Top 5 Basketball Players Not To Make The NBA
Nice detailed scouting report there. I can go on Future150 and every 5 star prospect would look the same with every attribute being described as a good to outstanding. So lemme get this straight. He had all those "outstanding" attributes on a strong powerful frame with athleticism, yet all that translated to him being labeled as a tweener by pro coaches who subsequently cut him from the Sonics, a summer league team and a D-League team, not even getting picked up by low level Euro ball and settling for a "lucrative" offer in the Philippines? The proof is in the pudding. Lenny didn't make the grade and him even being the discussion of one of the best ever to never make the NBA is a joke. The NY/Slam hype is strong one indeed. I'm done discussing him because he doesn't belong in this thread.
like i said,you have clearly never seen him play a full game.he wasnt labeled a tweener by pro coaches,1 pro coach said he is a tweener.phillipines leagues paid good money,so whats the problem with playing there.by 22 he blew his knee,by 24 he had the car accident,so his career was essentially done at 24
Who's on your list then Siggy?
There are some good ones mentioned in this thread. Sergei Belov, Oscar Schmidt, Mel Daniels, Roger Brown, Wayne Estes, Raymond Lewis, Nick Galis, Cosic, Bias
Posted about this a while back if you remember Siggy...I think we had a debate about Lenny Cooke then also (lol)
Had Lenny Cooke as Top 10 never to play in the NBA more for his story rather than his skills. Obviously it's debatable either way, but he has to be in the discussion for Top 25 Never to Play in the NBA.
Had Sergei Belov, Nick Galis, Roger Brown in Top 25...and would have put Mel Daniels in...except he played 11 games in 76-77 season.
Anyways...Here's a crack at the Top 5 Never to Play in the NBA.
had Raymond Lewis #6...can't forget to mention that guy. His game was ridiculous....really no reason he shouldn't have played in the league...dropped 60 points on #1 pick Doug Collins at 76ers rookie camp, in the 1st half! Seems like he was blackballed by the NBA.
I had to plus 1 you man. Ed Cota was that dude at Carolina. Scouts considered him too short and didn't have a good jump shot though. I still think he was one of the best pure point guards the ACC has seen
Now if we're talking about our FAVORITE players to not have played in the NBA, Cota would've been on my list.
By way of the inter webs: Globetrotter "Jumpin" Jackie Jackson was a monster rebounder for someone 6'4" averaging a peak 24.7rpg in 1960-1961 and leading the nation in rebounds for the second time at Virginia Union he also has a freshman award to his name. He was a freak show , rumour has it that he dunked over Wilt in a playground game which can be taken with a pinch of salt but noteworthy nevertheless here's Connie Hawkins' account of it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RF791CN02Ek He was the 41st pick in the 1962 draft by the Warriors but opted for the Globetrotters and was also drafted to serve in the Army for a spell.
It's a shame that such an electrifying player chose to never play in the NBA.
but my man ed cota he was such a real pg, played with him at five star. Unstoppable all week. Still couldnt shoot a lick though. He was tne man in Germany after unc though.
Now that reminds me of Omar cook. One more year in college and i think he could have really found a place in the league.
Did Donald Williams of Unc ever get a sniff in the league.
This dude could ball still holds Utah State scoring total, PPg total and most made freethrows. Dude head a long NBA career ahead of him. In 1968 Estes age 21, was helping out a crashed car that had ran into a telephone pull. As he was pulling victums out of the car a down electric line caught him and wayne Estes died being a hero, and one hell of a basketball player.
Was second team all american. second in ncaa in scoring behind rick barry. Wayne Estes is still a legend around Utah Stat Campus. He was a 6' 8'' rebounding machine that could score at ease. He would have been a perenial allstar for many years. The rumor is that the Lakers wanted to draft this kid very bad. Imagine Estes on those 1970s lakerk teams. They would have been great.
died on campus and I believe USU is naming their new 9.5 million dollar practise facility after Wayne Estes. That should be complete in the next year or two,
Wayne senior season he averaged 34 ppg. and 14 rbg. The dude was a machine.
Some suggestions from guys that played in Europe............
Juan Antonio Corbalan
Juan Antonio San Epifanio ("Epi")
Walter Sczerbiak Sr.
Gregor F u c k a
etc., etc., etc. there are MANY more, but that gives you an idea.