You never know what to expect when an NBA season begins. Players get better and players get worse...players even come out of nowhere (I'm looking at you Jeremy Lin). Some of it is surprising and some of it isn't, but that's what makes the NBA such a fascinating league.
It's like a box of chocolates. "You never know what you're gonna get."
This season has been filled with inspiring stories and not-so-inspiring stories. Here's a few players that have seriously under-performed this season.
Amar'e Stoudemire has not lived up to his potential during his second year in New York City. Once a dominating big man, it seems he's starting to lose his game.
Check out this stat comparison:
Amar'e during the 2010-2011 season: 25.3 PPG and 8.2 RPG, shooting 50%
Amar'e during the 2011-2012 season: 17.6 PPG and 8.0 RPG, shooting 47%
While those aren't horrible numbers by any means, we all know that Amar'e can do better. A lot of the blame could be heaped upon Carmelo Anthony's ball-demanding tendencies, the rise of a certain Asian-American point guard or an overwhelming amount of injuries this season.
Either way, Amar'e Stoudemire has underwhelmed this season. Numbers like these won't cut it in New York with New York fans. But, at this point, we most likely won't get to see Amar'e till next season.
Devin Harris has not endeared himself to Utah Jazz fans. While he doesn't seem to fit in the Utah system, he still seems uninterested and lost on the floor at times.
Known for dominating the ball and taking errant shots, Devin Harris' stint in Utah should be coming to an end come summertime. It's a sad end for a one-time All-Star player who averaged 15-20 points per game the past couple of seasons. This year he's only posting about 10 points per games to go with nearly five assists.
Nick Young is the definition of a one-dimensional player. If he wants to receive major minutes on any team outside of Washington, he needs to develop more of a game besides just shooting. We all know he can shoot the lights out, but can he rebound or pass?
These are his stats on the year: 15.2 PPG, 2.3 RPG, and 1.0 APG. Those have dropped since he hitched on with Los Angeles, where he's shooting a horrid 37 percent.
Nick Young has a world of potential. Will he put the pieces together one day?
Appearing on a reality TV show with his wife hasn't helped Lamar out. It seems that the reality show lifestyle has even carried over into his NBA life. His season has been bipolar at best and has finally ended with him parting ways with the Dallas Mavericks after being traded there in the offseason.
Odom, a former Sixth Man of the Year and staple on the Los Angeles Lakers, needs to get his head together before any team will welcome him on board again.
Remember him? Yeah, he's a center on the New Jersey Nets. While he's been hampered by numerous injuries this season and will be out until next year, he still has been pretty underwhelming this season.
Playing with Deron Williams should generally make a player better. That's not the case with Brook. There's one stat that stands out to me...his three rebound average. A seven footer should NEVER average under seven rebounds. That, in itself, is a joke.
C'mon Brook, get your act together.
It's unfortunate that Raymond Felton has become the definition of a journeyman in the NBA. After signing a contract in New York, he was a big part of the trade that sent Carmelo to NY. He had a great season in both Denver and New York, before he was traded to Portland in the offseason.
He hasn't looked confident or happy while playing in Portland. Of course, a lot has been going on over in Oregon, but a lot more is expected from the starting point guard. He's posting career lows of 11 points, 6.5 assists, and 40 percent shooting.
Don't look for him in Portland next year.
I hate putting Jimmer on this list because he still has time to figure it out. He's stuck on a team full of shoot-first guards and with a coach that doesn't have much confidence in the rookie. Plus, the last pick in the draft, Isaiah Thomas, has destroyed all hopes of Jimmer receiving a starting spot on this roster.
But he also hasn't seemed very confident on the floor and gets overwhelmed by most opposing guards. There will also be times where Keith Smart doesn't even put Jimmer on the floor.
All of this has contributed to a pretty disappointing season for the former BYU and national college star. I expect Sacramento to seek offers for him in the offseason. He'll produce much better on a different team.