Isn’t it sad when your favorite players tend to get old and you look them struggle all over the floor? Is as if you wanted to keep them watching play, but you knew they would be better off just retiring instead of hurting their legacy.
On the other hand, we have players that have just been kind of unlucky, those guys that you know could lead a team to a Championship, but that just feels as if they were never going to even make it to the Finals.
We feel kind of sorry for those players because we admire them, and we would love to see them finally achieve the ultimate glory. Today, we’re going to let you know about 5 unlucky players that we would really love to see have a strong season.
5. Carmelo Anthony
Throughout his entire career, Carmelo Anthony has been on the losing end of several arguments. People call him a ball-stopper, a loser and a ball-stopper, but some of those things aren’t entirely true. Anthony is one of the most prolific scorers ever, and he definitely deserves our respect.
Melo is coming off the worst season of his career and, according to several casinos, the Rockets actually had a bigger shot at the Championship prior to his signing. That’s why we’d love to watch Melo prove his doubters wrong and have a strong season as their 3rd scoring option.
4. Derrick Rose
It breaks my heart to watch Derrick Rose wonder if he should quit playing basketball. I mean, just remembering how fun it used to be watching him play, how far we all thought he’d take the Bulls, how he was going to end LeBron’s reign in the East and many, many more things is just sad if you compare it to his present.
Rose is still more than capable of being a major factor and according to advanced data, the Timberwolves actually fared better when he was with the starters than Jeff Teague. Starting or not, we’d just love to see him go out there healthy and prove that even though he’s never going to be that explosive scorer he was, he still has what it takes to make it in the Association.
3. Dwight Howard
Truth to be told, Dwight Howard is responsible for most of the heat he’s drawn throughout his career, as he’s never taken anything, not even himself, seriously. Still, it’s kind of sad watching him getting constantly traded in salary dump deals considering he was the best center in the world just 5 or 6 years ago.
Howard is a freak of nature that can do things most people can’t do, and even if he never put enough work to become an elite post player, he can still be a dominant rim protector that can be heavily featured in a team’s offense, especially with a playmaker of the likes of John Wall running the point.
2. Paul George
Paul George is one of my favorite players in the league. He does a little bit of everything, and the fact that he was able to bounce back from that horrible injury makes me respect him even more. Having said that, he’s always been terrible in the clutch, and that’s the only thing standing between him and the superstar label.
George is one of the best two-way players in the world and made a truly brave and bold decision by staying put with the Oklahoma City Thunder instead of taking the easy way out and joining forces with LeBron, so we definitely hope that move pays off for him and he finally steps up in the clutch.
1. Blake Griffin
Blake Griffin has put a lot of work to become a much more complete player ever since entering the league. He improved his free throw shooting, developed a three-point shot, enhanced his ball-handling skills and has even tried to improve as a defender, but he just hasn’t been able to take a team to the ultimate stage.
Griffin has always battled injuries and that has taken a toll on his overall impact, but he’s been a major stud when healthy. Sadly, he’s not going to have much chance to compete for a Championship playing for the Pistons. Even so, we’d like him to prove his worth and become an MVP contender, at least for his own personal glory.