When you think of athletes, you think of people who will be well off when they retire. You don’t think that LeBron James, after his playing days are over, will be flipping burgers at McDonald's to make ends meet do you? Didn’t think so.
Well, the sad news is not all athletes have the luxurious lifestyle after their playing days are done. Just look at former All-Stars, Jayson Williams and Antoine Walker. Jayson Williams was an All-Star big man with the New Jersey Nets, but after his playing days, was found guilty of assault after accidentally shooting his limo driver and served eighteen months in prison. Walker was also an All-Star forward for the Boston Celtics, but after his playing days, he was found guilty of passing a bad check and filed bankruptcy.
As you can see, not all NBA players live the high life after they hang up their sneakers. Below is a list of fifteen players who might not live that life of luxury and might end up working at Home Depot. Many of these players are guys who were thought to be stars coming out of college, but were just guys who ended up being destined to be bench-warmers in the NBA and not sticking around too long.
15 Anthony Bennett, Nets
People keep picking on Anthony Bennett and there is good reason behind it. He was the number one pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2013 NBA Draft and has not lived up to the hype that surrounds the number one pick.
14 Skal Labissiere, Kings
Yea, this past June’s draft was only six months ago and it is too soon to say one of the guys drafted is going to be a bust. Like Lee Corso says on College Gameday, “Not so fast!” However, Skal Labissiere IS going to be a bust. He was hyped up out of high school as being a phenom, but really didn’t show his potential during his year playing for John Calipari at Kentucky.
He only averaged 6.6 points per game as a Wildcat. That made it a head scratcher when he declared for the NBA Draft, mainly because many NBA scouts knew this wouldn’t be much more than a project player. He was selected 28th overall by the Phoenix Suns and was eventually traded to the Kings. He has appeared in eight games, averaging 3.3 points per game so far this season.
13 Shabazz Napier, Blazers
Do you remember the miraculous run to the national championship Shabazz Napier led UConn on in 2014? Yea, it was awesome. What hasn’t been awesome is Napier’s NBA career so far...
12 Deyonta Davis, Grizzlies
Like Skal Labissiere above, Deyonta Davis was selected in this past draft and like Labissiere, Davis took a nosedive when it came to being selected. He was projected to be a top ten pick, but that never came to fruition. He slid to the first pick in the second round where he was selected by the Memphis Grizzlies. Like Labissiere, Davis played one season in college, though it was at Michigan State, and averaged a measly 7.5 points per game. If you are going to be a top ten pick, that can't be your scoring average.
11 James Young, Celtics
James Young was a slashing guard for the Wildcats and helped lead them to the 2014 national title game, where they lost to Kentucky. He averaged 14.3 points per game with Kentucky during his only season in Lexington.
10 K.J. McDaniels, Rockets
It really hurts to put this guy on the list. He was originally drafted by the Sixers in the second round of the 2014 Draft. While with the Sixers, he looked like he was going to be a good player, averaging 9.2 points per game. In February of 2015, the Sixers traded McDaniels to the Rockets for Isaiah Canaan and a 2015 draft pick.
9 Taurean Prince, Hawks
Here we go picking on another guy who was drafted in this past draft. Taurean Prince, while at Baylor, was a high-flying forward who was always rocking the rim or making the opponent’s life a living hell on the defensive end. When the Jazz picked him at number twelve in the draft and traded him to the Hawks, he seemed to be the kind of player the Hawks look for, a guy who is gifted defensively, but can also contribute on the offensive end.
8 Aron Baynes, Pistons
This guy has to be on this list because if you look at a recent picture of him, he looks like the Home Depot type. He looks more like a lumberjack than an NBA big man. That's enough critiquing his style.
7 Derrick Williams, Heat
Oh how far the former second overall pick has fallen? Derrick Williams was a high flyer during his time at the University of Arizona, which earned him the honor of being selected number two overall in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Yea, about that....
6 Cameron Payne, Thunder
If you do not know who this is, it's Russell Westbrook’s dancing partner. He is supposed to be the backup point guard for the Thunder, but hasn't done much of that so far in his career. The Thunder originally drafted Cameron Payne with fourteenth pick in the 2015 Draft to be the backup to Russell Westbrook after the departure of Reggie Jackson, who was traded to the Pistons.
5 Adreian Payne, Timberwolves
Adreian Payne is another example of a solid college player who went to the NBA never to be heard from again. Payne was drafted fifteenth overall by the Hawks in the 2014 NBA Draft and was thought to be the next coming of Draymond Green. He had a lot in common with Green after all; they both played at Michigan State under Tom Izzo and were both big men who could step out and shoot the three if need be.
4 Metta World Peace, Lakers
The guys at three and four on the list are on this list because their playing days are coming to an end soon. We'll start with Metta World Peace, or Ron Artest, whichever you prefer.
He has had a solid career, which started when he was drafted by the Chicago Bulls with the sixteenth pick in the 1999 NBA Draft out of St. John’s University. He has always been looked at as a bad guy ever since he went up into the stands and punched a fan during the Malice at the Palace that took place at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit while his Pacers were playing the Pistons.
3 Chris Andersen, Cavaliers
The second of the two guys on the list only because their playing days are nearing an end is Chris "Birdman" Andersen. He is one of the players known as a LeBron follower. He followed LeBron to Miami and to Cleveland when LeBron returned home two years ago.
2 Roy Hibbert, Hornets
The saying is, the bigger they are, the harder they fall, right? Well, Roy Hibbert, a seven footer, fell pretty hard. He had his so-called coming out party in the playoff series versus the Heat in 2011 and everyone thought he was going to be one of the league’s top big men from that point on. Yea, that didn’t happen.
1 Dwight Howard, Hawks
And that leads us to the one player who will end up working at Home Depot in five years and who better to fill that spot than Superman himself.
You are probably asking why? Well, let’s start off by saying that Dwight Howard has had a nasty breakup with every team he has played with so far in his career. He didn’t like it in Orlando. He didn’t like being bossed around by Kobe in L.A. He didn’t like playing with a ballhog like James Harden in Houston. It seems like he doesn’t like a lot of things.
James Harden came out and said that Dwight Howard is a cancer and that he ruins the team that he plays with because he wants to be the man. Well, we hate to break it to him, but basketball is a team game. But you know what job does not take a team effort (most times)? Assisting guests in finding what they're looking for at Home Depot.
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