For diehard NBA fans, there’s nothing more frustrating than washed-up stars like Andris Biedrins, Carlos Boozer or Tyreke Evans dragging down their teams.
When players who once earned the universal praise of their local fans begin to disappoint, it hurts a little extra. Maybe that’s because at some point, those guys earned the trust of the fanbase with their performances. When that trust is broken by a sudden dip in talent or a lack of motivation, there’s a special sting to it.
It feels like a betrayal.
Whether fans are justified in that feeling is debatable, but there’s no argument that it’s a real phenomenon. Just try to find a Chicago Bulls fan who can discuss Boozer without mentioning the word “amnesty” in disgust.
Better yet, ask any Golden State Warrior loyalist for their feelings on Andris Biedrins and just see if you can find one who doesn’t sadly shake his head or groan in frustration.
Before we get to the list of our washed-up, insanity-inducing stars, it’s worthwhile to define our parameters.
Players earn a spot on this ignominious list by performing extremely well—often at an All-Star level—at some point in their careers before subsequently slipping, giving up or getting injured in a way that negatively affects their teams.
In most cases, if the initial optimism surrounding the player was particularly high, then the pain and frustration of the downfall hurt even more.
At some point, all of the following washed-up stars provided real promise to their fans. Now, they’re just driving them crazy.
Note: All stats accurate through games played Dec. 13.