15 NBA Players Who Should Follow Shaq Into Retirement

Jordan ClarkeContributor IIIJune 4, 2011

15 NBA Players Who Should Follow Shaq Into Retirement

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    Could it be time for Tim to make an exit?
    Could it be time for Tim to make an exit?Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

    With Shaq officially announcing his retirement, it brings to mind some other NBA players who need to be put out to pasture. Sometimes it's just time to go. This list is based on performance from the past 2010-2011 season and has a good mix of well-known players, Hall-of-Famers and some bench scrubs. Anyone I missed?

Sebastian Telfair

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    ORLANDO, FL - NOVEMBER 03:  Jason Williams #44 of the Orlando Magic drives past Sebastian Telfair #3 of the Minnesota Timberwolves during the game at Amway Arena on November 3, 2010 in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agree
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    Simply, Telfair has not evolved as an NBA player, even after being much hyped coming out of high school. After being on five teams thus far, Telfair, still only 25 may be the first NBA player to actually play for all teams in the league. Telfair's jump shot is weak, his shot selection is terrible, he can't finish at the rim and he is about to be replaced by Ricky Rubio. Not a good sign for a guy who averages more splinters on his backside than he does points.

Jeff Foster

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    CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 26: Jeff Foster #10 of the Indiana Pacers watches his teammates take on the Chicago Bulls from the bench in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on April 26, 2011 in Chicago, I
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    If there were no Indiana Pacers, would Jeff Foster still be playing in the NBA? The answer is no. Watching this guy play is like watching a wounded buck in the middle of the forest. Not only that, after this years' playoff thuggery against the Chicago Bulls. You have to wonder whether Foster at 34 is now a one trick pony. Sure, he's one of the games best offensive rebounders, but when you consider that the Pacers front line is as formidable as balsa wood, you have to wonder how much of his play is due to the fact that he is merely in the right place at the right time.

Kwame Brown

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    DENVER, CO - MARCH 02:  Kwame Brown #54 of the Charlotte Bobcats collects the ball against the defense of Nene #31 of the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on March 2, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, b
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    Heralded as the next Shaq by people who drink out of brown paper bags, Kwame Brown can safely be called the "No Shaq". Reportedly, upon being drafted in 2001, he told Doug Collins then coach of the Washington Wizards, "If you draft me, you'll never regret it". Collins left the Wizards three years later. Brown is an absolute waste of a contract, he has no court sense, can't shoot from the floor or free throw line, and it would be easier to start a fire under a polar bear's furry butt on a glacier in the Arctic Circle than it would be to fire up Kwame.

Erick Dampier

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    CLEVELAND - MARCH 29: Erick Dampier #25 of the Miami Heat is surrounded by Cleveland Cavaliers defenders during the game on March 29, 2011 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading
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    Dampier could be the worst center in the NBA, but surprisingly he keeps finding himself on winning teams, most recently with the Dallas Mavericks and now with the Miami Heat. Is someone seeing something I'm not?  A marginal offensive player with poor hands, bad court vision, no drive, lead feet, and little basketball IQ? When he's done with the Heat, he'll be done with his career.

Mehmet Okur

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    DENVER, CO - APRIL 17 : Mehmet Okur #13 of the Utah Jazz is helped off the court by trainers after twisitng an ankle during the first half of Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs at the Pepsi Center on April 17, 2010 i
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    Okur's actually not a bad player, but he is coming off of an achilles tendon injury. His numbers have been in consistent free fall since his career year in Utah in the 2005-2006 season. Achilles tendon injuries for big men like Okur are not easy to come back from. That being said, if you like soft, jump shooting centers who play defense as if they are a matador with a bull chasing after them, he may be able to stay around for your club for a few more years.

Žydrūnas Ilgauskas

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    MIAMI, FL - APRIL 16:  Guard Jrue Holiday #11 of the Philadelphia 76ers drives against Center Zydrunas ilgauskas #11 of the Maim Heat at the American Airlines Arena in game one of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 16,
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    Besides being known at LeBron's pet center, Ilgauskas is now 35, shoots set shots, is 7' 3", can't play defense on any center in the league, can't post up and can't take the ball inside. Why does Cleveland miss the clumsiest big man in the league since Shawn Bradley? The Big Z is in the perfect city for retirement and if the Heat cash out, you can expect him to ride off into the sunset.

