By Kareem Gantt on June 14, 2014
We have seen our share of memorable performances in the 2013-14 NBA season, but we have also seen our miserable ones too. Let's look at the 10 worst individual performances of the 2014 NBA season.
Although he did recover, Brandon Knight's first month as a Milwaukee Buck was a disaster. He was the only player in the NBA to have a negative PER (Player Efficiency Rating), and averaged only 9.6 ppg on a lousy 36 percent shooting from the floor. Knight's horrific November set the tone for the rest of the Bucks' season.
In addition to fighting club goers in a Milwaukee night club, Larry Sanders' 2013-14 season went straight to the toilet. In his first three games, he had a combine eight points and 11 rebounds; to add insult to injury, his newly minted four-year, million contract extension makes him almost impossible to move. The Bucks' management must be thinking, "Man, this money is just gone now."
Anthony Bennett was so bad in his rookie year, that the Cleveland Cavaliers seriously considered sending him down to the D-League. Bennett, the Cavaliers' No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, came in out of shape and looked bewildered on the court. He averaged only 4.2 points and three rebounds per game -- hardly No. 1 pick worthy numbers.
It was just sad seeing him reinjure himself after he had worked so hard to get back on the court, but the little time he was on court, he was not the same Derrick Rose. Rust clearly played a factor, as he averaged only 15.9 points on a putrid 35 percent shooting. Time may be running out on Rose to prove that he can still be a superstar in this league.
For all of the inroads Aaron Afflalo made to become a top-tier shooting guard this season, the last month of the season was simply a nightmare. Afflalo averaged only 12 points a game and scored 25 TOTAL points in the final three games of the season. Yeah, it is safe to say that he, along with the rest of the Orlando Magic team, simply checked out in the final month.
True, Roy Hibbert was not exactly an offensive force in the regular season, but his play in the playoffs was just stunning, in a bad way. Hibbert had four games where he did not even score at all, including two games where he had zero points and zero rebounds. Hibbert's effort was simply not there in the playoffs, and I would not be shocked if the team was looking to trade him this offseason.
We were on the verge of christening Mario Chalmers as the new Derrick Fisher, a player who hits the big shots in big time moments. That has not been the case in the playoffs, where he has regressed dramatically, averaging only 6.3 points a game on just 41 percent shooting from the floor. That's not the Chalmers we all know. The APB is still out on his game.
The third Milwaukee Buck to grace this list, O.J. Mayo was out of shape to begin the season, and made no attempt to re-condition himself and be a viable player for the Bucks. He averaged career lows in points (11.7) and assist (2.2) and may have played his way out of town this summer.
Terrence Ross had a breakout season for the Toronto Raptors, but once the playoffs rolled around, you could have sworn that he had packed up his locker and headed home for the offseason. Ross was a complete no-show in the playoffs, averaging only five points a game on a mind-numbing 20 percent shooting from the floor, and hitting only 16 percent of his threes. His no-show cost the Raptors a playoff series.
Kobe Bryant was not productive in his return for the Los Angeles Lakers, averaging only 13.8 points a game on 42 percent shooting from the field in the six games he appeared in. To add insult to injury, he went down again for the rest of the season, leading to question as to whether or not Bryant will ever be the same again.
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