Last week, I wrote who would get my vote to be fantasy basketball all-stars at the halfway point of the NBA season.
Now, let’s take a look at the players who have only let you down thus far with the midseason “all-bust” team.
PG – Derrick Rose (CHI): We all heard about “the return.” Rose’s vertical increased, he developed a better jump shot and he was set to come back and be a top fantasy player. Unfortunately, the injury bug seems to be clinging to Rose as he suffered a torn medial meniscus in his right knee in late November. After missing all of last season, he is out yet another season. It couldn’t have gone worse for fantasy owners who more than likely picked him pretty high.
SG – J.R. Smith (NY): The reigning Sixth Man of the Year is struggling heavily this season. Not only is he getting in trouble with the NBA for untying people’s shoes or getting benched by his head coach, virtually every statistic he was good for last season has taken a turn into the wrong direction. Smith went from averaging 18.1 points per game last season to just 12 this season. His free throw percentage is down from 76.2 percent to 61.7 percent. He also is shooting a career-low 36.9 percent from the field. Last year, he shot 42.2 percent.
SF – Josh Smith (DET): One of the guys who normally performs at a high level in almost every statistical category is not doing so hot in Detroit. His points, assists, rebounds, three-point percentage and field goal percentage are all down significantly. What is going on with J-Smoove?
PF – Kevin Garnett (BKN): Let’s face it. The Nets entire team is a bust. However, KG is going through some struggles as father time may officially be hitting him. He is playing just 21 minutes a game this season, while only averaging 6.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. He is also shooting only 41.9 percent, as opposed to his 49.6 percent last season.
C – JaVale McGee (DEN): Before he could make is usual appearance on “Shaqtin’ A Fool,” McGee fractured his left leg and has been out indefinitely. With George Karl gone and Brian Shaw in for the Nuggets, McGee was expected to log more minutes and have a bigger fantasy impact this season. That has not been the case – not to mention, in the five games he played this season, he was averaging just 7.0 points and 3.4 rebounds per game.
PF – Kenneth Faried (DEN): George Karl sure did love the Manimal, but Brian Shaw seems as if he is confused with how to play Faried – seeing as how he plays just under 24 minutes per game. His rebounding and scoring numbers are both down from last season and his numbers have been very inconsistent. It is hard to get a feel for Faried right now, but he certainly is not playing as expected coming into his third season in the NBA. Maybe Shaw will figure it out, but for now, he’s a bust.
SG – O.J. Mayo (MIL): At this point, Mayo is arguably not worth owning in some leagues. His minutes are down significantly from last season when he was in Dallas, but more importantly, he is shooting just 39.6 percent, scoring 12.2 points per game, and his assist numbers are down from 4.4 to 2.4 per game.
SF, PF – Gerald Wallace (BOS): Wallace wasn’t supposed to be a star or anything too special, but he was expected to produce. Now, he is probably a free agent in most leagues. Nothing more to say other than playing under 23 minutes, scoring 4.6 points and grabbing 3.3 rebounds per game. Wallace is most likely done as a fantasy player.
SF, PF – Ersan Ilyasova (MIL): Ilyasova is getting essentially the same amount of playing time as last season. However, his field goal percentage is down, his points are down, his rebounds are down and his three-point percentage is down. Ilyasova is very inconsistent for whatever reason this season, and all owners can do is be patient with him.
PG – Deron Williams (BKN): Williams is just another Nets player on the list. Their whole team has potential to be on this list. The numbers don’t lie, though, and Williams is averaging only 13.6 points and 7.0 assists per game, which are both the lowest they’ve been since his rookie year. His free throw percentage is down as well. Jason Kidd and Deron Williams may be having some issues.
PF, C – Larry Sanders (MIL): If this dude didn’t block so many shots, he would probably be dropped, although those numbers have dropped since last season. His points, rebounds, assists, free throw percentage and three-point percentage are all down too. Who knows if this has to do with his new contract, new coach, his misspelled tattoo from the offseason or all of the above, but this is a bust-season for Sanders.
PG Steve Nash (LAL): Fantasy owners knew he wouldn’t be the Nash of old, but we sure didn’t know he would be the old man, Nash. At 39, Nash has been injured almost all year with his back. Although he is set to return to the lineup soon, he is expected to play limited minutes. Nash, who used to be the assist king, is not worth owning in virtually any league.