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50 Most Worthless Players in the NBA for the 2012-13 Season

Adam FromalNational NBA Featured ColumnistNovember 28, 2012

50 Most Worthless Players in the NBA for the 2012-13 Season

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    The NBA is filled with fantastic basketball players, but each team has some bench players (or even starters) who fall well short of fantastic. During the 2012-13 season, these are the 50 most worthless players in the Association, although not all of them will remain worthless in the future. 

    Of course, using "worthless" is a bit harsh, so let me explain. 

    Every player in the NBA has some sort of worth or else he wouldn't be in the league comprised of the world's best basketball players. However, worth is something that can be quantified, which means that each end of the spectrum does exist. If a player can be worth more than everyone else, then someone can be worth less than everyone else as well. 

    Rather than thinking of these players as completely devoid of value, think of them in the way that the quasi-superlative adjective is intended: worth less than the other players who make up the league. 

    Only players who are in their second year or later can qualify, and players must have appeared in a game this season to be eligible. 

    Note: All stats are current through Monday, Nov. 26. 

Lou Amundson

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    Team: Minnesota Timberwolves

    Position: PF

    Age: 29

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 0.9 points, 2.4 rebounds, 0.1 assists, 0.6 blocks, 0.6 steals, 3.57 PER

     

    Lou Amundson was a fan favorite during his time with the Indiana Pacers due to some combination of his unconventional look and constant energy when he made it onto the court. You just don't see many hardworking big men in the NBA with a ponytail.

    However, he hasn't gotten enough action to have the same effect on Minnesota Timberwolves fans quite yet. 

    Even when Kevin Love was sidelined with his broken hand, Amundson wasn't able to carve out much of a role for himself. 

Joel Anthony

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    Team: Miami Heat

    Position: C

    Age: 30

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 0.4 points, 0.7 rebounds, 0.1 assists, 0.7 blocks, 0.0 steals, 6.10 PER

     

    During his prime, Joel Anthony was a defensive stopper capable of staying in front of any big man down in the paint. Even then, he had an offensive repertoire that could only be called inadequate if you were feeling generous. 

    Now that he's on the wrong side of 30, Anthony's athleticism has declined, and he's less effective on defense, rendering him utterly useless to the Miami Heat. Don't get me wrong, the undersized center is still a good defender, he's just not one worth playing. 

    This is especially true on a Heat squad that has opted to play small lineups with increasing frequency. 

Michael Beasley

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    Team: Phoenix Suns

    Position: SF/PF

    Age: 23

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 12.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.9 blocks, 0.4 steals, 9.90 PER

     

    Something tells me that the inclusion of Michael Beasley is going to be the most controversial decision in this article. However, hear me out before you flock to the comment section. 

    Beasley specializes in scoring points. While obviously important, points per game is the most over-glamourized stat in basketball because it is entirely dependent on a player's role in the offense and doesn't reflect efficiency even a tiny bit. 

    This combo-forward might be averaging 12.4 points per game for the Phoenix Suns, but he's doing so because of his featured spot in the lineup and in spite of his putrid 37.4 percent shooting from the field. With his sky-high turnover numbers and ineptness when it comes to any sort of facilitation, he's actually hurting the team more than helping it on offense. 

    Through 14 games, per Basketball-Reference.com, Beasley actually contributed minus-0.6 win shares on the offensive end of the court. His 87 offensive rating is absolutely terrible.

    Beasley is below average on defense, but at least he's accumulated positive defensive win shares thus far. He just hasn't earned enough of them to keep him out of the red when looking at his overall game. 

Rodrigue Beaubois

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    Team: Dallas Mavericks

    Position: PG

    Age: 24

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 4.3 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.8 steals, 10.96 PER

     

    We can officially take Rodrigue Beaubois off those lists of players waiting to break out that we've been putting him on for the last few years. Injuries gave him a convenient excuse for a while, but it's now readily apparent that the French guard just isn't that good. 

    Ever since his rookie season, Beaubois has forgotten how to shoot. During the 2012-13 campaign, he's been even worse, recording a field-goal percentage of just 31.8 percent through the first month of the season. 

