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Top 10 Most Inconsistent NBA Players

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Traditionally, the value of a player is measured by stats, percentages, and ability to win. There isn’t a column called “Consistency.” There should be. It is often overlooked, but after reviewing the list below, you’ll see players with all-star caliber performances, yet their inconsistent production is a glaring flaw in their games.

Spencer Dinwiddie

Spencer Dinwiddie’s game has improved by the year. However, the development of the former 2nd-round pick could use consistency scoring-wise. A struggling team such as the Nets could heavily improve if they could depend on consistent scoring from Dinwiddie.

With two double-doubles this year, elite passing has been showcased despite the lack of teammates who can score well. With unstable numbers, the Nets can't currently rely on Spencer to put them in the right position to win each night. With the team suffering from two major injuries (D’Angelo Russell & Jeremy Lin), Dinwiddie’s production will be put to the challenge, and consistency will be a key to leading an unextraordinary roster.

Stat Lines (November): 2 games with 20+ points, 1 game with 10+ points, 5 games below 10 points.

Worst Game (November): 5 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2-6 FG, vs. Denver Nuggets

Chandler Parsons

Chandler Parson has had moments of being a leading threat to opposing teams. With tremendous versatility and a polished skill set, the current roadblock to his dominance is his incongruous scoring. His current Memphis team is looking to get back into the playoff conversation they were in not too long ago. Parsons’ recent production struggles are sabotaging the Grizzlies, and improvements will transform the team's success instantly.

Stat Lines (November): 0 games with +20 points, 5 games with +10 points, 4 games below 10 points

Worst Game (November): 1 point, 6 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 turnover, 0-4 FG, vs. Orlando Magic

Buddy Hield

A rebounding, scoring, and two-way shooting guard who can pass is tremendously valuable. Buddy Hield provides skill in every category but posts an interesting stat line that tends to follow a pattern throughout the box score. Hield's production in points, assists, and rebounds seem very dependent on one another.

Averaging 11.6 points, 4.2 rebounds 1.8 assists a night, Hield’s performances seem to follow a pattern. When performing better than his average in one category, his others often are worse. A more consistent box score will improve the Kings' team success and increase Hield's individual value.

Stat Lines (November): 1 game with +20 points, 5 games with +10 points, 3 games below 10 points

Worst Game (November): 6 points, 2 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 turnover, 2-8 FG, vs. Atlanta Hawks

Nick Young

There are slightly over 90 players who've already attempted 60+ 3-point shots. Nick Young is in that category. From that list of greater than 60 attempts, only Nick Young, Malik Monk, and Troy Daniels have played under 300 minutes. The majority of the other players stand in the 450+ minute range. In 208 minutes

Young’s inconsistent on-court production averaging 0.7 assists and 1.1 rebounds per game, put exuberating amounts of pressure on his scoring. Nick Young’s stats could cause serious disappointment with low-scoring nights (this season: 8 games with 3 or fewer points). Averaging 13 minutes per game, Nick Young’s 10+ points per game performances are crucial to keeping his low numbers decently acceptable.

Stat Lines (November): 0 games with +20 points, 2 games with +10 points, 8 games below 10 points

Worst Game (November): 0 points, 1 assist, 0 rebounds, 0-2 FG in 3 minutes, vs. San Antonio Spurs

Alex Len

Alex Len’s placement in this article may be the most appropriate of all. Alex Len has proved his abilities and values to help the Suns succeed. However, his unpredictable stat lines are a significant cause for his lack of starts and minutes.

Given opportunity after opportunity as a starter, Len’s inconsistency damages the confidence Suns coaches can invest in the potential star. Alex Len’s traits are remarkable as a player, and repetitive production would revolutionize the potential and playing time from Len.

