Playing in the NBA is not only a blessing but a fulfillment on every player’s dream. It is the Mecca of basketball, the final destination and the seventh heaven. To be an NBA player is once and lifetime opportunity. Many tried but end up playing as high as the developmental league. But here are the lists of players that not only wasted precious opportunity but wasted their God given talents. My top ten lists of NBA players who are talented but are unwanted.
Demetrius”Hook” Mitchell- Considered to be the one of the greatest player to never reach the NBA the 5-foot-9 Mitchell is a street ball legend in Oakland California. Many thought Mitchell would come out as one of the best NBA prospect with NBA stars all are overwhelmed by his skills including Gary Payton, Jason Kidd, Antonio Davis, Drew Gooden and Brian Shaw but unfortunately drugs and crime hinders Mitchell from playing in the professional league.
Earl “The Goat”Manigault- What’s with these streetball legends? They are one helluva player but yet they are uncoachable. Earl could have been one of the hall of famer NBA legends but he was more of a showtime rather than pass first type of player. Drugs and addiction once again barred this street legend to play in the NBA.
Kenny Anderson- He was one of the most decorated college player helping Georgia Tech all the way to the final four in 1990. He played 16 seasons in the NBA but never lived up to his expectations but still he was one of the most sought out point guard because of his skills. When he was traded to the Raptors for Damon Stoudamire he refused to report to Toronto because he doesn’t want to play in Canada. That proved to be vital in evaluating Kenny’s game attitude. He was traded again for Boston and was waived he played in Europe and was released after 2005-06 season. He made some TV appearance but would have loved to see Kenny ended his career in a good note.
Shawn Kemp –A 6-foot-10 power forward with the athletic ability and handles of a swing man combined with the power of a center. He was called the reign man who made the Seattle Supersonics all the way to the NBA finals. He had some weight problems and was hook on cocaine and alcohol. He was once a franchise player but now he was nowhere the shadow of himself. Eventually teams waived him and Shawn is still battling his addiction.
Isaiah Rider- I could remember Isaiah crying in front of the camera asking teams to give him one more chance. But the NBA has enough of him. He was always late for practice, he was uncoachable , arrested for misdemeanors and drugs possession, quarrel with management and he was not worth the trouble to sign in. Now retired, Rider have already had multiple arrests and charges. I wonder if he has some future of being a dramatic actor.
Dennis Rodman- His in and off court misdemeanor made him a risk for teams to sign him in. Phil Jackson was successful in some ways of controlling him but it was a case to case basis. Rodman could have prolonged his career since many teams are interested on this rebounding demon but at least he is now playing abroad with some NBA legends.
Latrell spreewell- He disagreed to sign an extension for the Minnesota Timberwolves for a 3-year $21 million contract saying he has a family to feed. Famous for his slashing moves and choking his former coach PJ Carlesimo now Spreewell is facing mountains of credit card bills and unpaid taxes. He still feels he can play on the professional level but at age 39 he will be lucky if he can play even in the developmental league.
Steve Francis- Stevie “Franchise” was the face of the Houston Rockets franchise but when the NBA moves forward Steve stayed behind. Long are the days when we see a lot of isolations and one on one plays… He wasn’t effective throughout the teams he has been with. He was paid $19,814.480 without playing in a single game as a member of the Memphis Grizzlies until he was waived. If only Francis made some adjustment and stop dribbling the ball too much.
Stephon Marburry- Eating petroleum jelly won’t do you any good. He was an overpaid point guard who gives up on his team when everything doesn’t go the way he wants. He is selfish and egotistic and now he is paying the price. No team ever wanted to have him and when Boston offered him a reserved role he was below expectations and after the season ended his career also ended. He still can play but I doubt if there are teams willing to take the risk.
Allen Iverson- The former MVP who is part of the top 30-50 greatest NBA players that ever played the game and not even a single team wanted him. The Memphis Grizzlies gave Allen Iverson a contract but he wasn’t prepared to sit on the bench. He wanted out and so the Grizzlies release him. There were some talks about the New York Knicks interest on AI but they were quick to dismiss the possibility. Memphis was supposed to be AI’s new lease in life but his ego comes in the way.