Some NBA players just don't know when to call it quits. Today we're going to talk about which players need to retire. There may be a few curveballs, so don't expect the obvious candidates. Kobe Bryant is a perfect example, but he and Tim Duncan won't make this list since they have already decided to retire. Yes, I guarantee you that this is Duncan's final year. No San Antonio Spur would publicly announce retirement mid-season. Gregg Popovich simply wouldn't allow it as a distraction.
With that in mind, we'll consider several types of players - some of whom aren't even in their mid-30s. Some players on this list will be similar in nature to Kobe. By that I mean they are decrepit. They can hardly dunk or block an opponent's shot. As such, they are either an absolute detriment to their team's success, or they add little to no value to the performance of their teammates. Their shooting percentage has likely fallen through the floor, or their WAR - wins above replacement - is negative. Suffice it to say they are inadvertently helping their opponents win.
Some of you may be thinking, "What about players who are absolute 'd-bags' and make their team's locker room a living-hell?"
Well, you're on point. There are certainly professional NBA players who seem to be unwilling and unable to consider themselves as a single piece in a team's structure. They can't seem to wrap their heads around the idea that their coaches and teammates don't have to treat them like princes. As such, they deliver body language worse than a convicted felon on his way out of a court-room. Of greater significance, arguably, is that paying fans cannot stand to see this player come off of the bench and into the game. Instead, they are exhaling a sigh of relief when this player either gets injured or is taken out of the game, or even traded from the team. So, here goes the list of NBA players that desperately need to hang 'em up.
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14 Nenê Hilario
One of the most enigmatic players in the NBA, 33-year-old Nenê still has something left to add to his teams, but nobody knows when he will play. He has missed 23 games and counting this season and missed a total of 131 games dating from his 2011-12 campaign with the Denver Nuggets. Do your math. That means Nenê has missed more than a third of his team's games in that span. If you look at the 6'11 center's stats you will still be impressed by his productivity, but unimpressed by his minutes. Nenê has not topped 30 minutes of playing time this entire season with the Wizards, averaging 18.8min per contest. However, Nenê is still expected to be a center-piece of the Wizards' successes, just like he was in their playoff run last season. With his future in doubt and a past plagued by injury, it's clearly time for Nenê to hang 'em up.
13 Manu Ginóbili
Manu Ginóbili, 38, makes this list for a sad, cringe-worthy reason. Earlier in February while guarding Pelicans' forward Ryan Anderson, Ginóbili was delivered a knee to the "groin." Down for several moments and unable to walk off the court, it has been disclosed that Ginóbili will be out for at least a month after undergoing testicular surgery. Nobody undergoes such surgery unless there is a clear need for it, so fair to say that he suffered a ruptured testicle. No NBA player should ever have to be concerned for their manhood on the court, and frankly this is a good reason to call it quits. Manu was already on his way out of the league, frequently sitting out games to rest and heal up his plagued ankles and a nagging hip injury. He has missed 106 games since 2011-12. If Manu agrees that it is time to "hang 'em up" for the sake of his testicles, Ginóbili would retire a four-time NBA Champion and a surefire NBA Hall of Famer.
12 Roy Hibbert
Let's be very clear when we talk about 29-year-old Roy Hibbert. He is a waste of space on the court. Averaging just 6.4 points per game in 24.2 minutes, at age 29 nonetheless, leaves much to be desired. I used to enjoy Roy Hibbert - he comes from my hometown outside of DC. He was a stud in college at Georgetown, but he simply can't produce anymore in his 7'2, 270-pound body. Shooting a dismal 44.4% from the field this season with the Lakers and having never reached the 50% mark in a single season shows us that Hibbert is no longer capable of being a valuable big-man in the NBA. After reaching 2.6 blocks per game in 2012-13, Hibbert has dropped down to 1.4 blocks per contest. Even worse, he is grabbing only 5.2 rebounds per contest. It pains us to say this Roy, but it's time to hang 'em up.
11 Tayshaun Prince
A true professional, and as lanky as they come, Tayshaun Prince's basketball hey-day is well behind him. The Compton, California native was a part of the dominant defensive Detroit Pistons about 12 years ago, and has since fallen through the cracks as an unproductive veteran. This season, he has the lowest Estimated Wins Added (-2.2) and an NBA-worst Value Added with -64.9. For comparison, the awful Austin Rivers' value added is -17.3. At 35 years, Tayshaun leaves much to be desired, although it is very possible that his professionalism is the only reason the Minnesota Timberwolves have kept him on their young roster. Nevertheless, Tayshaun, it's time to hang 'em up.
10 Vince Carter
Vince Carter is among the best dunkers of all time, but he is now a remarkably awful basketball player. Now 39, Vinsanity has averaged 13.3 minutes per contest, shooting an atrocious 35.7% from the field and 25% beyond the arc. Last season, he shot 33% from the field and 29.7% from three-point range. You can't blame Vince for wanting his $3.9 million salary, but his statistics speak for themselves. One of the most beloved NBA players of the last 20 years, it's cleary time for him to "hang 'em up".
9 Paul Pierce
"The Truth" played his heart out for the Wizards last post-season and proved he is a big-time player, in case any of us needed the reminder. Unfortunately his play has taken a very big turn for the worse, as Pierce has the 15th worse Value Added in the NBA with -33.3. So far this season, Pierce is averaging 34.3% shooting and 31.4% from three. At age 38, Pierce sure as hell won't win another championship unless the Clippers make a miraculous run - which they won't. For the first time in his career, Pierce is averaging less than 26 minutes per game with just 17.7 mpg this season. It's time for him to hang 'em up.
