Expectations can either kill a guy’s career or motivate him, but more often than not, a lot of praise tends to take a negative toll in how ballers performance if they don’t get things going right out of the gate.
Throughout basketball history, high draft picks have proven to be busts instead of All-Star caliber talent as seasons go by and there’s no sign of improvement whatsoever despite entering the league as the most hyped and scouted prospects in the world.
And, whenever their teams need them to step up and they fail to deliver, frustration starts to pile up and everything just tends to go downhill from there. Today, we’re going to let you know about 5 ballers that are playing way below what was expected out of them.
5. Derrick Favors
Derrick Favors quietly improved a lot from his New Jersey Nets tenure when he first got to the Utah Jazz, and he was supposed to be the teams’ go-to-guy down low before suffering several injuries and Rudy Gobert’s surge.
And now that Gobert is sidelined due to a knee injury and considering how gifted Favors is in the offensive end of the floor, he’s been a major disappointment for the Jazz so far, posting season averages of 12.5 points and 6.7 rebounds with 0.9 blocks per game, and Utah would be smart to move him soon while he still has some value.
4. Andrew Wiggins
Andrew Wiggins got to the league as something like the second coming of LeBron James and the guy that would take basketball world by assault in both ends of the floor, and even though he’s been quite decent, he’s failed to live up to that expectations.
Being drafted 1st overall can put a lot of pressure on your shoulders, and that seems to be Wiggins problem. Lacking confidence at times, he’s failed to step up and just handed the keys of the team to Towns and Butler, also struggling to improve on the defensive end of the floor and not being much of a good shooter either. Over the season, he’s averaging 17.7 points and 4 rebounds on 43% from the floor.
3. Reggie Jackson
Reggie Jackson decided to bet on himself and grew sick and tired to being number two to Russell Westbrook for the Oklahoma City Thunder, but so far, it seems like he shouldn’t be so high on himself and that he’s not that good after all.
Jackson has been more of a liability for the Pistons than an actual valuable asset, and after taking back his starting job this season, injuries have forced him to watch games dressed in street clothes once again. Before falling down with an injury, he was averaging 14.6 points and 5.5 assists per game on 44% from the floor and 33% from three.
2. Alex Len
After completely dominating both ends of the glass at Maryland, it seemed like Alex Len was going to have a very successful NBA season and looked like one of the key pieces in the young Phoenix Suns project, but he’s struggled to find consistent playing time due to injuries and poor performances.
Len lost a lot of minutes in favor of veteran Tyson Chandler and it looks like he’s not going to break out until he leaves the desert, but it would be hard to find any takers for an old-school center that hasn’t prove his worth yet. Through the season, he’s averaged 8.7 points and 8.6 rebounds with 1 block per game on 53% from the floor, although the upside seems to be there.
1. Evan Turner
After being drafted 2nd overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2010, it’s pretty safe to say that Evan Turner wound up being a major bust and a huge disappointment for basketball fans all over the world, struggling to make a true impact in both ends of the floor.
Turner seems all over the floor in the defensive end and isn’t much of a consistent scorer either, and he looks way more like a late 2nd round pick than a top 5 prospect at this point. Playing mostly off the bench for the Portland Trail Blazers, Turner has averaged 8.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 dimes per game on a horrid 25.9% shooting from three-point territory.