By Daniel Friedman
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There’s usually at least one underperformer on every team, whether it’s because he’s failed to live up to the hype, regressed or just been going through a rough patch. Here are seven from the local teams:

1. J.R. Smith, Knicks

J.R. Smith (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)

J.R. Smith (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)

He’s hardly the main reason why the Knicks have been horrendous, but he’s averaging just 10.3 points per game. That’s a relatively far cry from his numbers over the past few years.

2. Joe Johnson, Nets

Joe Johnson (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Joe Johnson (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

For whatever reason, Johnson just hasn’t been the same player in Brooklyn that he was in Atlanta.

3. Jason Pierre-Paul, Giants

Jason Pierre-Paul  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

Jason Pierre-Paul (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

He’s been a major disappointment when you consider the bar he set with back-to-back Pro Bowl seasons in 2011 and 2012.

4. D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Jets

D'Brickashaw Ferguson (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

D’Brickashaw Ferguson (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

A remnant of the Jets’ once-dominant offensive line, Ferguson has been a shell of his former self this year.

5. Patrik Elias, Devils

Patrik Elias (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Patrik Elias (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Now injured, Elias has just 12 points on the year. You have to wonder if the 38-year-old has finally succumbed to his age.

6. John Tavares, Islanders

John Tavares (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

John Tavares (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

It’s hard to criticize a player with 25 points in 28 games, but when that player is John Tavares, good just isn’t good enough. He hasn’t been his dominant self.

7. Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers

Henrik Lundqvist  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Henrik Lundqvist (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Lundqvist has struggled a bit out of the gate. His 2.71 goals-against average and .906 save percentage are far worse than we’re used to seeing from him.

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