The NBA Playoffs are upon us, and we’ll soon have an Eastern Conference champion, a Western Conference champion, and an eventual Finals matchup. Thus far, the games have been filled with the usual action and excitement associated with professional basketball this time of year: There have been upsets, nail-biters, and, of course, those momentum-swinging dunks. And while the playoffs are packed with athletes of impressive ability and range, it’s hard not to notice the players who are missing.
Read on as we break down some of the league’s best regular-season players who have struggled with postseason success.
1. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks
In his 11th professional season in the National Basketball Association, Carmelo Anthony had quite the run: He finished second in the regular season in scoring with 27.4 points per game; posted a player efficiency rating of 24.4, the second-best mark of his career; and shot a career-high 40.2 percent from beyond the arc. Yet after the Knicks’ three straight previous trips to the postseason, they failed to make the playoffs this year, and Anthony missed the postseason for the first time in his career. Even then, Anthony has only advanced out of the first round of the playoffs twice in his NBA career.