Which current 2009 NBA star fell off the most?
I’m fuckin’ done watching the Bulls LIVE on TV. Get this; their slogan is “Love it Live.” I just watched them Bulls get spanked by the Oklahoma City Thunder. There’s nothing to love watching them live. Nick Collison must have been reading one of my pieces to get his payback. Nick, you got me. Please take great comfort in destroying a team without any front court. You looked like an all star, but only against the Bulls. I will be recording Bulls games on TiVO just to see D-Lightning do his thing while opting to watch real teams compete. I’ll notice them again if John Paxson ever makes a trade that actually improves the team. As I flipped the channel checking out other games, I began to think, “Cot damn! My Bulls fell off that bad. I wonder which NBA stars around the league fell off, too?”
Tracy McGrady – I’m surprised he can play without crutches. He’s no longer a star yet he’s getting most of the China vote for the All Star game. This man is averaging 15.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 5 assists. This is a good stat line average for a solid starter, but not for a man named Tracy McGrady. He’s usually a perennial 23+ppg scorer. I can’t believe this man is the captain for the Rockets. It’s Yao’s team. T-Mac can’t lead a team made up of buckets of piss out of the first round. His numerous injuries over the years caught up, too.
Allen Iverson – Okay, Okay. I don’t want to hear it. You know what I mean. Someone will say, “Allen Iverson is still doin’ the damn thing in Detroit.” I’ll man up. He still is, but not how he used to do it in Philly or that one season in Denver. He considerably dropped off from last season’s 26.4 ppg, 7.1 assists, 2.0 steals to 18.2 ppg, 5.6 assists, 1.7 steals. The last great season of The Answer was last season. I thank him for the all the memories he gave us, but you’re nearing the time that’s called “Father Time.” He also gained a lot of weight. He should be trade bait in all of your fantasy leagues.
Steve Nash – You can’t get inflated numbers any more, Stevie. Last season he was getting 16.9 points and 11.1 assists. This season he’s getting 14.4 points and 8.6 assists. He’s getting numbers but not as great compared to previous years. Nash is almost 35 years old. The best years are behind him. Enjoy this season as his last “fantasy stat” worthy year. And yes, Nash has to piggyback another star to win his title. I don’t think that star is Amare though.
Jason Kidd – Ever since he rejoined Dallas, it’s difficult for him to break 10 points each game. His last 51 games in New Jersey averages were 11.3 points, 10.4 assists, 8.1 rebounds. His current averages in Dallas are 8.8 points, 8.3 assists, 6.5 rebounds. I know that his role has changed from his days in New Jersey since he doesn’t need to score. Dirk, Jet, and Josh Howard will take care of that. Jason Kidd probably does not belong in the “good” category any more let alone “great.” Well, perhaps he’s still good, but he fell off so much from what I used to see.
I picked these guys because they were superstars. They might even be All Stars this season, but they’re just not at the superstar realm any more. The men who surprised me this season are Shaquille O’Neal and Marcus Camby. I know Camby is not a star, but he is still getting monster numbers despite being 36 years old. And if any old aging star wants to maintain their All Star level, go to Phoenix. Their trainers got the magic ointment or something.
Which star fell off the most this 08-09 season for you? If he’s not listed, write him in.