Top 20 NBA Players Whose Careers Seem Doomed

The NBA market is like any other with the philosophy of supply and demand but it is at a much higher level. The number of athletes that can successfully perform in the NBA are extremely low and that makes the players a hotter commodity. Star players are more pivotal in the NBA than they are in other sports for a multitude of reasons. The most exciting and successful players cause the fans to come to games and buy merchandise. Team spirit can carry a franchise in the NFL, but you need stars to be a relevant franchise in the NBA.

Stars also are the main factor in the team's literal success. Teams will need at least two superstars if they hope to contend for a NBA Championship in today’s league. Stephen Curry had Klay Thompson and Draymond Green emerge into top stars last season and that was the biggest difference in the Golden State Warriors taking the next step. The importance of stars has led to NBA players getting record contracts and becoming pivotal assets to the league. Quite frankly, it’s sweeter to be a superstar in the NBA than it is in just about any other sport right now.

The issue comes with the rise and fall of superstardom in the league. Most elite top stars remain on their perch for the majority of their career but the rest of the players will see ups and downs. Many players become less significant when they are no longer in their prime, some lose their skill set due to injury and a few just no longer have the desire after tasting success. There are plenty of NBA players currently in a bad position for various reasons and we're going to look at some of the more interesting stories. These are the top twenty NBA players whose careers currently seem to be doomed.

* Stats are correct as of February 4th, 2016.

20 Nick Young 

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19 Rudy Gay 

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18 Eric Gordon

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17 Nene 

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16 Josh Smith 

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15 Dion Waiters 

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14 Jose Calderon 

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13 Doug McDermott 

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12 David Lee 

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11 Lance Stephenson 

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10 Carmelo Anthony 

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9 Roy Hibbert 

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8 Anthony Bennett 

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7 Deron Williams 

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6 Joakim Noah 

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5 Dwight Howard 

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4 Joe Johnson 

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3 Joel Embiid 

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2 Kevin Love 

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1 Derrick Rose 

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The Chicago Bulls have seen a big change in just one season. Jimmy Butler has emerged as the new superstar on the team with his tremendous two-way skills. Not only is Butler the best player in Chicago but he’s stepped up as the leader of the team. Derrick Rose has completely lost the former spot he was expected to hold down for the next decade, as the former MVP has dropped off dramatically due to the brutal injuries to his knees. While he still contributes to the team, Rose has devolved from one of the biggest stars in the entire NBA into just a glorified role player. The story of Derrick Rose’s career has placed him into a position where he’ll never be a special top-tier talent again.

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