Five early season disappointments: Jamario Moon, Elton Brand, Allen Iverson, Caron Butler-Antawn Jamison, and Corey Maggette
Last year, he was the NBA’s biggest surprise. Moon somehow parlayed a summer tryout into a spot in the Raptors’ starting line-up. The likeable swing even enjoyed cult hero status after taking part in the Slam Dunk Contest. This year, he looks out of place. His above the rim style has disappeared. And Moon has not only lost his starting spot, but is in danger of falling out of the playing rotation …
Each week, HoopsVibe drops a basketball related list for fans to weigh-in on. We call it ‘Listed’ …
In training camp, the rookie is a keeper, the veteran has another year, and the star is developing into a superstar. Everything is positive. Two months later, reality hits hard. The rookie hits his first-year wall, the veteran is breaking down, and the star is overpaid.
Too often, teams set unattainable pre-season goals. Then, sometime in mid-December after realizing their plan can’t possibly work, they tinker, tweak, and rebuild with mixed results.
Right now, clubs are realizing what they have –or don’t have. Many front office bigwigs must be upset because several players have fallen well short of projected expectations.
In this edition of ‘Listed’, HoopsVibe The Blog drops five early season disappointments for the 2008-09 season. Of course, being a disappointment is different than being a bust like say Jerome James. These players have sufficient time turn their season around.
As always, get at us in the comment box below with thoughts. And come back next week when we hit you off with another list.
The Disappointments …
#5) Jamario Moon
Why: Last year, he was the NBA’s biggest surprise. Moon somehow parlayed a summer tryout into a spot in the Raptors’ starting line-up. The likeable swing even enjoyed cult hero status after taking part in the Slam Dunk Contest.
This year, he looks out of place. His above the rim style has disappeared. And Moon has not only lost his starting spot, but is in danger of falling out of the playing rotation.
#4) Elton Brand
Why: His numbers aren’t terrible (16 points and 10 rebounds). His team, the Philadelphia 76ers, are sporting a poor 9-12 record, though. Of course, Brand isn’t the only one at fault, but as the franchise-face he takes the blame.
#3) Allen Iverson
Why: So far, ‘The Answer’ is wrong for Detroit. The Pistons are 7-8 since acquiring Iverson and then there is The Practice issue. Unfortunately, the former MVP is proving his critics correct by failing with team-first Motown.
#2) Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison
Why: Both Butler and Jamison have posted solid numbers. However, basketball is a team game and Washington is a horrific 3-15. This duo has experience playing without Gilbert Arenas, so there is no excuse for such a poor start.
#1) Corey Maggette
Why: A perfect example why the team offering the most money isn’t always the best situation. Maggette, a free agent last summer, should have signed for less with San Antonio, but instead took Golden State’s inflated offer and looks out of place.