Arenas, Artest top underachiever ranks

Ron Artest and Gilbert Arenas have had their shortcomings masked by winning teams. Getty Images

There's an old saying that you're only as strong as your weakest link. In the game of basketball, that's not always the case. Teams can succeed even if some of the parts aren't performing up to par.

With that in mind, here are five players whose teams' success may be hiding their down years.


(1) Gilbert Arenas, G, Orlando Magic

You often hear about a player needing a change of scenery, as if the new environment will magically transform him into something new and exciting. Many pegged Arenas as a metamorphosis candidate when he got shipped to Orlando. And he has changed ... for the worse.