Fantasy Basketball’s Biggest Disappointments
When you drafted these guys youre expectations were quite high for them. Let’s see what went wrong, and see if they are going to snap out of it or not.
Gilbert Arenas – His knee injury put a damper on your team. You probably got him in the first or second round. Hard to replace that in your lineup. Even before injury he wasn’t putting up Gilbert Arenas numbers. His 22.4 ppg is much lower than the 28.5 and 29.3 averages he’s had the past two years. He’s ahead of schedule with his rehab so he could still shine when you need him most. Hangin in there until then is the tricky part.
Dwayne Wade – You knew he wasn’t ready when you drafted him, but were you expecting 21.2 ppg? Somehow I doubt it when you consider he averaged over 27 per the past two seasons. Once he gets his legs under him he’ll be just fine.
Gerald Wallace – His scoring is up slightly, but his rebounds have taken a hit. Jason Richardson rebounds well for a SG/SF so I can see this trend continuing. He’s having a decent year, I just wouldn’t expect last year’s numbers.
Jermaine O’Neal – Injuries have limited, but this is ridiculous. 14.9 ppg? 8.9 rpg? 1.4 bpg? He’s just a shell of the man who has averaged at least 19 points the past five years, at least 8.8 rebounds the past seven years, and at least 2 blocks the past seven years. I’m afraid that unless he’s dealt his numbers aren’t going to improve drastically.
Luol Deng – Everyone saw a monster season coming from Deng. I think that pressure may have got to him along with the constant trade talk. An injury didn’t help matters. He’s been pretty solid since his return so I expect him to finish strong.
Kirk Hinrich – Maybe the trade talks got to him as well. I’m not sure what the deal is, but Hinrich is off to an awful start. His scoring has dipped below his rookie season numbers. Same with assists. Same with FG%. Same with 3s per game. Same with steals. Meanwhile, his turnovers are the highest in his career. I still don’t see signs of him coming out of his funk so you’re just going to have to deal with it.
Lamar Odom – Anyone seeing a pattern with trade talks hurting production. Odom is having his lowest scoring season of his career. He’s averaging 7.7 rebounds per game. The past four seasons he has averaged 9.2 rpg or higher. He’s been pretty inconsistent, but I would expect his numbers to climb higher. However, I don’t see him ever reaching last year’s averages.
Mehmet Okur – The way Carlos Boozer and Deron Williams have been playing, you figured he’d take a little hit. However, he’s down over five points and 2 rebounds per game than last year. His FG% is at a career low 41.3%. I don’t see a major improvement barring an injury.
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