Consistency has to be a huge factor when NBA scouts, coaches and fans talk about their players, and you just can’t have players you can’t trust to bring it all on a nightly basis if you’re trying to build up a competitive squad.
Going from one season to another, a lot of things can happen and players tend to either improve or go down depending on a lot of factors as coaching changes, roster changes or just because opposing defenders finally figure out a way to stop them.
Sadly for some players, a lot of people has high expectations out of them and when they fail to deliver, frustration quickly shows up and things tend to get worse and worse by the day, taking a major toll in those guys’ performances.
Today, we’re going to let you know about 4 players that either were very good the past season and have struggled this year or that aren’t just living up to the expectations that surrounded them entering this campaign.
4. Nerlens Noel
Not so long ago, it seemed like Nerlens Noel was going to be some Anthony Davis kind of defender, and he wasn’t called “The Eraser” out of mere coincidence, but the defensive standout has mightily struggled to establish himself as a consistent NBA player.
Constant injuries and several concerns about his durability and overall attitude have made coach Carlisle lose all confidence in the former Kentucky Wildcat, and he’s roughly averaging 12 minutes per game this year with averages of barely 4 points and 4 boards with just 10 total blocks throughout the season, and he needs to get traded right away if he wants to earn a nice deal this upcoming season.
Last season stat line: 8.5 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 1.1 BPG
3. Derrick Rose
It’s pretty crazy to think that Derrick Rose was one of the most unstoppable players in the NBA just a handful of years ago, and when he was set to take his career back from the graveyard leading the way for the Cleveland Cavaliers, his career took yet another major bump.
Rose has struggled throughout the entire season (14.3 PPG - career low, 2.6 RPG - career low, 1.7 APG - career low), and he’s even considering his future in basketball as he’s grown sick and tired of being constantly injured, and even though the Cavs expect him back at some point, he’s pretty much done, or at least it looks like it.
Last season stat line: 18.0 PPG, 4.4 APG, 3.8 RPG
2. Kyle Lowry
Kyle Lowry made all Toronto Raptors fans very happy when he decided to stay put at Canada despite all signs pointing that he was heading towards the exit door, but looking as his recent performances, it seems like they’d be better off without him.
Lowry’s averaging the second lowest point totals in his Raptors career and has looked careless and sluggish all the way with the rock on his hands. He’s not a player opposing defenders respect anymore and we all know how he goes missing come crunch time. Still, those 15 points and 7 dimes per game are very decent, but the Raptors are just DeRozan’s team now.
Last season stat line: 22.4 PPG, 7.0 APG, 4.8 RPG
1. George Hill
George Hill had taken his career back to life with that successful Utah Jazz stint where he seemed rejuvenated, but he’s been a huge bust for the Sacramento Kings so far, being yet another point guard that seems to be cursed as soon as he sets foot in SacTown after Ty Lawson, Darren Collison and Rajon Rondo.
Hill should just be dealt away to hand the keys of the car to standout rookie De’Aaron Fox right now, as the Kings aren't going anywhere this season and they’d be better off losing anyways. So far, he’s posting averages of 9 points and just 2.4 dimes with 1.4 turnovers per game in 42% from the floor.
Last season stat line: 17.0 PPG, 4.2 APG, 3.4 RPG