When the start of the season comes, NBA 12th men are on pins and needles. They may have the chance to not make the final 15 on the roster. But the truth is being waived is a part of the game and athletes have to deal with it.
Being waived may even be good for a young player in the long haul but for guys like Brent Barry it may lead them to the end of their NBA journeys.
This preseason, like every other, brought us some cuts of well-known players around the NBA that may have surprised people.
Dixon was the NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player in 2002. Dixon was selected with the 17th overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft by the Washington Wizards.
Dixon would play for the Wizards for three years, averaging with a high of 9.4 points per game in his second year. Then Dixon played for the Trail Blazers averaging his career high in points 12.3 his second year on the team.
Dixon later played for the Raptors, Pistons and went back to the Wizards last year. Dixon's career averages are 8.4 points per game, 1.9 rebounds per game with 1.8 assists per game.
Dickau was selected with the 28th pick in the 2002 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings. He was then traded to the Hawks on draft night.
Dickau then played for the Trail Blazers and Mavericks for a very short time. Dickau went on to the Hornets in the 2004-2005 NBA season having the best year in his NBA career. He averaged 13.2 points per game with 5.2 assists per game.
After one year with the Hornets Dickau went to the Celtics then back to the Trail blazers then finally the Clippers. Dickau's career averages include 5.8 points per game with 2.5 assists per game.
Ely was selected with the 12th pick in the 2002 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers. Ely played two years for the Clippers then went on to the Bobcats where he got his most starting experience in his NBA career.
In his second year on the Bobcats, his best year in the NBA he averaged 9.8 points per game with 4.9 rebounds per game.
Ely then went on to the Spurs and most recently the Hornets. Ely's career averages include 5.6 points per game with 3.3 rebounds per game.
Swift was selected with the second overall pick in the infamous 2000 NBA Draft by the Vancouver Grizzlies. Swift played his most while as a member of the Grizzlies averaging 11.8 points per game with 6.3 rebounds per game in his second year in the NBA.
Swift left the Grizzlies after the 2004-2005 season. Swift then went to the Rockets but then one year later returned to the team that drafted him the Grizzlies. After two more season on the Grizzlies he played for such teams like the Nets and Suns.
Swift's career averages include 8.4 points per game with 4.6 rebounds per game.
Barry was selected with the 15th pick in the 1995 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets. Barry was traded immediately to the Clippers right after he was drafted. In 1996 Barry was the winner of the NBA's All-Star Weekend Slam Dunk Contest.
Barry played one more season for the Clippers after that. Barry then went to the Heat and Bulls each for one year. From the 2000-2001 NBA season to the 2003-2004 NBA season Barry was a member of the Supersonics. Barry averaged over ten points all but one year as a member of the Supersonics.
Barry then went on to the Spurs where he want two NBA finals. Barry left the Spurs after the 2007-2008 NBA season.
Barry played for the Rockets last year. Barry's career averages include 9.3 points per game, 3.2 assists per game, 3 rebound per game with a .405 three point percentage.