Which NBA Free Agents Helped or Hurt Themselves Most in 2014-15 Season?

April 11th, 2015 by Zach Buckley Leave a reply »
For most NBA players, their season before free agency is the proverbial fork in the road of their playing careers.

Millions of dollars can be won or lost over the course of a contract year.

This 82-game date with destiny is equal parts alluring and terrifying. Pass this test, and players can score themselves a lifetime of riches. Fail it—through sagging statistics, personality problems, injury issues or any combination of the three—and the economic impact of that loss can be staggering.

Players rarely, if ever, admit to its significance, but fans and analysts preach its importance ad nauseam. Both actions are justified in their own way. The more players can ignore the financial security at stake, the better chance they have of not letting it affect their game. But the weight of these one-year auditions is every bit as heavy as the public and the media say it is.

With this campaign's finish line in sight, there's enough data available to tell which players helped and hurt themselves most over the last six months.

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