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Old 01-11-2013, 03:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default The top 25 ballers who never made it to the NBA

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Old 01-11-2013, 03:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Good read. I agree with Len Bias right up there. Either I must have missed or Bobby Hurley Jr was missing from that list!
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The list is for people who never played a game in the NBA. Bobby Hurley played in the leauge for a couple of years but didn't pan out.
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The list is for people who never played a game in the NBA. Bobby Hurley played in the leauge for a couple of years but didn't pan out.
Hurley Jr? I just read it up, he did actually play for like 1 month before getting into a car accident so I guess he doesnt count. But rookie season and 1 month in pretty much means no playing time! I dont count his comeback. lol
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if they never made it to the nba, there's a good chance i've never heard of them. sad but true
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:27 PM   #7 (permalink)
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That is a great list. I wasn't expecting it to be. But it exceeded my expectations and featured 25 players that I've enjoyed reading about over the years.

It's great to see such a range of players on the list, from pre-NBA superstars like Bobby McDermott to Harlem Globetrotters to European stars (such as Galis and Bodiroga) to high-school phenoms including Schea Cotton (what could have been) to players that died to young.

Just a thoroughly well-researched and outstanding article.

Thanks for sharing.
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A couple of other things I wanted to mention...

Obviously the list of pre-NBA players who potentially deserved a mention is a long one. However, in my opinion Hank Luisetti deserved to make the top 25. He was a pioneer and revered as arguably basketball's first matinee idol. I suppose McDermott's career ended just a few years prior to the formation of the NBA, so maybe that's why he deserves a mention at the expense of someone like Luisetti.

Also, great as Marques Haynes was, it's generally agreed that Goose Tatum was the best Globetrotter (and indeed the best center ever, at the time). So he deserved to make the list too.

But the writer did well to strike up a balance between all the different categories of players (historic, streetballers, high schoolers, ABA, international, etc).
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What was that name of the Aussie dude who played in the 90's Olympics. He always shot lights out from the 3 pt and led the Australian team. I wish he went to the NBA but I think he didn't want to. Let me see if I can find a youtube video.
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What was that name of the Aussie dude who played in the 90's Olympics. He always shot lights out from the 3 pt and led the Australian team. I wish he went to the NBA but I think he didn't want to. Let me see if I can find a youtube video.
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Also played for the Timberwolves. Wasn't very good.
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Good read. I agree with Len Bias right up there. Either I must have missed or Bobby Hurley Jr was missing from that list!
Hurley played 5 season in NBA.
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What was that name of the Aussie dude who played in the 90's Olympics. He always shot lights out from the 3 pt and led the Australian team. I wish he went to the NBA but I think he didn't want to. Let me see if I can find a youtube video.
I imagine you're talking about Andrew Gaze, but he too played in the NBA for a very short stint and when he was already in his 30's.

I enjoyed reading the article, but it was definitely skewed toward USA players... Nick Galis #19... pffft. He should be top 5 in this list, if not #1.
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Yeah, Galis and Bodiroga should have been higher. I was just happy to see that they were included.
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I got a long shot for this list---Dave Winfield. Pretty sure he was a multi-sport star but was basketball one on them?

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My phone doesnt like those links, where do they have benji wilson and ronnie fields at?
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I thought it was a great ride. Maybe some people were missing but overall great read.
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It was a fun read, but it would be more appropriately titled if it were called top 20 players who never played in the NBA because of tragedy and just left the handful of euroleague players out all together... or give those guys (and more) the credit they deserve.

Had Darius Miles, Eddy Curry or Kwame Brown died or been significantly injured before playing an NBA game, those guys would be top 10 on this list guaranteed. Meanwhile FIBA HOF'ers are barely included and some left off completely.

Fun read, but mistitled.
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Yes!!!!!! Thank you!!! I thought he could have been the greatest 3pt shooter. Too bad he had 2 stints in the nba.
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It was a fun read, but it would be more appropriately titled if it were called top 20 players who never played in the NBA because of tragedy and just left the handful of euroleague players out all together... or give those guys (and more) the credit they deserve.

Had Darius Miles, Eddy Curry or Kwame Brown died or been significantly injured before playing an NBA game, those guys would be top 10 on this list guaranteed. Meanwhile FIBA HOF'ers are barely included and some left off completely.

Fun read, but mistitled.
Bobby McDermott's career wasn't a tragedy. He was the best player in the NBL but never played in the NBA because he retired before its creation. So I think the title is actually a fair one. Although I do see what you mean; clearly many of the players listed saw a tragic end to their careers.
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Kinda might be off topic maybe not but i went to school with Sam okey im sure some of you heard of him went to school in cassville wi even tho hes like 8 yrs older than me but he went on to play in the mcdonalds game in 95 with kevin garnet n them guys then pkayed at uw wi and got caught with drugs then went to iowa same #@#@#@#@....they say if he woulda made his freshman year of college he woulda been drafted...he was a amazing player too bad he flushed it down the drain
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Lenny Cooke...google him

DeJuan Wagner-yes I know he "made" it to the NBA, but never really got going because of health. Him and Lebron would have been nice.
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