NBA: 10 underwhelming players from the 2019-20 season

NBA New York Knicks RJ Barrett (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
NBA New York Knicks RJ Barrett (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /
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NBA Portland Trail Blazers Carmelo Anthony (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /

We had high expectations for these NBA players, but alas, we were given poor results during the 2019-20 season 

Sometimes we just have a bad day at work. These 10 NBA players clearly fit the bill. Injuries and records aside, we expected more from these guys. We were certainly disappointed.

Let’s take a look at 10 players that were underwhelming during the 2019-20 season.

10. RJ Barrett, New York Knicks ~  14.3 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 2.6 APG, 40.2 FG%

Look, rookies are not meant to come in the league and dominate. They are meant to struggle and take this season as a way to learn the ropes of the NBA. With that said, there was hope for RJ Barrett to play at least a little better. He supposedly had a more complete game than his former Duke teammates Zion Williamson and Cam Reddish, yet he did not show it.

He was ranked in the bottom seven in the entire league in win shares and was in the bottom 20 in player efficiency rating (PER). However, he was in the top 60 in usage percentage. The ball ran through Barrett but he did not deliver.

9. Carmelo Anthony, Portland Trail Blazers ~ 15.3 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 1.6 APG, 42.6 FG%

Look, if we are talking about heartwarming and redemption stories, then Carmelo Anthony would take the top spot. His ability to work his way back into the league after a couple of years as the scapegoat has allowed him the opportunity to end his career on his terms.

No one is expecting Anthony to turn back the clock to his Denver or New York days. All the Portland Trail Blazers needed was a dependable third option on a team with two clear-cut leaders. In that sense, he has fit that mold. However, his numbers leave much to be desired. Fifteen points per game are great for someone in their 17th season in the league, but it takes him almost 14 shots per game to earn his points.

Furthermore, his 51.7 true shooting percentage put him 176th in the entire NBA. The inefficient scoring just cannot hold up for much longer as the whole team suffers.