The potential for uncertainty and surprise is part of what makes watching the NBA so compelling. On any given night, a star could emerge from obscurity or a struggling veteran could turn the back the clock for one vintage performance.
However, the opposite is also quite possible. A once reliable piece can simply lose confidence or fail to accept their role on the team, which can eventually lead to a completely lost season.
Beyond just game-time conduct, players in recent years have become more and more infamous for their actions off the floor and their inability to make good decisions.
With the stretch run of the 2012-13 season upon us and teams beginning to consider what they will do with the talent they have when free agency nears, here are eight NBA players who have thoroughly embarrassed themselves this year.
*Note: Special consideration was given to players who have had underwhelming years but have been clearly playing injured (i.e. Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol or Danny Granger).
Statistics accurate as of March 7th, 2013.