The NBA is one of the greatest leagues to ever enter the platform of professional sports. A lot of people watch and attend basketball games because they want to see incredible players on some of the biggest stages in the world. While it's unlikely that the same amount of people admire NBA commissioner Adam Silver like they go crazy over the league's players, the sport of basketball is just as important as it was when it was founded in New York City as the Basketball Association of America (BAA) on June 6, 1946.
Obviously, there are 30 teams in the NBA, which generates tons of buzz-worthy headlines for various media outlets. Many things happen in this popular league-though, not always the most substantial of stories. There are superstars like Steph Curry and LeBron James. There are stars like Russell Westbrook and Paul George who haven't won a championship ring yet. And then there are players like Andrew Bogut and Derrick Rose who often get sidelined for injuries.
Injuries are inevitable, but there comes a time where one has to realize they're not physically healthy to play a sport anymore. Moreover, there are some NBA players who don't really contribute to their teams and pretty much only stir the pot with their off the court troubles ranging from baby mama drama to repeated arrests. Silver and the NBA can't afford to suffer a downward spiral and lose a ton of viewers like Roger Goodell and the NFL.
Here's one player each NBA team should get rid of.
30 Atlanta Hawks: Malcolm Delaney
Malcolm Delaney entered the 2011 NBA Draft, but wasn't drafted. This led to him starting his basketball career overseas as he played for Élan Chalon, Budivelnyk Kyiv, Bayern Munich and Lokomotiv Kuban.
In 2016, Delaney signed a two-year, $5 million contract with the Atlanta Hawks. He made his NBA debut in the Hawks' season opener on October 27, 2016, where he recorded four points and five assists in 20 minutes off the bench in a 114-99 win over the Washington Wizards. In February 2017, he had five points and four assists, but only made two of 10 shots from the field in his first career start filling in for Dennis Schröder.
Delaney was diagnosed with a sprained right ankle on November 1, 2017. Before the injury, he posted eight points, one rebound, one assist and two steals in a span of nine minutes. No timetable has been released yet, but this will halt his hopes of stepping up. Well, at least for now.
29 Boston Celtics: Guerschon Yabusele
It's clear that basketball has brought Guerschon Yabusele around the world. The French power forward was born and raised in Dreux, France. In 2013, he joined the Roanne team of the LNB Pro B. He then joined the Rouen Métropole Basket of the LNB Pro A.
Yabusele made a decision to improve his NBA draft stock. He wound up being one of 13 international underclassmen and one of four different Frenchmen to enter their names for the 2016 NBA Draft. He surprised a lot of people by being the 16th overall pick in the draft. He joined the Boston Celtics for the 2016 NBA Summer League.
"I was in a fast break, and all of a sudden it came to me," Yabusele told ESPN. "I wanted the people to feel the power."
Yabusele was nicknamed the "Dancing Bear" for his size and speed. While the Celtics are focusing on modern basketball, Yabusele is still competing for playing time—just like the other rookies on the team.
28 Brooklyn Nets: Timofey Mozgov
Timofey Mozgov is best known for winning a championship ring with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016. He was one of the first Russians to do so. Sasha Kaun was another notable Russian player on the Cavs.
Mozgov originally began his NBA career with the New York Knicks from 2011 to 2012. He was traded to the Denver Nuggets in February 2011. He and a 2015 second round pick was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2015 in exchange for two projected 2015 first round picks from the Oklahoma City Thunder and Memphis Grizzlies. In 2016-17, he signed a ludicrous four-year, $64 million with the Los Angeles Lakers, who shut him down for the final month of the season to give the younger players their fair share of playing time in the team's remaining 15 games.
In June 2017, Mozgov and D'Angelo Russell were traded to the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets haven't played much defense so far this season. Mozgov is paid like a talented star, but he's unable to hold his team down defensively.
27 Charlotte Hornets: Michael Carter-Williams
Standing at 5-foot-9, Michael Carter-Williams led his high school team (Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School) as well as conference in scoring with 90 points per game. He also won a league championship. Sounds like a bright future is ahead of him, right? You might want to rethink that.
Carter-Williams forwent his final two years of college eligibility to enter the 2013 NBA Draft. He had brief stints with the Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks and Chicago Bulls before signing with the Charlotte Hornets on July 7, 2017. Since then, he has split time between the Hornets and the Greensboro Swarm. He's also been an injury concern as of late. The Hornets have to change the makeup of their team, as they're quickly falling behind in the Eastern Conference landscape.
