The NBA is a league of superstars, and for most of its history, the game was dominated by superstars.
But this season, the top three players on the roster, along with the league’s best, are almost entirely unknowns.
Nate D”Amato has played in just three NBA games, and he has yet to even start a game.
His numbers are not even close to the league average.
In fact, he has not averaged more than 23 points and nine rebounds in a game since December 6, 2016.
D’Amatos playmaking ability and defensive prowess are just two of the many things that make him the most overrated player in the NBA.
His shooting has fallen off in recent years, and in 2016-17 he finished the season shooting just 39 percent from the field.
D’Amore was a highly-touted recruit coming out of high school and was projected to be the first overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
He averaged 8.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game for the D’Anteros in his only year of college, and never saw a significant role in the D-League.
NBA scouts and scouts in general love to see the best players on a roster.
There is always hope for the undrafted players on teams with limited resources, but in the case of D’Antemato, the odds of him being drafted are not so great.
This past season, D’Alamo missed three games because of an illness and missed the majority of the NBA season due to a broken foot.
It was a disappointing season for the 6-foot-9, 245-pounder, and now it is his last.
DAP is not alone.
Over the past few years, the NBA has seen a lot of players who were drafted in the first round but have fallen short of being drafted into the league.
Some of the notable cases of this include: Kevin Durant – 2012-2013: Durant was selected No. 2 overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder.
After a disappointing first season in Oklahoma City, Durant went on to become the league leader in assists (1,062), blocks (1.843), steals (1), steals per game (3.4) and scoring (21.1 points per game).
Durant averaged 8 points and 7 rebounds per outing in 2012-13.
Russell Westbrook – 2015-2016: Westbrook went on a career-high 20-game scoring streak, but he was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs in the 2016 NBA Draft, making the All-Star team in 2017-18.
Westbrook finished with career-best averages of 19.2 points and 10.3 rebounds per contest, which was good for third in the league among players who played at least 20 games.
The 23-year-old is the league lead in scoring (1.,731), assists (2,879), steals, rebounds and minutes per game with 1,053.
The 29-year old had just nine points and five rebounds in 19 minutes per contest in his debut season with the Spurs.
Kevin Love – 2016-2017: Love, a 6-9 center who averaged 14.5 points and 11.7 rebounds per 36 minutes per night, had a career high-tying 25 points and 17 rebounds per night in his first season with Golden State in the 2018 NBA Finals.
Love, who was drafted No. 3 overall by Golden State, had career highs in assists per game, rebounds per 48 minutes, steals per 48 and field goals made per game.
Bobby Portis – 2016: Portis, a 7-foot center who has made the All NBA second team three times and a first team six times, was a first round pick of the Dallas Mavericks in the 2015 NBA Draft and was the only player on their roster to play in 20 games before the All Star break.
He has since started just six games for the Mavericks, averaging 3.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists per contest.
Cody Zeller – 2017-2018: Zeller, who signed with the Portland Trail Blazers in the summer of 2018, had another breakout season for Portland, averaging 22.7 points and 12.8 rebounds per 100 possessions.
Zeller led the NBA in scoring in his rookie year, averaging 20.7 per game in the regular season and 20.2 in the playoffs.
Zellers career-worst shooting percentage of .622 ranks among the league leaders in the final three seasons of his career.
Derrick Rose – 2017: Rose had a fantastic 2016-18 campaign for the Chicago Bulls, averaging 26.3 points per night.
He finished his first year as a full-time starter with a career season that included a triple-double in his second game with the Bulls.
He led the league in scoring and rebounding in 2016, and is a two-time All-NBA first team selection. Ky