Not everyone lives up to the hype created in the offseason. Most players grasp the various challenges given to them throughout the NBA season and succeed but others just disappoint.
Honorable mentions: PG: Reggie Jackson, SG: Allen Crabbe, SF: Luol Deng, PF: Nikola Mirotic, C: Al Jefferson
Here’s our ‘All-NBA Disappointing Team’ for this year’s NBA season along with some honorable mentions.
Point Guard: Rajon Rondo - Chicago Bulls
Former NBA Champion, Rajon Rondo was expected to make a big impact in Chicago this year along with Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade. The formation of the ‘Big 3’ was expected to propel the Bulls into contention in the Eastern Conference but that hasn’t been the case. The Bulls have had an average year so far and sit ninth in the Eastern Conference with a record of 35W-39L.
Rondo has averaged 7.5 ppg and 6.5 apg in 64 games so far this season for the Bulls. Rajon has started for Chicago in 37 games this season but tensions are high in the Windy City as Rondo has voiced his concerns numerous times this season which has led to him missing game-time due to his comments.
The Bulls have been disappointing this season and if they miss the Playoffs they will have had no improvement at all since last year. Rondo has also been disappointing for the Bulls as he hasn’t fitted in well with the squad which has affected his overall play. All this has led to a below-expectation season for Rondo.
Shooting Guard: Evan Turner - Portland Trailblazers
Turner left his beloved Boston Celtics behind in the offseason when he joined Portland on a four-year deal worth 70 million dollars.
So far this season the Blazers have a 35W-38L record and they lie in the 8th seed in the Western Conference with the same record as the Denver Nuggets who are also eager to make the Playoffs.
The Blazers haven’t been as good as people thought they would be this season and the same can be said for Evan Turner who has only averaged 9.2 ppg, 3.2 apg and 3.8 rpg in 56 appearances this season. For the contract Turner received, he just hasn’t been good enough this season.
The thing about Turner though is that he is an excellent role player who provides good depth to any squad. Let’s hope he can come through and help the Trailblazers make the Playoffs before the NBA’s regular season ends.
Small Forward: Carmelo Anthony - New York Knicks
Melo has been the centerpiece of the Knicks franchise for several years now but it seems that we’re seeing Anthony’s time at New York coming to an end.
Before the season started we seen the Knicks form a ‘Superteam’ when they added Derrick Rose, Courtney Lee and Joakim Noah to their roster. It was thought that the Knicks would immediately become legitimate title contenders but that hasn’t been the case as the Knicks currently lie 12th in the East with a 27W-46L record.
Melo was supposed to be traded before the trade deadline but in the end, no deal was completed and we’re now hearing that Anthony will be shipped from New York in the Summer. Carmelo has averaged 22.7 ppg and 5.9 rpg so far this season in the 69 games he’s played for the Knicks.
Not all is to be blamed on Melo for how bad the Knicks have been but Anthony and co just haven’t lived up to expectations this season and a change of scenery in the Summer is what’s needed for Melo in order to get his NBA career back on track.
Power Forward: Thaddeus Young - Indiana Pacers
Young joined the Pacers in the offseason and was expected to be part of a dominant Pacer team who would contest for the top seeds in the East but that hasn’t been the case as the Pacers currently lie in the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference with a 37W-36L record.
The Pacers haven’t lived up to the hype they built up before the season started so a good Playoff run is needed in order for the Pacers to make this season worthwhile.
Thaddeus has been average this season, starting in 65 of the Pacers games this season. In those games, Young has recorded 10.5 ppg and 5.7 rpg in an average of just under 30 mpg in every game. Hopefully, Young can come into good form in the Playoffs and help the Pacers contest in what has become a tough Eastern Conference.
Center: Timofey Mozgov - L.A Lakers
Mozgov signed with the Lakers during the offseason for a hefty price which will see him staying under contract for the next three years. It was expected that Mozgov would be a good addition for the Lakers but that hasn’t been the case as he has only played a total of 54 games this season for L.A. We won’t see Timofey featuring in any more games this season either for the Lakers as Laker coach, Luke Walton, has said that both Luol Deng and Timofey Mozgov will sit out the rest of the NBA season in order to give younger players more playing time.
When you look back at the history of Laker center’s you see players like Kareem-Abdul Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal and Wilt Chamberlain all running the center spot for L.A but now it’s Mozgov’s turn.
Mozgov averaged 7.4 ppg and 4.9 rpg in the 54 games he featured in for the Lakers this season. Maybe not quite what the Lakers had hoped for but definitely not enough for what the Lakers paid Mozgov. For every point Mozgov has scored this season, he earned forty thousand dollars! Mozgov hasn’t lived up to expectations this season.
The bad news for Lakers fans is he still has another three years left on his contract...
And there you have it. Our list of NBA players who haven’t been as good as people thought they would be. This just goes to show that NBA basketball isn’t as easy as people think.