Cody Taylor | USA TODAY SPORTS
Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook and Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green were voted as the most overrated players in the NBA in a poll conducted by The Athletic.
The poll used anonymous feedback from 127 players in total to conduct its research; the website’s 30 beat writers helped tally the results. However, not every player answered every question.
The players were asked a variety of questions, from choosing the MVP and best defender in the league to best ballhandler. For instance: Paul George was voted third in the MVP race.
While George placed pretty high on a few questions, Westbrook and Green garnered 17 percent of the votes from the 47 players polled as the most overrated in the NBA.
Who’s the most overrated? (47 votes)
- 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%)
The results from the 47 players polled appear to be mixed with James Harden and LeBron James — arguably two of the best in the NBA — receiving votes for being overrated.
Westbrook and Green have become two of the most polarizing players in the NBA over the years. They have each become fierce competitors in the NBA and have been known to talk trash to the opposition — Green was voted No. 1 in the biggest trash-talker category and Westbrook was third.
On the season, Westbrook is averaging 23 points, 11 rebounds and 10.7 assists per game this season. He clinched a third consecutive season averaging a triple-double on Friday night.
While his shooting numbers have been historically bad this season, Westbrook has still been one of the best players in the league and is arguably a top-two point guard.
Meanwhile, Green is averaging 7.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, seven assists, 1.5 steals and 1.1 blocks per game this season for the Warriors. He has become an elite defender given his versatility and ability to guard multiple positions.
By being two of the most polarizing players in the league, Westbrook and Green likely haven’t made many friends around the NBA and that could have had a huge impact on them being named two of the most overrated in the league.
However, the two players probably don’t care either way …