Top 15 Fantasy Basketball Busts in 2013
Each fantasy basketball season there are always players that burn their fantasy owners who drafted them, and this season was certainly no different. Several marquee players have failed to live up to their off-season hype, while others have failed to simply suit up for a game.
This year there have been several fantasy players that were drafted inside the top five rounds of drafts that have yet to play a single game this season. The Philadelphia 76ers thought they made the deal of a century by acquiring center Andrew Bynum this off-season in the much-hyped Dwight Howard trade, but Bynum has yet to play a single game since the move to the City of Brotherly Love.
Also Washington Wizards point guard John Wall was suppose to have a breakout fantasy season, but he magically has been on the pine all year long with a nagging knee injury. Wall greatly disappointed owners across the board and will certainly be another candidate for fantasy basketball bust of the year.
Veteran players like Steve Nash, Dwight Howard, and Pau Gasol have failed to come close to live up to their fantasy basketball hype this season, and that is just players from the mighty Los Angeles Lakers. All three of these players could easily be considered a bust by recent standards of the word.
Here are the top 15 fantasy basketball busts thus far in the fantasy basketball season. If you have several of these players, or even want to rant about how they have ruined your season, feel free to leave a comment in the text box below.
As a wise man once said, “There is always next year.”
15. PF Paul Millsap, Utah Jazz
PF Paul Millsap, Utah Jazz - Millsap averaged 16.6 points and 8.8 rebounds in 2011, but his numbers are down across the board this season. He is scoring only 14.6 points per game and is only grabbing 7.6 boards per game. Millsap is also shooting a career low field goal percentage (47.6 %) and his lowest free throw percentage (71.5 %) since 2009.
14. C Anthony Davis, New Orleans Hornets
C Anthony Davis, New Orleans Hornets - When the Pelicans, excuse me, Hornets, drafted David first overall many fantasy basketball owners thought Davis would have an immediate fantasy impact. However, he was sidelined early in the year with an ankle injury and has yet to look like the dominant post player he was suppose to be. His 13.6 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks are a far cry from what fantasy owners expected from him in his first season.
13. PG Isaiah Thomas, Sacramento Kings
PG Isaiah Thomas, Sacramento Kings - Thomas entered the season as the starting point guard for the Kings, but the return of Aaron Brooks quickly got Thomas demoted to the bench. He was drafted to be a starter for fantasy owners and has since become a non-factor.
12. PG Devin Harris, Atlanta Hawks
PG Devin Harris, Atlanta Hawks - After an amazing preseason many thought the starting point guard spot in Hot-lanta was Harris’ to loose. However, he has once again lost his job to Jeff Teague and Harris is only averaging 7.7 points with 2.5 assists per game.
11. PF Taj Gibson, Chicago Bulls
PF Taj Gibson, Chicago Bulls - Gibson is averaging a subpar 6.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game this season. Everyone was predicting this to be his breakout year in Chi-town after signing a four-year extension with the team in November, but it appears fantasy owners may have to wait until next season.
10. PF Thomas Robinson, Sacramento Kings
PF Thomas Robinson, Sacramento Kings - Robinson was the Kings first round pick in this past year’s draft, but he has yet to have a single decent performance this season. T-Bone is only averaging 4.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game this year and has proven to be utterly worthless for fantasy owners.
9. C Andrew Bogut, Golden State Warriors
C Andrew Bogut, Golden State Warriors - This was once again going to be the comeback campaign for Bogut, but seeing as he has only played four games, it appears those claim may have been presumptuous. Bogut has once again burned fantasy owners and should be absolutely avoided in all leagues for the entirely of his career. The 28-year-old is simply too beat-up at this point in his career and has become a fantasy tease.
8. C JaVale McGee, Denver Nuggets
C JaVale McGee, Denver Nuggets - McGee just signed a monster four-year $44 million contract with the Nuggets before the start of the season, so many fantasy owners expected him to become a great sleeper this year. However, McGee is only playing a meager 19.2 minutes per game, which is not what the fantasy community envisioned after his huge Denver deal. The 24-year-old continues to play sparingly in Denver and should not be viewed as a reliable fantasy contributor anymore.
7. SG Eric Gordon, New Orleans Hornets
SG Eric Gordon, New Orleans Hornets - Gordon was one of the biggest sleepers heading into the 2012 fantasy season, but he quickly went back on the mend with yet another knee injury. He has recently come back, but the mere fact that he has only played in four games this season has certainly had its toll on the fantasy community.
6. PG Steve Nash, Los Angeles Lakers
PG Steve Nash, Los Angeles Lakers - Nash has already missed 24 consecutive games with the Lakers to start off his west coast career, and even though he has finally returned, it now appears that his leg injury will be lingering all year long. Nash will be sitting out in the fourth quarter a lot as the season wears on, so don’t count on him too much from here on out.
5. PF Paul Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers
PF Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers - Gasol went from a very respectable 17.4 points and 10.4 boards in 2011 to only 12.2 points and 8.4 rebounds throughout 2012. He has missed numerous games with a foot injury and his latest concussion seems to be rather serious, which is only hurting his declining fantasy value more as the season moves forward.
4. PF Amar'e Stoudemire, New York Knicks
PF Amar'e Stoudemire, New York Knicks - Amar’e was drafted in the majority of leagues to be a fantasy starter. However, he has only played in four games this season and has since been delegated to the bench. The six-time All-Star was a fantasy superstar, but has since become just another bench player in New York.
3. SF Danny Granger, Indiana Pacers
SF Danny Granger, Indiana Pacers - Granger’s recurring left knee injury was kept very quiet this fantasy off-season. It was kept so quite that thousands of fantasy basketball owners were not even aware of his injury until after their draft was finished. Granger has yet to play a single game this season and is no doubt one of the biggest busts of this fantasy season.
2. PG John Wall, Washington Wizards
PG John Wall, Washington Wizards - Before the season started everyone pegged this to be Wall’s breakout fantasy season. However, as we near the All-Star break, Wall has yet to play a single game and has been an absolute albatross for fantasy owners. He may be coming back in a couple weeks, but the damage has already been done for most fantasy owners.
1. C Andrew Bynum, Philadelphia 76ers
C Andrew Bynum, Philadelphia 76ers - Bynum was the one saving grace for the 76ers in the mega Dwight Howard blockbuster, but the only problem is that the center has yet to play a game. Bynum was a first round pick in some fantasy drafts, so the fact that he has yet to play has been utterly crippling for fantasy owners this season. Bynum is easily the biggest fantasy basketball bust of the year.