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The NBA's most disappointing players

Feb 16, 2010, 4:08 PM EDT

nba_Carter.jpgZach Lowe of CelticsHub has made an “All-Star Team” of the league’s biggest disappointments at the break. The stars of the team are in the backcourt, with Devin Harris and Vince Carter getting the starting spots at the one and the two. Lowe says the following regarding Carter: 

“You know what bugs me about Vince the most? Why are his assists down, both in raw numbers (assists per game) and assist rate (the percentage of Orlando baskets Vince assists on while on the floor)? I understand he’s not the point guard, but he wasn’t last year in New Jersey, either, and he’s handling the ball about as much this season as last.
And he’s handling it in an offense designed (at times) to make him its primary distributor in crunch time. So why is he averaging just 3.3 assists per 36 minute (down from 4.6 last season and the lowest number since his rookie season) and assisting on just 16.7 percent of Magic hoops while he’s on the court (a career low and down from 23.7 percent last season)?”

Josh Howard, Boris Diaw, and Mehmet Okur round out the starting lineup. Notables on the bench include Caron Butler, Richard Jefferson, Tyson Chandler, and Trevor Ariza. On a year-to-year basis, NBA players are generally more consistent than their peers in baseball and football. What makes evaluating basketball players so interesting is how their play can be impacted by the team or system they play in. There was no way to predict that Vince Carter would get less assists going from one of the league’s worst teams to one of its best, but that’s what happened. NBA GMs try to do the best they can, but disappointments like the ones on Zach’s list are inevitable in any pro sport. 

  1. Drew - Feb 16, 2010 at 6:42 PM

    Agreed, Vince Carter and Richard Jefferson have been major disappointments. It’s really hard to explain why this is. You also wonder how long Tyson Chandler’s career is going to be. In fairness, Trevor Ariza has always been a solid role player who fits in around the creativity and greatness of star players. Houston is lacking that without Yao Ming or Tracy McGrady and Ariza has fought injury issues. I don’t know if it’s fair to call him a disappointment.

  2. Richard - Feb 17, 2010 at 3:25 PM

    What is really depressing is the amazing transparency concerning the lack of or Representation in the NBA among Caucasian Americans!!
    It’s to P.C of an issue for weak willed and weak minded sports people to ever take up!!!No wonder why the NBA’s viewership continues to fall every year!!In a country where white people(anglos or latinos)make up the OVERWHELMING majority of the populous it is very discouraging and also very suspicious to have such LOW % of either of the groups I belong to!
    Richard Ruiz

  3. Nathaniel Guevarra - Feb 17, 2010 at 3:44 PM

    This is in response to Richard : The talent and athleticism in basketball rests entirely in the African-American race. NBA is the cream of the crop and black people are the best ball players in the world. I am not black, but until a whole bunch of Larry Birds and Steve Nashes come out of NCAA basketball…then White Americans are represented. If I can do double-pump dunk, shoot a three-pointer with a hand in my face, streak down the court like Deron Williams, dish-out 20 assists in one game…I will be in the NBA. African-Americans just did it in the highest possible level of basketball craftiness. Enjoy and just watch them.
    NG

  4. Anonymous - Feb 17, 2010 at 3:56 PM

    Greg Oden??? Enough said.

  5. Jay Pentonini - Feb 17, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    Why should a low misrepresentation of Caucasians and latino’s in basketball depress you? Are you depressed about hockey, swimming, volleyball, sprinting, etc. You are talking in some instances about genetics and the fact that you are looking at a group of people who were “bred” that way.
    Also, when speaking of an overwhelming majority, you speak of yourself as Caucasian, latino, or both? Keep in mind, ALL people of anglo origin and North African are considered white not italian american, polish american, etc. People of color – Black, Asian, African, Latino, Hispanic, Middle Eastern, etc. far outnumber that “overwhelming majority you speak of.
    Wonder why it’s set up that way?

  6. Eduardo - Feb 17, 2010 at 6:16 PM

    Although I agree with most of your post, Jay, this part is incorrect:
    Keep in mind, ALL people of anglo origin and North African are considered white not italian american, polish american, etc. People of color – Black, Asian, African, Latino, Hispanic, Middle Eastern, etc. far outnumber that “overwhelming majority you speak of.
    Check the census bureau.

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