Dirk Nowitzki and 6 Players Who Will Regress This NBA Season

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Dirk Nowitzki and 6 Players Who Will Regress This NBA Season
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Dirk may find the going hard when he returns from knee surgery.

It's always a lot more fun predicting which players are going to break out than it is pegging guys who are due to fall off.  That doesn't mean someone doesn't have to do the dirty work of singling out guys who are declining and will continue to decline further.

The main contributing factors to a player's decline are injuries and age.  When an aging player gets injured, it only signals an even brighter warning flag, and two players featured in this slide show are facing the precarious situation of having sustained major injuries in their mid-to-late 30s. 

That said, another major factor that can contribute to regression is the acceptance of a lesser role with a new organization, or a change in the offense that the player has come accustomed to using for the majority of their NBA career.  Also, sometimes guys just find themselves in situations in which they must share the ball more. 

So, factoring in injuries, age and reduced roles we can determine the fate of the seven players who are all due to fall off even further than they already have.

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