Being a starter in the NBA is one of the ultimate milestones any player can ever achieve, but being able to sustain that over time is something just a handful of gifted ballers are capable of doing.
Either because some young talents surge, changes on the coaching staff or the team’s philosophy, injuries, bad performances or just because players age, there’s a point on almost every starter’s career when he’s kind of forced to take a step behind and come off the bench for the team’s sake.
That’s something we’ve seen year in and year out, with Dwyane Wade being the most recent example of that trend. The next season, things aren’t going to be much different, and we’re going to let you know about the top 7 players that are not going to start next season.
7. Rajon Rondo
Rajon Rondo was called to be one of the New Orleans Pelicans’ saviors, and even though he’s played quite solid ball throughout the year, he’s nowhere near the dominant two way point guard he was during his Boston celtics stint.
Truth to be told, the Pelicans would be far better off just leaving the playmaker duties to Jrue Holiday while Rondo handles the second unit or focuses more on some defensive minded sets instead of ball hogging in the starting 5.
6. Jarrett Jack
The fact that Jarrett Jack is still starting for the New York Knicks makes absolutely no set, especially now that they’ve completely jammed the point guard position with the additions of Trey Burke and Emmanuel Mudiay besides Frank Ntilikina
Ntilikina should be running the show for months now and his development has quite stalled with Jack taking away touches from him, but we expect New York to right this wrong any time soon during this season.
5. DJ Augustin
With Elfrid Payton’s departure, DJ Augustin was the next man up called to run the offense for the Orlando Magic, but they’re a lock to try and find a new franchise point guard in this year’s upcoming NBA Draft.
Augustin is a very capable second unit scorer but he’s never been a starting point guard material, so we won’t be counting on the veteran journeyman to continue leading the way at Orlando the next season.
4. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
Malik Monk’s rookie year has been a huge fluke but we would definitely expect him to shift to the starting 5 the upcoming campaign if he proves his worth during the last passage of the season, a move that may shift Nicolas Batum to the SF spot and send MKG to the bench.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has been quite good on the defensive end of the floor, but he’s also proven to be one of the biggest busts the NBA Draft has brought us over the last decade, and his days as a starter should be counted by now.
3. Zach Randolph
After one season playing with the second unit, Zach Randolph’s back at being a starter with the Sacramento Kings, but the constant DNPs and the lack of a true offensive system at Sacramento have really taken a toll on his game.
Truth to be told, Z-BO would be way better off coming off the bench for a contending team, and he’s a prime buyout candidate as we head towards the end of the campaign. Also, we’d expect him to ring chase during the next campaign, a year that may be the last one of his pro career.
2. Tony Snell
Tony Snell started the season in the first unit of the Milwaukee Bucks, but his lack of improvement and poor overall displays have relegated him to the bench, and there’s absolutely no reason to think things may get better for him in the foreseeable future.
Snell is a major fluke and he’s not really good at anything, and considering the Bucks already have Eric Bledsoe, Khris Middleton, Malcolm Brogdon and are set to get Jabari Parker back, there’s just no use for him as a starter.
1. Dewayne Dedmon
Dewayne Dedmon looks like a whole new player with the Atlanta Hawks this year and even though he’s lost a long stretch of the season due to injury, he’s been extremely productive in both ends of the floor every time he’s been able to suit up.
Nonetheless, the Atlanta Hawks are amid a rebuilding process and have high hopes for rookie center John Collins, who has struggled with foul trouble all season long but has also shown a lot of reasons to get excited with, and we’d expect him to grab onto the starting gig for the long run.