Expectations can really take a toll on the way a given player performs on the court, as an excess of confidence or responsibility could truly take a toll on the way they actually deliver in the court.
Either because they’re not mentally strong to dominate, or simply because they’re just not that good, some player fails to deliver when it matters the most, especially if everybody expected a lot out of them.
This season, several players have failed to live up to the hype that surrounded them entering the year, and they don’t seem likely to turn things around any time soon. Today, we’re going to let you know about the 5 players that have failed to prove themselves so far.
5. Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony was supposed to have a bounce-back season after being dealt by the Oklahoma City Thunder and waived by the Utah Jazz, but he was cut by the Houston Rockets after just 10 games with his new team.
Melo averaged 13.4 points and 5.4 boards on 40% from the floor, with a plus-minus of -6.3. Now, he’s reportedly working out to sign for any team, but there are no takers so far, and it looks like his NBA career is over.
4. Jaylen Brown
Jaylen Brown has a lot of talent but he’s mightily struggling to adapt this season, as Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving coming back has taken a lot of shots out of the 3rd year pro’s hands right now.
Brown is athletic and a good defender, but needs to be more involved in the flow of the offense in order to thrive. This season, he’s posting averages of 11.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists, quite a regression from last year’s breakout season.
3. Jabari Parker
Jabari Parker went from being one of the most heavily pursuit young men in the league to being out of the Chicago Bulls rotation, something that we can still understand considering how much they’re paying him.
Parker has a lot of talent but it seems like his way of playing the game doesn’t fit this league anymore, and he’s a prime buyout candidate at some point of the season. So far, he’s averaged 15.2 points and 6.9 boards a night.
2. Andrew Wiggins
I guess we can finally say that Andrew Wiggins is a bust. The former 1st overall pick has been outworked and outhustled on a nightly basis and he just doesn’t even seem to care, regressing instead of improving even without Jimmy Butler in the picture.
Wiggins has been extremely inefficient this year, averaging 16.0 points on 39% shooting and 37% from beyond the arc, and the Timberwolves must be really regretting the huge deal they offered him.
1. Markelle Fultz
After such a promising offseason and a lot of highlight videos pointing towards Markelle Fultz being ready to dominate this season, the former 1st overall pick looked out of rhythm, without an ounce of confidence, and overall loss in both ends of the hardwood.
You may say the shooting struggles are because of the bizarre injury he’s nursing, but more than that, he’s looked clearly uncomfortable beyond that. Up to this day, he’s averaging 8.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists on 41% shooting, and hopefully, he turns it around at some point of the season.