I've had some fun tonight looking at the careers of some pretty average players. It is kind of amazing how some guys have managed to stay in the league for years despite very non-descript performance. When I look at guys like Drew Gooden and Rasual Butler, for instance, I assume they must be great tea guys, good in the locker room and professional in their approach. And, for this, they have continued to cash checks.
Who are some of your favorite journeymen? Guys who you followed and always liked, even if they weren't big producers.
Brian Scalabrine is a journeymen Hall of Famer.
The great Nate Robinson
Ronny Turiaf springs to mind. Always plays hard and charismatic as hell.
Earl Boykins baby!!! 10 different teams
1.Robert Horry-''Big Shot Rob'' the Will Smith Look A Like won 7 championship with 3 different teams...
2.Joe Smith-When you are the top overall pick in the draft,you are expected to become the face of the franchise for the next decade..Smith's career wasnt spectacular,but he was solid...
3.Steve Kerr-From 1993-94 to 2002-2003 Kerr or Horry were on teams that won the title..
4.Mike James-The feisty point guard always seems to find a nba job year after year,despite his limitations.....
Drew Gooden sprang to mind when I read the thread title but he has been mentioned above. Drew was a decent NBA player good enough to be a double digit career scorer and average 7.5 rpg, has earned over $56 million gross in his NBA career over 12 seasons. But he could never seem to really stick anywhere. Perhaps it was that he wasn't considered good enough to be an intangibles key player a team would want to keep but had a reasonable contract, good skillset, good reputation so he had trade value in that other teams would accept him in a trade or make a move for him.
It's good to see him back in the NBA and playing well again.
Names that spring to mind include:
Mike Dunleavy. Good size, reasonable decision maker, contract never too steep. Goes through a shooting slump now and again. At other times puts up borderline all-star numbers (think Gordon Hayward).
Steve Blake: Bounced around a lot, but always been a good back-up.
Caron Butler: High character guy. Takes care of the ball.
Mike Miller: Rookie of the year in a terrible draft. Good size & shooting.
Best journeymen of all time? Dennis Rodman & Robert Horry. Wherever they travelled, championships followed.
Hakim Warrick played eight seasons with seven teams and averaged only 9.4 ppg, but he made 21 million so I would say he had a good career.
Kurt Thomas, such a solid pro and so smart. I was legitimately excited when the Bulls signed him to a 1 year deal a few years ago.
Shaun Livingstone has now been on 8 NBA teams and is still only 28 years old.
The most teams any player has played for is 12, one of those is Joe Smith. Mike James is now on his 11th team and Drew Gooden his 10th.
I wonder if these stats include players who return to a former team.
Kurt Thomas was a legit solid player who could still be called upon to play when required but would sit on the bench with DNPs for a few weeks at a time at the end of his career. That is exactly what a team likes, a guy who is good to go when needed but knowing he won't be used that much.