HomeNBA The Worst Player On The Previous Ten NBA Championship Teams All of a basketball player’s participation in an NBA championship game does not imply that he is a good player. None, however, were as bad as these champions!
Basketball is a sport in which each of the five team players on the court, as well as the players on the bench, must contribute their grain of sand to win. The management searches for and hires players and coaching staff; the coaching staff itself with its preparations and physical and tactical strategies; and, of course, the roster of athletes, who are the ones who put all of these previous activities on the table.
However, in every team, including champions, there will always be very good players and others who are not so good, and they will stand out for not doing their job properly. Without further ado, here are the worst players from the last ten NBA championship teams.
Joel Anthony 10
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After practically “strolling” through the regular season, the Miami Heat won their second championship. With LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, and Ray Allen on the roster, the rest of the team was certainly carrying a pretty light load. But what Joel Anthony did was completely embarrassing. He averaged 1.4 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 0.2 assists per game during the regular season, and 0.4 points, 1.5 rebounds, and zero assists in the playoffs.
Matt Bonner (nine)
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Coach Gregg Popovich must have been furious with power forward Matt Bonner during the 2013-2014 season. Because he had such a balanced team, when it came to resting his starters, he had to rely on a very discreet bench, and Bonner was, without a doubt, the worst of them all that year. In the regular season, he averaged 3.2 points, 2.1 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.2 steals, and 0.2 blocks per game, while in the postseason, he averaged 1.2 points, 0.6 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.1 steals, and no blocks.
Brandon Rush, No. 8
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Brandon Rush has not been a particularly outstanding player in his nine-year NBA career, but he had his worst season in the 2014-15 season. He averaged 0.9 points, 1.2 rebounds, and 0.4 assists in 33 regular-season games and 1.0 points and 1.0 rebounds in the playoffs. This shooting guard was selected in the first round (13th overall) of the 2008 draft.
Richard Jefferson, number seven
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Richard Jefferson was a player who worked hard to stay with an NBA team for a long time. And boy, did he succeed; he played in the NBA for 17 seasons, though only the first ten of them were outstanding. At 35 years old, he is nearing the end of his career “A couple of years before retiring, the 233-pound forward had a disastrous season with the 2015-2016 champion Cleveland Cavaliers. He averaged 5.5 points, 1.7 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.4 steals, and 0.2 blocks per game in 74 regular season games, with a 9.7 player efficiency rating, making him the worst player on that roster.
McAdoo, James Michael
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This 6’9″ man was born in Norfolk, Virginia in 1993 “The 230-pound power forward has the unfortunate distinction of being the worst player on the roster of the Golden State Warriors, the 2016-2017 NBA Champions. James McAdoo averaged 3.0 points, 1.7 rebounds, and 0.3 assists per game in his 111-game career; and specifically that season, he played 52 games, recording 1.8 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.6 blocks, and 2.8 points per game.
Patrick McCaw No. 5
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Patrick McCaw won three championship rings in just five years. He even won the Championship with two different teams, demonstrating that you must be in the right place at the right time and be lucky. Nonetheless, this shooting guard was nothing more than a bad supporting actor for the Golden State Warriors in 2017-18, averaging 4.0 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game.
Patrick McCaw 4
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What a shame to be recognized as just a lucky guy, as Patrick McCaw has been. It is quite embarrassing for him to repeat in the current list, but in reality, he did enough merits to be the worst on the Championship team, this time, the Toronto Raptors. In 11 playoff games, he averaged 0.5 points, 0.4 assists, 0.3 rebounds, and 0.2 steals per game, with a 5.7 player efficiency rating.
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In almost every sport, the precise moment to retire is not always determined correctly. This shooting guard from the 2004 class is an example. J.R. Smith had an above-average – and longer-than-average – NBA career. But his retirement season was bittersweet because, despite being champion, it was the worst season of his life, and he was the worst player on the Los Angeles Lakers. Smith averaged 2.0 points, 0.3 rebounds, and 0.3 assists in 10 postseason games, with a -11.7 box plus/minus.
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P. J. Tucker was traded from the Houston Rockets to the Milwaukee Bucks in the middle of the season to add bench depth to a team that was hoping to win the NBA championship this year, which they did, but P.J. Tucker’s contribution to the team was insignificant. He averaged 2.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.5 steals, and 0.1 blocks per game during the regular season, and 4.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and 1.0 steals in the playoffs.
Andre Iguodala No. 1
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Obviously, a 38-year-old player should be declining (with very specific exceptions), but living on both sides of the coin, hero or villain, for seven years highlights this. Andre Iguodala had a fantastic performance in the 2015 NBA Finals, earning him the title of Finals MVP. In the 2021-22 season, he had 4.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 3.7 assists in the regular season, and 1.6 points, 1.7 assists, and 1.0 rebounds per game in the playoffs, with a -2.2 box plus/minus and a 0.0 VORP.