More often than not, General Managers take a leap of faith on some guys that are yet to prove their actual worth, but that may actually have some value given the proper environment at the right time, showing glances of talent or an undeveloped skill set that can still improve.
So, even against the desires of most fans, they hand them a big paycheck at the start of the offseason in order to keep him aboard of their projects, hoping to get at least their money’s worth in return even if players are set to have a secondary or even tertiary role on their squad.
Nonetheless, it’s pretty common to see these teams get scammed, as those players they trusted with their money are actually huge flops and don’t deserve that kind of commitment, either because they’re reaching the sunset of their respective careers, or because they’re just not as good as they expected them to be in the first place.
And this upcoming season won’t be the exception, as it’s very likely to have a lot of disappointment players, but here we’ll name the 5 biggest flops likely to play in the Association for the next 82 games or so.
5. Wesley Matthews
Matthews had a breakout season about 3 to 4 years ago when he was still a member of the Portland Trail Blazers, being a very productive 2-way player and a very reliable shooter from beyond the arc alongside Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum.
Still, since that season ending injury and ever since he’s step foot on the court for the Dallas Mavericks, he’s shown absolutely nothing that may us believe he’s still worthy of a starting spot, and this season with the Mavs on the verge of a rebuild, we wouldn’t expect the 30-year-old to have a good season at all.
4. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
The Hornets guard/forward is just 23 years old, but it’s pretty safe to say that Charlotte hasn’t gotten anything at all out of one of the most intriguing prospects that 2012 NBA Draft had, being the 2nd overall pick of the night.
And as seasons go by, instead of getting better he actually regresses, and the prior season he shot a horrid 11.1% from three point territory, being a subpar defender and an unidimensional scorer that’s not going to have that breakout season this year either.
3. Moe Harkless
The 5-year pro is yet another guy whose development has vastly stalled, struggling to find a consistent touch on offense while not being much of a good defender either, averaging 7.4 points and 3.7 boards on 47% from the field over his NBA Career.
And with the Blazers needing a guy that could actually stretch the floor while Al-Farouq Aminu handles the wing defense duties, we won’t expect more minutes or production from the former Orlando Magic small forward this season either.
2. E’twaun Moore
This combo guard has spent 6 years in the NBA while playing for 4 different franchises, and when it seemed like he had finally found a home in the United Center with the Chicago Bulls, he had to go to New Orleans to try and handle the backup point guard duties.
Still, with Jrue Holiday apparently finally healthy to play a full season and the Pelicans also drafting Frank Jackson and retaining Jordan Crawford, it’s very unlikely that Moore has a good season having to split his minutes with so many guys on the second unit.
1. Tony Snell
The fact that Snell is still playing in the NBA instead of the D-League or overseas still beats me, as he has done absolutely nothing to prove he’s worthy of that lucrative contract Jason Kidd and the Milwaukee Bucks handed him a couple of weeks ago at the start of the offseason.
And, having to share touches with the Greek Freak, Jabari Parker and Khris Middleton, he’s not going to have enough volume to actually pay for his salary, so he better at least improve his defense and basketball IQ if he doesn’t want to be sent to the doghouse with Malcolm Brogdon on the rise.