he ought to be. It just means that his previous years in the NBA were lackluster, underwhelming, and that he could only go up from the bottom where he was lurking.

Regardless of what the reason is, these are the players that should be much better than they currently are based upon the talent that they have. Some are knocking on the door of superstardom with their skillset and athleticism, but have been unable to translate their game to wins, championships, and a legitimate mark in the NBA.

10 Anthony Randolph

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9 Jeremy Lin

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8 Kyrie Irving

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7 Tyreke Evans

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6 Jeff Green

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5 John Henson

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4 Eric Gordon

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3 O.J. Mayo

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2 Derrick Favors

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1 Ricky Rubio

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When Ricky Rubio was playing on Spain’s Olympic Team, there was so much hype around him because he was only 18-years-old and he could keep up with the big boys from around the world. Additionally, at 6’4” Rubio possessed great size and could look over the heads of his defenders to make his Pete Maravich-like passes. However, Rubio has struggled mightily with his jumper and it has not improved since he has entered the league. Rubio continues to be a pest with his perimeter defense and steals, but unless he improves his jumper like Jason Kidd once did, he is going to have a difficult time being a leader on a championship team with his glaring weakness. Rubio is now in his third year in the league, but given all of his professional experience overseas, he should be much further along in his game than he currently is.

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