Expectations can be tricky beasts when it comes to the NBA. Sometimes they lead to pleasant surprises, but they can also create some rather major letdowns. It shouldn't surprise you whatsoever that the 2012-13 campaign has been rife with teams, players and events that belong in the latter category. Sure, we've had our fair share of surprises, but the major disappointments sometimes tend to stand out more. If you're lucky, you won't feel any emotional attachments to the seven featured letdowns in this article. Chances are, though, you won't be so fortunate.
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Deron Williams is still a great point guard, but he's by no means elite anymore. Quite frankly, the 2012-13 season should have everyone wondering whether he ever was. Surrounded by great options on the Brooklyn Nets, D-Will should be thriving. His field-goal percentage should at least be respectable, but the big floor general is only shooting 41.9 percent on the season en route to averaging 17.4 points and 7.5 assists. His 18.09 PER is a number that leaves him decidedly short of elite status. Is it possible that Williams was a product of the system while playing for the Utah Jazz? You know, the same one that once allowed Karl Malone and John Stockton to thrive beyond compare in the pick-and-roll. While the Nets have been one of the elite teams in the Eastern Conference, much of the credit has to go to Brook Lopez. Williams has been a major contributor, but he's fallen well short of the original expectations that stemmed from his decision to stay with Brooklyn.