Expectations can really take a toll on the way you play the game, as you’re always trying to please your fans and live up to the hype that surrounded you, but that can also lead you to force things in both ends of the hardwood.
With high expectations, a huge responsibility comes, and obviously, fans are going to hold you accountable every time things don’t go their team way, regardless of the fact that is actually your fault or not.
Also, fans are passionate and passing the eye test is a must nowadays, especially if you’re trying to convince them that you’re doing your best. So far, there have been some players that have not only failed the eye test, but that have also struggled to prove they’re worthy of a roster spot.
10. Myles Turner
Can we just go ahead and assume we were wrong by being so high on Myles Turner? The kid is good, but he’s not going to become the elite two-way big man we thought he’d be, even despite the glimpses of greatness we’ve seen.
Turner has a nice face-up gain, can pull-up, hit three-pointers, swat shots, run the offense and guard all the way to the perimeter, but his inconsistency and lack of character will never fulfill his true potential. So far, he’s averaging 12.6 points and 6.7 rebounds on what was supposed to be his breakout season. Again.
9. John Wall
John Wall has shown glimpses of his usual self over the last couple of weeks, but it took him a lot of time before being actually able to lead the Washington Wizards past their rivals, being one of the most disappointing teams in the league.
Wall and his team were so bad that he was even allegedly in the trade block, even though moving his huge contract extension is not going to be easy. So far, he’s averaging 21.5 points and 8.9 dimes per game after a slow start of the year.
8. Jabari Parker
Jabari Parker went from being the new Carmelo Anthony to being… well, the new Carmelo Anthony, meaning he’s now considered to be a ball-stopping player on offense and a huge liability in the defensive end of the floor.
Even so, Parker has posted averages of 15.2 points and 6.9 rebounds on 45% shooting. He’s out of the Bulls’ rotation as of now, but I still think he could help a contending team off the bench should they buy him out.
7. Chris Paul
Chris Paul is making 35.6 million dollars this season, yet he’s looked terrible in both sides of the hardwood for most of the season. Obviously, the worst Chris Paul is still better than most guards, but you get the point.
The injury-prone veteran is - to my eyes - the most overpaid player in the league right now and the main reason why the Rockets are not going to win a Championship any time soon. So far, he’s averaging 15.8 points and 8.2 dimes per game.
6. Aaron Gordon
Aaron Gordon was coming off a bit of a breakout season so expectations were quite high for him entering this year, but he’s actually regressed a lot in pretty much every important statistic categories.
He’s already proven that he’s got the skill set to be a dominant two-way player in the league, but he averages of 15.7 points and 7.2 rebounds have been disappointing, although his assists numbers are up from 2.3 to 3.0 per game.
5. Jaylen Brown
We all knew Jaylen Brown’s numbers this season weren’t going to be as good as the prior campaign, but the way he’s looked on the court has been truly disappointing, as he’s been out of confidence and determination to attack.
Brown needs to have the rock on his hands in order to find his groove so it’s natural that he’s struggling now that Kyrie and Hayward are back, posting averages of 11.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.5 assists.
4. Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony was supposed to prove all of his doubters wrong this season but instead, he proved that he has no room in this league anymore and that the should be thinking of retirement right now.
Anthony isn’t a part of the Rockets rotation and the team has looked quite better without him, to be honest, and his averages of 13.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 0.5 aren’t going to be missed by them.
3. Goran Dragic
Goran Dragic is the kind of player that always looks like is going to take a step forward but winds up taking two backward instead, and that’s why he’s never going to be more than a 2nd-tier player.
The Miami Heat is one of the worst teams in the league right now and the injury-prone Slovenian hasn’t done much to try and lead them to the playoffs, averaging 15.3 points and 4.9 assists per game.
2. Andrew Wiggins
Andrew Wiggins was supposed to claim the franchise player tag back from Jimmy Butler with the ladder out of town, but instead, he’s looking even worse than he did last year upon Butler’s arrival.
Wiggins is ineffective and uncaring, he disappears in crunch time and has shown no signs of improvement since being drafted 1st overall, averaging 16.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.
1. Markelle Fultz
Markelle Fultz put on a lot of work in the offseason and everybody was hoping he’d take home the 6th Man of the Year award this season, but his constant struggles with his broken shot took have raised serious doubts over his head.
Fultz is looking more and more like a bust right now and the Sixers have pretty much moved on from him, at least for the time being. So far, he’s averaging 8.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 dimes a game.