When the NBA reaches the festive period you’re able to draw certain conclusions from the rosters of each squad. With the Golden State Warriors setting the pace at a ridiculous standard, the chasing field has to find the little one percentage points that will make the difference between making the playoffs or sitting back and watching the April and May action from their lounge rooms.
So this is where it gets tough and managers have to justify the people employed on the payroll. Do we stick, or do we twist? Is the potential going to stay just that, or will they blossom into the star that the coaching staff expected at the beginning of the season?
Conversely, what about the experienced filler players plugging the holes in the list? Are they really providing the value for money their agent promised or are they wasting everybody’s time? Before long enough is enough in this cutthroat environment and with an eye towards the next draft period heads will roll.
Whether it’s through a lack of talent, conviction or sheer incompetence at the highest level of basketball in the world – there are players on the court right now who don’t deserve their jobs. The fans can see it, the commentators and reporters know it, so now the acid test has to be put to the franchises to see if they are ruthless enough to accept the facts.
No one has a right to play in the NBA. This is no a luxury gifted to the talented. It’s earned through performance. Like any profitable company will tell you – the bottom line is everything in business and falling short of expectations every year carries consequences.
Just in time for Christmas, here are the 15 NBAers on Santa’s naughty list because they do not deserve their jobs.
15 Garrett Temple
14 Johnny O’Bryant III
13 Cameron Bairstow
12 Robert Sacre
11 Anthony Bennett
10 Walter Tavares
9 Archie Goodwin
8 John Lucas III
7 Christapher Johnson
6 Byron Mullens
5 Duje Dukan
4 Phil Pressey
3 Kendrick Perkins
2 Elliot Williams
1 Shabazz Muhammad
The girls might like a bit of Shabazz Muhammad, but they’re not NBA list managers. That incident was a small insight into the lack of professionalism the 2013 number 14 draft pick has demonstrated throughout his career when he was selected by the Jazz. Yet he wouldn’t get his chance until the Minnesota Timberwolves came knocking in 2013. After a first up season to forget with a PPG average of only 3.9, Shabazz’s 2015 started well until he tore a ligament in his middle finger. Maybe it was all the strain of telling off the haters, but he’s still surprisingly around the traps for franchise. Go figure!
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