The 2011 NBA Playoffs have been in full swing for a week now. And this year's edition of the annual spectacle has been a baptism of fire of sorts for quite a few individuals. Players like Emeka Okafor, Jarrett Jack, and Marco Belinelli of the New Orleans Hornets, Marc Gasol, Mike Conley, and OJ Mayo of the Memphis Grizzlies, Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari of the Denver Nuggets all made their playoff debuts within the last seven days.
Most notably, Mike Dunleavy, Jr. and Troy Murphy finally broke their career-long playoff droughts with the Indiana Pacers and the Boston Celtics, respectively. Prior to this season, those 2 players held the "title" for most games played without a playoff appearance. Dunleavy, for instance, had to wait 9 years to get past the regular season. On the other hand, Murphy's wait lasted a decade.
So like the above-mentioned players a season ago, there are some who will continue watching the exciting post-season action from the sidelines for the nth consecutive year. There are various reasons for why these particular players have never been to the playoffs. Some would blame injury, bad luck, wrong timing, or (probably) plain coincidence.
Popeye Jones (pictured) holds the distinction as one of the very few players who ended their careers without playing a single minute of playoff basketball. Yes, you read that one right! He may have helped the Dallas Mavericks make the playoffs in 2003 but was left out of the team's post-season roster for some reason.
So here are 6 notable players who have yet to appear in their first playoff game: