10 Best NBA Undrafted Players
As we have just edged our way past the NBA draft, most people are now thinking, some of them even certain, that the best players available have been taken by some team.
Well, every once in a while, a players name is not announced yet when they are given the opportunity, they do great.
These 10 players are my main argument, and sometimes they make the draft seem useless.
Therefore, let's enjoy!
10: Kelenna Azibuke
Kelenna is now a rising and achieving shooting guard for the fast-past Warriors.
However, Kelenna didn't start his career on such a high note. After not being drafted, he went to training camp and a couple preseason games with Cleveland; that is before being waived.
This waiving came out as a statement to Kelenna indicating that he now had to work harder than ever. He signed with the Pistons of the D-League, with whom he would win several player of month and week awards before being spotted by the Rockets.
They signed him, though not to much help waiving him almost as soon.
His former D-League team gave him a warm welcome back, and he responded by leading the league in Points per Game. Discouraged, Kelenna finally got his big break when Warriors went down with several injuries.
They signed him to the season, and he didn't disappoint at the age of 24. His stats were: 32 minutes, 14 points, and 5 boards per contest.
9: Jannero Pargo
Pargo anticipated his name in the '02 draft, disappointingly it never came. But in '03-'04, the Lakers gave Pargo a shot. He came up short, though, averaging 2.4 points in 10 minutes.
He didn't produce much better with the Raptors later on either. Then when the Bulls got this struggling player, he put up highs with 13 points and 4 assists. He is now currently a good shooting/point guard back up for the Bulls.
8; Jamario Moon
The big-time dunker is now a part-time starter for the Cavaliers. Before all this, however, Moon spent most of his time just looking for a team, a league, to play in!
In 2004, he spent his season with the always entertaining Globe-Trotters, but still spent most of his time finding a home with the D-League. He's now known as a superb dunking and play a lot of his game above the rim.
After being invited to training camp with Toronto, he proved himself worthy and signed himself a two year deal with the club. He won rookie of the month on an occasion and even pushed himself into the slam dunk contest.
7: Bruce Bowen
In 1993, Bowen was so sure he wouldn't get drafted from his high-school, so he didn't show up for the event. He was right though, as his name did not become called. That doesn't stop him from being a great defender, and a good shooter.
In the past seven years, he's made a all-defensive team each time! He's never actually won a DPOY, but he's been second twice in the voting.
6: Mike James
Mike went undrafted in 1998, as expected, and proceeded to play three years around European basketball. He's played in eight different NBA teams, and played greatly for the Raptors.
He averaged 21 points and 6 assists in his most favorable season, then was traded to the Hornets later on. For an undrafted player in this league, James has averaged the most in a season than any one else.
5: Udonis Haslem
Haslem's case is not similar to the other player's in this ranking. Haslem had a formidable career with University of Florida for four years leading them to four straight tournament appearances.
Then in 2002, Haslem impatiently waited for his name to be called, yet that never happened. He then played in France for a year before getting put into a summer league team with the Heat.
He played over expectations that season eventually making it to the All Rookie second team. He also played well in the Rookie-Sophomore game two years in a row. He was a contributor to Miami's championship run, thus winning and deserving his one ring.
4: Raja Bell
Bell when undrafted in the late '90's, but later was recognized and signed by the spurs. He played the 2000 season with them, well not played because he played a disappointing zero minutes.
Then the next season he played well, and was a vital part in the conference finals. In '06, by then he had been and was with the Suns, Bell put up great numbers 14 points, and 1 steal while playing great lock down defense.
He's made a All-Defensive team twice in his career and his constantly praised for his three-point shooting.
3: Brad Miller
Even though he's been a ping-pong ball rotating around NBA teams in his career, Miller has fulfilled his duty in the NBA playing for team USA twice winning two medals.
He's also a past all-star and has a good inside game and a marvelous shooting touch for a big man like him.
2: Jose Calderon
A Spanish native, Calderon never drafted into the NBA but is now a up and coming point guard for Toronto. But before the transaction into the NBA ever happened, Calderon was a star in European teams for seven seasons.
He was a good role bench player in '06-'07 helping the Raptors edge their way into the playoffs, and then the Coach, in '07-'08, dismissed T.J Ford from starting position and reinstated Calderon.
Last season, Calderon put up tremendous stats with 14 points and 9 assists while almost reaching 100 percent from the line.
1: Ben Wallace
Ben Wallace went undrafted before signing with the Washington Wizards, though that was just a bump in the road for his career. Wallace is currently a center backup for Phoenix, but had a immensely successful career before that.
Led the Pistons to a championship in '04, and won four DPOY awards. He's also a four-time all star, and a four-time All-NBA team award winner. Thus, he stands place, so far, as the best undrafted player of the past years.