It’s never easy to maintain success in the National Basketball Association through several seasons, especially when various campaigns have gone by and players still haven’t reached their ceiling and apparently are never going to do so.
Other players usually diminish their productivity after various seasons because age takes its toll on them, they get traded or simply young assets wind up overplaying them and making them even consider retiring.
Whether it’s for age, for a bad system, a loaded roster or because they’re just not good enough, and even if it’s still quite early, we can definitely expect to be disappointed in some guys that are bound to have a very mediocre season when the campaign starts in an about a month.
Today, we’re going to let you know who those guys are, so you avoid wearing their jerseys or talking much trash with your buddies, and even more importantly, so you avoid drafting them in your fantasy league.
10. Iman Shumpert
Iman Shumpert has never been the most crafty or flashy player and he’s pretty much unidimensional on offense, but even his accuracy from beyond the arc has really diminished over the last couple of seasons.
Of course, he’ll always be a good asset for defensive lineups, but with Derrick Rose, Jae Crowder, JR Smith and Kyle Korver also on the team, he won’t have many touches to prove his value.
9. Wesley Matthews
The veteran 3 and D shooting guard is entering this season after a very subpar campaign with the Dallas Mavericks and he’s not showing anything that may make us think that he’ll be the same player he once was in Portland.
Besides, with the Mavs going younger and pretty much tanking through the entire season, it’s pretty likely that Seth Curry winds up taking the starting shooting guard gig and he even gets cut or traded.
8. Yogi Ferrell
Another fellow Maverick makes our list, and this one may even surprise you, as Yogi Ferrell was one of their lone productive players through the season as their primary ball handler with all the injuries and problems they had to find a starting point guard.
Nonetheless, things are going to be quite different this time with standout rookie Dennis Smith Jr leading Carlisle’s offense, so we wouldn’t expect him to even get much playing time at all.
7. Zach Randolph
Zach Randolph has always been an incredibly productive player with his ability to own the glass and score with his physique, constantly finding ways to lead his team on and off the floor, and even if he was playing off the bench for most of the season the prior year with the Memphis Grizzlies.
Sadly for him, the Sacramento Kings won’t use him as much. See, with Skal Labissiere, Willie Cauley-Stein and Georgios Papagiannis, Randolph won’t be really needed on the floor but as a mentor.
6. Luol Deng
Luol Deng was pretty important during the first passage of the last season with the Los Angeles Lakers when the team looked ready to have a bounce-back season.
Needless to say, things fell apart quite fast and obviously, Deng lost his starting gig in favor of standout prospect Brandon Ingram, who should have much of the touches in the wing this season as well, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see Deng rack DNP’s.
5. E’Twaun Moore
E’Twaun Moore has sometimes been quite productive when teams need him the most due to the fall of starters with injuries, but he’s just not that good to become a regular starter at either guard spot in this league.
Besides, with Rajon Rondo heading to New Orleans and reportedly sharing the backcourt with Jrue Holiday instead of leading the second unit, there won’t be many minutes remaining for Moore to prove his worth.
4. Courtney Lee
Courtney Lee looked like he was going to be a major force in the New York Knicks when he arrived in the Big Apple several seasons ago, but with the team turning into a trainwreck, his production also took a huge downfall.
Truth to be told, Lee’s defensive impact has really diminished and he’s never been much of a scorer, so it’s pretty likely that he’ll lose his starting job against Tim Hardaway Jr, who looks like a whole new player after his first Knicks stint.
3. Jeremy Lin
Jeremy Lin is a guy that’s still making a living out of a couple of good weeks with the New York Knicks when all the Linsanity hyped surrounded him, but he's still a lock to be the team's starting ball handler despite losing most of the past season due to injuries, and he can still provide double-digit scoring as he's done over his entire career.
Still, even if D’Angelo Russell plays off the ball, there just aren’t going to be enough shots for both to thrive, and considering Lin isn’t particularly good at anything, we wouldn’t expect much from him now that he'll have to share touches with the team's new leader and go-to-guy.
2. Andre Roberson
Andre Roberson is a complete nonfactor on offense and his stat sheet are pretty much a huge disappointment for fantasy owners looking for something else than steals, being a horrid shooter from everywhere on the floor and even from the charity stripe.
His defensive impact is quite important, but he’s just not good enough to be a starter in this league and especially in the Oklahoma City Thunder, and now that he’ll also have to share touches with Carmelo Anthony on the team, we wouldn’t expect much from him after signing that extension.
1. Kenneth Faried
Not so long ago, it looked like Kenneth Faried was completely going to own the league as one of the most skilled rebounders in the league and with his ability to take huge leaps and flash with his athleticism.
Unfortunately, he hasn’t been able to become a consistent player on both ends of the floor and it’s quite slow on defense, and considering the Denver Nuggets also have Nikola Jokic, Paul Millsap, Trey Lyles, Darrell Arthur Mason Plumlee and Tyler Ladon, he’s not getting much playing time at all.