Warriors’ Draymond Green, Thunder’s Russell Westbrook voted most overrated by NBA players
A survey conducted by The Athletic polled 47 NBA players, looking for the most overrated players in the league. The results weren’t surprising, as two of The Association’s most controversial players were tied for the top spot — none other than Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors and former MVP Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder:
- Draymond Green, Russell Westbrook (17%)
- Jimmy Butler, Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns (6.3%)
- James Harden, Ben Simmons, LeBron James, Kyle Lowry (4.2%)
- Semi Ojeleye, Kyrie Irving, Brook Lopez, Myles Turner, Luka Doncic, Hassan Whiteside, John Collins, Lonzo Ball, C.J. McCollum, Nikola Jokic, DeMarcus Cousins, Paul Millsap, Klay Thompson, Jayson Tatum (2.1%)
Two of the most divisive, trash-talking, quick-barking individuals drew the top marks, but is it fair?
To single them out, probably not, but they both have had an underwhelming 2018-19 season by their standards.
Westbrook has put together a third straight triple-double season, easily taking the title of triple-double king after assessing that as his major calling in the record books. Yet his efficiency has once again taken a nosedive, shooting only 42.5% on 20.3 attempts per game while shooting a poor 28.6% from deep after claiming he would limit his 3-point attempts to catch-and-shoots (shot 1.5 more 3s per game than last season).
To round it all up, his free-throw percentage has now seen a major fall from grace, going from a career-high 84.5% in his 2016-17 MVP season to an absurd 65.7% this campaign — a calamitous decline of 18.8 percentage points at the line in the span of two years.
Green’s game has also seen a pitfall, with averages of 7.5 points, 7.3 rebounds and 7.0 assists on the season while shooting only 28.5% from deep, mostly left with several feet of separation on all of his attempts.
The Warriors’ engine is also averaging more fouls per minute since the 2014-15 championship season, something he’ll look to clean up in the playoffs.