Stat Lines (November): 1 games with +20 points, 3 games with +10 points, 7 games below 10 points

Worst Game (November): 1 point, 1 assist, 6 rebounds, 0-4 FG, vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Ricky Rubio

There have been many moments this season Ricky Rubio has performed as the player that Timberwolves fans always wished he would become. Shooting with confidence, dictating the game’s pace, and excelling at defense are the major improvements. Jazz fans have seen glimpses of this year. Inconsistent shooting and confidence from beyond the arc have been detrimental to the value of Rubio.

Despite shooting a current 26% from distance, Rubio remains on pace to break his career 3-pointers made in one season. An inaccurate shooter whose passing game and assist totals have dropped slightly has shown inconsistency efficiently throughout the season.

Stat Lines (November): 1 game with +20 points, 7 games with +10 points, 3 games below 10 points

Worst Game (November): 4 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 turnovers, 1-7 FG, vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

Lonzo Ball

Following the hype of the Ball Family and the loud mouth of LaVar Ball, Lonzo Ball has been incredibly inconsistent in an extremely anticipated rookie season. It seems as if Lonzo’s poor shooting games instantly become a Twitter trending topic. I have closely followed the Lakers season(7-10), and I am in the true belief that Lonzo has performed respectably in only three.

If you dismiss those three top games, Lonzo only averages 6.2 points per game. However, throughout the season, Lonzo has demonstrated elite levels of passing, control of the game, and contagious success. Despite 10 games scoring under 8 points, the rising star has posted two impressive triple-doubles with remarkable showings of what he is truly capable of. A more consistent Lonzo would be a lethal to ending 4th quarter struggles in L.A.

Stat Lines (November): 0 games with +20 points, 4 games with +10 points, 8 games below 10 points

Worst Game (November): 0 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 turnover, 0-2 FG, vs. Portland Trail Blazers

JR Smith

JR Smith is a player with tremendous confidence. Whether he's shooting 0-10 or 10-10, if he's got an inch of room and he's feeling it, it's in the air. Forgive my oxymoron, but throughout Smith’s years as a member of the Nuggets, Knicks, and Cavaliers there is uncanny consistency in his inconsistency.

For example, his scoring stats correspond through dozens of 10-game stretches. The common ten game stretch consisted of; 20+ point nights, games with less than 5 points, and many nights in the teens. Surprisingly, these unbalanced scoring totals frequently coincided with an almost equal number of attempts from the field.

Stat Lines (November): 1 game with +20 points, 3 games with +10 points, 7 games below 10 points

Worst Game (November): 3 points, 2 assists, 4 rebounds, 1 turnover, 1-5 FG, vs. Detroit Pistons

Terrence Ross

Terrence Ross is an extremely inconsistent player who once recorded over 5% (51-879) of his total season points in one night. Yes, you read that correctly. As a routine starter who scored 10.9 points per game, Terrence Ross just about broke a Raptors scoring record with a 51-point performance.

Prior to this game, Ross had only 14 total games scoring 15 points or more. Often times Ross is known to perform in correlation to his first shot of the game. If he scores his first bucket, he is known to become an elite shooter and quick scorer. However, early failure in his shooting often results in a lackadaisical game.

Stat Lines (November): 1 game with +20 points, 5 games with +10 points, 5 games below 10 points

Worst Game (November): 5 points, 0 assists, 3 rebounds, 2-7 FG, vs. Chicago Bulls

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Danny Green

Danny Green has always been a very valuable starter in his time with San Antonio. Green’s numbers were more routine in a far more developed Spurs era with Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili sharing the spotlight with side-kicks Kawhi Leonard, Tiago Splitter and, Danny Green, etc. Danny Green’s season has involved highs and lows in production. Currently, facing a gloomy start with the absence of star Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green looks to play a key role in the team's success.

Often times personality traits are overlooked when evaluating player worth. Statistics tend to be the key barometer when calculating a value. As a result, attributes such as; drive, mentality, and consistency are frequently overlooked. Mainly due to impossible ways of measurement, these qualities always remain opinionated.

Stat Lines (November): 1 game with +20 points, 4 games with +10 points, 5 games below 10 points

Worst Game (November): 0 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds, 0-5 FG, vs. New Orleans Pelicans