2013-14 NBA Season: The Not-All-Star Team
"Not All-Stars" So Far in the 2013-14 NBA Season
The 2014 NBA All-Star Game is just one day away and we’re going to see some of the best players in the league perform in the most entertaining manner possible against a distinct lack of defense because that’s what the All-Star Game is all about. However, that doesn’t make it any less entertaining and doesn’t stop the fans from watching.
Thus far, the 2013-14 season has been wildly entertaining. Kevin Durant has taken his game to an entirely new level and has been must-watch television every time he’s playing. We’ve also seen a 60-plus-point performance from Carmelo Anthony and have seen multiple big-time shots throughout the year from a variety of players.
However, the regular season to this point hasn’t been all sunshine and roses (or whatever cliché you care to use) in terms of performance. There are plenty of players that have come into the season and have failed to make a name for themselves, play up to their potential, or who have just plain continued the trend of being not good in this league. It’s not over-bearing, but it’s certainly not unnoticeable either.
There have been rookies and veterans alike that have been less-than-stellar this season and will not be seen in the All-Star Game on Sunday night or anywhere close to a roster spot on the night. However, when you’ve been as poor of a performer or as disappointing as many players have been to this point in the year, it has to be recognized. In that unflattering light, these are the 2013-14 Not All-Stars, or what you could call 20 of the worst players in the NBA this season.
20. Omer Asik
Omer Asik has been vocally unhappy with Dwight Howard in town, but that doesn’t excuse his lack of performance either. Just 3.9 points, 6.5 rebounds and 0.4 blocks in 17.1 minutes per game while shooting sub-47 percent from the floor is no way to raise your trade value or to earn minutes.
19. Earl Clark
After last year when he had relative success, Earl Clark could have been a solid addition to Cleveland. As the Cavs have struggled, though, so has Clark. He’s seen his role decrease to just 15.7 minutes per game due to averaging only 5.3 points and 2.9 rebounds per game on 37.5 percent shooting and 34.5 percent three-point shooting. His lack of effectiveness has been prominent and quite noticeable.
18. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute was traded for Derrick Williams, but hasn’t been much of anything for Minnesota since arriving there. His offense has always been in question as a defensive-minded player, but his defense hasn’t had much effect at all on the Wolves. That’ll land you on this “team.”
17. Ersan Ilyasova
Ersan Ilyasova is reported to be on the trade block, but his performance for the lowly Bucks hasn’t done himself any favors in terms of raising his value. Various injuries aside, he’s averaged just 10.2 points and 5.9 rebound per game while shooting 37.5 percent from the floor and 29.3 percent from three this season. He’s been bad and there’s no way around that.
16. Ian Mahinmi
Ian Mahinmi had the chance to be a serviceable backup to Roy Hibbert, but that hasn’t happened to the degree that the Pacers signed Andrew Bynum. In 16 minutes off the bench, Mahinmi has averaged only 3.1 points and 3.3 rebounds per game while hitting on a meager 42.1 percent of his shots. That’s clearly less-than-ideal.
15. Ben McLemore
Ben McLemore was one of the more touted rookies coming into the year, but hasn’t lived up to the expectations with his on-court production. The rookie has averaged only 7.6 points per game with sub-par efficiency numbers. He undeniably has potential, but this year hasn’t lived up to expectations in any manner.
14. Jared Dudley
Jared Dudley was supposed to be an important addition to the Clippers on the wing, but hasn’t done nearly what was expected of him. His efficiency numbers are below his career averages, as are his counting stats, despite playing above his career average in minutes per game. Dudley hasn’t been the player he was expected to be, the disappointment of that landing him here.
13. Darrell Arthur
Perhaps it was just me, but I though Darrell Arthur could be a solid addition to the Nuggets frontcourt. Arthur has put up a paltry five points and 3.2 rebounds off of the bench this year while hitting under 40 percent of his shots. For a team that could often use a bit of life injected into it, Arthur has failed to be that.
