The NBA counts with great figures and it always has, but at the same time, the Association has witnessed lots and lots of flukes throughout its history. This is not new, but it seems a little bit odd that this still happens nowadays considering how much scouting teams do since the very early days of the young ballers.
This will not end anytime soon and it is very unlikely to come to an end at any point since we have various players who looked great during workouts or at a NCAA level but failed to replicate their success with the pros.
Growing up and developing in the National Basketball Association takes a lot of hard work, some patience and of course, talent; but even though some players look like they have it all, they still may struggle to live up to the expectations.
Today, we’ll name five players that landed in the league looking strong and powerful, but after several seasons they are still the same players (or worse), with no evolution and flinching every time they have to play, and they’re very likely to let us down yet again this upcoming season.
Aaron was great when he arrived in Orlando a few seasons ago, showing big skills for a rookie and stating that he was going to make meaningful things in the near future, but so far none of that has happened. Aaron is stuck, let’s face it. Gordon had two good seasons but after that he went down; he hasn’t proved any evolution.
Aaron hasn’t developed his shoot as expected and seeing his performances last season, he needs to go back and play as a PF if he wants to have a chance for saving his career, coming into the league as the new big thing and now being just like all that’s wrong with Blake Griffin.
Harrison is one of the most overrated players in the NBA right now. Barnes was part of a great team such as Golden State and seeing his lack of opportunities, he decided to move to Dallas, but that only proved he wasn’t as good as Golden State made him look. He is a good player, but he is not as good as his former teammates in Warriors.
He owes everything to Golden State and he must have never left the bay. He is a boring player, he has no impact and Dallas is the one suffering Harrison Barnes, who couldn’t even properly replace Chandler Parsons and that has absolutely nothing to offer to any team at this point of his career.
Andrew Wiggins was considered at some point of his college career as the new LeBron James, but so far he hasn’t proved anything. Wiggins started his career in a team full of talented youngsters, but he never was able to become the leader of the team. Instead, he has become just a regular player in Minnesota, playing under the shadow of Karl Anthony Towns.
Now with the addition of Jimmy Butler, Wiggins will have to share the ball even more than he did before Butler’s arrival. Jimmy is going the be the leader of the team and that will only decrease Wiggins’ chances to become the big star everybody thought he was going to be. This one is going to be a rough term for the Canadian player.
Chandler Parsons was definitely the most disappointing player this prior campaign, coming with a lot of hype as the Memphis Grizzlies’ brand new reinforcement to help Marc Gasol, Mike Conley and Zach Randolph on their playoff runs, but it’s pretty safe to say that they got scammed big time with a guy that barely saw any playing time.
Dealing with constant nagging pain and being months since he was actually able to set foot on an NBA Hardwood, we wouldn’t expect much from a guy that missed most of the past season and played horribly through the few games he was suited up for his duties. Parsons is a great player, but he’s going to need a lot of time to go back to his old self and with the Grizzlies reluctant to enter rebuild mode just now, he may not get the run he needs to do so.
Besides Pau Gasol, LaMarcus Aldridge’s was one of the Spurs’ fans favorite scapegoats this prior season, as the All-Star big man hasn’t proved his worth since landing at San Antonio as one of the biggest signings of the team, struggling to find his touch from the field alongside Kawhi Leonard and being one of the team’s biggest defensive liabilities.
And now, after letting pretty much everybody knows that he wants to get the hell out of Popovich’s team, we wouldn’t expect much effort from a guy that’s shown laziness on both ends of the court and that’s going to have to fight for his playing time with veterans like Pau Gasol and newcomer Rudy Gay, and you know Gregg Popovich won’t hesitate to send him to the doghouse as soon as he realizes he just doesn’t fit in their system.