More often than not, it takes a while for NBA superstars to get the rust off their backs following a long offseason, so it’s pretty normal to expect some growing pains throughout the first couple of days of the season.
While some guys get their rhythm right away, others need a bit more time to settle down and go back to their former self, but following a couple of weeks struggling, their confidence may fade away.
Gladly for them, it’s still pretty early on the season and there’s plenty of time to turn things around. That’s why today, we’re going to let you know about 10 players that are vastly struggling right now.
10. Avery Bradley
Ever since leaving the Boston Celtics, Avery Bradley hasn’t been nearly half the same player he used to be, especially in the defensive end of the floor where he completely dominated against all opposition.
Moreover, he’s gotten off to a terrible start of this campaign as well, and despite his upside, his value continues to drop by the day. Up to this day, he’s posted averages of 4.3 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists.
9. Ryan Anderson
Ryan Anderson, AKA Poor man’s Kevin Love, has been awful ever since the second half of the past season and it doesn’t look like he’s going to turn things around any time soon, especially on that team.
Anderson’s lone value is his three-point shooting expertise, as he really doesn’t bring much else to the table. Still, his mediocre averages of 5.5 points and 3.5 rebounds have been far from impressive so far.
8. Ricky Rubio
Ricky Rubio has always been one of the most underrated players in the league. He’s a solid defender, a great playmaker, a committed rebounder and a vocal leader, but he’s mightily struggled to start the season.
The Jazz are using Rubio off-ball more often with Donovan Mitchell running the point at times and considering his lack of jump shot, that has definitely taken a toll on his game, averaging 6 points and 6.3 dimes on 21.9% from the floor.
7. Draymond Green
Draymond Green is the kind of player whose work doesn’t always reflect on the stats, but that his team desperately needs to win. Still, seeing how he’s fared so far, makes us think he’s vastly struggling.
Even despite the fact that Draymond isn’t much of a scorer and has embraced another kind of role, his averages of 6.4 points and 7 boards on 37% shooting and 22% from three have been a major letdown, especially considering how high expectations we had for him entering the season.
6. Terry Rozier
Everybody was jumping into the Terry Rozier hype train but most insiders were reluctant to believe he was as good as he showed during the playoffs. Truth to be told, they wind up being right.
Scary Terry hasn’t been scary at all this year and has really struggled to get anything going in both sides of the hardwood. With those averages of 8.5 points, 4 rebounds and 1.8 assists, he’s a lock to leave the Celtics.
5. Marc Gasol
Marc Gasol struggled all year long with the way his team was playing. He wasn’t shy to let everybody know that he was uncomfortable there and that he wanted no part of a rebuilding team.
So, perhaps his decline in production has something to do with lack of motivation, or maybe father time is finally catching up with him. Either way, he’s averages of 13.5 points and 9 rebounds on 34% shooting have been a major letdown.
4. Mo Bamba
Mo Bamba was one of the most hyped young men entering the league this season and following his impressive debut, he became one of our frontrunners to take home the Rookie of the Year award.
Sadly for him, it’s all been downhill ever since his debut, mightily struggling to score and seeing a red-hot Nikola Vucevic get most of his minutes. So far, he’s averages of 4.5 points and 4.5 rebounds on 42% shooting have been truly disappointing.
3. D’Angelo Russell
It’s now or never for D’Angelo Russell. If he doesn’t turn things around pretty soon, he’s going to be considered a bust and nobody’s going to be willing to offer him the lucrative deal he’s so desperately craving.
D’Angelo seems to be pretty talented but hasn’t been able to stay healthy or be a consistent scorer throughout his young NBA career, and his averages of 13.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 6.5 dimes a game aren't going to impress anybody at this point.
2. Klay Thompson
Surprisingly, another member of the Golden State Warriors makes our list. Truth to be told, if it wasn’t for Stephen Curry’s red-hot start of the season, the Warriors would’ve lost a couple of games already.
Klay Thompson is one of the best defenders and shooters in the league and he should get his stroke back in no time, but it’s really surprising to see a scorer of his caliber average 15.2 points and 4 rebounds a game.
1. Karl-Anthony Towns
It’s been quite a couple of difficult months for Karl-Anthony Towns. Following his no-show in the playoffs, Jimmy Butler really got on his nerves and he’s lost pretty much all credibility around the league as a soft big man.
That really seems to be taking a toll on his game, as the talented scorer has been mightily struggling from the floor, averaging just over 16 points and 9 boards a game. Hopefully, he gets himself together and regains his long lost confidence.
Unless otherwise indicated, all stats courtesy of Basketball Reference (10/26/2018).