5 'NBA Rookie of the Year' since 2000 who went off-track
The Rookie of the Year Award in the NBA is one of the most honorable awards in the game of basketball. The player with the best performance in his rookie (first) season in the NBA during the regular season gets honored with this title.
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Through the years, we have seen many great rookie seasons by one of the greatest players like Michael Jordan, LeBron James, and Allen Iverson. Till now in the NBA, we have seen 66 players being awarded this title. This title also indicates that the title holder can become the face of the league in the future.
Some players after having a great rookie season can become more of a threat than a bust but some could also take a U-turn from their improvement to a bust. It's all about making adjustments and improvements to survive in NBA's environment. 5 players who became a bust or went off-track after earning the Rookie of the Year title since 200-01 NBA season are listed here:
#5 Mike Miller
Back in the year 2000 NBA Draft, the Orlando Magic drafted Mike Miller as the 5th overall pick. He came out of the University of Florida and proved his durability by playing all 82 games during his rookie season.
During his rookie season, he averaged 11.9 points per game, 4.0 rebounds per game, and 1.7 assists per game. He was chosen as the Rookie of the Year and had some further good seasons. He was traded to many teams, played for Orlando, Memphis, Miami, Cleveland, Minnesota, Washington, and Denver. His stats declined since going to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
How actually he went off-track?
Miller is still in the game as a role player for 3-point shooting. After the 2009-10 NBA season, Miller has not averaged points per game in double figure and his lowest average is 1.3 points per game during the 2015-16 NBA season while playing for the Denver Nuggets. The muddle with him was he relied more on his shooting than other skills and kept practicing them. He could not develop himself as an overall player and that is what kept him back from becoming a threat on the floor.