The 12 Biggest Fantasy Basketball Disappointments of the 2008-09 Season
Earlier this month, I brought you the 12 biggest fantasy surprises of the 08-09 season. Now it's time for the 12 biggest fantasy disappointments.
Every year there are players who let down fantasy owners in a big way and many of this year's elite performers have simply not lived up to their draft day stock.
Here's the rankings of the biggest fantasy disappointments of the 2008-09 fantasy basketball season:
12. Leandro Barbosa
Barbosa has been a scoring machine off the the bench for the Phoenix Suns for each of the past two seasons.
This season however, is a different story. Barbosa is putting up his worst numbers since the 2004-05 season and has an all-time career low in assists per game.
11. Mike Conley
Conley was a big time sleeper in most fantasy owner's minds. Many owner's had a healthy Conley pegged for a break out season after he was plagued by various injuries throughout last season.
Instead of taking a step forward and improving on his rookie numbers, he has taken a step back, as his numbers have declined.
Conley lost his starting point guard job earlier in the season to Kyle Lowry and somehow gained the starting job back a short time ago. He didn't win the job back because of his good play, many think he won the job back because he is being showcased for a trade before the deadline.
10. Ron Artest
Artest is averaging his lowest points per game average since 2002 and his lowest rebounds and assists per game average since 2005.
Sadly, the biggest disappointment about Artest's fanatsy season has not been his offensive game, it has been his defensive game.
Artest is known for being one of the best defenders in the NBA and fantasy owner's rely on him to pile up the defensive stats for their teams. However, he is arguably having his worst fantasy defensive season of his career, averaging only 1.8 steals (second lowest average of career) and 0.4 blocks (career low).
9. Lamar Odom
Odom is usually a dream come true for fantasy owners, because he is one of those rare fantasy performers, who can contribute solid numbers in every category.
Although, this season, Odom has turned into a nightmare for owners as he is hardly contributing to any category.
He is averaging career low's in points and assists per game and tying a career low in three point field goals made per game. He is also averaging the second lowest output of rebounds per game of his career.
8. Peja Stojakovic
Peja is having a disastrous fantasy season, averaging just over 13 points and under four rebounds per game.
This is Peja's worst fantasy season since dating back to the 1999-00 season, which was his second year in the league.
7. Mike Miller
Mike Miller brings two big fantasy assets to the the table; points and three point field goals. Miller is averaging career low's in both, enough said.
6. Samuel Dalembert
It has been a dreadful fantasy season for Dalembert.
Dalembert is coming off a career year in 2007-08, where he averaged 10.5 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game.
Dalembert is averaging 5.8 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game this season.
5. Josh Smith
Josh Smith landed on everyone's fantasy radar during the 2006-07 season. He showed his potential to become a fantasy superstar.
In 2007-08, Smith followed up with another spectacular season, which seemed to entrench him as one of the elite fantasy stars in the league.
Slowed by injury earlier in the year, Smith got off to a rough start this season. His numbers are lower across the board when compared to last season.
He has shown glimpses lately of improving those numbers, but up to this point, he has to be considered a huge fantasy let down.
4. Steve Nash
This is Steve Nash's lowest point and assist averages since his days in Dallas.
Is it just a coincidence that Nash's numbers have declined considerably after the departure of coach, Mike D'Antoni? I don't think so.
3. Shawn Marion
Marion was probably a top 10 pick in many fantasy leagues. However, he has not come close to living up to that potential this season.
Marion is putting up his worst fantasy numbers since his rookie campaign, which was nine seasons ago. Maybe a change of scenery could salvage what is left of the fantasy season for Marion owners.
2. Elton Brand
Brand has caused a few headaches and probably a few migraines as well to fantasy owners who may have used a top seven or eight draft pick on him.
Brand has missed a significant portion of the season due to injuries. However, when healthy this season, he has failed miserably in reaching the potential he is capable of achieving.
Brand is usually a lock for 20 points and 10 boards. Averaging 15.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and a career low in blocks, isn't the season that fantasy owners were imagining when they took him on draft day.
1. Allen Iverson
Averaging a baffling 10 points below his career average of 27.2 points per game has flat out frustrated every fantasy owner of Iverson.
Iverson is also below his career averages in assists (which are at their lowest since the 2000 season), rebounds, three point field goals made, steals and blocks.
Iverson's fantasy season can only be summed up as biggest disappointment of the 2008-09 season.