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Non-injury fantasy disappointments
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Fantasy basketball owners mostly got what they paid for this season.

Barring major injuries, fantasy basketball was nearly devoid of disappointments, especially in the early rounds of drafts.

The biggest disappointment I could find that wasn't related to a major injury was Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry. Fantasy owners chose Lowry at an ADP of 38.4, but he hasn't even come close to providing that value.

Lowry dealt with an ankle sprain and a partially torn triceps in November and December, but he still has played 66 games.

The latter injury initially caused Lowry to lose the starting point guard job to Jose Calderon, but he regained it on Jan. 30 when the team traded Calderon.

In 35 games since regaining the job, he has averaged just 10.1 points on 39 percent shooting.

Here are the other non-injury fantasy disappointments for the 2012-13 season.

Gerald Wallace, F Brooklyn Nets - Wallace (53.3 ADP) was plagued by minor strains, sprains and contusions all season, but he made it through 68 games. However, after averaging 16.1 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.8 steals, 1.1 blocks and 37 minutes in 535 games from 2004-05 to 2011-12, Wallace put up just 7.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.7 blocks and 30 minutes per game this season.

Kris Humphries, PF Brooklyn Nets - Humphries (73.9 ADP) averaged 11.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 136 games over the last two seasons, but he fell out of favor with the coaching staff early this season. He averaged 8.1 ppg and 8.1 rpg in the first 18 games of the season, and he lost his starting job after that and averaged just 4.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 16 mpg over his last 46 games.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF Charlotte Bobcats - Kidd-Gilchrist (83.8 ADP), the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, seemed like he needed an extra year of college at times this season, especially with his limited offensive game. We knew that was raw on the offensive end, but we expected a larger contribution in the defensive fantasy stats. He averaged 11 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.4 blocks through his first 27 games, but he hit the rookie wall hard and produced 7.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.3 apg, 0.6 spg and 0.6 bpg over his last 50.

Michael Beasley, F Phoenix Suns - If former Suns coach Alvin Gentry makes a list of reasons why this season tanked, there's a strong chance Beasley (88.3 ADP) would be at the top of it. After Beasley signed a three-year deal and was handed the starting small forward job, he proceeded to shoot 37.4 percent from the field on 12.2 field goal attempts per game, and 27 percent from 3-point range on 2.6 3-point attempts per game, over his first 20 games of the season. He was removed from the starting job and has averaged 9.6 ppg and 18 mpg over his last 54 games.

Evan Turner, SG/SF Philadelphia 76ers - Turner (92.3 ADP) took over the starting small forward job when Andre Iguodala was traded to Denver, but he couldn't put any offensive consistency together and has averaged 13.3 ppg on 42 percent shooting through 81 games. His 6.3 rpg, 4.3 apg and 0.9 spg are nice, but he showed he was capable of more offense in his biggest games of the season, only to go into a shooting slump immediately after that. He has continued that trend right up until the bitter end, following up a six-game stretch in which he averaged 18.3 ppg on 53.7 percent shooting with a five- game slump in which he has averaged 8.0 ppg on 26.8 percent shooting.

Jason Terry, G Boston Celtics - In his last five years with the Dallas Mavericks, Terry (94.3 ADP) only started 68 of 378 games, but he averaged 32 minutes, 16.5 points, 3.6 assists, 2.2 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.9 3-pointers per game. He signed with Boston to play a similar sixth man role, but he has been so bad defensively that the team hasn't been able to keep him on the floor for more than 27 mpg. He has averaged 10.1 ppg, 2.5 apg, 2.0 rpg, 0.8 spg and 1.6 3-pointers in 79 games.




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