26 Chicago Bulls: Nikola Mirotić
Mirotić began his basketball career playing for Real Madrid of the Liga ACB from 2008 to 2014 before signing with the Chicago Bulls on July 18, 2014. He has been playing with the Bulls ever since. But he has also dealt with the ups and downs.
In 2014-15, Mirotić was named the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month in December. He played for the World Team in the Rising Stars Challenge. The World beat Team USA by a score of 121-112. He played in his first NBA postseason game (Game 1 of the Bulls' first-round series against the Milwaukee Bucks) on April 18, 2015. He scored five points and five rebounds in 13 minutes off the bench.
The negativity just kept coming towards Mirotić. In 2015-16, he was diagnosed with an acute appendicitis and was ruled out until after the NBA All-Star break. In 2016-17, he fell out of the Bulls' rotation a couple of times. In 2017, he had a huge fight with Bobby Portis during Bulls practice and was hospitalized after suffering a concussion along with multiple facial fractures.
25 Cleveland Cavaliers: Derrick Rose
Unless you've been living under a rock, you're well aware that Derrick Rose has suffered a number of injuries since 2012.
Rose's first injury occurred when he tore the ACL in his left knee after trying to jump during Game 1 against the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs. His remaining years in Chicago kept getting marred by injuries. During his one-year tenure with the New York Knicks, he tore the meniscus in his left knee and was ruled out for the remainder of the season. He signed a one-year, $2.1 million contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers in July 2017, but it probably won't be long before he gets hurt again. He also hasn't been much of a contributor as the Cavs have struggled in the early portion of the season.
24 Dallas Mavericks: Johnathan Motley
It's too early to tell, but it seems like Johnathan Motley isn't having a promising start in the NBA as opposed to his high school and college days.
In the 2016-17 NCAA season, he earned the Karl Malone Award as the country's best college power forward.
By not hiring an agent, Motley briefly left the option to return to Baylor open. However, he later hired an agent and eradicated any chances of returning to Baylor. He went undrafted in the 2017 NBA Draft, but ended up signing a two-way contract with the Dallas Mavericks—becoming the first player in franchise history to sign a deal like that. He's working for an opportunity to play in the NBA, but we don't know when that'll happen.
23 Denver Nuggets: Paul Millsap
Paul Millsap is another player whose basketball talents run in the family. His younger brother, Elijah, is also in the NBA. Elijah currently plays for the Iowa Wolves of the NBA G League.
This summer, Millsap decided to return to his childhood hometown of Denver. He signed a multi-year contract with the Denver Nuggets on July 13, 2017. “My history had a lot to play into (signing with Denver), actually,” Millsap told the Spokesman-Review. "It felt like it was unfinished business here, being here years ago and leaving under the circumstances we left. To help this community out, this organization out, that played a big factor."
Millsap scored 19 points in his debut with the Nuggets in a 106-96 loss to his former team (Utah Jazz). Not the greatest performance you'd expect from a four-time NBA All-Star. Right now, he's decent on the court with 14.1 points and 7.9 rebounds per game, but he's also starting to show some age.
22 Detroit Pistons: Boban Marjanović
Simply put, Boban Marjanović is paid like a high-caliber center when he's rarely used in Detroit Pistons games.
Marjanović is from Serbia and represented the Serbian national basketball team in international competitions before signing a one-year, $1.2 million contract with the San Antonio Spurs on July 17, 2015. After the 2015-16 NBA season, he became a restricted free agent and received a three-year, $21 million offer sheet from the Pistons. The Spurs declined that hefty option, so he signed with the Pistons on July 12, 2016.
Last season, Marjanović played just 35 games and sat out at pretty much all the other games as a "Did Not Play - Coach’s Decision." Sure, he's a dependable free throw shooter with an NBA-worthy frame, but he only scored two points in one game so far this season. He's not going to get a whole lot of minutes under Stan Van Gundy anytime soon.
21 Golden State Warriors: Kevon Looney
There's a question that's been swamping the internet lately and that question is: Will Kevin Looney have a future with the Golden State Warriors?
Fun fact: Looney is a cousin of Nick Young. These two guys became teammates in the 2017-18 NBA season.
Looney played college basketball at UCLA for just one season before deciding to forgo his remaining three years of college eligibility. He was fine at UCLA, starting all 36 games in the 2014-15 NCAA season and averaging 11.6 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. He finished with 15 double-doubles. He was also named to the Second-Team All-District.