Andris Biedrins

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    Team: Golden State Warriors

    Position: PF/C

    Age: 26

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 0.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.5 blocks, 0.5 steals, 6.21 PER

     

    Andris Biedrins is so bad at shooting free throws that he actively avoids getting fouled by shying away from the ball and hesitating to hoist up an attempt if there's even a tiny chance that he might end up drawing contact. 

    On the opposite end of the court, he's not exactly a stranger to creating contact, as he's been foul prone throughout his entire career. 

    The $18 million remaining on his contract with the Golden State Warriors might make it appear as though he's a good player, but Biedrins is valuable as a rebounder and, well, that's about it. 

Bismack Biyombo

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    Team: Charlotte Bobcats

    Position: PF/C

    Age: 20

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 3.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, 0.1 assists, 1.5 blocks, 0.4 steals, 10.30 PER

     

    Bismack Biyombo was one of the last inclusions here because of his value as a shot-blocker. However, his offense prevents him from being too valuable to the Charlotte Bobcats. 

    It's hard to say it better than ESPN's John Hollinger: "Biyombo's rebounding numbers were disappointing, however, and as for his offense ... have I told you about his defense?"

    Biyombo will not be on a similar list next year. I can almost guarantee that, as he'll have more experience than the paltry few years he has under his belt. As he continues to learn the game, he'll make good on his massive potential. 

    However, right now, there's a reason that the Bobcats can only dole out fewer than 20 minutes per game to him. 

Kwame Brown

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    Team: Philadelphia 76ers

    Position: C

    Age: 30

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 2.3 points, 2.1 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.4 blocks, 0.3 steals, 6.86 PER

     

    Kwame Brown has become an NBA punchline during his career because of his failure to live up to the massive expectations levied upon him when he was the No. 1 pick of the 2001 NBA draft. 

    While he's undoubtedly been a draft bust, he hasn't been as bad as he's typically made out to be. Brown might be an inadequate offensive player, but he's a solid interior defender and can capably use his big frame to haul in plenty of rebounds. 

Will Bynum

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    Team: Detroit Pistons

    Position: PG

    Age: 29

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 5.9 points, 0.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.6 steals, 9.79 PER

     

    Will Bynum has played poorly enough for the Detroit Pistons that he's provided less value to his team than a certain big man with the same last name has given to the Philadelphia 76ers. 

    That's right, Andrew Bynum has helped out his respective team more without even playing a single game. After all, Will has accumulated minus-0.1 win shares in his first 15 games of the 2012-13 season. 

    The main problem is that Bynum fancies himself a score-first, pass-second point guard even though he doesn't have much of a shot from the perimeter and struggles to score with anything resembling consistency. 

Josh Childress

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    Team: Brooklyn Nets

    Position: SF

    Age: 29

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 1.5 points, 1.5 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.3 blocks, 0.3 steals, 11.07 PER

     

    Seeing as I'm an Atlanta Hawks fan, Josh Childress will always have a special place in my mind because of his ridiculous efficiency early on in his NBA career. However, Brooklyn Nets fans are never going to share a similar sentiment. 

    Knee injuries have sapped his athleticism, and his shooting stroke seems to have abandoned him. Plus, he isn't managing to find himself on the court much for his new team. 

    Hey, at least Brooklyn fans will be able to reminisce about his impressive afro down the road. 

Earl Clark

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    Team: Los Angeles Lakers

    Position: SF

    Age: 24

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 0.8 points, 0.5 rebounds, 0.0 assists, 0.3 blocks, 0.0 steals, 3.61 PER

     

    There's no point in sugarcoating it. Earl Clark just isn't very good at shooting a basketball. If his pace continues throughout the 2012-13 season, he'll have posted his fourth campaign with sub-40 percent shooting from the field in five attempts. 

    Clark has to be a great defender to earn playing time, and that's something that he also struggles with. Even when Dwight Howard is serving as a safety blanket behind him, Clark still isn't much of a stopper out on the perimeter. 

