The 2009-10 All-Decline Team

The NBA is something of a zero-sum game: For some players to improve, it means that an equal number of players must get worse. So it only follows that in the wake of my All-Breakout Team earlier this week, we have to bring up the more unpleasant topic of which players are likely to see their output decline.

Thanks to injuries, a couple of examples are really obvious: Yao Ming and Leon Powe spring to mind, for instance. That's not quite what we're after here, however. I'm going to introduce you to 16 players who were active on opening day, but nonetheless are extremely likely to see their numbers drop a notch or two from a season ago.