In the NBA, players are usually defined by whether or not they can perform their best under pressure. If someone wilts when the lights are brightest or fails to live up to a lucrative contract, he is automatically deemed a failure, while if he can rise to the occasion and make a team look brilliant for reeling him in, he is beloved across the league.
Heading into the 2012-2013 season, there are a number of players, both young up-and-comers and experienced veterans, that will be facing heightened expectations once the season tips off in October.
Although not every player faces the same kind of pressure—players like Raymond Felton and Landry Fields will be judged because they are coming off lackluster seasons and joining new ballclubs, while someone like DeAndre Jordan is expected to further develop his game and become more than a one-way player—these six players will be among the most closely monitored and heavily scrutinized in basketball this season.
Without further ado, here are six players that will not seize the moment and will have lackluster campaigns in the face of increased pressure.