Another year, another set of players with sky-high expectations entering the NBA season.But whether its because of injuries, a

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Another year, another set of players with sky-high expectations entering the NBA season.But whether its because of injuries, a lack of chemistry with new teammates or simply a dip in play, expectations dont always come to fruition. Take Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, who entered last season as our No. 1 overall player. While he still produced at a very high level, it wasnt nearly the leap we thought hed make in his second season in New Orleans. For example, his promising long-range game declined, and he shot 30 percent from beyond the 3-point line. Part of the problem was the limited help he got from the lackluster lineup around him.What players being hyped this season wont come close to their potential in 2016-17? Our experts give their picks for whom to avoid in drafts.Kemba Walker, PG, Charlotte HornetsWalkers a fine player, but Im a little concerned about how the return of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist might crowd the floor after Walker benefited from improved spacing to get to the basket more last season. And Im very concerned about two surgeries on the meniscus in his left knee in the past two years. So Id rather let someone else take their chances with Walker this season. - Kevin PeltonMarc Gasol, C, Memphis GrizzliesGasol has played in 59 or fewer games in two of the past three seasons and has consistently played heavy minutes in the process, and there is legitimate concern he could be wearing down. I have no question about Gasols ability to produce when hes on the court, I just think the inherent risks of injury and erosion for this big man arent appropriately baked into his draft cost this fall. Its one of those situations where Im fine being wrong about it, because Id rather chase younger centers at cheaper prices such as Myles Turner and Nikola Jokic. - Jim McCormickChandler Parsons, SF, Memphis GrizzliesThis summer, the Memphis Grizzlies made a huge bet on Chandler Parsons knees, signing him to a 4-year, $95 million deal. Id advise you to be less optimistic. Parsons has had multiple knee surgeries. Worse yet, Parsons had microfracture surgery -- once regarded as a death sentence for an NBA players career -- which mostly gets performed when little to no cartilage is left in the knee.?While this procedure undoubtedly has improved in recent years, the fact that it was necessary to perform would already scare me. I would not be surprised if Parsons not only misses lots of games, but also sees his production decline because of constant knee pain. - Jeremias EngelmannBradley Beal, SG, Washington WizardsI like Beal as a player, but in fantasy he leaves much to be desired, and he is as injury-prone as just about any young guard in the game. The numbers tell the story: Beal has played 73 games or less in all four of his NBA seasons and has eclipsed 63 games only once. Thats a major problem, and it makes him too risky of a pick at the stage in the draft where hes being selected (around No. 60).Even when healthy, Beal isnt a big contributor in any category other than points. Surprisingly, he has yet to average two 3-pointers per game in a season, and his career field goal percentage of 42.6 percent also leaves much to be desired. Add in his averages of around one steal and three assists per game, and Beal is someone who continues to be overhyped based on name recognition and the lofty expectations that greeted him when he entered the league. - Joe KaiserAl Horford, C, Boston CelticsHorford is one of my most-selected players of the past 10 years. His value is sneaky, in that much of it is buried in efficiency versus attention-grabbing volume. As a Hawk, he always went a round too late. Now hes a Celtic. Coming off a summer in which his free-agent deal was perhaps the second-most high-profile in the NBA, hell go a half-round to a round too early. - John CreganKyle Lowry, PG, Toronto RaptorsLowry is just one of those guys who has rarely appeared on any of my fantasy teams, and this season will be no different. Ive always faded him more than most people, because he has been susceptible to injuries and has shot under 42 percent throughout his career. People caught lightning in a bottle last season, when he missed just five games and racked up career-high numbers, but Im not expecting him to repeat last seasons performance now that he is 30 years old. Id gladly take him if he falls far enough, but that never seems to happen ... and I doubt that will change this time around. - Tom CarpenterAny Pelican not named Anthony DavisThe Pelicans have weapons on offense. Tyreke Evans, Jrue Holiday?and Buddy Hield look promising. The problem is, all of them, including Davis, have issues staying healthy. Last season, the?Pelicans started 42 lineups, by far the most in the NBA. Their top lineup -- Omer Asik, Davis, Evans, Eric