The Underachievers

Tony Parker
Matthew D. Britt

In a previous post, I discussed the biggest surprises of the fantasy basketball season, so with the 2014-2015 campaign more than halfway complete, it’s only fitting that we now turn our attention to the biggest disappointments. In fact, I’ve assembled a full starting lineup, and congrats to those of you who are doing well in your league despite owning one or more of these guys.

PG: Tony Parker – Parker has never been a flashy fantasy option, but by year’s end, owners of the Spurs point guard have generally been satisfied. Not this year. In addition to missing several games due to injury, Parker is averaging his lowest points per game and assists per game total since his rookie season.

SG: Lance Stephenson – Many thought that signing with the Hornets would result in better overall numbers for Stephenson, as he would assume a bigger offensive role than he had with the Pacers. They thought wrong. Instead, most of his numbers have dropped considerably, highlighted by a .385 field goal percentage, this compared to his .491 mark from a year ago.

SF: Nicholas Batum – Once considered a rising fantasy star due to his across the board contributions, Batum has been nothing special this year, averaging just 9.1 points per game while shooting a career-worst 38.7 percent from the field.

PF: David Lee – A hamstring injury delayed Lee’s season debut until late-December, and Draymond Green took full advantage of that time to seize Lee’s old starting gig. A former nightly double-double threat, Lee is logging less than 20 minutes per contest, averaging 9.2 points and 6.3 rebounds. As long as Green continues to perform at a high level, Lee’s fantasy value will remain minimal.

C: Nerlens Noel – Look, Noel still carries a tremendous amount of upside. After all, he isn’t even 21 yet. But while his defensive numbers (1.6 BPG, 1.5 SPG) have been useful, owners who chose to spend a top-30 pick on him (yes, he was drafted 21st overall in my league) are surely regretting their decision. I mean, 8.0 PPG and 7.3 RPG simply isn’t good enough. Expect Noel to steadily improve as he gains more professional experience, but the chances of him earning his draft day price tag are remote.

About the Author

Zach Steinhorn

Zach Steinhorn

Zach Steinhorn has been playing fantasy sports since the turn of the century. A graduate of New York University, where he majored in Journalism, Zach served as a writer and broadcaster for WNYU Sports radio. Zach has worked at MLB.com in New York City as a production assistant, fantasy baseball writer, researcher and blogger. He is also an editor and weekly columnist for Mastersball and a KFFL contributor.

In 2012, Zach began competing against other industry gurus in Tout Wars. A New Yorker and lifelong Yankee fan, he roots hard for his team... except when they are facing one of his fantasy starting pitchers.