Jason Collins

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    Team: Boston Celtics

    Position: C

    Age: 33

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 2.0 points, 1.0 rebounds, 0.0 assists, 0.0 blocks, 0.0 steals, 6.20 PER

     

    Even after taking time off for personal reasons, Jason Collins has continued to rack up more DNPs than he has any stat that shows up in the box score. 

    The big man is exactly that: big. He's a tough, physical presence on the interior of a defense and is playing solid basketball on that end of the court even into his 30s, but it's not enough to make up for his complete lack of offensive and rebounding skills. 

Austin Daye

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    Team: Detroit Pistons

    Position: SF/PF

    Age: 24

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 2.5 points, 0.8 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.0 blocks, 0.0 steals, 31.93 PER

     

    Austin Daye's PER might look impressive, but there's a serious small sample size warning in effect here. That's the case with most of the numbers in this article, but this one is unbelievably unsustainable, as Daye has shot 80 percent from the field in his 15 minutes of action. 

    This forward looked great during summer-league action, but the rest of his career has been a different story. He just hasn't had the same jumper that he possessed during his collegiate career at Gonzaga. 

    Until Daye finds a better calling card than a lackluster jumper from the outside, he's going to be pretty worthless to the Detroit Pistons. 

DeSagana Diop

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    Team: Charlotte Bobcats

    Position: C

    Age: 30

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 0.0 points, 2.2 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.6 blocks, 0.4 steals, 4.48 PER

     

    If these players were ranked instead of in alphabetical order, DeSagana Diop would find himself very near the top of the list. After all, he's only been able to get any action on the Charlotte Bobcats when Biyombo was injured, and you've already seen Biyombo's name in this article. 

    In his 53 minutes on the court during the 2012-13 season, Diop has somehow only managed to attempt four field goals and has yet to score a point. That's how bad he is on offense. 

    Diop is a good defensive player because of his ability to move quickly in lateral directions to stay positioned well against driving guards, but that's all he brings to the table. 

Toney Douglas

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    Team: Houston Rockets

    Position: PG

    Age: 26

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 6.2 points, 1.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.0 blocks, 0.8 steals, 9.13 PER

     

    Toney Douglas is a solid perimeter defender whether he's guarding opposing shooting guards or point guards, but he's yet another player who seems fairly incompetent on the more glamorous end of the court. 

    The former Florida State standout had a 39.7 percent true shooting percentage last year, which is just beyond horrific, and although he's rebounded to 48.3 percent during the early portion of the 2012-13 campaign, he's still not doing so hot. 

Chris Duhon

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    Team: Los Angeles Lakers

    Position: PG

    Age: 30

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 3.1 points, 1.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.0 blocks, 0.3 steals, 9.44 PER

     

    Chris Duhon is currently backing up both Steve Blake and Darius Morris for the Los Angeles Lakers while Steve Nash rests his leg. 

    I rest my case. 

Devin Ebanks

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    Team: Los Angeles Lakers

    Position: SF

    Age: 23

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 3.0 points, 1.8 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.2 blocks, 0.0 steals, 6.19 PER

     

    Sticking with the Los Angeles Lakers, it's time to pick on Devin Ebanks a little bit. 

    The lanky small forward is another guy who won't find himself on similar lists in the future, assuming that he can stay out of off-court trouble and earn some playing time behind the talented Lakers wing players. However, he has very little value at this stage of his career. 

    Ebanks is a good defensive player and a capable rebounder, but he needs to improve his range and overall offensive game before he can truly carve out a niche in purple and gold. 

Wayne Ellington

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    Team: Memphis Grizzlies

    Position: SG

    Age: 24

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 5.3 points, 0.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.3 steals, 12.00 PER

     

    Wayne Ellington's stats during the 2012-13 season might seem pretty solid, but let's take a 25-point outburst against the Miami Heat out of the equation. After all, that game came out of nowhere and seems to be an outlier. 

    His scoring average drops to 3.5 points per game, and his three-point shooting would be left at just 5-of-23. For a player who specializes in perimeter shooting and doesn't do much else, that's not going to cut it. 

