2. Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot
The decline of Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot has been one of the most disheartening and puzzling developments in what has been an otherwise fantastic season for the Nets.
After coming up huge for Brooklyn in the bubble last year, Luwawu-Cabarrot has become unplayable in 2021. Over 12 games in Disney, the 26-year-old averaged 15.2 points and 4.3 rebounds per game, including shooting 43.4% shooting from the floor, 40.3% on threes, and an equally impressive 90.3% from the foul line.
That performance indicated Luwawu-Cabarrot had finally turned the corner in his NBA career. However, he’s unfortunately reverted back to the ineffective, end-of-the-rotation player he was for three seasons before he erupted in the bubble.
Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot has played himself out of the Nets’ playoff rotation.
Across 56 games, the France native has tallied 6.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists while shooting a paltry 36% from the floor and 31.1% from behind the arc.
If those numbers don’t prove he deserves to be axed from the playoff rotation, then nothing does, and his limited role over the last 10 games — in which he’s averaged just 10.3 (!) minutes — suggests the Nets have zero intention of playing him in the postseason.
Though it looked like Brooklyn found lightning in a bottle with Luwawu-Cabarrot after the NBA resumed play following a multi-month pause last season, his underwhelming performance this campaign is right on par with the numbers he’s posted throughout his career.
Assuming Luwawu-Cabarrot doesn’t rediscover his bubble form overnight, the former first-round pick shouldn’t see the floor in the playoffs unless the Nets are absolutely mopping the floor with one of their opponents.