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Posted February 19, 2014 - 11:08 PM
I remember Shawn Marion's productivity was really bad when he went to Miami and was expected to be Wade's Robin back then.
Rudy Gay was not at all the player many expected when he went to Toronto, couldn't really carry that team at all. Move him to Sac, now Cousins shoulders most of the load.
Trevor Ariza is an easy example, had solid stats here and many Laker fans thought he was a great player, make him a starter in Houston and he floundered badly when he was to be the leading offensive option.
I think Danny Granger might be heading into that direction, give him the ball and the stats will be met, but if he isn't the focal point in the offense (which he isn't nay longer), and expect everything to drop all across the board, especially percentages.
Josh Smith in Detroit has been disappointing, especially in the category many thought he'd excel at given he has the most experience, offense . No Horford, more pressure on him.
Deron Williams, whether you want to say injuries or not, when he was moved to Nets and he was the leader with a young cast, he had some terrible games and failed to make an impact, even if only padding his stats.
Carlos Boozer was a solid player in a well rounded Jazz team that wasn't asked to great, a big deal from Chicago and he is constantly criticized for under performing.
I remember the Larry Hughes signing and expected to help Lebron and become his sidekick completely fell apart and hampered that team badly, year before he had a good season in Washington.
Ben Wallace was supposed to anchor the Bulls and that was a complete mess by himself, his Detroit cast was irreplaceable.
Eddy Curry coming from Chicago and considered a nice offensive player signing with Knicks....enough said.
You can debate these, my point of view is simply these players came from backgrounds that were 'comfortable' and had solid performances, throw them under the light as the 'go to guy' or premier one, and then they got exposed more or less.
All role players or off ball scorers or 3 and D'ers with someone else creating their offense for them. Deron Williams is the only point guard and he was derailed via injuries and wasting his prime on a terrible team before injuries ended it. He was once in contention as one of the top 1 or 2 best point guards in the league on a Jazz team where he had role players around him and then he went to New Jersey and was expected to do everything and it caught up to him.
None of who you mentioned fit into Marshall's category. As I said.
Edited by Majesty, February 19, 2014 - 11:09 PM.
"Bryant had come to rage against the idea that Howard's clownish disposition could overtake the locker room, the Lakers' culture, and had warned Howard that he would never, ever let it happen."
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