NBA Power Rankings: The 15 Biggest Disappointments Heading Into December

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NBA Power Rankings: The 15 Biggest Disappointments Heading Into December
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Would you believe that we're almost a quarter of the way through the 2010-11 NBA season? Seems like just yesterday we were anointing the Heat as the greatest team ever assembled and getting ready to hand the MVP trophy over to LeBron James and Kevin Durant for the next few years.

But to quote the phrase Lee Corso made ever-so-popular—not so fast my friend!

This year has had plenty of disappointments and surprises, from the emergence of guys like Russell Westbrook and Roy Hibbert to the struggles of O.J. Mayo and the no-shows of players such as Baron Davis.

Fortunately, this year the surprises have far outweighed the disappointments. Almost every team has a player or two that's exceeded expectations and there are plenty of teams that have caught us off guard with their strong play (New York, New Orleans, and Indiana, to name a few).

However, there are several instances of players or teams not living up to our expectations. And it's not just that we consider them busts for our fantasy leagues either—we expected certain guys to make a significant contribution or take the leap into the next tier, but it just hasn't happened yet and doesn't appear like it's going to.

So what coaches, players and teams have failed to live up to the hype?

Let's count down the top 15 disappointments in the NBA so far as we head into December and get ready for the new calender year.

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