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Instead of the usual bells and whistles for this week, I thought it would be fun to look back at what we have seen this season and highlight some of the good, the bad, and the ugly.
The good will obviously be players who have outperformed expectations. The bad will be those players who have been disappointments to their teams and to their owners. The ugly will take a look at those players who have been hampered by crippling injuries. Where do we start? Well, let’s get The Ugly out of the way first.
Oden is not new to the injury bug, but it really looked like he was in it for the long haul this season. Oden was becoming a double-double machine and he was giving 2-3 blocks per game, but a fractured patella derailed his breakout year back in December.
The biggest concern for owners when Gordon moved to Detroit was if there were enough points to go around. The points and playing time weren’t a concern, but a groin injury certainly left us worried. The day-to-day injury turned into weeks and Gordon would play a few, then miss a few. He has missed almost half the season and his stats have taken a big hit as a result.
Yeah, remember him? The first overall pick of the ’09 draft has not and will not get the chance to see the floor this season as he is recovers from a knee injury. All the drama started the day before the season started when Griffin reportedly had a stress fracture. The injury actually turned out to be a fractured patella, officially delaying Griffin’s anticipated debut until next season.
Rookies can be hit or miss, but the 7th overall pick has been able to give owners very good numbers with 14.8 points, 4.9 assists, 1.9 steals, and 1.8 3PTM.
The second year center has improved on almost every aspect of his game with more points (14.9), rebounds, (9.5), and blocks (1.6). Throw in a 58.8 FG% and even 1.1 steals, and you have a young stud at center in the making.
After securing a starting job this season, Gallinari has been a nice surprise for the lowly Knicks. The 14.3 points and 5.3 rebounds are nice, but Gallinari is making his money from downtown as he is sinking 2.6 three’s per game.
Another rookie who is making a splash, Evans has started every game he has played and he is putting up an impressive 20.8 points to go along with 4.8 rebounds and 5.1 assists.
Noah is seeing more playing time than ever in his career and the results speak for themselves. He is averaging a double-double this season with 11.2 points and 12.0 rebounds and he is throwing in a career-high 1.7 blocks.
A disappointment out of New Jersey? Yes it’s true. Harris has seen a decline in his stats from last season in points, assists, and steals. His shooting, both from the floor (38.8%) and from the line (79.2%), are leaving owners angry.
The move to Orlando has not been good to Carter. He has averaged over 20.0 points per game for five straight seasons, but he is only scoring 16.5 points this season. On top of that, his rebounds, assists, and steals are all at career-lows.
Obviously I am not criticizing his scoring, which was the highest it has been in years at 22.6 points. Arenas was disappointing off the court when he pulled a gun on fellow teammate Javaris Crittenton in the Wizards’ locker room, which resulted in his indefinite suspension from the NBA.
Biedrins is usually good for 10-10 every night. However, injuries such as abdominal and groin strains sidelined him for most of the season and when he came back, he was not playing as much as he used to. As for the double-doubles, he is only putting up 5.7 points and 7.8 boards this season.
Bibby is averaging 16.0 points per game for his career, a number that has been brought down this season thanks to his 8.9 points. At this rate, Bibby will fail to reach double-digit points for a single season, a first for his career. Every other part of his game is lacking as Bibby has only 2.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 0.9 steals, and a career-worst 40.6 FG%.
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