10 Most Disappointing Injuries of 2013-14 NBA Season

10 Most Disappointing NBA Injuries This Season

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One of the prevailing themes of the 2013-14 NBA regular season has been injuries. Though it may not be the case, it feels like a plethora of big-named players have gone down and severely altered the fortunes of their respective teams. As unfortunate as it is, injuries have helped to define this season. What have been the 10 most disappointing injuries this season?

10. Chris Paul

10. Chris Paul
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10. Chris Paul

10. Chris Paul
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Chris Paul didn’t miss too much time with a separated shoulder, but with the way they’ve performed after the All-Star break with Paul back healthy and in the lineup, it makes you wonder what position the Clippers would be in and how well they’d be playing had Paul stayed healthy. Sure, that could mean that Blake Griffin doesn’t make the leap he has, but it could mean that this team is even better.

9. Larry Sanders

9. Larry Sanders
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9. Larry Sanders

9. Larry Sanders
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Pretty much everything about the Bucks’ season has been pretty dismal. Most notable, though, has been the slew of various injuries suffered by center Larry Sanders. Sanders signed an extension this summer, but has rarely been on the floor to try and prove he was worth it. With the way Milwaukee’s season has gone, they could have used Sanders continuing to develop to hang their hat on.

8. Jrue Holiday

8. Jrue Holiday
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8. Jrue Holiday

8. Jrue Holiday
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The Pelicans added a great deal of talent this summer, none more impactful than point guard Jrue Holiday. However, his absence since the beginning of January has been a major reason why the Pelicans have fallen off of the map and have seen their playoff chances dissipate. New Orleans has had a rough go of it this year and the Holiday injury is a major factor in that.

7. Marc Gasol

7. Marc Gasol
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7. Marc Gasol

7. Marc Gasol
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6. JaVale McGee

6. JaVale McGee
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6. JaVale McGee

6. JaVale McGee
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The Grizzlies are still in the hunt for the 2014 NBA Playoffs, but they didn’t start making the push until they got Gasol back in the lineup after he missed a month and a half from late November to early January. You have to wonder if they’d be in the top eight seeds out West had they been able to hit their stride sooner with a healthy Gasol all year.

5. Ryan Anderson

5. Ryan Anderson
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5. Ryan Anderson

5. Ryan Anderson
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Ryan Anderson was shaping up to have one of the best years of his career and help Anthony Davis carry the Pelicans to a possible postseason run. However, with Anderson and Holiday injured, New Orleans never stood a chance. This year has been an incredibly difficult one for Anderson and we can only hope that things improve for him next season.

4. Russell Westbrook

4. Russell Westbrook
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4. Russell Westbrook

4. Russell Westbrook
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Yes, Russell Westbrook’s absence allowed Kevin Durant to step up mightily and yes, the Thunder are still one of the best in the NBA. However, before Westbrook’s second knee surgery, OKC was 21-4 with the point guard on the floor. If they had continued at that level of play with Westbrook not missing any time, it’s crazy to think how impressive this team’s record could be.

3. Al Horford

3. Al Horford
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3. Al Horford

3. Al Horford
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The Hawks seemed poised to establish themselves as the third best team in the Eastern Conference, but then Al Horford went down for the remainder of the season. Horford was set to have a phenomenal year as the featured piece in Atlanta, but a torn pectoral muscle ended any chance of that. As the Hawks struggle to stay in the playoff-picture, it’s clear Horford is greatly missed.

2. Kobe Bryant

2. Kobe Bryant
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2. Kobe Bryant

2. Kobe Bryant
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We knew we’d be without Kobe Bryant for a while this season due to the Achilles injury, but we didn’t expect him to suffer another leg injury that would end his season after only six games on the floor. Granted, the Lakers would probably still be pretty awful without Bryant, but if you have to choose between having him on the floor or not, I’m always taking the former.

1. Derrick Rose

1. Derrick Rose
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1. Derrick Rose

1. Derrick Rose
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In the same air as Kobe, the return of Derrick Rose was much ballyhooed and supposed to vault the Bulls to being near title contenders. The Bulls have fought valiantly without Rose, but it’s hard to deny that this season still doesn’t feel lost to a certain degree now that the former MVP is back on the sidelines with another knee injury.

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