Right now, the Warriors are one of the best (and priciest) teams in the NBA. So there's not enough room to exercise Looney's $2.2 million option. He'll become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2017-18 season.
Golden State will not exercise 4th-year option of Kevon Looney, league sources tell ESPN. He’ll become an unrestricted at end of season.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) October 31, 2017
Also, the big man's hips seem to cause him more problems that he can control.
20 Houston Rockets: Ryan Anderson
Okay, Ryan Anderson isn't the worst player on the Houston Rockets roster, but he's not worth the four-year, $80 million contract either. He also played for the then-New Jersey Nets, Orlando Magic, New Orleans Hornets (and Pelicans). He was selected by the Nets with the 21st overall pick in the first round of the 2008 NBA Draft.
Historically, Anderson has been injury prone. He missed nine games in the 2010-11 season due to a sprained right foot. He also missed games due to a neck injury in 2014, an MCL sprain in his right knee in 2015 and a sports hernia in 2016.
Anderson was one of the biggest subjects of trade rumors this offseason, which shouldn't come as a surprise to the average basketball fan. Injuries are catching up to him and we don't know how much longer his prime will last.
19 Indiana Pacers: Damien Wilkins
Some people were born with talent and Damien Wilkins is one of those people. He's the son of retired 13-year shooting guard and small forward Gerald Wilkins as well as the nephew of star dunker Dominique Wilkins, also known as the "Human Highlight Film."
After transferring to the University of Georgia, Wilkins had two solid but unspectacular seasons and went undrafted in the 2004 NBA Draft. He got his start with the then-Seattle SuperSonics in 2005. He went on to play for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks, Detroit Pistons, Philadelphia 76ers, Beijing Ducks, Indios de Mayagüez, Iowa Energy, Guaros de Lara, Greensboro Swarm and Brujos de Guayama. He has been waived several times while playing for those teams.
Wilkins returned to the NBA for the first time since 2013. He signed a one-year, $2.1 contract with the Indiana Pacers on August 15, 2017. Many veteran players have tried to mount comebacks in the league, but it rarely works out. So far, it looks like Wilkins would have been better off staying overseas.
18 L.A. Clippers: DeAndre Jordan
Chris Paul left the Los Angeles Clippers this summer. Paul was a huge part of the Clippers offense for the past six years from 2011 to 2017. So does it really make sense for Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan to stay in Lob City?
Jordan will become an unrestricted free agent (UFA) in 2019. Having said that, the Clippers will have to decide whether or not they should secure him in the near future. He's on a four-year, $88 million contract. It's still early in the season, so it's not time for the team to press the panic button on him yet. He's a durable player, but doesn't fit well with Griffin.
Jordan is still making a lot of money, so it would be hard to figure out a new team where a long-term deal would make sense. Perhaps the Washington Wizards, but who would they give up for him?
17 L.A. Lakers: Andrew Bogut
At least Andrew Bogut captured one championship ring with the Golden State Warriors in 2015. Still, he's not that great, especially in recent years.
Bogut is an Australian of Croatian descent who grew up playing three sports: basketball, tennis and Australian rules football. He ultimately picked basketball as his sport of choice. He attended high school at St John's Regional College and Lake Ginninderra in Australia and played two years of college football at the University of Utah, where he earned National Player of the Year in 2005.
Before signing with the Los Angeles Lakers, Bogut has played for the Milwaukee Bucks, Golden State Warriors, Dallas Mavericks and Cleveland Cavaliers. His career hasn't always been smooth sailing though. He's often plagued by injuries, which caused him to spend more time on the sidelines than shooting hoops. That being said, he might want to consider retirement unless if the Lakers get rid of him before his official announcement.
16 Memphis Grizzlies: Chandler Parsons
Chandler Parsons may sound like a pleasant name, but Parsons isn't much of a fan favorite, especially not with Memphis Grizzlies fans. Grizzlies fans booed him in his home opener. According to TMZ, he took a shot at those fans, saying, "It's tasteless, man, it makes no sense...We're athletes, but we're human beings."
Parsons signed a multi-year, $94 million contract with the Grizzlies on July 6, 2016. He had a rough first season. It all started when he had light duties following a knee surgery. He didn't play at all during the preseason and first six regular season games, but he later made his debut with the Grizzlies on November 6, 2016. However, he only suited up for six games before missing 17 games due to a bone bruise on his left knee. He was ruled out indefinitely after being diagnosed with a partial tear of the meniscus in his left knee on March 13, 2017.