12. Nazr Mohammed
Another bench player that has the opportunity to contribute, Nazr Mohammed hasn’t done much of anything this season. Joakim Noah’s backup has averaged only 7.6 minutes per game and has done nothing worth noting in that extremely limited amount of playing time.
11. Reggie Evans
Reggie Evans has never pretended to be great at anything in the NBA aside from rebounding. However, the big man hasn’t had much of an impact at all this season, averaging just five rebounds in 13.3 minutes per game and being substantially worse offensively than normal as he’s shooting just 39 percent from the floor this year.
10. Metta World Peace
The Knicks may have been hoping Metta World Peace would help bolster their defense this year, but he hasn’t done much of anything this year. Partially because of injuries, the veteran forward has played in just 28 games, averaging only five points, 2.1 rebounds and 0.9 steals in 13.6 minutes per game while hitting on a low percentage of his shots. World Peace has lost a step, which has made it obvious how ineffective he’s played this year.
9. Alexey Shved
After hitting the wall in his rookie year, Alexey Shved was thought to be a guy who could be a solid contributor off of the bench for the Timberwolves, but that hasn’t been the case this year. The guard’s struggles have been so present that the Wolves have even resorted to hardly playing him at all in recent weeks. There’s potential with Shved, but he’s not even come close of living up to it in his second year.
8. Tayshaun Prince
Playing for a Grizzlies team that could desperately use offensive help, Tayshaun Prince has done next to nothing to answer the call. The lengthy forward has averaged just 6.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 26.5 minutes per game this year, all the while shooting 39.2 percent from the field and 31.3 percent from distance. Prince has been a disappointment overall, but especially in the context of this Memphis team.
7. Cody Zeller
The Bobcats took a risk taking Cody Zeller overall in the 2013 draft, but the risk has hardly been rewarding. The rookie big man has averaged a mere five points and four rebounds per game this season while shooting only 38 percent from the floor. Moreover, Zeller has looked completely overwhelmed by the pro game more often than not, which has been a glaring issue for Charlotte.
6. Gerald Wallace
Gerald Wallace came to Boston in the Pierce-Garnett deal, but has been much less than a consolation prize. The 31-year-old forward has shot 50.5 percent from the floor this season, but has averaged only 4.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 23.7 minutes per game while not contributing a great deal offensively. Considering his contract and everything else, Wallace has been a let-down in a large way.
5. Jason Maxiell
Not many expected much from Jason Maxiell in Orlando, but he’s not impressed anyone by any stretch of the imagination. In his limited appearances, Maxiell has put up only 3.5 points and 2.7 rebounds in 15.3 minutes per game while shooting 46.1 percent overall and less than 50 percent from the foul line. He’s been tough to watch amidst the Magic’s struggles.
4. Jason Terry
Despite a noticeable decline in his stats last year, there was a hope that Jason Terry could be productive for the Nets. Averaging only 4.5 points and 1.6 assists in 16.3 minutes per game on just 36.2 percent shooting, though, it’s safe to say that the production from Terry hasn’t met expectations at all.
3. Kevin Garnett
Kevin Garnett was supposed to help take the Nets to the next level this year as he come over via trade, but he was actually a large part of their early-season struggles. He’s picked up his play slightly as of late, but you can’t deny that his 6.8 points and 6.8 rebounds in 21.4 minutes per game on paltry 43.4 percent shooting hasn’t been far from what Brooklyn thought he’d be able to give them this season.
2. Kendrick Perkins
Kendrick Perkins’ shortcomings as a player have been discussed to a lengthy degree a number of times. Just know that nothing has changed this season and that he’s done nothing to improve his value, which lands him where he is on this list.
1. Anthony Bennett
There’s still hope for Anthony Bennett in his rookie year, but the first-overall pick has been up against it for the majority of the year. The rook has averaged just 3.8 points and 2.8 boards in 12.5 minutes per game while posting incredibly low shooting efficiency numbers. He’s improved, but his lack of conditioning and production make him a no-brainer selection as a “Not All-Star.”