NBA: Sophomores in Need of Change

Change can be a good thing especially in the NBA and players changing scenery.

Former and current players such a Chauncey Billups, Tyson Chandler and Marcus Camby were seen as a “bust” early in their careers but due to a change in scenery, they carved themselves a very hall of fame career.

Here are some NBA sophomores that are in need of a change.

Mohamed Bamba, Orlando Magic

When drafted by the Orlando Magic with the 6th pick many people thought that Mohamed Bamba would make an immediate impact with the team. It turned out that wasn’t the case.

In his first season, Bamba averaged 6.2 points and 5.0 rebounds while averaging 16.3 mpg.

The reason for him having not so impressive numbers can be due to Nikola Vucevic having a career year. Vucevic had career highs in almost every statistical category and was named to the All-Star team for the first time in his career.

Vucevic also helped lead the Magic to the playoffs for the first time since 2012. With this occurring, the Magic’s direction might have shifted. Now they probably want to shift their focus to building off the success they had last season and continue to try and make the playoffs so Bamba could possibly not be part of Orlando’s future

So trading Bamba to a rebuilding team could be the best option. On the contrary, Vucevic is a free agent this summer and Orlando could decide not to bring Vucevic back and that could open up a spot for Bamba.

Jerome Robinson, Los Angeles Clippers

Jerome Robinson was a huge surprise when he was selected with the 13th pick. His first season was not one to remember as he only averaged 3.4 points and only played 9.7 minutes a game.

Robinson and the Clippers are not looking like a good match. Robinson still has a lot of upsides but some of his problems are that he not the most athletic and his body is not necessarily built for the NBA today.

He was also stuck in a tight predicament as he was playing behind Shai-Gilgeous Alexander, Lou Williams, and Patrick Beverley so he did not have an opportunity to shine.

If the Clippers bring back the same roster next season Robinson will deal with the same problems this season as he did the previous season so him finding a new team to play for is a very strong possibility.

Donte DiVincenzo, Milwaukee Bucks

Taken with the 17th overall pick by the Milwaukee Bucks. This was seen as a surprise as he was projected to be a late 1st round pick. Milwaukee more than likely took the chance on him due to his college career a Villanova winning two national championships in the process and being named Most Outstanding Player in 2018.

At the start of the season, he found his way into the rotation as he averaged 15.2 minutes in during the season. Unfortunately, he only averaged 5 points during the season.

A change is very well needed for DiVincenzo. He might be a star in the NBA but on another team, he can possibly develop to a potential role player or a maybe a decent starter, but if not he can be out the NBA in a few years.

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