Brooklyn Nets: 3 players that have failed to meet expectations

CLEVELAND, OHIO - JANUARY 20: Brooklyn Nets (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OHIO - JANUARY 20: Brooklyn Nets (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /
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Nets center DeAndre Jordan (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /

1. DeAndre Jordan

Was there really anyone else deserving of the No. 1 spot?

It’s no secret that the Brooklyn Nets have been searching tirelessly for a rim protector since the start of the season. While trading away Jarrett Allen to acquire James Harden really did a number to their interior defense, the lack of spark from DeAndre Jordan has been appalling.

Jordan has been in and out of the starting lineup all season, though the abrupt retirement of LaMarcus Aldridge really helped boost his value. However, the 32-year-old big man seemingly picks and chooses when to give a full effort in the defense and rebounding departments.

DeAndre Jordan has been a huge disappointment for the Brooklyn Nets this season.

In 55 games, Jordan has tallied 7.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per game while shooting 76% from the floor in just over 22 minutes per game. While those numbers look respectable on the surface, anybody who watches the Nets on a nightly basis knows they ring extremely hollow.

For someone who was expected to flourish in pick-and-roll situations with the likes of Durant, Harden and Irving pulling the offensive strings, Jordan has grossly underperformed in his second year with the Nets.

While Jordan still shows flashes of the defensive/rebounding force he was during his prime (those are becoming increasingly few and far between), it’s almost criminal to think he’s signed for three more years (!) for an annual average salary value of $9.99 million.