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10 NBA Players Who Can Never Stay Healthy

Mike B.Correspondent ISeptember 1, 2012

10 NBA Players Who Can Never Stay Healthy

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    While some NBA players never seem to get hurt, others just can't ever stay healthy.

    Injuries are a part of sports that can really ruin a career—just ask Grant Hill.

    The first six years of Hill's career in Detroit were phenomenal as he established himself as one of the game's biggest superstars. But after heading to Orlando in 2000, he was bitten hard by the injury bug, causing him to miss a great deal of time for several seasons.

    Luckily, later on, he was finally able to stay healthy and emerged as a solid contributor for the Phoenix Suns.

    With that said, injury-prone players can shake off the injury bug, although it can be difficult.

    Let's look at 10 players—in no particular order—that are known for being hurt.  

Martell Webster

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    Webster, a lottery pick in 2005, hasn't enjoyed the success that several other high school draftees have enjoyed in the past like Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Dwight Howard.

    He has, though, been plagued with injuries.

    Webster logged just five minutes during the entire 2008-09 season due to a left foot injury.

    After appearing in all 82 games in 2009-10, he has played a combined 93 games the past two seasons.

Kwame Brown

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    Considered the next Kevin Garnett coming out of high school, Brown was drafted No. 1 overall by Michael Jordan and the Washington Wizards in 2001.

    Brown, of course, never turned out to be KG 2.0 and is now known as one of the biggest busts in NBA history. He's also one of the league's most injury-prone players.   

    In Golden State last season, Brown appeared in nine game before undergoing season-ending surgery for a pectoral injury which he suffered in January.

    Despite not being able to stay healthy, Brown somehow continues to find a team to play for each season.

Joel Przybilla

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    Przybilla has been hampered with injuries throughout his entire 12-year career as a pro.

    The Minnesota native has played in at least 70 games just four times. He actually played all 82 games in 2008-09, a season in which he averaged a career-best 8.7 rebounds per game.

    In December 2009, Przybilla suffered a ruptured patella tendon and a dislocated patella after landing on his right knee. Then in March 2010, he re-injured the same knee after slipping in the shower.

    Ow, that couldn't have felt good.

Mike Miller

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    Miller has had a difficult time staying healthy ever since he signed with the Miami Heat two summers ago.  

    The sharp-shooting forward played 41 games during his first year with the team and then 39 games last season.  

    Miller isn’t exactly the most durable player in the world, but he did have a fantastic Game 5 in this year’s NBA Finals, drilling seven of his eight three-point attempts.

Luke Walton

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    Luke Walton is mostly known for being the son of Hall of Fame center Bill Walton.

    Walton's career has been nothing like his father's, other than it includes two championship rings and, of course, injuries.

    The past three seasons, Walton has appeared in 113 out of a possible 230 ball games.  

    He obviously has a reputation for being injury-prone, but hey, at least he can brag about having a pair of NBA titles.

Jermaine O'Neal

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    A few years back, O'Neal was considered one of the game's best power forwards and nowadays, he's an oft-injured reserve big man.

    During the summer of 2010, O'Neal signed with the Boston Celtics, who were less than a month removed from falling to the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals. 

    The six-time All-Star was expected to be a solid contributor to his new club, but he just couldn't stay on the court. O'Neal appeared in a combined 49 games the past two seasons in Boston, battling both knee and wrist injuries.

    Let's hope he can stay healthy in Phoenix next season and serve as a solid backup to Marcin Gortat.   

Eric Gordon

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    The Phoenix Suns attempted to land Gordon this offseason, signing him to an offer sheet worth $58 million.

    However, the New Orleans Hornets ended up matching the offer.

    Failing to sign Gordon just might turn out to be a great thing for the Suns since he's a bit injury-prone. 

    He appeared in only 56 games during the 2010-11 season due to injury, and then he missed all but nine games last season in his first year in New Orleans.  

    If Gordon can stay healthy, he can team with lottery picks Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers to form one of the league's most exciting young trios.

Greg Oden

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    The Greg Oden story is really sad, no doubt about it.

    During his high school days, everybody knew he was bound to be the No. 1 pick in the draft, whenever he became eligible. 

    And they were right. Oden would be taken by the Portland Trail Blazers with the top pick in the 2007 draft, one spot ahead of future superstar Kevin Durant.

    Experts were claiming that Oden was the second coming of Bill Russell. However, injuries would get in the way and the talented seven-footer would play in only 82 games in five years.

    It remains to be seen whether Oden, who was released by the Blazers last season, will ever find another team and stay off the injured list.

Andrew Bogut

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    Like Oden, Bogut had the honor of being a No. 1 pick as well, since he was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2005.

    Bucks fans hoped the Australian big man would develop into an elite NBA center, but unfortunately, injuries would get in the way.

    After playing in all 82 games as a rookie, Bogut sprained his left foot during his second season, forcing him to miss the final 15 contests, and he was later limited to 36 games during the 2008-09 campaign.

    Following back-to-back seasons in which he played at least 65 games, he appeared in just 12 games last season.

    Bogut was dealt to the Golden State Warriors this past March in a deal that sent Monta Ellis to Milwaukee. A healthy Bogut could certainly help the W's contend for a playoff spot next season.  

Andris Biedrins

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    Speaking of centers who currently play for the Golden State Warriors, Andris Biedrins is also a guy who can't stay healthy.

    The seven-footer has appeared in only 139 games over the past three seasons.

    It's sad to see how injuries have played a huge role in ruining a once-promising career.

    The Warriors handed Biedrins a six-year, $54 million contract back in July 2008 in a move that the team surely wishes it hadn't made.

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