Friday, October 17, 2014

2014-2015 NBA Busts

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2014-2015 Busts


Jodie Meeks

Meeks had a career year last season for the Lakers, along with everyone else on the team. They were always playing catch up which netted career years for nearly every player. Now with a Stan Van Gundy led Detroit Pistons team, Meeks will look to prove his worth in his new contract. However, he’s been hobbled by back spasms. Not only is he missing time, but Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is making a case for his share of the backcourt. In his first 2 preseason games, KCP has averaged 19 points. If you recall, Van Gundy’s coaching style features big men. In Miami, he had Shaq. When he went across town, he had Dwight Howard. SVG has three players in Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe, and Josh Smith to get the ball. Meeks will offer the occasional 3, but he won’t come close to his career high 15 points last year.

Joe Johnson

Joe Johnson used to be one of the most underrated players in the NBA. He still can put up a lot of points. But if you take a look at his season averages, his scoring average has decreased every season ever since his breakout season in 2006 where he averaged 25 points per game. He doesn’t offer very much in the rebounding or assist categories, either. With his age (33), Johnson is looking to get to the free throw line more. That doesn’t bode well with all the mileage on his body and a thin backcourt, too. The Nets will look to get the ball to Brook Lopez as he was on his way to career averages before his injury. Johnson will be worth a late round pick, just not the mid round averages he put up last season.

Rodney Hood

Rodney has missed a lot of time in training camp due to a hip flexor. Much like cornerbacks in the NFL, hip injuries tend to linger throughout the season and the rotation through the core is imperative for athletes. Hood can offer some 3 point ability for Quin Snyder’s squad, but he lacks the athleticism for the small forward position. Gordon Hayward is coming off a stellar season and has bulked up after spending the summer with Team USA. I’d look for a player like T.J. Warren before taking Hood in fantasy drafts.

Dante Exum

The Australian unknown is finally being shown. The 19 year old was one of the biggest mysteries coming into the Draft and had many questions. The biggest question is how he will transition from Australian high school basketball directly to the NBA. It was an interesting move to skip college all together. An Eastern Conference scouting director told NBC Sports that Exum is not ready for the NBA. He struggled in the FIBA Tournament and Summer League. In 5 Summer League games he only averaged 7 points and 2.8 assists per game. His FIBA performance was worse with only 2.7 points and 2 assists per game. Trey Burke is firmly entrenched in the point guard spot and Exum obviously is not going to step into the shooting guard spot. Exum is only worth rostering if Burke goes down.
Danny Stokes - Senior NBA Writer/Analyst for Legion Report @LegionReportNBA - Stokes.LegionReport@Gmail.com

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