Landry Fields

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    Team: Toronto Raptors

    Position: SG/SF

    Age: 24

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 2.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.0 blocks, 0.6 steals, 1.33 PER

     

    Right elbow surgery has kept Landry Fields from showing off his skills for the Toronto Raptors during his first season with the Canadian franchise, but the team would be better off playing Terrence Ross more than Fields at the wing when the Stanford product returns to action. 

    Of course, if the surgery corrects his shooting form and makes Fields into even a decent shooter, I'll be forced to feel bad about this selection. 

Terrel Harris

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    Team: Miami Heat

    Position: SG

    Age: 25

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 2.0 points, 1.5 rebounds, 0.0 assists, 0.0 blocks, 0.0 steals, 7.90 PER

     

    It was a nice story when Terrel Harris made the Miami Heat's roster out of nowhere before the 2011-12 campaign, but the clock has officially struck midnight on this Cinderella story. 

    The problem is just that Harris isn't good enough to be anything more than bench fodder. He doesn't shoot the ball well from anywhere on the court and is relatively turnover prone for someone who plays such sparse minutes. 

Xavier Henry

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    Team: New Orleans Hornets

    Position: SG

    Age: 21

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 3.3 points, 1.6 rebounds, 0.1 assists, 0.0 blocks, 0.1 steals, 5.07 PER

     

    Xavier Henry showed some improvement during his second season out of Kansas, but he's still more of an athlete playing basketball than a basketball player with athleticism. As the numerous athletes who have flamed out in the Association can surely tell you, that's a rather important distinction. 

    He's great at drawing contact when he goes to the hole, but Henry still needs to find a consistent calling card. It certainly seems as though that won't be his outside shot. 

    There's a chance that he could turn into a defensive stud, but that's seems to be wishful thinking in the short term. 

Cory Higgins

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    Team: Charlotte Bobcats

    Position: PG

    Age: 23

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 1.4 points, 0.4 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.0 blocks, 0.4 steals, 5.12 PER

     

    A second-year player out of Colorado, Cory Higgins was terrible during his first season with the Charlotte Bobcats. The second go-around hasn't produced a different narrative thus far. 

    As bad as Higgins' per-game stats might appear, they aren't fluky. In 11.1 minutes per game and 38 appearances during 2011-12, Higgins averaged 3.9 points, 0.9 rebounds and 0.9 assists per contest on 32.5 percent shooting from the field. His PER was even worse, coming in at an awful 4.17. 

Ryan Hollins

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    Team: Los Angeles Clippers

    Position: C

    Age: 28

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 2.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, 0.1 assists, 0.9 blocks, 0.4 steals, 7.60 PER

     

    Ryan Hollins is in the NBA because he's a true 7-footer. That's about it. 

    The big man is a terrific athlete who excels in transition and can help the Los Angeles Clippers live up to the Lob City moniker, but that's all he has to offer. Hollins is constantly bullied on the glass while playing average defense and decidedly below-average offense in half-court sets. 

Jared Jeffries

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    Team: Portland Trail Blazers

    Position: PF 

    Age: 31

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 1.1 points, 1.4 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.2 steals, 0.02 PER

     

    Jared Jeffries is the first member of the Portland Trail Blazers' bench to appear in this article, but I guarantee that he won't be the last. After all, the second unit is clearly going to be the undoing for the Blazers in 2012-13. 

    His go-to move on the basketball court is to position himself for a charge so often that you'd think he'd been coached by Mike Krzyzewski. Unfortunately, that leads to quite a few blocking calls as well. 

    Jeffries is a competent defender at power forward unless he's playing a more physical big man, but his offensive game is, well, offensive. 

James Johnson

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    Team: Sacramento Kings

    Position: PF

    Age: 25

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 5.3 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.7 blocks, 1.4 steals, 6.06 PER

     

    Now playing with the Sacramento Kings—his third team in four years of NBA experience—James Johnson isn't any closer to turning around his professional career. 

    He appeared to be making progress with the Toronto Raptors, even earning a starting role for a while as a result of his defensive presence, but he's now floundering away in Sacramento. The problem is a lack of confidence. 

    Johnson has been embroiled in a shooting slump throughout the first month of the 2012-13 season, and it's clearly affecting his mental game. After all, the forward is shooting only 59.1 percent from the charity stripe, well below his career average of 69.1. 

