NBA: Player attributes once seen as a flaw that are now an asset

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The majority of NBA players have a prototypical athletic physique. However, those that don’t often have to work harder to earn their place in the league.

A lot of people tend to focus on the flaws of NBA players such as a guy being overweight, underweight, too small or too slow. All these flaws are valid concerns, however, sometimes we need to look past these issues and just look at the immense talent that these players possess.

NBA players are incredibly talented and will often find ways to overcome their flaws. For example, some guys will use their weight to outmuscle or out-quick their opponent. Others will use their lack of size to their advantage by using their quickness against bigger slower defenders and others compensate for their lack of speed by honing in on their skills.

Team scouts do immense research on every player in the draft and sometimes they can fall into the trap of overanalyzing some prospects. The problem with overanalyzing is that they can get too focused on the flaws a player has which results in them discounting the many skills that a specific player has. Of course, there are examples of players whose flaws were too much to overcome, however, today we’re looking at the guys who have overcome them.

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All of these players have had or are beginning to have amazing NBA careers despite some glaring flaws. These guys are all turning what appeared to be their biggest flaw, into a legitimate strength. That is the difference between the good players and the great players. And while much of the skepticism these players received was warranted, these guys have taken their flaws and used them to their advantage.