The Razzies: Fantasy basketball edition
By Jesse Pantuosco, Fantasy Sports Writer
Is there a more prolific actor in Hollywood than Adam Sandler?
Sure, Sandler has never received an Oscar nomination, but who wants one of those anyway?
The guy's just a winner. Earlier this month, Sandler accomplished a truly incredible feat: he swept the Razzies. Nobody in acting has ever done that before.
It was the second time Sandler has won the worst actor award and the eighth time in the last 16 years he has been nominated.
Take that, Tom Hanks.
As cringe-worthy as "Jack and Jill" must have been (thankfully I didn't see it), the NBA season had plenty of horrifying performances as well.
Today we salute the jaw-droppingly awful, the blatantly terrible and the comically underachieving. It's the Fantasy Basketball Razzies.
Who will be this year's Adam Sandler? Well, you're about to find out.
Worst Fantasy Point Guard
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors: The other day I wrote an article about players like Dwyane Wade and Tim Duncan who were taking time off to rest before the playoffs. Curry took it a step further. He basically took the season off. The former Davidson star will finish the season participating in just 26 of the Warriors' 66 games because of a bad ankle. Even when Curry was on the floor, it looked like he was half-asleep. His 14.7 ppg was the lowest of his career and nearly four points below his 2010-11 scoring average. Some owners might be tempted to pick Curry up again next season now that Monta Ellis is in Milwaukee, but I won't be one of them.
Worst Fantasy Shooting Guard
Richard Hamilton, Chicago Bulls: For those of you who thought a change of scenery would lead to a good fantasy season for Rip, well, you were just flat- out wrong. There's no sugar-coating it. At age 34, the masked man is on the decline. Clearly, Rip's body is wearing down (Hamilton has missed 38 of Chicago's 63 games this season) and it's affecting his ability to put the ball in the hoop. Hamilton's scoring average this season (11.7 ppg) was the second- lowest of his career (9.0 in his rookie season back in 1999-2000). In fact, since 2009-10, Hamilton's average has decreased by nearly seven points per game. I guess the mask's mystical powers are finally starting to wear off.
Worst Fantasy Center
Brook Lopez, New Jersey Nets: Aside from Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum, Lopez might be the most productive fantasy center in the game: except this season. Lopez's season averages were actually pretty solid (19.2 ppg, 49.4 percent shooting) and not far from his stat line in 2010-11 (20.4 ppg, 49.2 percent). The difference is that Lopez played in 82 games last season. This season, injuries limited the former Stanford star to just five. And what's with Lopez grabbing only 3.6 rebounds per game? That's disgraceful for a seven-footer. Somebody better sign this kid up for some rebounding lessons.
Worst Fantasy Power Forward
Lamar Odom, Dallas Mavericks: Odom sulked, whined and, worst of all, ruined everyone's fantasy team. You drafted Odom hoping he'd put up something similar to the stats he produced in 2010-11 (14.4 ppg, 8.6 rpg), but all he gave us was a measly 6.6 ppg and 4.1 rpg. Odom's passion wasn't the only thing he left in Los Angeles. He also lost his touch from behind the 3-point line. In his last season with the Lakers, Odom shot a career-high 38.2 percent from deep. This season, his 3-point percentage dropped all the way to 25.2 percent. I think I'd rather watch "Jack and Jill" than have Odom on my team again.
Worst Fantasy Small Forward
Michael Beasley, Minnesota Timberwolves: Happy Gilmore might have been a better hockey player than Beasley was a basketball player this season. After establishing a new career high in scoring with 19.2 ppg in 2010-11, Beasley is now on the verge of setting a career low in that same category (11.6 ppg). Earlier this season, Beasley lost his spot in the starting lineup to Martell Webster. What was the highlight of Webster's season? He recently became the first NBA player to lose the game on a dunk (the Timberwolves were down by three with two seconds left but Webster thought he'd go for two points instead). Not exactly a guy you want to lose your job to. Beasley made more than $6 million this season but he sure didn't earn it. And with that kind of play, he probably won't earn a spot on many fantasy teams next year, either.
Wesley Johnson, Shooting Guard, Minnesota Timberwolves - In two out of the last three drafts, Minnesota has used high draft picks on players from Syracuse. Neither one (Jonny Flynn and Wesley Johnson) has panned out. Flynn spends most of his days on the Trail Blazers' bench while Johnson, still with the Wolves, continues to be unproductive despite plenty of minutes. Johnson is frail, tentative, and since he entered the league, he's basically only taken 3-pointers. His 6.1 ppg is well below his 2010-11 average of 9 ppg and his season field-goal percentage is under 40 percent. Yet he has started 62 of the 63 games he has played in. Seriously, what does Minnesota see in this guy?
David West, Power Forward, Indiana Pacers - Is Ashton Kutcher hiding in the bushes with the camera crew from "Punk'd" or is West really this awful? West played a cruel joke on fantasy owners when he went off for 18.9 ppg and 7.5 rpg in 2010-11. We took West high in the draft, and how did he repay us? He struggled his way to a miserable 12.3 ppg, the lowest field-goal percentage he's had in three years, and he had his worst rebounding season since 2005-06. Most people haven't noticed West's lack of production because the Pacers have been so successful, but West underachieved on a colossal level in 2012.
04/20 18:57:56 ET