Cory Joseph

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    Team: San Antonio Spurs

    Position: PG

    Age: 21

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 0.0 points, 0.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.0 blocks, 0.0 steals, 1.28 PER

     

    Cory Joseph would be much better off if he was playing out his junior season at the University of Texas instead of struggling to earn playing time with the San Antonio Spurs. Possibly due to the looming presence of Myck Kabongo in Austin, Joseph fled the Longhorns early for the allure of professional basketball. 

    Now he's being forced to develop in a tougher league, and it hasn't been going so well. 

    Bouncing back and forth between the Spurs and the D-League affiliate, Joseph has shown off his passing chops but not much else. 

Nazr Mohammed

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    Team: Chicago Bulls

    Position: C

    Age: 35

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 0.6 points, 1.6 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.4 blocks, 0.1 steals, 2.48 PER

     

    Nazr Mohammed just doesn't fit in with the way that the NBA is trending. Small-ball lineups are all the rage in the Association, and Mohammed's immobile 6'10" frame doesn't work too well. 

    A defensive liability, this big man for the Chicago Bulls has made a career out of finding creative ways to score points off the bench in limited action. At age 35 though, that limited action is trending downward. Between his lack of rebounding skills and lackluster defensive game, it's just too tough to justify throwing him out onto the court except in garbage time. 

Troy Murphy

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    Team: Dallas Mavericks

    Position: PF

    Age: 32

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 4.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.3 blocks, 0.8 steals, 9.42 PER

     

    Troy Murphy is one of the many power forwards who can stretch the floor in the modern NBA, as his perimeter game is the most potent part of his offensive arsenal.

    However, his shot hasn't been too reliable for years—except in very limited action for the Los Angeles Lakers—and his presence isn't too threatening as a result. 

    The veteran is a solid per-minute rebounder, but he's not a tremendous defender. When Dirk Nowitzki is fully recovered, that's going to push Murphy to the end of the bench where he has little to no value. And that's if he even stays on the roster. 

Lamar Odom

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    Team: Los Angeles Clippers

    Position: PF

    Age: 33

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 1.4 points, 2.9 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.4 blocks, 0.7 steals, 2.68 PER

     

    Count me among the many who believed that a move back to Los Angeles would rejuvenate Lamar Odom, even if he was joining the Los Angeles Clippers instead of rejoining the Los Angeles Lakers. The problem in Dallas wasn't a lack of talent, but rather a lack of interest. 

    Well, that lack of desire to play basketball seems to be present back in L.A. Odom is out of shape, out of practice and out of the lineup as a result. 

    His contract is quickly developing into one of the worst in all of basketball. 

Travis Outlaw

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    Team: Sacramento Kings

    Position: SF

    Age: 28

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 3.8 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.8 blocks, 0.5 steals, 8.38 PER

     

    In 53 minutes of action during the first month of the 2012-13 season, Travis Outlaw hasn't managed to land at the charity stripe even once. That's par for the course, as the small forward typically pulls up long before he makes it to the rack. 

    Outlaw has been in the league for a long time, so it's problematic that his passing has been getting worse as his career has progressed. His assist and turnover percentages have trended down and up, respectively, over the last few seasons. 

Sasha Pavlovic

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    Team: Portland Trail Blazers

    Position: SG

    Age: 29

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 1.8 points, 1.3 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.2 blocks, 0.6 steals, 8.96 PER

     

    Let's turn back to John Hollinger for this one:

    I'm fascinated by Pavlovic's ability to remain in the NBA, as the halo effect of being a half-decent player for half a season, half a decade ago, shows no sign of abating. Last season, he played 527 minutes for a conference finalist, and the previous season he started six games for the world champions! Yet he's not even remotely productive enough to warrant a continued presence in the league. Last season was his fifth straight with a single-digit PER, the third straight with a PER below 7. Even so, he has a guaranteed deal from Portland for 2012-13. 

    Sasha Pavlovic has some value on the defensive end of the court, but he most certainly does not on offense. 