No matter how many points he puts on the scoreboard, Parsons' max contract isn't sitting well with a lot of Grizzlies fans.
15 Miami Heat: Udonis Haslem
Udonis Haslem is a hometown boy who was born in Miami, Florida. He attended Wolfson High School in Jacksonville, Florida, and transferred to Miami Senior High School. After high school, he accepted an athletic scholarship from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for the Florida Gators men's basketball team from 1998 to 2002. He also majored in leisure service management.
Don't get us wrong, Haslem has done a lot of great work as the Heat's starting power forward and was a member of three championship rosters—all with the Heat (2006, 2012, 2013). In June 2014, he decided to opt out of his contract with the Heat, only to re-sign with the team in July 2014. He also re-signed with the same team in 2015 and 2016, so he holds the fourth-longest streak as an active player with only one team in the NBA. It's not a good thing as he hasn't started any games in the last two seasons (2015-16, 2016-17).
14 Milwaukee Bucks: Matthew Dellavedova
If you follow basketball closely, you've heard of Matthew Dellavedova. He's an Italian Australian guard who played college basketball at St. Mary's College in Moraga, California. He was initially undrafted in the 2013 NBA Draft, but joined the 2013 NBA Summer League for the Cleveland Cavaliers. He had his season-best game with 21 points and six assists in the Cavs' 97–96 win over the Detroit Pistons on March 26, 2014. He re-joined the Cavs for the 2014 NBA Summer League, but was ruled out for four to six weeks with a sprained left knee (MCL) that he sustained in the fourth quarter in the Cavs' loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on November 4, 2014.
2015 wasn't much of a good year for Dellavedova, who shot just 19 percent from the field in the last three games of the 2015 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors. 2016 was a little better as he was acquired by the Milwaukee Bucks in a sign-and-trade deal with the Cavs. The most recent update was that he was out with a knee injury. There's really nothing that can be done about his never-ending injuries.
13 Minnesota Timberwolves: Justin Patton
The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Justin Patton with the 16th overall pick in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft, but what will he bring to the team? As far as we know, he's nothing like Karl Anthony Towns, who was named the NBA Rookie of the Year during the 2015-16 season.
Patton suffered an injury during a workout in the 2017 NBA Summer League and subsequently underwent injury to repair his broken left foot. He was then sidelined indefinitely.
Although Patton has been making progress by jumping in controlled situations, it doesn't seem like he's going to return to the court anytime soon. "We want to take the long view with him," Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau told CBS Sports. "We want to make sure there's a progression to it. He's handled everything that has come his way so far. He's doing the right things."
In other news, Jimmy Butler handed a personal order to Patton to deliver soup to his house.
Direct order from Jimmy Butler to rookie Justin Patton: Deliver soup to his house later tonight.— John Meyer (@thedailywolf) October 28, 2017
12 New Orleans Pelicans: Rajon Rondo
As you may already know, Rajon Rondo had a turbulent NBA career after playing nine seasons for the Boston Celtics from 2006 to 2014. He had short-lived stints with the Dallas Mavericks (2014-15), Sacramento Kings (2015-16) and Chicago Bulls (2016-17) before signing a one-year, $3.3 million contract with the New Orleans Pelicans on July 19, 2017.
The Celtics began the 2008-09 season with the best starting record in NBA history. They also set a franchise record with a 19-game winning streak. Moreover, Rondo almost averaged a triple double during the 2009 NBA Playoffs with 16.9 points, 9.7 rebounds and 9.8 assists. He became the first Celtics player with two triple-doubles in the same series since Larry Bird in 1986. He also became the first NBA player with multiple triple-doubles in the same playoff series since Jason Kidd in the 2002 Eastern Conference Finals.
That was then, this is now—Rondo underwent surgery for a sports hernia on October 10, 2017. It's understandable if you're freaking out right now. With Rondo's track record of wearing out his welcome with teams, we're wondering why the Pelicans even chose to bring him on board in the first place.
11 New York Knicks: Ron Baker
At the age of 24, Ron Baker is still young, but he's apparently the latest New York Knicks player who got bitten by the injury bug. The Knicks listed him as inactive prior to the team's 107-86 victory over the cross-town rival Brooklyn Nets. This took many people by surprise and they thought the Knicks simply removed him from the point guard rotation. In fact, he had been dealing with an ankle injury.
