View Full Version : Who is starting slow in the NBA

11-07-2010, 01:51 AM
For all the players that start the season exceeding expectations, there seem to be even more that are disappointing NBA fans across the continent. Maybe it's the pressure of living up to that big fat new contract they signed, or maybe we have just set our expectations of them too high, but for whatever the reason, some players have gotten off to a really bad start.

Apparently these guys missed the memo, the season has started, the games count now.

1. Miami HEAT – Chris Bosh – 13.0 points, 6.4 rebounds per game.

Chris Bosh signed a six-year, $110 million deal with the HEAT this summer and joined the most hyped professional team in recent memory. But while Miami has been enjoying team success behind the efforts of the new big three, Bosh's performances have been underwhelming.

2. Milwaukee Bucks – John Salmons – 8.0 points per game

For scoring 19.9 points per game with the Bucks last season after being acquired from Chicago mid-season, John Salmons was rewarded with a five-year $39 million contract. Unfortunately he has only scored in double digits once this season and that was in the Bucks only win.

3. Orlando Magic – Rashard Lewis – 8.7 points per game

Rashard Lewis is in the middle of a six-year deal with the Magic that pays him $20 million per season and every year we have seen his production drop, but not like this year.

The Magic have only played three games so far, and Lewis has struggled shooting, hitting only 31.3 percent of his shots. But before joining the Magic in 2007, Lewis was a 20 point per game small forward with Seattle, maybe this move back to small forward will help him find his magic again.

4. Philadelphia 76ers – Jason Kapono – 1.8 points per game

Jason Kapono is in the final year of that lucrative package he negotiated with Toronto after establishing himself as one of the league's premier three-point threats in Miami during the 2006-07 season. He is a three-point threat no longer.

5. Denver Nuggets – J.R. Smith – 7.8 points per game

J.R. Smith has had a knack for getting in the news for the wrong reasons and for providing instant offense for the Nuggets off the bench. But this year has seen Smith's production fall almost in half over his first-four games as he has been shooting at a career low 32.3 percent from the field.
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6. Phoenix Suns – Channing Frye – 5.5 points per game

Last season in Phoenix, the 6' 11" Channing Frye discovered his long range bomb and he went on to set a career high in scoring of 11.2 points per game. Frye hit on 43.9 percent of his 4.8 three-point attempts per game last year. This off season, the Suns signed Frye to a five-year, $30 million contract.

7. L.A. Clippers – Chris Kaman – 11.2 points per game

A Western Conference All-Star last season, Chris Kaman has struggled at the offensive end of the floor early on. Gone are last season's 49 percent shooting and 18.5 points per game and in their place has been 34.2 percent from the field and 11.2 points on just 0.8 fewer shots. The end result has been the Clippers running out to a 1-4 start while scoring just 91.4 points per game as a team.

8. Dallas Mavericks – Brendan Haywood – 3.5 points, 4.3 rebounds per game

When Brendan Haywood came to the Mavericks from Washington, he was considered a 10 point 10 rebound big man and the future starting center in Dallas. After putting up 8.1 points and 7.4 rebounds in just 26.5 minutes for the balance of the season, the Mavericks rewarded him with a five-year contract worth over $50 million. Just to be safe, the Mavs free spending owner Mark Cuban also traded for the Bobcats Tyson Chandler.

9. Boston Celtics – Jermaine O'Neal – 5 points, 3.3 rebounds per game

With starting center Kendrick Perkins sidelined by injury to start the season, the Boston Celtics went out and acquired both of the very big O'Neal players to fill the void. While Shaq seems to be doing well for a 38-year-old center, the 32-year-old Jermaine has been having trouble living up to his two-year $12 million deal.

Jermaine has been playing on a bad knee for each of the past three seasons, but over that period, he has been able to average about 13 points and seven rebounds. His start to this season is not a good sign.

10. Minnesota Timberwolves – Darko Milicic – 2.8 points per game

When Darko Milicic was traded to Minnesota from New York last season, not much could really have been expected from a center that had only played in eight games and averaged two points that year. But Milicic thrived with his new team averaging 8.3 points and 5.6 rebounds over the final 24 games of the season. The reward was a four-year $20 million deal.

11. Houston Rockets – Shane Battier – 3.5 points, 0.25 steals per game

Nothing obvious appears to be wrong with the Rockets steadying influence on the floor, but if Battier doesn't find his complete game soon, his issues could prove to be bigger than Yao Ming for Houston.

12. Toronto Raptors – Amir Johnson – 4.5 points, 2.3 rebounds per game

Amir Johnson played four seasons in Detroit before the Raptors acquired him at the start of last season and last season was the first year Johnson got to play in all 82 games. Season averages of 6.2 points and 4.8 rebounds do not reflect the progress Johnson made over the course of last year. In April, Johnson averaged 13.4 points and 5.6 rebounds for Toronto, and this summer, the Raptors President and General Manager Bryan Colangelo signed Johnson to a five-year $30 million deal.

13. Some Notable Additions

Hedo Turkoglu was traded to the Phoenix Suns this summer after a disappointing season in Toronto. But so far the disappointment has continued to get worse in the desert. In free agency last year Turkoglu was considered a sure-fire 15 point, five rebound and five assist point forward, and in Toronto, he did have 11.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 4.1 assists. In his first four games in Phoenix those numbers have dropped again to 8.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.5 assists. The Suns are worried. http://www.hoopsworld.com/Story.asp?story_id=17829

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11-07-2010, 02:09 AM
Lewis 8.7 points a game for 20 million :cry: also Kapono is a bum lol and Evans is grabbing the Raptors bout 15 boards a game...nice trade

11-07-2010, 10:27 PM