Johan Petro

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    Team: Atlanta Hawks

    Position: C

    Age: 26

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 0.0 points, 0.0 rebounds, 0.0 assists, 0.0 blocks, 0.0 steals, minus-18.74 PER

     

    Other than his quickness and 7-foot frame—which he doesn't use effectively—Johan Petro doesn't bring much to the table for the Atlanta Hawks. 

    He plays good, but not great, defense. He struggles on the boards. Offense isn't exactly in his vocabulary. You get the point. 

    Let's put it this way: I hold my breath whenever I see him on the court for the Hawks. Fortunately, that's not very often. 

Ronnie Price

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    Team: Portland Trail Blazers

    Position: PG

    Age: 29

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 3.3 rebounds, 1.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.0 blocks, 0.6 steals, 6.22 PER

     

    Ronnie Price makes it three members of the Portland Trail Blazers to appear in this article, but the 29-year-old point guard won't even be the last player from the team to be listed. 

    He simply manages to balance out all the good he does with bad. For example, Price might appear to be a terrific defensive player because of the per-minute steals he can rack up, but he also fouls far too often. 

    On offense, he can create his own shot and possesses tremendous athleticism, but he also coughs up the ball quite frequently and doesn't have a great outside shot. 

Joel Przybilla

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    Team: Milwaukee Bucks

    Position: C

    Age: 33

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 0.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.3 blocks, 0.3 steals, 7.91 PER

     

    As age continues to rob Joel Przybilla of his once prominent athleticism, he's become less and less effective on the court. His timing still allows him to swat away quite a few shots and grab boards effectively on a per-minute basis, but the Milwaukee Bucks are smart to keep him on the bench for the majority of each game. 

    Fortunately for Przybilla, he still has one major thing going for him: his nickname, "The Vanilla Gorilla." 

Vladimir Radmanovic

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    Team: Chicago Bulls

    Position: SF/PF

    Age: 32

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 1.3 points, 0.5 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.0 blocks, 0.0 steals, Minus-0.14 PER

     

    Vladimir Radmanovic is allergic to putting the ball on the floor. He's a terrific spot-up option on the perimeter and moves well enough to find open looks, but if he doesn't catch and shoot, he's probably not going to convert the bucket. 

    The mobile combo-forward is also a plus-defender, although he's by no means a game-changer on that end of the court. 

    Radmanovic's shot from downtown has been deserting him in recent years, which only further decreases his value. 

John Salmons

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    Team: Sacramento Kings

    Position: SF

    Age: 32

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 6.6 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.3 blocks, 1.0 steals, 10.87 PER

     

    Even though John Salmons and his ridiculous goatee have spent a few games in the starting lineup for the Sacramento Kings, the veteran small forward isn't making a positive impact. He just can't manage to get his shots to find the bottom of the net. 

    Although he's still a good passer, the declining athleticism—does any NBA player really like Father Time?—has forced him to stick to the perimeter more, where he's less effective creating his own shots.

    An easier to defend Salmons is obviously a less effective Salmons. 

Samardo Samuels

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    Team: Cleveland Cavaliers

    Position: PF

    Age: 23

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 4.4 points, 2.3 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.3 blocks, 0.0 steals, 8.06 PER

     

    At least Byron Scott, the Cleveland Cavaliers head coach, thinks highly of Samardo Samuels. Well, maybe a little bit too highly, if this quote originally reported by the Akron Beacon-Journal is any indication: "Samardo probably has more talent, Kevin (Love) has more experience." 

    Apparently experience is worth a lot. 

Josh Selby

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    Team: Memphis Grizzlies

    Position: PG

    Age: 21

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 0.0 points, 0.3 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.0 blocks, 0.3 steals, Minus-17.90 PER

     

    Josh Selby has only played in four games during the 2012-13 NBA season for the Memphis Grizzlies, so we're obviously dealing with a set of stats that can easily swing in the positive direction at any given moment. 

    That said, his minus-17.90 PER is beyond terrible. When Hollinger set up his pet statistic so that the league average would be 15.00, I'm not sure he considered the possibility that some player could exceed that mark in the negatives. 

