Who are the top ten most overrated players in NBA history?

Good question here’s my list

  1. Kobe Bryant – undoubtedly the most overrated player of all time. I have a very detailed explanation as to why here Tong Zou’s answer to Why does everyone have Kobe Bryant top 5 all time? I have him top 12 for sure, maybe even top 10 A lot of fans put him #2 all time – some even put him #1 all time as the GOAT over Jordan (yes unbelievably)
  2. Allen Iverson – one of the worst shooters to ever be a superstar, Iverson gets most of his popularity from his ‘toughness’ and the ‘hiphop’ attitude he brought to the game
  3. Isiah Thomas – surprising? don’t be. Isiah gets way too much credit for leading the Bad Boy Pistons to 2 championships – but he wasn’t a great shooter, didn’t play defense as well as any of his teammates, and only led the league in assists once. Despite this, a lot of fans put him in their top 5 PGs all time. The Pistons were a great team Isiah was just one cog in their engine but because he was their leader people give Isiah mostly all the credit – Dumars/Rodman/Aguirre/Mahorn/Laimbeer/Johnson had a lot to do with their success too
  4. Carmelo Anthony – is he one of the greatest offensive players ever? perhaps. He is perhaps fairly rated now but most of his career he was overrated. A ball hog that only served to drag the team down, it’s no wonder that every team he’s ever been on gets worse with him playing
  5. Kyrie Irving – Kyrie is a top 25 PG don’t get me wrong – but some fans consistently put him as one of the top 3 PGs in the game when really he is most definitely not better than Curry, CP3 or Dame. Or Westbrook for that matter.

What do the players I cite all have in common? they were all “flashy” players (also called the ‘eye test’ by ignorant fans to justify their high ranking i.e you don’t know how great __ is because you never saw him play! the eye test you fool!). Flashy players tend to be overrated because of the excitement they bring on court leads fans to believe that they are better than they actually are. This is the reason why people think Kobe is better than Duncan. He’s not. But because he played in a bigger market, had ‘flashier’/’skilled’ moves, he gets ranked higher.

People also tend to overrate players for ‘toughness’ this is not related to any stat or award – but I guess we want our players to be like gladiators or something they gotta tough out any injury! any player who dares try to limp off the court and get medical attention is a pussy! this is an argument used by male fans often insecure about their masculinity so they project it onto NBA players

What is the biggest weakness of each of the greatest NBA superstars?

I’ll break down for my top 20 nba players (not in order):

Jordan – early in his career, he was a ‘selfish’ player who didnt trust his teammates – later in his career, 3 point shooting probably

Magic – defense was his weakness

Lebron – was great at defense during his Miami years but got lazy after that, free throw shooting for his position

Shaq – take a guess? free throw shooting and a lack of effort in defense

Durant – defense, passing could be better

Wilt – free throw shooting and a lack of desire (some might say ‘killer instinct’) in do or die situations

Russell – shooting (only 44% for a center is pretty bad), free throw shooting was bad

Kareem – his defense and rebounding in his early part of his career was great, but by the latter half of his career had waned.

Duncan – almost a perfect nba player, perhaps only free throw shooting but considering he’s a big man his % isn’t too bad

Bird – was decent at defense but not the best at his position

West – Almost a perfect NBA player as well, just got ‘unlucky’ too many times

Hakeem – skills wise almost perfect, but according to some sources, was a hard player to coach

Kobe – ‘selfish’, couldn’t trust his teammates, was a demanding teammate

Dr J – his range was limited, and similar to Robinson/Wilt athleticism was off the charts but a little ‘too nice’ in do or die situations

Baylor – wasn’t a great shooter (43%) and defense was lacking

Oscar – defense was lacking, was a demanding teammate by all accounts

Havlicek – almost a perfect nba player, but perhaps lacked the ‘it’ factor to really dominate a game the way his contemporaries Dr J and Rick Barry could

Moses – couldn’t pass, defense was sloppy at times

Karl M – much like Wilt lacked the ‘desire’ to close out a game in do or die situations

Pettit – not a terrific shooter (43%)

Why is South Korea more advanced and successful than China?

The premise is debatable. Let’s take an unbiased look at the achievements of each country in the last 20 years:

China since 1999:

-Has lifted millions out of poverty

-Sustained enormous YoY GDP growth under Hu Jintao and Xi Jinping

-Hosted their first Olympics

-Rose up to surpass Japan as the world’s second largest economy

-Has technologically caught up to both Japan and SK with high speed bullet trains, 5G wireless technology and smartphone technology

-Now has the world’s second largest military budget after the USA

-Dominated the economically developing world with initiatives in SE asia, middle east + africa with the 1B1R initiative

-Owns a significant portion of the Hollywood industry: Legendary Pictures for example is wholly owned by a Chinese company

-Boasts the world’s second largest tech startup scene after Silicon Valley in the USA

-Has the world’s second most billionaires after the USA

-Chinese brands like Lenovo, Huawei, Oppo, Xiaomi, ZTE, DJI, Hisense, etc have risen up and overtaken Korean/Japanese brands

-Approval rate of Xi Jinping at over 85%

-China global approval rating has surpassed the USA China’s global approval rating has surpassed the U.S.

South Korea since 1999:

-GDP/capita remains the fourth highest in Asia, after Singapore, Japan and ROC (Taiwan)

-Economy was hugely impacted by the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis; since then the economy has been growing but at a far slower rate than China has

-Technology wise, Samsung and LG have overtaken Japanese brands Sharp, Sony, Panasonic, JVC, Pioneer, Toshiba, Fujitsu, NEC etc and essentially pushed them out of the market. Hyundai and Kia have caught up to Toyota, Honda and Nissan with regards to quality perception.

-Continues to develop great public infrastructure, the fastest internet speeds in the world and free public wifi anywhere Every public place in Seoul will have free WiFi by 2017

-Minimum wage increased but unemployment rate, especially for the youth, continues to lag behind other developed countries

-Startup scene in South Korea is still quite anemic due to the remnants of the conservative Chaebol culture which continues to dominate the South Korea work industry; this makes it wary for investors to offer venture capital, and more difficult for small companies to compete which leads to the unemployment rate situation above

-Moon Jae In (President of SK) approval rating at a mere 45% Moon’s approval ratings at 45% after 2 years in office – Koreans have rarely sustained high approval ratings for their Presidents due to corruption, scandals, and the generally more conservative society

-Korean entertainment scene has exploded and KPop and KDramas and ‘Hallyu’ has made Korea into one of the most popular entertainment juggernauts in the world

So back to the OP’s question, is South Korea really more advanced and successful than China? Perhaps in only a few areas.

-GDP/Capita -> China is catching up on this front, but the reason SK had a huge head start is because they had a market economy for 2 decades longer than China did, and because SK was one of the four East Asian Tigers (all small East Asian countries), it developed very fast in the 70s-90s, China had to struggle under the Mao era for 2 decades.

-Entertainment industry -> China’s heavy handed approach to censorship kind of handicaps them in this area, but China’s entertainment industry is mostly domestic focused. They have such a big domestic market that they don’t need to export that industry yet. South Korea on the other hand, has to export in order to survive, and they’ve perfected the art of marketing to foreigners at this point, which is why they have succeeded so well with their Hallyu industry. It’s worth to mention that China owns many Hollywood studios as well, which also means they don’t need to necessarily export their own movies; they can just leverage Hollywood movies to make money.

In the economic, business and technology sense, China has caught up and/or exceeded Korea.