Kurt Thomas

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    CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 17: Kurt Thomas #40 of the Chicago Bulls moves to put up a shot against the San Antonio Spurs at the United Center on February 17, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Spurs 109-99. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowle
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    Thomas is the oldest active NBA player now that Shaq has retired. Now he's good for five fouls a game. If Kurt were to foul players every time they flew in for a dunk past their own defender he'd foul out in two minutes. Kurt is the recipient of NBA welfare. He comes to your team, gives a solid performance or two and you end up losing in the playoffs.

Theo Ratliff

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 04:  Theo Ratliff of the Los Angeles Lakers in action during the NBA Europe Live match between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Minnesota Timberwolves at the O2 arena on October 4, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Get
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    Ratliff, once a pretty good center and shot blocker, has a left knee made of glass and who's last name should be Theo "expected be sidelined from four to six weeks". After 15 years in the league, its time to hang it up. Declining minutes, a huge expiring contract and 38 years of age makes for the end of a better than average career.

Michael Redd

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    BEIJING - AUGUST 12:  Michael Redd #8 of the United States winces before taking on Angola during the men's preliminary round basketball game at the Beijing Olympic Basketball Gymnasium during Day 4 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 12, 2008 in B
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    Redd in 2009 tore his ACL and MCL in his left knee and re-tore the same two ligaments in his knee in 2010. This past year, he played ten games. Redd is a shell of what he was, now regulated to an over-paid jump-shooter. Redd, the class act that he is should do the right thing, and stop stealing money for a team that has a chance to compete for the playoffs next year with the right pieces.

Derek Fisher

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    DALLAS, TX - MAY 06:  Guard Derek Fisher #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts against the Dallas Mavericks in Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 6, 2011 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.  NOTE TO
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    Fisher is a warrior, but all warriors have to hang it up eventually. He reminds me of an old family dog: can't bark, doesn't move, has no sense of smell, and doesn't recognize anyone. You could justify Fisher's presence as he was money in the playoffs, but the Lakers need to make changes, and Fisher is 37 years old.

Tracy McGrady

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    MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 28: Tracy McGrady #1 of of the Detroit Pistons looks on during a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on January 28, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading an
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    McGrady's scoring career scoring average was well over 21 points per game, but this past season saw him averaging 8 points 3 rebounds and 3 assists per game with the Pistons. Now as an unrestricted free agent, his explosion is gone, his durability is suspect and he's a fading star at 32 years old. These questions and back problems also add to the list of questions about his relevance in the NBA.

Greg Oden

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    CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 01: Greg Oden #52 of the Portland Trail Blazers watches from the bench as his teammates take on the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on November 1, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Trail Blazers 110-98. NOTE TO USER:
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    Oden is a walking piece of peanut brittle. A player with huge promise, Oden is more of a tease than anything else. In four years, Oden has had three season-ending knee surgeries and is doubtful for the beginning of the 2011-2012 season. Yeah, Grant Hill has made it back to salvage an NBA career, but Oden is a center, 22 albeit, but playing a pretty demanding position with two bad knees.

Yao Ming

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 26:  Yao Ming #11 of the Houston Rockets looks on during their opening night game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on October 26, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agre
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    Ming has been injury-plagued since he arrived in the league and has shown flashes of brilliance. But he has the durability of cotton candy. He's mentioned himself that the various foot and ankle injuries that he's had will limit his effectiveness and his best days may be behind him. He sounds like a man with one more comeback left.

Jermaine O'Neal

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    ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 01:  Jermaine O'Neal #7 of the Boston Celtics converses with referee Monty McCutchen #13 against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on April 1, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by do
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    A former perinnial All-Star, O'Neal wasn't even the best O'Neal on the team this year. When you consider his two bad knees and a bad left wrist, you can see why he can't rebound and score anymore. O'Neal has fallen completely off of the map, and he is nothing more than a waste of space at this point.

Tim Duncan

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - APRIL 27:  Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antionio Spurs looks on against the Memphis Grizzlies in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 27, 2011 at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER
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    As crazy as this sounds, consider the following: Timmy is coming off the worst year of his career—averaging just 13.5 points and 8.9 rebounds—the first time in his career he's been under 17 points and 10 rebounds per game. The "Big Fundamental", has slowed down a notch and should consider retiring while we still remember his greatness. Also, Spurs fans can be spared the agony that Celtics fans went through when watching Larry Bird run out the string at the end of his career.