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Biggest disappointments of the season

PER Diem: Feb. 10, 2010

Updated: February 10, 2010, 3:00 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com
Richard JeffersonMelissa Majchrzak/NBAE/Getty ImagesRJ has played in 49 of 50 games for the injury-riddled Spurs. But that won't keep him off this list.

Think way back -- say, four days ago -- and think about what a colossal underachiever Vince Carter was. A perennial disappointment, Carter was killing the Magic with his jumper-settling ways, and making them long for the halcyon days of Hedo Turkoglu

My, how things have changed. Carter ground out a solid 20-point effort Sunday in the Magic's nationally televised win in Boston, and then blew up the next night for a retro-looking 48-point performance in a win over New Orleans. In four February games, he's averaging 26.5 points on 52.8 percent shooting. Suddenly, he seems like the key to the Magic's hopes of making another run to the NBA Finals.

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