It’s time to get grinchy, which is a good thing.
We need some salt to cut through all the sweetness of discussions about sleepers, up-and-comers and late-round steals. So, to that end, below is a quick list of the five NBA players most likely to fall short of meeting their expected values heading into this season, the inherent value of their name or whatever residual impressions of value they’ve carried over from last season in some owners’ minds.
You can read the full article about the top five underperformers over at DimeMag.com. Below is just a list of the names with brief explanations — along with five bonus names, just for this blog’s readers.
See, even the Grinch values its audience.
- Kevin Garnett (PF, Boston Celtics): old age, limited/controlled minutes in a tough schedule
- Michael Beasley (SF/PF, Minnesota Timberwolves): overrated fantasy value, Derrick Williams
- Jason Terry (PG/SG, Dallas Mavericks): Vince Carter, Roddy Beaubois, Delonte West
- Paul Millsap (PF, Utah Jazz): Derrick Favors, trade potential
- Eric Gordon (SG, New Orleans Hornets): focal point of Hornets’ offense, focal point of opponents’ defense; injury history
- Tyreke Evans (PG/SG, Sacramento Kings): too much offensive tools on that squad, still hasn’t shown good decision-making
- Kobe Bryant (SG, Los Angeles Lakers): overrated for fantasy purposes, too much team/personal turmoil (powder keg)
- Amar’e Stoudemire (PF/C, New York Knicks): already reported to probably not play all 66 games, presence of Tyson Chandler
- DeMarcus Cousins (PF/C, Sacramento Kings): too much offense on that team, had glaring weaknesses last season (FG%, FT%, TOs)
- Caron Butler (SG/SF, Los Angeles Clippers): name is bigger than his fantasy value, not a prominent option on offense, his knee