Gordon?and Holiday -- did not play a single game together last season.With the losses of Gordon and Ryan Anderson, the spacing on the floor wont be as good, and teams are likely to clog the paint and double-team Davis.Not to mention, players such as Asik, currently the starting center, and Dante Cunningham, the starting small forward, are known for their defense and not so much their offensive prowess. Hield could be there for 3-pointers and maybe free throw percentage, but everyone else is a large question mark. - Matthew WittynghamJoel Embiid, C, Philadelphia 76ersYou might have seen the training video everyone was talking about this offseason. He sure looks back to his old self, no? But Im not sold, not until I see Embiid, who has missed nearly two years with injury, in five-on-five action on the court. And even if hes back to 100 percent, he still has to fight for time with Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel for frontcourt touches. Embiid possesses immense skill and ability, so for the sake of basketball fans, I hope Im wrong. - Greg Rosenstein Packers Super Bowl Jerseys . Belfort (24-10) needed just 77 seconds to down Henderson in the headlining bout of Saturdays "UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson" event at Goiania Arena in Goiania, Brazil. The fight served as a rematch of the pairs 2006 meeting, which Henderson won by decision. Josh Jackson Super Bowl Jersey . -- Timbers coach Caleb Porter didnt stray from his business-like approach to the season even after Portland downed the two-time defending league champion Los Angeles Galaxy to gain crucial playoff position. http://www.packersonlineteamstore.com/jason-spriggs-youth-jersey.html . Uniteds eighth defeat of a wretched campaign means Liverpool, which currently occupies the fourth and final Champions League place, could go nine points clear of its fierce rival by beating West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. Charlie Adam scored both of Stokes goals at Britannia Stadium either side of Robin van Persies equalizer, with a miserable day for seventh-place United capped by first-half injuries to centre halves Jonny Evans and Phil Jones that forced them off. Adrian Amos Super Bowl Jersey . Sulaiman, 44, was chosen unanimously Tuesday in a vote by the leadership, the World Boxing Council said. Sulaiman becomes the sixth president of the organization. Reggie White Super Bowl Jersey . -- The Bishops Gaiters are showing they belong among the countrys top varsity football teams. Ishan Kishan moved to a career-best 273 on day two in Thumba, propelling Jharkand to 493, before Delhi captain Unmukt Chand (89*) and wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant (107*) revived the side from 74 for 3 to 225 for 3 by stumps.Kishan added 111 to his overnight total, taking charge of the run-scoring while Shahbaz Nadeem and Vikash Singh kept him company. Vikash scored just 2 in the pairs 85-run ninth-wicket stand. Kishan was the last wicket to fall, having scored well over half his sides runs, despite coming in at No. 6.Delhi then subsided to 74 for 3, before Chand and Pant put on an unbroken 151-run stand by the close of play. Pant was the more aggressive of the two, hitting eight sixes and seven fours, and striking at 127.38. Delhi still required a further 69 to avoid the follow-on.In a 13-wicket day in Vadodara, Karnataka bowled out Vidarbha for 176 to take a 91-run first-innings lead, before scoring 108 for 3 by stumps.Resuming at 10 without loss, Vidarbha moved to 151 for 4, but collapsed to lose their last six wickets for 25 runs. The collapse was orchestrated by Shreyas Gopal, who took 3 for 22, and Vinay Kumar, who took two of the remaining lower-order wickets. Jitesh Sharma top-scored with 61. In their second innings, Karnataka lost Mayank Agarwal, Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey, but opener R Samarth was unbeaten on 45.ddddddddddddDebutant SF Khan scored 110 to help Rajasthan up to 323, before left-arm pacer Aniket Choudharys 4 for 34 left Odisha languishing at 143 for 8 by the end of the second day in Patiala.With Rajasthan resuming at 249 for 5, Khan added 45 to his overnight score before falling to Odisha captain Govinda Poddar, whose 3 for 59 were the best bowling figures for his side. In reply to Rajasthans effort, Odisha slid to 66 for 6, before Deepak Beheras unbeaten 49 restored a measure of respectability to their score.Right-arm pacer Arup Das took 7 for 39 to leave Saurashtra at 121 for 9 against Assam at Eden Gardens.After no play was possible on the first day, Das ran through Saurashtras batting order with seven wickets in the 43 overs of play on day two. The other two wickets were taken by his new-ball partner Krishna Das. Saurashtra had suffered a horrendous start, stumbling to 39 for 6, before lower-order contributions from Jaydev Unadkat (31*), Dharmendrasinh Jadeja (22) and Deepak Punia (16) afforded them some relief. ' ' '

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