SBNation.com has named Aaron Brooks the player with the Worst Contract Year Performance in 2010-11. Brooks, who will be a restricted free agent at season's end, suffered great humiliation and value degradation as a member of the Houston Rockets and Phoenix Suns this season.
Brooks entered the season a valued up-tempo point guard with a skill for hitting three-pointers and one of the quickest first steps in basketball. He ends the season known more as a malcontent prone to long periods of inefficiency (also known as "streakiness) and a defensive minus, even by the standards of the Suns. Brooks suffered a derailing injury early in the season, which allowed Houston coach Rick Adelman to hand the keys to Kyle Lowry.
When Brooks returned and Lowry remained the first option, A.B. responded poorly, even getting suspended by the Rockets for leaving the court during a game. He was later traded to Phoenix for Goran Dragic and a first-round pick. Barring major changes to the league's collective bargaining agreement, it seems likely Brooks will sign the Suns' cheap $3 million qualifying offer and try again next year. (Lowry signed a $23 million extension last summer, by the way.)
Troy Murphy, Jeff Green, Carl Landry, Jamal Crawford and Greg Oden were finalists for this award.