Top 10 NBA Players That Are Somehow Still in the League
Have you ever caught yourself watching an NBA game, looked at a player and thought to yourself, "How is this guy playing professional basketball?" Well, so have I.
I was thinking about it today as I was getting anxious about the upcoming opening day, and these are the top 10 that came to my mind. Feel free to let me know if I've overlooked someone—I'm sure I did—but can you really blame me?
10. Jamaal Magloire
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I'm sure you didn't expect to see this name pop up on the list, but it just happened. Magloire hasn't been relevant in over five years, and even when he was, he was playing for teams with no talent.
He's spent the last three years in Miami and after getting to see firsthand what happened in South Beach last year, he now has packed his bags and headed north to Toronto. If he gets a boost in minutes he may earn enough credential to get bumped out of my top 10, but we'll have to wait and see. Right now though, averaging fewer than three points and four rebounds a game isn't cutting it for a guy who can dunk without jumping.
9. Tony Battie
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I don't care how old you are, if you are an NBA player you should be able to perform better than 2.6 points a game with the 76ers last season and only 1.6 the year before with arguably the worst team in NBA history, the New Jersey Nets.
Besides, for a guy who got picked fifth overall, six-and-five a game for your career average should have resulted in an early ticket out of the league.
8. Ben Wallace
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Has there ever been a bigger fall from the top than that of Ben Wallace? He went from a four-time Defensive Player of the Year to being virtually nonexistent.
His last good year was the 2006-07 season with the Bulls, but has somehow managed to log 22-plus minutes per game since then. At age 37, I can't see him sticking around much longer.
7. Jerry Stackhouse
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It pains me to put a Tar Heel on this list, but Jerry's got to know when enough is enough. For him, it was enough three seasons ago!
In those three years he hasn't even played a full 82 games combined, let alone been a productive factor for his teams. For some reason though, the Hawks have given him a shot. Can the once-prolific scorer still bring something to the table? I hope so, but it's not looking too good.
6. Eduardo Najera
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Now we ask how—not only how is this guy still in the NBA, but how has he survived 11 years? To be honest, I had never even heard of this dude until today, but after looking at his numbers I couldn't resist putting him on the list.
However, I will definitely be looking forward to seeing him on the court this year for Charlotte just so I can sit back and ask myself these same two questions over again.
5. Brian Scalabrine
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If you follow the NBA, you knew this was inevitably coming. A list like this wouldn't be complete without "The White Mamba" on it. He was the hardest player to rank because he in all honesty is terrible, but at the same time everybody loves the big guy. So I reasoned with myself and put him in the middle spot to make both sides of the argument happy.
If you don't follow the NBA and want to see Scalabrine play, tune into a Bulls game and patiently wait until they're up by 20 or so in the fourth.
4. Adam Morrison
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An Adam Morrison sighting! The last time I saw this guy he was walking off the court his senior year at Gonzaga crying.
Since then he's been switching back and forth between the Lakers and Bobcats bench to see which gives him less playing time. So far it's the Lakers by a long shot, but at least he got a ring.
3. Patrick Ewing Jr.
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I'm sure "Patrick Ewing has a son?" just went through almost all of your heads when you saw this name. In case you're still not sure, the answer is yes.
In reality, that is the only reason this kid is still involved with anything NBA-related. He's spent his illustrious career vastly in the D-League, but finally made it up to the show last year at the age of 27 and averaged a whopping 2.7 minutes per game. Not too many other players would have made it this long, but when your dad's a legend, anything can happen.
2. Luke Walton
Ewing isn't the only one whose dad was a legend on this list.
For Luke Walton, he has some big shoes to fill in order to live up to the expectations placed on him by everyone due to his Hall of Fame father. Unfortunately, his feet aren't that big.
Sure, he's got two championship rings, but he barely played in half of the games those two seasons. His numbers along with his minutes have gone down each of the past five years, but so have his skills. The best thing for him to do is sit back and enjoy what's left of the aging Lakers team.
1. Kwame Brown (Honorable Mention Goes to the Guy Guarding Him)
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Finally, the man we have all been waiting for: Kwame Brown. There's not too much to say about this guy, besides that, with the exception of Bowie over Jordan and Milicic over anyone, he could be the worst pick in the NBA draft's history.
I'll give him the benefit of the doubt because of the fact that being drafted straight from high school and labeled the next greatest thing has to put a tremendous amount of pressure on a guy—that, and he has somehow managed to have a 10-year career, not to mention he just signed a $7 million contract with the Warriors. I have no idea how, but that is what this piece is all about.
On a side note: Three of the members of this list were either drafted by or currently play for Michael Jordan and the Bobcats. What is he thinking?
All stats are from ESPN.com