Top 10 NBA Players of 2021 Who Deserved BetterThis list includes players who have played incredibly well this season, but have little to nothing to show for it. They definitely deserve better than the current situation they were in.
There isn't much to say about Damian Lillard's tenure in Portland, other than disappointing. To his credit, he has been a perennial top ten player in the NBA, averaging 25 points per game over his 9 year career, backed up by 6 all star appearances, and second on the all time Portland scoring list. However, after being bounced in the playoffs AGAIN, after ANOTHER stellar series performance, it is obvious the Trailblazers have not done enough for this man, as a disappointing supporting cast wasted another historical playoff series.
Bradley Beal is easily one of the best scorers in the NBA, averaging over 30 points per game. However, he plays for the Wizards, one of the worst coached, and worst run organizations in the NBA. Even behind his incredible performances, and the duo of him and Russell Westbrook, it was barely enough to even make it to the playoffs, where they lost in the first round. At this point, it just seems like the Wizards are squandering a good part of Beal's career...
Steph Curry, after being named in the MVP conversation again this year after putting up, remarkably, career numbers in regards to points per game. However, his supporting cast was nearly non-existent outside of a few players, and he was only able to carry the warriors to a spot in the play-in games. Curry, with nobody around him, was completely let down, and wasted a remarkable season.
Luka, as young as he is, putting up the type of number that he did this season, is incredible to say the least. Another player in the MVP conversation who was left high and dry by his team in the games which mattered the most. In the playoff series against the Clippers, Doncic put up historic numbers, shining against his opponents, while the rest of the Mavericks went on vacation, not to be found. It is easy to see why Luka is frustrated with everything going on in Dallas.
D ROSE. The player we all love to see succeed, finally found a good niche as 6th man of the revitalized New York Knicks team, who made the playoffs this season for the first time in nearly 10 years. However, his surge in the playoffs, leading the Knicks in scoring and averaging nearly 20 per game, was not enough to carry a disappointing Knicks squad to victory. It was sad to see Rose, who played that hard in the series, let down by the players around him.
All I can say about Zach LaVine is that he is an incredibly talented player, with little/no help, and a coaching staff and front office notorious for making bad draft and coaching decisions. While having a career season for the Bulls, the rest of the team showed few signs of life, with only Nikola Vucevic having any success. It feels like LaVine's talent is being wasted in front of us, and it hurts to watch.
Fox, another player who put up career high numbers this season, is left with a desolate Sacramento roster which is currently one of the most decrepit in the NBA. Besides the young talent which is coming in and players such as Buddy Hield, Fox has not had the chance to lead a good team of players anywhere serious. If the Kings aren't able to help Fox soon, he most likely will soon become weary of Kings management, much like Marvin Bagley...
Nothing says disappointment like playing for the post Russell Westbrook-KD Oklahoma City Thunder. Unfortunately, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has found himself in that exact spot. While putting up 24, 5 and 6 per game, the rest of the Thunder roster played some of the saddest basketball in recent memory. While the future is not dark, Alexander was certainly left to be the best and sometimes only good player on an otherwise horrible team.
Minnesota has been one of, if not the most pitiful team in the NBA this past decade. Despite KAT having an impressive statline this season, the Timberwolves showed they were not going to be doing anything, despite them having an array of talent, including Anthony Edward and D'Angelo Russell. It is sad to see Karl-Anthony Towns wasting away in Minnesota with nothing to show for it, like many players before him.
He is perfectly happy here everything is fine we will be NBA champions in 2022….. dear god Kat please don't leave you are the only reason why we don't lose every game every year
Christian Wood, after a good season with the Pistons, signed with the Rockets this offseason. However, after James Harden was traded away, there wasn't much left for the Rockets, and Christian Wood was left to try to carry the team on his back for a large portion of the season. It is sad to see such a talented player playing on a team that bad. However, things are looking up, as the Rockets secured the 2nd overall pick in the upcoming draft.
John Wall was brought in to be James Harden's sidekick much like Dwight Howard, Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook in hopes of keeping Houston's championship aspirations alive. However, once Harden decided to quit the team and get traded to the Nets, those plans went out the window as Wall would deal with injuries while Houston had their worst record in years.