The first quarter of the 2016-17 NBA season is over and there have been several surprises. However, are also disappointments and they are headlined by players such as Joakim Noah of the New York Knicks and Chandler Parsons of the Memphis Grizzlies.
Joakim Noah disappoints in the Big Apple
According to Dan Favale of Bleacher Report, Joakim Noah is the most disappointing player in the NBA so far this season. The Knicks signed him to four-year, $76 million deal this offseason and it is not paying off.
Noah was brought for his intensity and defense but he has faltered in his role with the Knicks. Kyle O’Quinn and Willy Hernangomez have eaten up some of his playing time. It is only a matter time before he gets benched by head coach Jeff Hornacek.
Chandler Parsons can’t keep his knees healthy
Another player on the list is Chandler Parsons, who signed a four-year, $94 million deal this summer. The Memphis Grizzlies had no use for him to start the season due to his recovery from right knee surgery.
And when he returned? He suffered another injury, this time a bone bruise to his left knee. The Grizzlies have coped without him and they will continue to do it. However, investing $94 million to a player with shady knees is not a great business deal.
Other disappointments so far
Besides the two players mentioned above, there are other disappointing players and teams this season. Brandon Knight has failed to break through as a sixth man for the Suns. The Minnesota Timberwolves has faltered despite their youth and the Portland Trail Blazers continues to slide despite all the cash they splashed in the offseason.
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