Yawnie has been an avid NBA and lakers fan for over 25 years.
5. Brad Miller
Brad Miller went undrafted in the lockout shortened 98-99 season and was signed by the Charlotte Hornets. Miller played 14 seasons in the NBA and is probably most remembered for an altercation with Shaq in 2000. Miller was on the bulls at the time, and Charles Oakley committed a hard foul on Shaq with Brad Miller around the play as well. Shaq only saw Miller after the hard foul and took a swing and a miss as Miller was walking away from the play. It's a great sequence on Youtube if you haven't seen it. All in all, Miller had a very good career. He made his only all star appearance for the Indiana Pacers in 2002. Brad had his longest stint with the Sacremento Kings and had a few seasons where he averaged 15 points a game. Miller was also known for being a very good passing big man. Overall I think Brad Miller had a nice career in the NBA.
Career averages 11.2 ppg 7.2 rpg 2.8 apg
4. Antawn Jamison
Antawn Jamison was selected 4th overall in 1998 by the Toronto Raptors, and was immediately traded to the Golden State Warriors for the 5th overall pick Vince Carter. Jamison enjoyed a very good 16 year NBA career playing for 6 NBA franchises. His most memorable years were in Washington playing alongside Gilbert Arenas. Later on in his career he tried to win a title with Lebron in Cleveland and Kobe in LA. Jamison had 6 season averaging more than 20 points a night. Jamison was selected to two all star games in 2005 and 2008 and even won the 6th man of the year award in his only season with the Dallas Mavericks.
Career averages: 18.5 ppg 7.5 rpg 1.6 apg
3. Michael Finley
Michael Finley was selected 21st overall to the Phoenix Suns in 1995. Finley had a great rookie season averaging 15 points a game, but was traded to the Dallas Mavericks along with Sam Cassell and A.C. Green for Jason Kidd, Tony Dumas, and Loren Meyer. Finley had his best years with the Dallas Mavericks putting up very good numbers year in and year out. He had 5 seasons in Dallas averaging over 20 points a game. Finley had some success making to the playoffs with Dallas, but it was not until he went to the Spurs where he was finally able to make it in winning an NBA championship. Finley was still putting up very good numbers, but sacrificed all that to win a championship and contend with the Spurs. Finley was a two time all star as well as being a one time NBA champion.
Career averages: 15.8 ppg 4.4 rpg 2.9 apg
2. Baron Davis
Baron Davis was the third overall pick in the 1999 NBA draft to the Charlotte Hornets. Davis was Russell Westbrook before Russell Westbrook. Baron Davis was that explosive 6'3" guard that we have all come to love in recent years. No one had seen that kind of point guard yet by the early 2000's. Davis is most famous for taking the eighth seeded Golden State Warriors against the top seeded Utah Jazz team to a huge first round win upset. Baron Davis was a great scorer and facilitator as well as a great pick pocket. He led the NBA in steals twice in his career. Davis was never a great shooter, but he could really impress you with his speed and explosive dunks off the fast break. He made 2 all star teams in 2002, 2004 and it was a shame he could never win an NBA championship.
Career averages: 16.1 ppg 7.2 apg 1.8 spg
1. Brandon Roy
Perhaps the most tragic of players on this list is former Portland Trailblazer Brandon Roy. Brandon was selected 6th overall in 2006 by the Minnesota Timberwolves and was immediately traded for the draft rights to Randy Foye. Roy had an immediate impact for the Trailblazers as he was rookie of the year averaging almost 17 a night. Brandon Roy was Damian Lillard before Damian Lillard. Roy has hit so many big game winning shots for the Trailblazers all before Lillard came to the team sadly. Roy made 3 years in a row all star game selections from 2008-2010. Sadly Brandon Roy had continuous knee problems since college and in 2011 it was discovered that the cartilage in both of his knees had become almost none existent. He lacked so much cartilage and was forced to retire just as his NBA career was starting to boom. He made an attempt to play a year later with the Minnesota Timberwolves but his knees were not able to withstand the grueling schedule of the NBA.
Career averages: 18.8 ppg 4.3 rpg 4.7 apg