There’s been a lot of talk this season about whether players have a greater chance of getting hurt in the playoffs, but the truth is that the average game doesn’t really tell us much about how bad a player is.
A good player who’s not hurt is just a good player.
And while there are some guys who are clearly hurt in their playoff debut, most are in the midst of a career renaissance.
There’s a lot more good than bad in the postseason, and that’s just a fact of life in the modern era.
Here are the 10 players who have suffered the most during the regular season so far: 1.
Kobe Bryant Bryant Kobe Bryant had two seasons in which he averaged over 20 points per game.
His numbers dipped significantly in ’98-99 and ’99-00, when he played just 38 games.
He averaged 23.9 points in those years, but his average of 18.8 points per contest in the ’99 playoffs was down by more than two points.
He went on to score more than 20 points in each of his last three playoff games, but he was also hit with the injury bug.
Bryant’s best season was in ’07-’08, when his points per games increased to 27.7 from 26.5 in ’06-’07.
LeBron James James had a stellar season in 2016-17, averaging 27.5 points per season.
He was the league’s second-leading scorer, behind only Kevin Durant, and his production rose significantly when he was healthy.
James also had a solid second season, but when he didn’t play, he lost a lot in the clutch.
His average of 21.8 rebounds per game in the regular-season was down a half-point from his ’16-’17 season.
Dwyane Wade Dwyanes best season came in the 2013-14 season, when James was the best player on the court and he averaged 26.1 points per night.
Wade finished with the highest scoring average in the league at 25.2 points per team.
Wade was hurt again in ’15-’16 and ’16-17 after missing most of ’13-’14 and ’14-’15 with various injuries.
Pau Gasol Gasol had his best season in ’11-’12, when the Grizzlies won their first title in 15 years and he posted career highs in points per outing (18.7), field goal percentage (48.4) and rebounds per outing (.534).
But his career numbers fell off considerably when he had to play all 82 games.
In fact, his career average of 22.1 rebounds per contest fell to 22.0 this season.
Gasol is not going to play in the 2017 playoffs.
Tim Duncan Duncan Duncan had one of the greatest playoff careers in NBA history, and he played a career-high 81 games in the first round of the playoffs.
But his scoring average dipped significantly this season after playing fewer than 80 games in each year of his career.
Duncan also had some injuries this season, as he had surgery on his right shoulder and had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left knee.
He will miss the playoffs this year.
Paul George George had a career year in 2016-’17, scoring 32.9 per game while playing a career high 76 games.
But he was hurt in ’17-’18 and missed the rest of the season.
George also missed the 2017-18 regular season and the 2018-19 playoffs after getting surgery to fix a torn Achilles tendon in his right knee.
LeBron, James, Wade, Duncan, Gasol All of the players above are coming off of injury problems in their first full season in the NBA.
The only ones who will not be in the running to be the next superstar of their respective eras are Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant and Pau Gas.
All of these players will need to have a big season to recapture their greatness.
Dwane Casey Casey Casey had a great career, averaging 28.5 rebounds per team, but it was during his rookie season when he struggled the most.
Casey had the worst offensive rebounding numbers of any player in the 2011-’12 and 2012-’13 seasons, but Casey is not an offensive player.
He can shoot, but not enough to be considered a superstar.
Casey’s best year was in 2013-’14, when Casey averaged 26 rebounds per 36 minutes, but was also hurt for most of the year with a broken foot.
Casey also missed most of last season, and was not in the best shape.
Casey averaged a career low 18.7 points per minute in ’14-15, but rebounded well for a player who was trying to be an All-Star.
Chris Paul Paul had a season-high 27.4 points per 48 minutes in the 2015 playoffs.
He struggled in 2016, but averaged a decent 30.4 in ’16 and was in a great spot to play a career best-year. Paul