With the 2020 NBA Playoffs finally over, let’s take a look back on some of the most disappointing players of these playoffs. The common theme is that these players have shot enough bricks to build a brick house. They all played a role in their team having early exits.
The Most Disappointing Players of the 2020 NBA Playoffs
The Philadelphia 76ers flopped in the first round against the Boston Celtics in four games. After losing Ben Simmons to a knee injury during the restart, Tobias Harris had a larger role to fill for the Sixers. He struggled to make shots during the Playoffs. Harris averaged 15.8 points per contest while shooting 38.8 percent from the field and shot 13.3 percent from three. He didn’t make a three-point shot until Game 4 of the first-round series. Harris will have to play much better to live up to the five-year $180 million deal he signed to stay with the Sixers.
Russell Westbrook dealt with some issues during his time in the bubble. Before the restart, Westbrook had tested positive for COVID-19 and didn’t arrive in Orlando with the team. Later on, he suffered a quad injury that sidelined him until Game 5 of the first-round playoff series against his former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder. Westbrook had an excellent regular season for the Houston Rockets in his first season there. However, he didn’t look like his regular-season self in the Playoffs.
Westbrook averaged 17.9 points per contest on 42.1 percent shooting from the field and shot 24.2 percent from three. He struggled to make open shots in the second-round series against the eventual champion, the Los Angeles Lakers. They left Westbrook open for a reason and forced him into making bad decisions. The Rockets fell to the Lakers in five games.
Eric Bledsoe was another player who tested positive for COVID-19 before the restart and missed some time as a result. He also missed a playoff game due to a hamstring injury. Bledsoe was supposed to be the third option on offense for the Milwaukee Bucks behind Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo. However, he did not play like the third-best player on the team. This year’s playoff performances by Bledsoe is not the first time he has disappeared in the Playoffs for the Bucks.
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Bledsoe averaged 11.7 points on 38.8 percent shooting from the field and 25 percent from three. His struggles were only one of the many reasons as to why the Bucks couldn’t find playoff success this year. The Bucks were one of the favorites to win the title after having the best record in the NBA for back-to-back seasons. However, the Bucks were a colossal disappointment in the 2020 Playoffs. The Bucks fell in the second round to the Miami Heat in five games.
Pascal Siakam became the top-dog on the Toronto Raptors after the departure of Kawhi Leonard. He had a career-year during the regular season and made the All-NBA Second Team. However, Siakam didn’t look like the regular-season version of himself. As a result, he made this list. He averaged 17 points on 39.6 percent shooting and shot a pathetic 18.9 percent from three. These Playoffs made it clear that Siakam is not quite ready to be the reliable go-to guy for the Raptors. Despite his struggles during the Playoffs, the Raptors fought hard as a team until the bitter end. They fell in the second round to the Celtics in seven games.
After the kind of performance that Paul George had in these Playoffs, it was no surprise that he ended up on this list of disappointing players. George averaged 20.2 points on 39.8 percent shooting and shot 33.3 percent from three. He shot under 40 percent from the field in six of his 13 playoff games this year. George earned himself many disparaging nicknames across social media as a result. The Los Angeles Clippers were one of the favorites to win the title this year and they squandered a 3-1 lead against the Denver Nuggets in the second round. George’s legacy and reputation took a big hit after this season. His three-point shot off the side of the backboard was his playoff performance in a nutshell.
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