There were some flat-out transcendent individual performances during the 2018-19 NBA season.
Russell Westbrook averaged a triple-double for the third-straight season. Giannis Antetokuonmpo elevated his production across every offensive category while anchoring the Milwaukee Bucks defensively en route to a 60-win season. James Harden amassed the best scoring season (36.1 ppg) since Michael Jordan poured in 37.1 a game 32 years ago.
On the other hand, there were plenty of players who didn’t quite live up to expectations or deliver to their standards. Chalk it up to circumstances or the injury bug, but these ballers on our list of the 10 most disappointing players in the NBA this season are most definitely capable of more.
Whichever headline you prefer, “Failure to Launch,” “Not Cleared For Takeoff,” or “Houston We Have a Problem,” the Carmelo Anthony experiment in H-town was a dud. Melo wasn’t a good fit in Oklahoma City the season before and turned out to be an even worse fit with Harden, CP3, and coach Mike D’Antoni.
Anthony was sent home after just 10 games with the Rockets. He posted career lows in points (13.9) and field goal attempts (12.1) while playing 29.1 minutes per game. Between Harden’s iso style and Chris Paul’s ball dominance, Anthony never found his footing and by January was traded to the Bulls who waived him without ever suiting up in Chicago. At 34, he’ll will one day make the Hall of Fame, but we may never see him on another NBA roster after a disastrous 2018-19 season.
It has been a particularly rough 2019 for John Wall. After missing 41 games in 2017-18 coming back from a knee injury, he was finally getting right this season. Washington was looking to make the leap with the Wall and Bradley Beal duo, plus a Wizards roster constructed to contend in an open Eastern Conference.
By the end of December, a heel injury shut down Wall for the rest of the season, causing him to miss 50 games. Weeks after surgery, Wall ruptured his Achilles tendon. Now, Wall, 28, is out for another calendar year, yet scheduled to make $38 million next season, and facing the harsh reality of dealing with an injury that saps the explosion and speed his game is built on.