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Kobe Bryant, Amare Stoudemire Still NBA's Most Overrated

| by David Berri

Kobe Bryant, Amar’e Stoudemire, LaMarcus Aldridge and Yao Ming were the most overrated players at their positions by NBA fans and the media in 2011.

I used the following steps to identify the players most overrated by the fans and the media:

Players were grouped by their designated position on the All-Star ballot and All-NBA teams.

Players were ranked by the number of wins they produced and the number of votes they received from fans for the All-Star teams and media for the All-NBA teams.

Players with a difference of more than two spots between their ranking in wins produced and their rankings in votes for the All-Star and All-NBA teams were considered the most overrated by the fans and the media. (Editor’s Note: Mosi also politely added the underrated players for contrast)

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Overrated and Underrated Guards

Ten guards were overrated on the fans’ All-Star ballots in 2011 and nine were overrated by the media.


The 2011 All-Star game MVP was the most overrated guard by NBA fans and media.

Most Overrated Guards by the Fans

  1. Kobe Bryant: 1st in All-Star votes, 8th in wins produced
  2. Ray Allen: 6th in all-Star votes, 10th in wins produced
  3. Derrick Rose: 3rd in All-Star votes, 6th in wins produced
  4. Gilbert Arenas: 17th in All-Star votes, 20th in wins produced
  5. Vince Carter: 15th in All-Star votes, 18th in wins produced

Most Overrated Guards by the Media

  1. Kobe Bryant: 2nd in All-NBA voting, 9th in wins produced
  2. Derrick Rose: 1st in All-NBA voting, 6th in wins produced
  3. Tony Parker: 8th in All-NBA voting, 13th in wins produced
  4. Manu Ginobili: 6th in All-NBA voting, 10th in wins produced
  5. Monta Ellis: 11th in All-NBA voting, 15th in wins produced
  6. Russell Westbrook: 4th in All-NBA voting, 7th in wins produced
  7. Deron Williams: 9th in All-NBA voting, 12th in wins produced
  8. Eric Gordon: 13th in All-NBA voting, 16th in wins produced

Seven guards were underrated by the fans and media in 2011.


The oldest point guard in the league was also the most underrated by NBA fans and media.

Most Underrated Guards by the Fans

  1. Jason Kidd: 13th in All-Star votes, 5th in wins produced
  2. Steve Nash: 8th in All-Star votes, 3rd in wins produced
  3. Chris Paul: 5th in All-Star votes, 1st in wins produced
  4. Joe Johnson: 20th in All-Star votes, 16th in wins produced

Most Underrated Guards by the Media

  1. Jason Kidd: 13th in All-NBA voting, 5th in wins produced
  2. Steve Nash: 10th in All-NBA voting, 3rd in wins produced
  3. Andre Iguodala: 13th in All-NBA voting, 8th in wins produced
  4. Chris Paul: 5th in All-NBA voting, 1st in wins produced
  5. Rajon Rondo: 7th in All-NBA voting, 4th in wins produced

Overrated and Underrated Forwards

Eleven forwards were overrated by the fans and seven were overrated by the media in 2011.


The new east coast bias: Stat and Melo were the most overrated forwards by the fans.

Most Overrated Forwards by the Fans

  1. Amar’e Stoudemire: 3rd in All-Star votes, 19th in wins produced
  2. Carmelo Anthony: 5th in All-Star votes, 13th in wins produced
  3. Kevin Durant: 2nd in All-Star votes, 7th in wins produced
  4. Danilo Gallinari: 16th in All-Star votes, 20th in wins produced


The man from Brandon Roy’s shadow was the most overrated forward by the media.

Most Overrated Forwards by the Media

  1. LaMarcus Aldridge: 5th in All-NBA voting, 14th in wins produced
  2. Dirk Nowitzki: 3rd in All-NBA voting, 11th in wins produced
  3. Kevin Durant: 2nd in All-NBA voting, 7th in wins produced
  4. Carmelo Anthony: 8th in All-NBA voting, 13th in wins produced

Nine forwards were underrated by the fans and six were underrated by the media in 2011.


Kevin got no Love from the fans and media in 2011, just David Stern.

Most Underrated Forwards by the Fans

  1. Kevin Love: 14th in All-Star votes, 1st in wins produced
  2. Josh Smith: 17th in All-Star votes, 10th in wins produced
  3. Lamar Odom: 12th in All-Star votes, 6th in wins produced
  4. Luol Deng: 18th in All-Star votes, 14th in wins produced
  5. Rudy Gay: 19th in All-Star votes, 16th in wins produced
  6. Blake Griffin: 7th in All-Star votes, 4th in wins produced
  7. Pau Gasol: 6th in All-Star votes, 3rd in wins produced

Most Underrated Forwards by the Media

  1. Kevin Love: 9th in All-NBA voting, 1st in wins produced
  2. Kevin Garnett: 12th in All-NBA voting, 6th in wins produced
  3. Blake Griffin: 11th in All-NBA voting, 5th in wins produced
  4. Gerald Wallace: 14th in All-NBA voting, 9th in wins produced
  5. Zach Randolph: 6th in All-NBA voting, 3rd in wins produced

Overrated and Underrated Centers

Four centers were overrated by the fans and five were overrated by the media in 2011.


Much like Allen Iverson, fans loved Yao whether he played or not.

Most Overrated Centers by the Fans

  1. Yao Ming: 2nd in All-Star votes, 10th in wins produced
  2. Shaquille O’Neal: 4th in All-Star votes, 9th in wins produced

Most Overrated Centers by the Media

  1. Amar’e Stoudemire: 2nd in All-NBA voting, 11th in wins produced
  2. Kendrick Perkins: 9th in All-NBA voting, 12th in wins produced

Four centers were underrated by the fans and six centers were underrated by the media.


What’s hurt fan appreciation of Horford more – playing out of position or playing in Atlanta?

Most Underrated Centers by the Fans

  1. Al Horford: 10th in All-Star votes, 2nd in wins produced
  2. Andrew Bogut: 9th in All-Star votes, 5th in wins produced


The most underrated center by the media got the best of the most overrated in this clip.

Most Underrated Centers by the Media

  1. Emeka Okafor: 13th in All-NBA voting, 8th in wins produced
  2. Tyson Chandler: 7th in All-NBA voting, 3rd in wins produced

Check out this spreadsheet for all the analysis of the overrated and underrated players.

One of the stories told in the Wages of Wins is that NBA fans and writers love scoring.  All of the players at the top of the most overrated lists scored more than 20 points per game, with the exception of Yao. The only player at the top of the most underrated lists that scored more than 20 points per game was Love. How much cologne does that guy have to shell out to get some respect?


How many bottles of “Numb#rs” did David Stern get to put Love on the All-Star team?

 -Mosi

Mosi Platt (@MIA_Heat_Index) is the Miami Heat writer for the Wages of Wins Network. You can normally find him at the Miami Heat Index. In addition to making sure the  world knows the greatness of Dwyane Wade, Mosi also helps keep haters in line. Mosi makes his own lists of people that spread false information and he checks them twice thanks to his trusty Blackberry.