This is the first of a four-part series by the Puck Drunk Love staff examining the league's most overrated and underrated players. To come to these conclusions, the staff put their heads together and came up with a list based mostly, but not entirely, on the following criteria: salary, how production affected expectations, fan and media attention, effectiveness of teammates and draft position. Why are we only covering nine players instead of the traditional 10? Because 10 is overrated and nine is underrated. Deal with it. Got a problem with our list? Tell us who we missed in the comments.
"You're overrated." It's the worst thing you can tell a professional athlete unless his significant other starts, um, playing for the other team. You hear it all the time, who's disappointing their coaches and fans, who's not worth a dime of that shiny, new contract, and who is most certainly not deserving of that letter on his jersey.
They're the goats. Every fan base has at least one, and if you're lucky enough to root for some teams in particular, every player is at one time or another.
But who's the most overrated? Well that's simply a matter of who you ask, and how angry they are at the time. Since you asked us, here's a level-headed list of some players we thought aren't quite everything they're made out to be.