The Knicks signed Baker to a two-year, $8.9 million contract this offseason. For a lot of people, this was a massive contract that he doesn't deserve. Yes, he has played for 16 minutes in his first couple of games thus far—but he has struggled offensively. No timetable has been announced yet. So it's likely day-to-day when it comes to his sore ankle.
It's too early to tell, but it kind of seems like he's going to be the next Derrick Rose (not the MVP, the injury prone player) in the near future.
10 Oklahoma City Thunder: Raymond Felton
If the Oklahoma City Thunder want to become a super team, they must look over their roster and figure out who's going to provide the right relief for Russell Westbrook. They signed Isaiah Cannon and Raymond Felton to fill in for Westbrook when he's getting some rest.
Yet, the Felton signing appears to be uncertain as the veteran point guard hasn't started in a single game this season. He has only hit 19 of 35 field goals-eight of them being three-pointers. Also, he had quite a few horrendous seasons with his previous teams (Charlotte Bobcats, New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers) and was arrested on felony gun charges in 2014. He pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm. He was handed a $5,000 fine and 500 hours of community service. As a result, the NBA suspended him for the first four games of the 2014-15 season. He's not All-Star material anymore.
9 Orlando Magic: Adreian Payne
Off the court, Adreian Payne drew favorable attention to himself. His friendship with an eight-year-old cancer patient named Lacey "Princess Lacey" Holsworth gained a significant amount of attention in the mainstream media. Holsworth battled with neuroblastoma. She accompanied Payne at center court on Senior Night at Michigan State and helped him cut the nets after the Spartans won the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament in 2014. She passed away on April 8, 2014.
On the court, Payne isn't doing so great. He was selected with the 15th overall pick in the first round by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2014 NBA Draft, but a plantar fasciitis in his left foot led to his reassignment to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. He was then recalled by the Hawks a couple of times.
Payne was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2015, where he started in place of Kevin Garnett until he was ruled out with a low blood platelet count. Most recently, he signed a two-way contract with the Orlando Magic and Lakeland Magic, but he suffered a fractured fourth metacarpal in his left hand. Injuries seem to haunt him, and the Magic should just cut their losses.
8 Philadelphia 76ers: James Michael McAdoo
Okay, James Michael McAdoo won two championships with the Golden State Warriors in 2015 and 2017, but that doesn't mean that he's an excellent power forward. Although being a reserve player isn't always the worst thing in the world, McAdoo's future is up in the air.
After playing three seasons for the Warriors, he signed a two-way contract with the Philadelphia 76ers on August 30, 2017. He's currently spending his time with the 76ers' NBA G League affiliate, the Delaware 87ers, in hopes of receiving some time with the 76ers. He played college basketball as a Tar Heel for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. When it comes to class of 2011 rankings, he was ranked as the No. 4 player by Scout.com, the No. 6 player in the ESPNU 100 and the No. 8 player by Rivals.com.
Maybe this is an overreaction, but McAdoo averaged only 2.8 points and 1.7 rebounds in 52 appearances during the 2016-17 NBA season. It's bizarre how Philly thought he could help them.
7 Phoenix Suns: Tyson Chandler
It wasn't an understatement the Phoenix Suns had a rough start to the 2017-18 NBA season. After a dismal 0-3 start this season, the Suns fired third-year head coach Earl Watson. So the defective team has to make plans if they want to finish the season in a decent manner. They should trade most of their veterans and start getting to know their rookies.
Chandler is still in the middle of the four-year, $52 million contract that he signed with the Suns in 2015. He's still putting up average numbers, but he's taking away playing time from rookies like Alex Len and Dragan Bender at the center position. Not only that, he was deactivated following the 2017 NBA All-Star Break and appeared in just 47 games after that.
Judging from his previous statistics, Chandler is pretty much past his prime. If the Suns want salary cap flexibility, then trading him would be their best bet.
6 Portland Trail Blazers: Zach Collins
This summer, Portland Trail Blazers rookie Zach Collins absorbed as much as he could during his first NBA training camp. He pushed through three-hour practice sessions, all-inclusive weight work and routine trips to the grocery store. Moreover, he spent quite a lot of time at Whole Foods with the Blazers' nutritionist Michelle Tegenkamp, who taught him a crash course in which brands of organic foods would re-charge his body. His goal? To put on weight for an NBA type of frame.
