NBA's Top 10 Biggest Duds from Season's 1st Half
The NBA is enjoying a full-length season after a shortened one last year. With the halfway mark approaching, there have been some big-time stories. There have been things ranging from rookies that are doing unexpectedly well to a team turning itself around.
But with all these stories come some really bad ones. There are players that are playing disappointingly and teams that seem to be in utter turmoil.
With that being said, he are the top 10 biggest duds from the first half of the NBA season.
10. Andrea Bargnani
Every year, Raptors fans are certain that Andrea Bargnani will break out and become an All-Star.
Another year, another group of disappointed Raptors fans.
Bargnani was taken No. 1 overall by the Raptors in 2006 out of Italy. Since then, he has been a rather big letdown, averaging only 15.5 points per game over his career.
After some pretty decent numbers the past two years, Bargnani dropped back down once again. He is currently averaging 16 points per game, while shooting under 40 percent from the field. He is also recovering from an elbow injury that has caused him to miss over 20 games this year.
There's always next year, I guess.
9. John Wall
This was supposed to be another breakout year for John Wall.
The third-year player out of Kentucky was supposed to show everyone that he was one of the top point guards in the NBA. Unfortunately, he missed the majority of the first half of the season, only playing in nine games so far. He missed time due to a left knee injury.
In the nine games he's played in so far, he's only started two of them, so his numbers are obviously not as good as they were his first two years. But the fact he missed so much time is a big disappointment for his team and himself.
The Wizards are still at the bottom of the NBA and were hoping for a healthy Wall to help them move up in the rankings this year. With his return, they hope to do just that.
8. Roy Hibbert
The Indiana Pacers made a difficult decision over the offseason, offering Roy Hibbert a maxed-out contract in order to keep him from leaving for the Portland Trailblazers.
Looking at it now, the $58 million contract over four years isn't looking like such a good idea.
Hibbert has been a pretty big disappointment for the Pacers. While the team boasts one of the best defenses in the NBA, they have struggled offensively.
The numbers for Hibbert have gone down quite a bit from last year. He went from averaging 12.8 points to 9.8 points per game. His shooting dropped eight percent, and his free throws dropped three percent.
It appears that Hibbert's contract is one of the worst signings of the offseason at this point. If he wants to live up to the money, he will need to show some improvement.
7. Dallas Mavericks
The Dallas Mavericks looked to be prepared for Dirk Nowitzki to miss some time, but it appears that they missed him a great deal. The team is currently sitting 18-25, putting them tied for 10th in the Western Conference.
The Mavericks made some big changes over the offseason, getting rid of Jason Kidd and adding O.J. Mayo and Darren Collison. Unfortunately, these changes seemed to have hurt the team more than help it.
With Dirk Nowitzki back, the Mavericks hoped to go back to being an elite team in the West. However, they are 6-10 with him back and are appearing to show that they are no longer the NBA champions of two years ago.
6. Jeremy Lin
It appears that Linsanity is officially gone.
When Jeremy Lin signed with the Houston Rockets, it appeared that he would finally get the chance to be let loose again and reignite the Linsanity craze.
The young graduate from Harvard has failed to do so, and his numbers have slipped from last year. After being offered a $28 million contract, Lin has simply failed to live up to the money. He is currently averaging 12 points, six assists and three turnovers per game. He is shooting 42 percent from the field and under 29 percent from behind the arc.
The Rockets are beginning to feel buyer's remorse, and the rest of the NBA is glad that they didn't give in to the hype. While Lin is a good player, he simply isn't what the Rockets expected him to be.
5. Amar'e Stoudemire
The New York Knicks look like one of the best teams in the NBA right now with a 26-15 record. They are currently second in the East and are hoping to take the top spot over the Miami Heat by the end of the year.
One player who has been a letdown for the Knicks has been Amar'e Stoudemire. He was supposed to be a centerpiece to the team's offense, but injuries have slowed him down once again this year.
The 30-year-old power forward has played in only 11 games so far this year. Averaging only 12 points a game, Stoudemire appears to be showing signs of age. He has dealt with injuries for the majority of his career, and they appear to be adding up.
4. Andrew Bynum
When the Philadelphia 76ers were involved in the trade that sent Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers, they thought they were getting a good deal in Andrew Bynum.
Unfortunately for the 76ers, Bynum has failed to play in a single game at this point in the season. He has been sidelined due to knee injuries since before the season began and has been on the bench since.
The 76ers really want Bynum to come back soon, but they can't do anything but wait for him to get healthy. When Bynum returns, who knows how well he will play. But for right now, he has been a big disappointment for the city of Philadelphia.
3. Boston Celtics
It's very rare to mention the Boston Celtics when talking about disappointment.
The Celtics are one of the most successful franchises in the history of the NBA. Now, they are sitting at 20-23 and are slipping fast.
It seems that age is catching up to the Celtics. Both Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are now over 35 years old, and both of their numbers are slipping. Rajon Rondo appears to be the lone bright spot on the team, and the supporting cast around him isn't getting any younger.
Doc Rivers' team is struggling to even get a playoff spot. For the first time in a while, we could see an NBA season that doesn't have the Celtics in the postseason.
2. Avery Johnson
Avery Johnson had all of the talent in the world. With players like Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez, the Brooklyn Nets should've been a top-tier team under Johnson.
However, the Nets failed to get off of the ground, going 14-14 under Johnson. The Nets decided to let him go and have been doing fine without.
Since the departure of Johnson, the Nets have gone 12-4. Deron Williams has gotten back to playing like a top point guard, and the team as a whole has simply played better.
The fact that Johnson coached this talented team to mediocrity gives him the second spot in the biggest duds of the season's first half.
1. Los Angeles Lakers
You knew that this was coming.
The Los Angeles Lakers have been so disappointing this season that putting any specific player or coach on this list simply wouldn't do it justice.
The team as a whole has been a huge letdown. With the additions of Steve Nash and Dwight Howard, the team was supposed to be elite once again. However, injuries to Nash and Pau Gasol have hurt the Lakers.
The chemistry between the Lakers players is appalling. The team fails to mesh well with each other, and players are getting upset with each other. Kobe Bryant has voiced his frustration more than once, and the team is feeling more and more hostile as the season continues.
Mike D'Antoni had to take over as head coach after the team fired Mike Brown after just five games. The team is struggling with his new offense, and everything just seems to be falling apart with this Lakers team.
The Los Angeles Lakers are the biggest dud of the NBA season so far. The team is at 18-25 and sitting on the outside of the playoff picture at this point. The team is struggling, and everyone in the NBA knows it.
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