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2009-2010 All Disappointment Team - 4 comments

By Brett Roberts

Let’s take a look at the most disappointing players at each position this year.  Some fell into unfortunate situations, others just have deteriorating skills (That means you, Elton Brand).  At any rate, these are the guys that should have performed on a much higher level and left fantasy owners with headaches and regret for drafting these guys so high.

POINT GUARD

José Calderon emerged onto the scene in a time share situation with now Pacers guard T.J. Ford. After Ford’s departure, Calderon took over and put up some gaudy stats that fantasy owners enjoyed. He was all but annointed as the next Steve Nash. Then came Jarrett Jack, and Calderon’s minutes plummeted, as did his statistics. What makes him particular worthy of the label ‘bust’ is that Jack never asserted himself as more than a solid role player before this year (and indeed the argument could be made that he is still just a role player). Calderon’s numbers reveal his fall:

Season Avgs: 10.5 ppg, 5.9 apg, 27 mpg

08-09- 12.8 ppg, 8.9 apg, 34 mpg

Season “O-Rank” (Yahoo): 21

Season Avg Rank: 126

SHOOTING GUARD

Ben Gordon proved himself to be one of the deadliest sixth men in the NBA while with Chicago. But much like Calderon, he found himself playing less minutes this year, mainly because he went to a team with an existing all star starting at SG (Rip Hamilton). His minutes went down by 9 minutes a game this year. Therefore, his scoring average was about cut in half, as he found himself taking six fewer shots per game.

Season Avg: 12.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.1 threes/g, 27 mpg

08-09: 20.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.1 threes/g, 36 mpg

Yahoo “O-Rank”: 62

Season Avg Rank: 219

SMALL FORWARD

After helping lead to the Magic to the finals, and asserting himself as one of the game’s better closers, Hedo Turkoglu bolted for Toronto for what he assumed would be a larger role in a city with a sizeable Turkish population. What he did not account for, however, was just how reliant his game was on the Magic’s inside-out system. Presumably, Bosh is going to draw the same attention Howard would offensively, so there would not be much of a change. Right? Wrong. Bosh is a face up perimeter big man and there is far less of an inside-outside game in Toronto. Moreover, Hedo was in poor physical condition all season and never seemed to have the focus and killer instinct that made him a borderline all-star in Orlando for five seasons. It was his worst statistical season since before joining Orlando.

Season: 11.7 ppg, 4.1 apg, 4.4 rpg, 31 mpg

08-09: 16.8 ppg, 4.9 apg, 5.3 rpg, 36 mpg

Yahoo “O-Rank”: 57

Season Avg Rank: 129

POWER FORWARD

Elton Brand was once one of the most consistent 20-10 power forwards in the league while with the Clippers, and this being his first attempt at a full season since 06-07, we had no reason to expect him to put up any less than 16 & 9, considering he still had to get back into the swing of things. However, the Princeton offense in Philly never seemed to suit him, and his inside post presence has not had the opportunity to flourish and make him the top 10 pick he used to be in fantasy drafts. Watching him, you can see he lacks the confidence and power he once had, and it is pretty doubtful at this point that it will ever return. That said, most fantasy owners did enter the year expecting at least third round production from Brand.

Season: 13.4 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.1 bpg, 48.4% FG, 30 mpg

06-07 (last full season before this year): 20.5 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 2.2 bpg, 53.3% FG

O-Rank: 37

Average Rank: 94

CENTER

Andris Biedrins is still young, but he is playing for a coach who I consider, despite his massive win total, to be one of the most overrated coaches in NBA history (evidenced by the fact that despite coaching so many seasons he has never once won an NBA title as a coach). Thus, part of Biedrins problem can be blamed on Nelson, whose erratic rotations often left the Warriors starting a small forward at center. So, that said, I don’t blame Biedrins as much as the other players on the all disappointment team, but his SEASON was a disappointment, as Nellie just didn’t give him the minutes needed to produce at the level we expected going into the year.

Season (33 games): 5.0 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.3 bpg, 23 mpg

08-09: 11.9 ppg, 11.2 rpg, 1.6 bpg, 30 mpg

O-Rank: 46

Season Avg Rank: 141

 
Brett Roberts is one of a growing number of fantasy experts who write for the Cafe. You can catch up with Brett in the Cafe's forums where he posts under the name of Nene.
 
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4 Responses to “2009-2010 All Disappointment Team”

  1. User avatar lacunacoiler says:

    I like your all disappointment team, well said except for the Brand part…

    I knew that Calderon is a red flag for me, which is why i avoided him as much as i can in my drafts.. In roto leagues, i could have justified drafting him in the 2nd/3rd round coz of his % cats & assist.. The guy has never proven that much to be justified as a 2nd rounder.. Plus the addition of Hedo means that Jose will lose touches in being the offense-setter for the raptors.. The addition of Jack also shows that TOR is not fully confident that Jose will be the “guy” they are looking for..

    Regarding Elton Brand.. The guy is already in decline since he left LAC.. Good thing though I avoided him at any of my drafts, I just let other managers deal with the headaches he comes along with.. His injury history is a HUGE RED-FLAG, so everyone shouldn’t be surprised at all that Brand will return to his previous form.. Anyone who still expect to see the 20-10 Brand must be smoking some awesome dope, so you should have lowered your expectations.. I just believe that his past injuries has caught up with him & has taken alot of his explosiveness.. Plus the void that was left behind by Andre Miller raised some red-flags for me on who will be setting up the offense for PHI.. I just got a hunch that aside from Iggy & Lou Will, everyone’s numbers will go down..

    Another bust candidate i would like to add is Al Jefferson.. The guy haven’t produced like a 2nd rounder this season at all.. His numbers are down compared to last year: pts, rebs, blk, ft%..
    You can justify that his injury from last season may have taken away some of his explosiveness.. Maybe Love’s presence is not a good chemistry for Al’s game.. Maybe the new offensive system from the new coaching style is not good for Al’s game… Whatever the reason is, he took a step back instead of taking another step forward..

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  2. User avatar Nene says:

    I guess part of me just didn’t want to believe Brand was really as “done” as he is. I thought maybe a full healthy season would at least bring Brand into like 17 ppg 8 rpg territory, or something like that.

    Oh, and on Al Jeff. I did consider him for the All-Disappointment center, but chose Biedrins, who may not have been the better choice considering part of his problem was injuries. Thanks for the comment.

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  3. User avatar lacunacoiler says:

    I’m just wondering why is it that there are less articles produced in the fantasy basketball section here compared to fantasy football…

    Its about 3 article per week for the football cafe section, while in the hoopz section its like 1 per season.. lolz… It would be reallty great if there is at least 1 article per week to help out some noobz like me…

    And I would prefer a hot/cold player list for regular sized & deep leagues…

    I do hope its not too much what i’m asking for… lolz…

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  4. User avatar Nene says:

    Two reasons:

    1) There are more writers (and members) at the football cafe

    2) Us basketball writers here have been very negligent. I was supposed to have a Weekly Column, which I carried out for 4 weeks, then abandoned for the season.

    I do like your idea of the hot/cold player list. Maybe next season one of us can jump on that.

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