8 Kevin Garnett
Soon to turn 40, The Big Ticket a.k.a. KG is enjoying his time in the NBA. He's hardly playing, yet raking in $8.5 million from the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves. Yes, he grew up with them. Yes, he gave their fans something to cheer about. No, he is not helping their young team grow at all. KG is known for is stoic persona off-court, yet confrontational attitude on the court. He has averaged fewer than 7 points per contest since the 2012-13 season and is only deteriorating. His knees are understandably in shambles. Either take a coaching position or simply hang 'em up, Mr. Garnett. He's had a great career, but it's gone on several years too long for any NBA team to warrant paying his massive salary.
7 Austin Rivers
Doc Rivers' son had a decent season in 2013-14 after a dismal rookie season in New Orleans. Since then with the Clippers, he has been absolutely awful. Rivers was a good college player at Duke, but his lack of success in the NBA is either due to his immaturity or the simple fact that his father, Doc, is both his coach and general manager. This year he is shooting 28.4% from three-point range and just 43.8% overall. Throughout his career he has been unable to average 68% on free-throws. If Austin wasn't on his father's team, you can bet he would be back in the NBA D-League. It's time for him to "hang 'em up".
6 Metta World Peace
Metta World Peace has been a nut-case throughout his career. With that said, Ron Artest was always a solid on-ball defender and a decent three-point shooter. After joining the Lakers a few years ago and winning a championship in 2010, Metta hit a cliff. He didn't play a single game last season, and this year is shooting 29.8% from the field and 33% from beyond the arc. At age 36, Ron Artest and Metta World Peace need to "hang 'em up".
5 Randy Foye
Recently acquired by the Oklahoma City Thunder from the Denver Nuggets, Randy Foye and his knees are simply no longer a match for the NBA. Once a formidable and promising guard with the Timberwolves, Foye has since struggled mightily to reach the 40% field goal plateau. The NBA journey-man has so far shot just 29.6% from three-point range, and 35.1% overall from the field this season. Among all players in the NBA, he is tied for the 10th worst Estimated Wins Added with -1.3, and is among the bottom 20 in Value Added and PER (player efficiency rating). It's simply time for Randy Foye to "hang 'em up".
4 Josh Smith
Now 30, Josh Smith was recently a strong player with the Atlanta Hawks. After his long tenure with the Hawks in which he went straight to the NBA out of High School, he has bounced around from Detroit to Houston to the LA Clippers, and is now back in Houston. Since 2013-14 with Detroit, Smith has averaged just 41.4% shooting from the field - an unfathomable number for a power forward at 6'9. Equally horrendous are his three point percentages in the same three-season span: 28.8%, despite avering 2.9 three-point attempt per contest. This season has been the worst, however. Smith is shooting 36.6% from the field, and has been at an awful 33% since joining the Rockets mid-season. Josh Smith desperately needs to "hang 'em up".
3 Dwight Howard
A coach-killer, a locker-room cancer, a disinterested superstar with no motivation. That's what Dwight Howard is. With the Lakers, Dwight was never happy with the attention and could not stand being second or third banana behind Kobe and Pau. Let's not forgot that Dwight was the most dominant defensive player, and rebounder of the 2000's. However, even in the 2012 London Olympics nobody was upset that he wasn't participating due to back surgery. With Houston, Dwight has been better, but it's obvious that he is made of poison. He has slowly but surely soured Ty Lawson, and transformed James Harden into a turnover machine (4.5 per game) and a product of the Kardashian-West Industrial Complex. No NBA player in his right mind should ever date a Kardashian. Somehow Dwight's lackluster effort has sunk Harden and Lawson, by osmosis, to new lows. Dwight even chased Chandler Parsons out of town. Dwight will never get a ring because no team wants him, and thus it's time to "hang 'em up".
2 Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony was once the best, and most clutch shooter in the league. He was a must-watch player. Those labels lasted for several years with the Nuggets and Knicks, and will be on his résumé until he leaves the NBA. Now, however, 'Melo has allowed his wife, "La La" to control the destiny of his own career. It's clear that no matter how many rumors swirl, 'Melo is staying in New York to be with his wife and children. With Knicks owner James Dolan nearly as terrible at running a franchise as Donald Sterling, there is no chance that 'Melo will win a championship in New York. Phil Jackson can't help him. Anthony is averaging just 32.7% from three-point-range, and 42.6% from the field. Now well past his prime, Carmelo has little to look forward to, especially since the Knicks traded virtually all of their future picks to acquire him. 'Melo should "hang 'em up".
1 Chris Bosh
Chris Bosh makes this list for very serious health reasons, reasons bigger than basketball. In late February 2015, it was understood that a blood clot that started in Bosh's calf traveled to his lungs. He missed the remainder of last season, and up until a couple of weeks ago was enjoying another productive season with the Miami Heat. A new blood clot was detected in his calf muscle Still somehow only 31, Bosh is in his 13th season and holds two NBA Championships. No person should ever have to rely on blood thinners in order to play and as doctors have said they are unlikely to be safe enough to play with. Any small laceration could lead to excessive bleeding, but more importantly a head trauma could lead to dangerous brain bleeding. We sincerely wish Chris the best in his recovery and hope he, his family, and the Miami Heat come to a wise decision.
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