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Three of the most underwhelming players from the 2015/16 season

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We've had the MVP, the MIP and the Rookie of the Year, but here are three players who seriously failed to produce their best basketball during the 2015/16 season.

Dwight Howard

One of two Houston Rockets players on this list just sums up how bad a season it was for them.

The relationship between Dwight Howard and James Harden was the undercurrent behind their below-par campaign and it led to some of the worst numbers the big man has seen during his career; even worse than his ill-fated spell with the L.A. Lakers.

During his 71 regular-season outings, he averaged 13.7 points - the lowest since his rookie year - 11.8 rebounds - the least since his first season, in a campaign where he has played over 50 times, and shot a career-low 48.9 percent from the free throw line.

Howard has been working hard on his shooting during the offseason and it is no surprise given his lacklustre performances as the Rockets finished eighth in the west.

Searching for a fresh start, the big man may finally come good on his evident talent, but time is running out for Dwight to add a championship to his list of honours.

Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors - Game Five

One thing is clear, his partnership with Harden was doomed and it was best for all parties that he departed the Toyota Center sooner rather than later.

Roy Hibbert

It is hard to make a case for any player on the L.A. Lakers roster having a good year. But in a season where they mustered just 17 wins, it was Roy Hibbert who really underperformed.

The former Indiana Pacers man, and two-time All-Star before arriving in the City of Angels, had a disastrous campaign but still managed to retain his place in the starting five for all of his 81 appearances.

He scored just 5.9 points a game - a career-low - pulled down 4.9 rebounds - the worst number since his rookie year where he averaged significantly fewer minutes on the hardwood - and shot the second-lowest effective field goal rate of his career at 44.3.

Heading into free agency, the Lakers will be glad to see the back of Hibbert and it's clear to see he was not going to be a part of rookie head coach Luke Walton's plans moving forward.

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His $15.5 million salary ate up a large chunk of the Lakers' cap space last season. He won't be missed.

James Harden

Well, his stats would suggest it was another strong showing for the point guard with the Houston Rockets, but scratch beneath the surface and you will find a tail of a franchise player who flattered to deceive after a sterling effort in 2014/15.

Having led the Rockets to the Western Conference Finals and finishing second in the race for MVP, James Harden was expected to have an incredible season all around.

However, it proved to be a campaign of disaster as the Texas-based organisation scraped into the playoffs during the final round of games.

He may have finished second in the scoring charts behind Stephen Curry with an average of 29 points per game, provided a career-best 7.5 assists and shot 43.9 percent from the field, but his defending was woeful at best.

Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors - Game Five

So poor, in fact, that he was voted Shaqtin' a fool MVP. At least he didn't end the season empty-handed.

Topics:
NBA
Houston Rockets
Southwest Division
Western Conference
LA Lakers
Pacific Division
Roy Hibbert
Dwight Howard
James Harden

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