    Selby still has insane potential, mostly stemming from his elite athleticism, but he hasn't shown the physical or mental skills to jump into the rotation at this stage of his career. 

Donald Sloan

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    Team: Cleveland Cavaliers

    Position: PG

    Age: 24

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 2.6 points, 0.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.0 blocks, 0.0 steals, 6.11 PER

     

    Donald Sloan hasn't even been able to earn minutes for the Cleveland Cavaliers while Kyrie Irving sits out to let his injured finger heal. Jeremy Pargo and Dion Waiters have both seized spots ahead of the second-year guard on the point guard depth chart. 

    The reason for Sloan's enduring position on the pine is twofold. He can't shoot from the outside, and, no matter how hard he tries, he's completely unable to prevent opposing point guards from having success against him. 

Ish Smith

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    Team: Orlando Magic

    Position: PG

    Age: 24

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 0.7 points, 1.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.4 steals, 0.67 PER

     

    Ish "Don't Call Me Ishmael" Smith is an incredibly quick, undersized point guard who has never learned how to shoot. Moreover, he's destined to remain inefficient from the field until he earns a spot in a rotation, and that's not going to happen at his current skill level. 

    This year, he's taken that to an extreme. Shooting only 3-of-21 from the floor in his nine appearances for the Orlando Magic, Smith checks in with just 14.3 percent shooting. 

    That's not awful-ish. That's just plain awful. 

Nolan Smith

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    Team: Portland Trail Blazers

    Position: PG

    Age: 24

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 1.9 points, 0.3 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.0 blocks, 0.0 steals, 5.25 PER

     

    Nolan Smith is destined to become one of those all-too-common players who thrive in the ranks of collegiate basketball but aren't good enough to avoid the "worthless" tag at the sport's highest level. Essentially, he's the NBA's version of baseball's Quad-A player.

    Even though he's a smart player, the Duke product is extraordinarily turnover prone and relies on fouling to at least sort of contain his man on defense. 

    Until he starts hitting his shots, there's no way he's carving out a bigger role, even on a terrible Portland Trail Blazers bench. 

Jerry Stackhouse

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    Team: Brooklyn Nets

    Position: SF

    Age: 38

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 5.6 points, 1.3 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.3 steals, 13.76 PER

     

    There was a time when Jerry Stackhouse was quite valuable. Remember, back during the 2000-01 season, the small forward averaged 29.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game. 

    In the words of S.E. Hilton, though, that was then, and this is now. 

    Now that his 38 years have led to relatively little athleticism, he's way too dependent on his jumper, rendering him much easier to slow down on the offensive end of the court. For a lackluster defensive player, that's rather problematic. 

Kurt Thomas

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    Team: New York Knicks

    Position: PF

    Age: 40

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 1.7 points, 2.8 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.7 blocks, 0.2 steals, 8.07 PER

     

    If you thought Stackhouse was old for an NBA player, that's only because we hadn't gotten to Kurt Thomas yet. Well, Stackhouse is still old. Thomas is just on another level by basketball standards. 

    The 6'9" power forward is another one of those veteran big men who still has a place in the league because of his smarts on the defensive end of the court. Despite the fact that a turtle could beat him in a race from baseline to baseline, Thomas still manages to put up great defensive numbers. 

    That said, it's hard for the New York Knicks to justify giving him minutes because he's such a liability on offense. 

Anthony Tolliver

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    Team: Atlanta Hawks

    Position: PF

    Age: 27

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 3.1 points, 2.3 rebounds, 0.1 assists, 0.0 blocks, 0.5 steals, 2.65 PER

     

    To see how worthless Anthony Tolliver has been for the Atlanta Hawks, you need to look no further than his on-court/off-court splits, as provided by NBA.com's advanced stats.

    On offense, the Hawks score 101.1 points per 100 possessions when Tolliver is on the bench. However, when the power forward enters the action, the pace plummets to 89.9 points per 100 possessions.

    The story isn't very different on defense, as Atlanta allows an extra 2.7 points per 100 possessions when Tolliver is on the court. 

