Players Who Have Dissappointed Us This Season

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There’s a high expectation for every player that enters the NBA, and if your performance isn’t up to par, you’ll hear about it. These players have struggled to put up numbers or the effort that goes along with their status in the NBA, and have either disappointed the fans or the team.

Jabari Parker

Photo: Chicago Tribune

Parker managed to come back from two different ACL injuries, and signed a new two-year contract with the Chicago Bulls as a free agent, after the Bucks retracted their qualifying offer. The season started out just fine for Parker, as there were some injuries on the roster and he posted a couple of 20-point games. But, that all changed when the head coach Fred Hoiberg was fired from the team. The Bulls appointed Jim Boylen as the new coach, and then things started to go downhill for Parker. He lost his spot on the rotation, as his defensive effort was not up to par. Hopefully 2019 will be better for Parker.

John Wall

Photo: Bullets Forever

Of course, Wall has just announced that he will undergo a season ending surgery, but the choice probably wasn’t that hard, as he wasn’t having much of a season anyways. Furthermore, the tension and chemistry problems on the team definitely weren’t resolved this off season, and the Wizards’ front office made clear that no one was off limits for a possible trade. As long as Wall has a lot of money left on his contract, that probably wasn’t going to become reality anyways, as not a lot of teams have enough cap space to take his contract, but it shows the state of the Wizards.

Donovan Mitchell

Photo: Jennifer Stewart – USA TODAY Sports

Mitchell was one of the steals of the 2017 draft, and proved to be a very useful player for the Utah Jazz. If it wasn’t for Ben Simmons, Mitchell would’ve also won the Rookie of the Year award. He has put up decent numbers this year, but Mitchell hasn’t managed to be as valuable for the team as last season. Furthermore, he has been struggling with his shot, his field goal percentage has dropped to 40% and his 3-point % has even gone down to below 30%.

Andrew Wiggins

Photo: Brad Rempel – USA TODAY Sports

Butler’s trade to Philadelphia should’ve made things a lot easier for Wiggins in Minnesota, as this was finally the chance to be the most important player on the Timberwolves, next to Karl-Anthony Towns. But, instead of improving his stats, his numbers have gone downhill. Four years after he was the first pick in the draft, Wiggins still hasn’t managed to prove his status in the NBA. December has been a successful month for him, as he scored 30 points and made the winning shot against the Thunder just before Christmas.

Gordon Hayward

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Hayward should’ve been a great addition to the Celtics team, but his gruesome injury ended his first season in green before it had actually started. At the beginning of this season, everyone thought it was only a matter of time until Hayward found his Jazz form again, but now a couple of months have gone by and he’s still not even close to being his pre-injury self again. Of course, Hayward has played some good games, his ankle seems to do its job, but he just doesn’t play like the old Hayward. Right now, he’s the fifth scorer on the team, behind Irving, Tatum, Morris Sr., Horford and Brown. Hopefully, Hayward will find his rhythm soon

Photo: Winslow Townson – USA TODAY Sports

There’s a high expectation for every player that enters the NBA, and if your performance isn’t up to par, you’ll hear about it. These players have struggled to put up numbers or the effort that goes along with their status in the NBA, and have either disappointed the fans or the team.

Jabari Parker

Photo: Chicago Tribune

Parker managed to come back from two different ACL injuries, and signed a new two-year contract with the Chicago Bulls as a free agent, after the Bucks retracted their qualifying offer. The season started out just fine for Parker, as there were some injuries on the roster and he posted a couple of 20-point games. But, that all changed when the head coach Fred Hoiberg was fired from the team. The Bulls appointed Jim Boylen as the new coach, and then things started to go downhill for Parker. He lost his spot on the rotation, as his defensive effort was not up to par. Hopefully 2019 will be better for Parker.

John Wall

Photo: Bullets Forever

Of course, Wall has just announced that he will undergo a season ending surgery, but the choice probably wasn’t that hard, as he wasn’t having much of a season anyways. Furthermore, the tension and chemistry problems on the team definitely weren’t resolved this off season, and the Wizards’ front office made clear that no one was off limits for a possible trade. As long as Wall has a lot of money left on his contract, that probably wasn’t going to become reality anyways, as not a lot of teams have enough cap space to take his contract, but it shows the state of the Wizards.

Donovan Mitchell

Photo: Jennifer Stewart – USA TODAY Sports

Mitchell was one of the steals of the 2017 draft, and proved to be a very useful player for the Utah Jazz. If it wasn’t for Ben Simmons, Mitchell would’ve also won the Rookie of the Year award. He has put up decent numbers this year, but Mitchell hasn’t managed to be as valuable for the team as last season. Furthermore, he has been struggling with his shot, his field goal percentage has dropped to 40% and his 3-point % has even gone down to below 30%.

Andrew Wiggins

Photo: Brad Rempel – USA TODAY Sports

Butler’s trade to Philadelphia should’ve made things a lot easier for Wiggins in Minnesota, as this was finally the chance to be the most important player on the Timberwolves, next to Karl-Anthony Towns. But, instead of improving his stats, his numbers have gone downhill. Four years after he was the first pick in the draft, Wiggins still hasn’t managed to prove his status in the NBA. December has been a successful month for him, as he scored 30 points and made the winning shot against the Thunder just before Christmas.

Gordon Hayward

Photo: Winslow Townson – USA TODAY Sports

Hayward should’ve been a great addition to the Celtics team, but his gruesome injury ended his first season in green before it had actually started. At the beginning of this season, everyone thought it was only a matter of time until Hayward found his Jazz form again, but now a couple of months have gone by and he’s still not even close to being his pre-injury self again. Of course, Hayward has played some good games, his ankle seems to do its job, but he just doesn’t play like the old Hayward. Right now, he’s the fifth scorer on the team, behind Irving, Tatum, Morris Sr., Horford and Brown. Hopefully, Hayward will find his rhythm soon

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