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Brian Cardinal, also known as The Custodian, is one of those guys who remains a fan favorite regardless of how many minutes he actually spends on the floor. His positive attitude and veteran leadership bring teammates together and engage the fans.
While playing for Purdue, Cardinal earned the nickname "Citizen Pain" for his collection of knee pads and floor burns. At that point, the forward didn't even have pro ball on his mind. Instead, he attended a few job workshops and interviewed with two pharmaceutical companies.
Cardinal then earned some 11th-hour notice at a couple pre-draft camps and wound up going to Detroit with the No. 44 overall pick in the 2000 draft.
Cardinal wouldn't exactly be called "successful" as far as stats go, but he's able to find a niche on whatever squad he plays for. During the Mavs' route to the championship in 2011, Cardinal made his few minutes on the court matter; he creates an energy on defense from the minute he steps onto the floor.