Throughout the long, winding road of an NBA season, dependability is paramount.
Teams, coaches and fans are looking for players to bring something close to their best game every night.
Or, at the very least, something close to their average game.
It's that fear of not knowing exactly what to expect when a player steps onto the floor that becomes too much to manage.
The most maddeningly inconsistent players in the NBA are those who tease you with spectacular performances, only to let you down with a series of clunkers.
They provide fans with All-Star moments of basketball wizardry. Then, two days later, they leave those same fans no other option but to scream loudly at their televisions to voice their displeasure.