Collins forwent his final three years of college eligibility at Gonzaga to enter the 2017 NBA Draft. He was first drafted by the Kings with the 10th overall pick in the first round, only to be traded to the Trail Blazers. He has only played in two games so far this season, but hasn't contributed much to the team. Perhaps he should've stayed in college for a little bit longer.
5 Sacramento Kings: Vince Carter
Vince Carter has made a name for himself in the world of basketball. For nearly two decades, Carter has impressed many crowds with his slam dunks and leaping abilities. As a result, fans have given him nicknames such as Vinsanity, Air Canada and Half Man, Half Amazing.
Carter was originally drafted by the Golden State Warriors with the fifth overall pick in the first round of the 1998 NBA Draft, but was better known as a member of the Toronto Raptors. The same year, he was traded to the Raptors for the fourth overall pick, close friend and former college teammate Antawn Jamison. He led the Raptors to their first trip to the playoffs in 2001. He also played for the Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and Memphis Grizzlies.
Carter currently plays for the Sacramento Kings. He's the oldest active player in the NBA. According to ESPN, retirement isn't on his radar, but he put up only 2.5 points in six games so far this season. It's time for him to make retirement plans in the near future.
4 San Antonio Spurs: Tony Parker
Perhaps it's time for Tony Parker to hang up his sneakers and retire from the NBA. He followed the footsteps of his professional basketball player father, Tony Parker Sr., who played domestically at Loyola University Chicago and internationally all across Europe.
Parker Jr. has been in the NBA since 2001. He won four championships with the San Antonio Spurs in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014. He has remained loyal to the Spurs as they've been the only American team on his stellar resume. Anyhow, he hasn't played for the Spurs since last year's Western Conference semi-finals and for a good reason as he ruptured a tendon in his left quadriceps. Though, he was recently spotted practicing at an Austin Stars game.
It's unclear as to when Parker will return to the Spurs lineup, but at least he's practicing in Austin in order to make his way back.
3 Toronto Raptors: Alfonzo McKinnie
Alfonzo McKinnie is a Chicago, Illinois, native who got a chance to play at Eastern Illinois University. As a sophomore in college, McKinnie averaged 10.2 points and seven rebounds per game. He then transferred to the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay, where he tore his knee's meniscus at the end of his red-shirt season. He later tore his meniscus again, which led to its removal. He ended his college career with an average of 7.1 points and 5.1 rebounds in 96 games for the Green Bay Phoenix men's basketball team.
McKinnie signed a multi-year, partially guaranteed contract with the Toronto Raptors on July 9, 2017. He made his NBA debut with the Raptors on October 19, 2017. He played for 1.2 minutes in the Raptors' 117-100 win over the Chicago Bulls. The clock is certainly ticking for him to get a regular-season game plan together and stay with the team for the long run.
2 Utah Jazz: Nate Wolters
Nate Wolters got off to a pretty good start as he averaged 24.3 points and 6.4 rebounds as a senior at Technical Senior High School in St. Cloud, Minnesota. He chose South Dakota State over North Dakota State and Colorado State. He began his professional career after being selected by the Wizards with the 38th overall pick in the second round of the 2013 NBA Draft. He was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers the same night of the draft. He was then traded to the Milwaukee Bucks the following day.
In 2013, Wolters signed a rookie scale contract with the Bucks. In his NBA debut, he recorded nine points, one rebound, four assists, one steal and one block in the team's 90-83 loss to the New York Knicks. He re-joined the Bucks in the 2014 NBA Summer League, but was eventually waived by the team as an attempt to make more roster space. He had brief stints with Grand Rapids Drive, Beşiktaş, Denver Nuggets and Crvena zvezda before signing a two-way contract with the Utah Jazz. He currently splits time between the Jazz and Salt Lake City Stars, but can't seem to find full-time work.
1 Washington Wizards: Devin Robinson
This one is pretty clear. Devin Robinson went undrafted in the 2017 NBA draft. Just days later, Robinson joined the Washington Wizards for the 2017 NBA Summer League. He ended up signing a two-way contract with the Wizards on July 14, 2017. He became the second player in the team who signed a two-way contract this season. He splits his time between the Wizards and the NBA G League (minor league basketball organization).
After being recruited by Billy Donovan, Robinson began his basketball career at the University of Florida. Florida Gators coach Michael White told the Richmond Free Press, "Devin runs like a deer and gets his jump shot off so quickly...He’s a very talented guy. He can be a force at both ends of the floor.”
Robinson might've been a basketball star in college, but we're not sure if he can secure a full-time spot on the Wizards' roster.
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