Call them the 2014 Anti-All Stars.
With the NBA’s best competing this week at the All Star game, let’s take a quick look at the other end of the spectrum and give a shout out to the NBA’s least efficient guards at the halfway point.
The list below includes guards who have played enough minutes to qualify for the Minutes Per Game leader board, so they each see the court enough to be relevant.
10 Worst Player Efficiency Rating – NBA Guards
1. Phil Pressey, BOS – 7.0
2. Garrett Temple, WAS – 7.3
3. Ben McLemore, SAC – 7.6
4. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, DET – 8.7
5. John Salmons, TOR – 8.8
6. Iman Shumpert, NYK – 9.9
7. Alan Anderson, BRK – 10.3
8. Derek Fisher, OKC – 10.5
9. Giannis Antetokounmpo, MIL – 10.6
10. Norris Cole, MIA – 10.6
In fairness to Ben McLemore, the situation in Sacramento is a train wreck. Sactown chews up the souls of promising young players.
Iman Shumpert’s PER is what it is – and it shows he is having a lousy season. He really benefits from the exposure of playing under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden. If he played for the Jazz, he might not even be a household name in Idaho.
And to Derek Fisher, keep gettin’ them checks! (Tip of the cap to Jalen Rose.)
Then there is the promising young Buck, Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Greek Freak is suffering the same fate as Ben McLemore, toiling away with a horrendous franchise. He’s still just 19 years old and appears to have the raw talent to become a solid pro.
So how would the Miami Heat’s Norris Cole respond to ending up on this list? With one simple word: Titles!