We are down to the Final Four in the NBA Playoffs and we have been treated to several elite performances this postseason thanks to Lebron James, Stephen Curry, and James Harden.
But several key players have had a Playoffs to forget as their teams have either already been eliminated or are succeeding despite their lack of usual production.
The most obvious choices here include former All Stars like Deron Williams, Rajon Rondo, and Kyrie Irving.
But you might be surprised which players make out the remaining players that have come up small in the 2015 postseason.
Check out the 10 Least Valuable Players in the 2015 NBA Playoffs…………..
Playoffs: 8.9 ppg, 4.7 reb, 1.7 ast, .333 FG%
Green was brought in as part of a 3 team trade with Boston and New Orleans back in January and was magnificent, averaging 13.1 ppg, and providing an offensive spark to a defensive oriented Grizzlies squad. He scored in double figures in only 2 of 5 games in the opening round against Golden State and was largely a non factor, losing minutes to defensive stalwart Tony Allen. Green probably hurt his stock on the open market this upcoming offseason and would be wise to opt in with Memphis for next season, a 9.2 million final year of his original deal.
Playoffs: 12.2 ppg, 4.8 ast, 4.5 reb, 1.2 stl, .423 FG%
The 2014 NBA Rookie of the Year was acquired from Philly in a surprising midseason trade with Philly with the hopes being he would take his game to an All Star caliber level under the tutelage of future Hall of Fame head coach Jason Kidd. It’s still early and MCW is still very young(23 yrs old) but it appears as if he has regressed in Milwaukee, averaging a paltry 12.2 ppg in the postseason and still shooting barely above 40% from the field. He was very erratic against Chicago, scoring 20 points combined in Games 1, 4, and 6, failing to make one 3 point shot in the series(0-5). MCW definitely needs to put in work on his offensive game this offseason if the Bucks are to make any headway towards being a contender in the coming years.
Playoffs: 14.4 ppg, 9.4 reb, 3.1 ast, 2.1 blk
The 5 time NBA All Star and 2 time NBA Champion was a huge upgrade in the frontcourt for Chicago during the regular season, as he had a bounceback campaign at age 34, averaging 18.5 points and a career high 11.8 rebounds per night in his first season with the Bulls. He was thought to be a potential X-factor in potentially getting past Cleveland in the Eastern Conference Playoffs, but unfortunately sustained an injured hamstring sometime during the 2nd Round vs the Cavs. Against Cleveland, he sat out crucial Games 4 and 5, and put up a disappointing 7.7 points and 3.8 boards in the series, as the Bulls went down in 6 games.
San Antonio Spurs
Playoffs: 10.9 ppg, 3.6 ast, 3.3 reb, .363 FG%
The usually capable Parker has been so spectacular in his career playing in the postseason as a career 19 ppg career scorer. But he may be showing some signs of slowing down after 13 seasons and more than 1200 games in the NBA as he was very erratic in the Spurs opening round series loss to the LA Clippers. Although it took 7 games to eliminate the reigning NBA Champions, Parker was not himself, scoring a combined 15 points in Games 2, 3, and 6. Is TP slowing down or was the 2015 postseason a fluke?
Playoffs: 5.8 ppg, 11 reb, 3.2 ast, 1.1 blk
After having one of the best seasons of his career in ’13-’14, winning Defensive Player of the Year, and making the All NBA 1st Team, Noah had one of the worst regular seasons in his career as he struggled to play alongside the newly acquired Pau Gasol. But his struggles worsened in the Playoffs as the high energy big man could muster only 3 double figure scoring games the entire postseason. With Noah, the defense and rebounding will always be there but he needs to rediscover some sort of offensive game if he is ever to return to All Star form.
Playoffs: 7.9 ppg, 6.6 reb, 1.5 ast
Known as one of the more bruising physical low post threats in the Association, the 32 year old Brazilian has been a godsend in Washington, forming a formidable frontcourt alongside Marcin Gortat. The oft injured big man was virtually a non factor this postseason, scoring 6 points or less in 5 of 10 games, including a combined 2 points in Games 1 and 2 against the Atlanta Hawks in the Semi-Finals. The future doesn’t look bright for Nene as he may be forced to e bench role instead of starting next season in Washington.
Playoffs:11.8 ppg, 6.2 reb, 5.5 ast, .391 FG%
The curious case of the decline of former All Star Deron Williams continues as he was yet a gain disappointing in the 2015 NBA postseason. It’s hard to believe that D-Will was once a 2 time member of the All NBA 2nd Team in ’08 and ’10, as he has failed to live up to expectations in Brooklyn. Despite a breakout 35 point performance in a Game 4 win vs Atlanta, Deron inexplicably scored just a combined 10 points in Games 2, 3, and 5, as Brooklyn was ousted in 6 games in the opening round. Williams is still owed more than $43 million over the next 2 seasons but it appears as if his best years are behind him.
Playoffs: 18.9 ppg, 3.5 ast, 3.3 reb, .428 FG%
It’s hard to blame injuries for a player’s lest than stellar performance but it reigns true with Irving. The All NBA 3rd Team performer has been suffering from a myriad of leg and foot injuries, especially in the Semi-Finals and Eastern Conference Finals against Chicago and Atlanta. The last 3 games combined(Game 7 vs Chicago and Games 1 and 2 vs Atlanta), “Uncle Drew” has scored just 16 points combined and his status is uncertain for the rest of the Playoffs. Luckily, Irving plays alongside the greatest player on the planet in Lebron James and he single-handedly is carrying the Cavs towards a Finals appearance, despite the lack of production of Irving.
Playoffs: 12.3 ppg, 5.5 reb, 4.8 ast, .316 FG%, .217 3PT%
Lowry had a career year this past regular season, making his first All Star appearance, even starting the game in February. But he struggled mightily in the Playoffs, as the Wizards swept the Raptors in 4 games in the opening round. He shot a horrendous 31% from the field and an even worse 21% from behind the arc. The 29 year old floor general was the heart and soul of the Raptors backcourt but his play can be deemed nothing else but disappointing this postseason.
Playoffs: 9.5 ppg, 3 ast, 1 reb, 18.5 mins
The 4 time All Star was an easy choice for Least Valuable Player as his time in Dallas this season was an utter disaster. After several public feuds with head coach Rick Carlisle, Rondo was dismissed from the program after Game 2 of the postseason against Houston. When on the floor, Rondo seemed disinterested and non-engaged, despite such a stellar track record in the postseason with Boston. Because of his rather lackluster performance and long history of arguing with his head coaches, Rondo may have cost himself some money this offseason when he becomes an unrestricted free agent.