NBA superstars dream of carrying their respective teams to the NBA Finals and win the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy. LeBron James, Stephen Curry, and Kevin Durant are among the superstars who are on a team where they really want to be.
However, there are players who face difficulty with their current teams which hinder them from achieving their goal. Here is Sportsrageous’ list of five NBA superstars who are currently playing on the wrong team:
Derrick Rose, New York Knicks
Last summer, the New York Knicks decided to trade for Derrick Rose with the hope of addressing their backcourt problem. Rose managed to regain his MVP form but failed to provide what the Knicks expected from him. After the All-Star break, the Knicks execute the triangle offense making Rose’s situation more complicated.
Phil Jackson’s preferred strategy requires a pass-first point guard and not a ball-dominant player like Rose. With the Knicks plan to use the same system next season, they may consider looking for a new PG. Rose also expressed his intention to join a playoff team once he becomes a free agent this summer.
DeMarcus Cousins, New Orleans Pelicans
Before the trade deadline, the Sacramento Kings decided to part ways with DeMarcus Cousins. They sent him to the New Orleans Pelicans for a trade package centered on Buddy Hield. The Cousins-Anthony Davis frontcourt tandem was expected to bring the Pelicans to the playoffs.
Unfortunately, the predictions went wrong after the Pelicans suffered another disappointing season. Since his first game in New Orleans, most people noticed that Cousins doesn’t fit well with the team. The Pelicans managed to win more games when he’s out of the court and Davis served as their lone NBA superstar.
Dwyane Wade, Chicago Bulls
Before the start of the season, most people believe that the Chicago Bulls’ “Three Alphas” of Dwyane Wade, Rajon Rondo, and Jimmy Butler wouldn’t work well. Not only because all of them are ball-dominant players but also none of them is an accurate shooter. Wade didn’t really intend to join the Bulls if only the Miami Heat gave him a decent offer last summer.
As most people think, Wade will be better playing with a title contender team like the Cleveland Cavaliers. In the upcoming offseason, Wade is expected to opt out of his Bulls contract and test the free agency market once again.
Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
Chris Paul is one of the NBA superstars who hasn’t win an NBA championship title. The 2011 blockbuster trade could have helped him win multiple NBA championships with Kobe Bryant. Unfortunately, the NBA didn’t permit the trade and he ended up joining the Los Angeles Clippers.
Since the creation of the Clippers’ “Big Three”, their only greatest achievement was reaching the Western Conference Semifinals. Chris Paul will become a free agent this summer and should consider weighing other options if he still wants to become an NBA champion.
Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks
Carmelo Anthony’s stint in New York didn’t go well, especially when Phil Jackson became the Knicks president. Jackson frequently criticized Anthony’s game and tried to get rid of him before the Feb. 23 trade deadline. As most people expect, the 2016-17 NBA season will be the last season of Anthony as a Knick.
In the upcoming offseason, the 10-time NBA All-Star is expected to demand a trade to a title contender team. Before the trade deadline, it was revealed that Anthony was only willing to waive his no-trade clause for the Cavaliers, Celtics, and the Clippers. With Wade and Paul expected to become free agents, Anthony should grab the opportunity to team up with his close pals.
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