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.
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
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
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
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
Average Rank: 94
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
Season Avg Rank: 141
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