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Doing Lines, 1/13/12

Last night I presented 10 that impress. Let's move on to 10 that depress, in no particular order -

  • Wesley Johnson: The man selected just prior to DeMarcus Cousins in the 2010 draft, Johnson is currently averaging about 20 minutes a night for the Wolves. He is averaging 4.5 ppg on under 35% shooting from the field, 27% from beyond the arc, 50% from the line. He is "adding" more turnovers (1.6) than assists (1.1) per game, and averages less than a half block or half steal per outing. His 4.26 PER is behind even that of one Travis Outlaw (4.36). Ouch, babe.
  • Shane Battier: I understand that it's Battier's job to do the dirty work for the Heat, and with the big 3 in Miami, there would only be table scraps left for Battier. I also understand that he is Pollard-like inasmuch as you can't go solely by his stats when measuring his contribution. But 33% field goal shooting, 45% line? 3.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg, and unable to break the 1 per game mark in any other category while playing 22 minutes a night? Salmony.
  • Lamar Odom: I'm very curious as to the situation that led the Lakers to give Odom away. I mean, they were able to talk Pau off the ledge, but they couldn't talk Odom into staying? The Lakers are worse off for his departure, but at the moment so are the Mavs and Odom. Averaging a tad under 20 minutes a game, Odom sits at 6.6ppg (29.5% field, 18.2% from 3, 63.6% from the line), He is adding 4.7 boards, but he is under-performing in every category and frankly looks lost in the Mavs' scheme of things.
  • Tyrus Thomas: The Bobcats have 4 more years (including this one) and $33m tied up in T-square. And in return he is delivering a paltry 7.7ppg (36% field) and 5.3 rebounds in 29 minutes a night. He is adding 1 block per game,
  • Michael Beasley: If Ricky Rubio makes all of his teammates better, the Beas didn't get the memo, and he becomes the 2nd Timberwolve to make the list. Shooting under 40% from the field and under 45% from the line, Beasley has been good for 7 rebounds in almost 32 minutes per night. He also has a 1/3 assist/turnover rate.
  • Metta World Peace: Like Battier, the Lakers don't need MWP to put up big numbers. That's good news for the Lakers: 21 minutes a night, 5.9 points on 35% shooting (8% from 3!), and less than 3 boards and 1 steal per game for the former defensive monster.
  • Derek Fisher: OK, I admit that I like putting Lakers on this list. Sue me. We may have some stinky fish in Salmons and Trout, but D-Fish out "ranks" them both, with a bottom-feeding 34% field goal percentage (13% from 3!). He does turn out 4.4 assists in his 24+ minutes a night, but you could probably do the same (if not better) if you had Pau, Kobe and Bynum on the other end of your passes.
  • John Salmons: Well chronicled here at StR, so I won't elaborate, except to say that if it were not for Michael Beasley, no small forward in the NBA would have played more minutes and posted a lower PER rating than the effusive one.
  • Tayshaun Prince: I guess that it wasn't John Kuester after all. Prince is having a season very similar to Salmons in "production:" 31 minutes a night, barely over 8 ppg on 36% shooting, 3 rebounds and not a whole lot more to write home about.
  • Omri Casspi: There are changes of scenery, and then there is Cleveland. Casspi is "producing" 6.3 ppg in 21 minutes a night on 38% shooting (29% from 3), adding only 2.3 boards per outing. He sure seems a long way's away from his rookie year right now.
I know that Aykis will be calling for Corey Maggette on this list, as the Mags is single-handedly trying bring down 16's fantasy team. But he sits in 11th for now, so he'll have to wait a few weeks for the next list.

(This is a FanPost from a member of the Sactown Royalty community. The views expressed come from the member, and not Sactown Royalty staff.)

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