Jan Vesely

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    Team: Washington Wizards

    Position: SF

    Age: 22

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 2.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.3 blocks, 0.4 steals, 4.69 PER

     

    Here's another player who I fully expect to look much better in future seasons. Right now, though, Jan Vesely is far too raw to succeed in the NBA. 

    A tweet from Bill Simmons sums it up: 

    Best NBA stat of the season so far (courtesy of @housefromdc): Jan Vesely has 30 fouls and 27 points.

    — Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) November 24, 2012

Charlie Villanueva

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    Team: Detroit Pistons

    Position: PF

    Age: 28

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 6.0 points, 2.2 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.0 blocks, 0.4 steals, 15.71 PER

     

    At this point, I really have no idea why Charlie Villanueva is still logging minutes for Lawrence Frank's squad. All he's doing is taking away touches from the multitude of young players on the Detroit Pistons, thus hindering their development. 

    Plus, there's a solid chance that Villanueva is the absolute worst defensive player in the league. He's allowed opposing power forwards to post a 17.0 PER against him, according to 82games.com, but that number doesn't accurately reflect his lack of value because other players are forced to help out on his man so often. 

Luke Walton

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    Team: Cleveland Cavaliers

    Position: SF

    Age: 32

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 0.5 points, 0.5 rebounds, 0.0 assists, 0.0 blocks, 0.5 steals, Minus-7.85 PER

     

    It's hard to hate on Luke Walton because no one should ever accuse him of not giving it his all, but the small forward is clearly past his mediocre prime. 

    At 32 years old, Walton's mobility is now almost unbearably bad. In fact, it might be even more negative than the PER he earned during the first month of the 2012-13 campaign. His back just won't let him have even the smallest modicum of success anymore. 

Hakim Warrick

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    Team: Charlotte Bobcats

    Position: PF

    Age: 30

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 2.4 points, 1.6 rebounds, 0.1 assists, 0.3 blocks, 0.3 steals, 5.31 PER

     

    It's far too often that Hakim Warrick finds himself as out of position as he is in the picture above. The power forward doesn't try very often on defense, and the result is usually a lot of open shots for the man he's guarding, especially if the opposing big man is of the versatile variety. 

    This would be at least a little bit okay if he played solid offense, but that's not exactly Warrick's strength either. At least not this year, since he's shooting just 17.6 percent from the field and has recorded only a single assist thus far. 

James White

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    Team: New York Knicks

    Position: SG

    Age: 30

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 1.6 points, 0.6 rebounds, 0.1 assists, 0.0 blocks, 0.2 steals, 12.90 PER

     

    The high-flying shooting guard only does one thing at an extraordinarily high level: jump. 

    That works well when James White is in transition or slashing to the basket, but it also makes him quite easy to guard in a half-court set. The New York Knicks' opponents know that they don't have to respect his jumper, so they act accordingly. 

    After bouncing between the NBA and Europe, White will need to do more than produce a few highlights per year to stick in Madison Square Garden. 

Damien Wilkins

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    Team: Philadelphia 76ers

    Position: SG

    Age: 32

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 0.9 points, 0.6 rebounds, 0.1 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.1 steals, 0.14 PER

     

    Damien Wilkins hasn't ever excelled on offense in the NBA, but as his age creeps higher and higher, his skills have declined accordingly. After shooting over 50 percent for the first time in his career with the Atlanta Hawks in 2010-11, the veteran shooting guard's percentages have plummeted.

    So far in 2012-13, Wilkins is shooting only 25 percent from the field while failing to earn any sort of consistent run with the Philadelphia 76ers. 

Sam Young

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    Team: Indiana Pacers

    Position: SF

    Age: 27

    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 4.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.4 steals, 8.74 PER

     

    Last, but certainly not least, we have Sam Young, whose last name isn't yet a misnomer since the small forward is still only 27 years old with just three years of experience under his belt. 

    That said, Young plays like an old man, rarely relying on his athleticism. He prefers to use his physicality and toughness to bully defenders in one-on-one situations while playing solid defense. Of course, he doesn't get to do either of those things very often. 

    Young has shown an increased dependence on a nonexistent shot form behind the three-point arc now that he's with the Indiana Pacers, and the results haven't been pretty. 

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