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Kidd is still one of the league’s top point guards and had a terrific shooting season last year. He shot a career best .425 from the three-pointer, the best of his 16-year career. His .423 from the field was not the best he has ever shot, but it was pretty close.
Kidd proved that he can still hang with the young guns and at 37 years old nearly finished the season averaging a double-double with 10.3 points per game and 9.1 assists per game.
The “Finn-Dogg” has still got some game left in his basketball shoes. He played in 46 games last season with the San Antonio Spurs and Boston Celtics, starting in six of them.
He averaged 15 minutes a game and seemed to get some of his step once he joined the Celtics last year.
With the Spurs he was shooting just .381 from the field and .317 from the three-pointer. When he joined Boston his shooting improved. He shot .506 from the field and .463 from downtown, showing that he still had something left in his tank.
Besides still being able to ball, the guy has got a pretty good voice. Stackhouse played in 42 games last year with the Milwaukee Bucks. He averaged 8.5 points per game in 20.4 minutes a game.
Stackhouse put up pretty decent numbers, shooting .408 from the field, .346 from the three-pointer, and .797 from the charity stripe.
Hey, he can still play and can sing the national anthem before the game to get the home crowd pumped up and ready for some basketball.
Marcus Camby helped the Portland Trailblazers recover from key injuries to their frontcourt and get them to a sixth seed in the Western Conference.
He shot .475 from the field last year while averaging 7.5 points per game and pulling down 11.8 rebounds per game. He also blocked 1.97 shots a game, good for fifth best in the league.
Also, he is not a traditional back-to-the-basket center. He allows for the team to spread out and open up the lanes on offense.
Thomas is a homer pick for me, I mean; I got to support the Horned Frogs.
Last year Thomas was with the Bucks for his seventh different stop during his tour in the NBA. He played in 70 games, averaging 15 minutes per game, scored 3 points per game, and pulled down 4.2 rebounds per game for Milwaukee.
His minutes saw a huge increase in the playoffs once Andrew Bogut went down with his injury. Thomas answered the call with an increase in his points and rebounds. He averaged just shy of 8 boards a game in the playoffs, including 6 on the defensive end.
He and the Bucks didn’t make it past the first round, but they gave the Atlanta Hawks all they could handle with a seven-game series.
McDyess probably does not have the hops that he used to, but the guy can still shoot the ball from outside.
He also still has pretty good stamina. In his 14th year, he played in 77 games for the San Antonio Spurs last season, starting in 50 of them.
His numbers may not be too eye-catching (5.8 ppg and 5.9 rpg), but his leadership and guidance of Dejuan Blair for the Spurs is invaluable. He many not be the same athlete he once was, but he still is a player and a great team guy.
“Big” Ben Wallace. Wallace is still trucking. He has retired once, but he realized that he was not yet done with his career. He played in 69 games this past season with Detroit, starting in 67 of them.
He led the Pistons in rebounds with 8.7 and blocks 1.2 in 2009-10. Wallace signed a two-year deal with the Pistons, so we might just get the pleasure of watching him rule on the defensive end for two more years.
More than likely, the Pistons will hope he can give guidance to their newly drafted forward/center, Greg Monroe.
Joe Smith is a big favorite of mine. He appeared in 64 games with the Atlanta Hawks last season, starting in one. He averaged just nine minutes a game, but it is more about what he brings to the locker room than on the court.
The Hawks are the tenth team for Smith in his 15 years of service in the NBA. He can still play, but it’s the wisdom that he can pass along to his younger teammates that makes him so invaluable. Smith will definitely find himself with an opportunity to coach if he wants to once he decides to hang up his basketball shoes.