The fantasy basketball season is now over two months old and closing in on the half way mark, so what better time than now to look back on who have been the biggest disappointments so far.
If you drafted these guys, you’re probably languishing in the cellar of your standings, unless you’re some sort of fantasy Gandalf. The biggest killer with most of these guys is that even though they’re hurting your team, it’s virtually impossible to try and recoup some value through trades.
Ersan Ilyasova, SF/PF, Milwaukee Bucks (ESPN ADP 44, Y! ADP 49)
9.1 points, 0.5 threes, 4.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.2 blocks, 39.0 FG%, 75.6 FT%, 1.6 turnovers.
Ersan Ilyasova does this every season — or so it seems. He is currently the 222nd ranked player in fantasy basketball, which is a huge let down for owners who drafting him in the fifth round. He’s been dropped in over 50 percent of leagues, but this is about the time every year that he starts to turn it on, so if you have a roster slot to spare, you may be wise to add him and stash him for a few weeks to see if the light goes on.
Larry Sanders, C, Milwaukee Bucks (ESPN ADP 41, Y! ADP 27)
6.3 points, 0 threes, 6.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.7 steals, 1.7 blocks, 45.0 FG%, 40.9 FT%, 1.3 turnovers
Sanders’ season has been limited to 10 games due to a self inflicted thumb injury, coming as a result of a bar fight, but even in the games he has played, he has been woeful. A lot of owners dropped him when he was injured, but people rushed back to the wire to pick him up and all he’s done in the following seven games is diddly squat. With John Henson clearly out playing him, it’s going to be hard for Larry Drew to rely on him for over 30 minutes a game for the rest of year, branding him as fantasy poison for your team.
Enes Kanter, C, Utah Jazz (ESPN ADP 96, Y! ADP 74)
11.1 points, 0 threes, 6.2 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.7 blocks, 47.3 FG%, 75.6 FT%, 1.8 turnovers
A lot of people — yours truly included — had Kanter pegged as a breakout star this season. He was the unquestioned starter at center for the struggling Jazz, who were going to give him all the minutes he could handle after the departures of Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap. The reality was far different, as coach Ty Corbin was displeased with his defensive performance and moved Marvin Williams into the starting lineup. Now struggling on the bench, and playing less than 20 minutes a game, Kanter has been dropped in most leagues, which is disappointing given how much hope we had in the preseason.
J.R. Smith, SG/SF, New York Knicks (ESPN ADP 60, Y! ADP 78)
11.3 points, 2.1 threes, 4.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.1 blocks, 34.8 FG%, 62.8 FT%, 1.5 turnovers
Everybody’s favorite (?) knucklehead has had many fantasy owners using their own knuckles on their heads with the performances he has turned in so far. His shooting percentages have all been below his career averages and he is also sitting on a 9.9 PER — the worst of his career. Coach Mike Woodson has taken to sitting him out of games when perfectly healthy. How he is still owned in 75 percent of leagues is baffling. A friendly message to Smith’s owners: it’s time to cut your losses.
Tony Parker, PG, San Antonio Spurs (ESPN ADP 30 Y! ADP 35)
17.7 points, 0.5 threes, 2.5 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.1 blocks, 51.0 FG%, 77.3 FT%, 2.4 turnovers
At first glance, choosing Parker as a disappointment may seem odd, but if you picked him in the second, third or fourth round, you would be hoping to get a player better than the one who is currently ranked 105th for the season. His scoring, assists and free-throw shooting has dropped off, and he’s never offered steals or threes, averaging 0.9 and 0.4 in his career, respectively. The silver lining is that he may be a guy that you could flip to another unaware owner and recoup some value, so all is not lost.