The recipe for finding the worst player in the league includes looking at some of the worst teams in the NBA. But before the list gets started we would like to acknowledge Minnesota Timberwolves guard Sasha Pavlovic who just missed the cut. He’s the clear cut worst player on the second worst NBA team, but he actually had two good games this season.
What better place to look for the worst player than on a team that might go down as the worst ever, the New Jersey Nets. This is Nets small forward Bobby Simmons. The 6-6 forward from Depaul has been piling up the “DNP Coaches Decision” stat for most of the season, but when he plays it makes Nets fans feel even more pathetic. Mr. Simmons is averaging 5.3 points and 2.7 rebounds with 35.9% shooting from the field. Those numbers don’t seem too atrocious, except those 5.3 points are coming on 5.1 shots. Also, he gives all this production to the worst team in the NBA for the low price of $11.2 million. Bobby Simmons had this title in the bag before Washington Wizards forward DeShawn Stevenson came along.
Remember when Stevenson was front page news for talking trash to Lebron, me neither. DeShawn Stevenson has piled up 1.9 points and 1.9 rebounds on 25.4% shooting in 27 games this season for the Wizards. What makes this story sad is that Stevenson has not only played 27 games and averaged 15 minutes, he actually started 6 games for the Wizards at the SF position.
However, Stevenson has shown he’s a great person this year by showing that he likes to honor everyone. Stevenson decided to honor former President Lincoln by getting his image tattooed on his throat during the offseason, hopefully this doesn’t affect him in 10 years when he’s looking for a job. The Wizards forward also made recent headlines by honoring his teammate during warmups of the Pacers v. Wizards game today. Stevenson wore tape on his shins that said Agent Zero, the nickname of suspended teammate Gilbert Arenas. People probably didn’t notice because Stevenson didn’t play a single minute, the game was actually close so he didn’t get a chance to show what he can’t do.