Back in the day, Stephon Marbury was one of the most entertaining players to watch in the Association, coming out of Georgia Tech to become the 4th overall pick of the 1996 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks and immediately dealt to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Ray Allen and a future 1st rounder.
Spending 13 years in the NBA, Marbury had very successful stints and was a quite important member of the Timberwolves, the New York Knicks, the New Jersey Nets, the Phoenix Suns and even the Boston Celtics, the last team he played for before packing his bags and heading to China.
Now, at age 40 and still playing for the Beijing Ducks, “Starbury” has stated via his twitter account that he’s poised to make an NBA comeback to redeem himself after a career that even though was quite good, wasn’t nearly as successful as could’ve been due to his lack of commitment and work ethic.
Nonetheless, a 40-year-old Marbury could still provide some boost for a team’s second unit while also mentoring some young point guards, and with career averages of 19.3 points and 7.6 dimes per game, he could be a nice addition for one of this 5 teams.
5. Houston Rockets
The Houston Rockets are one of the most overpowered teams in the Association after Chris Paul’s addition, but they also had to sacrifice some role players in order to make room for the best point guard in the world.
So, signing a minimum deal with the Rockets would make a lot of sense for both parties, as Marbury would have a real chance to win the NBA Championship and would have his minutes limited. Playing 15-18 minutes per game, he could be in for a treat if he’s able to bury the hatchet with Mike D’ Antoni.
4. Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors are a prime destination for. Well, for pretty much any single basketball player that wants to win an NBA Championship before retiring, and Stephon Marbury won’t be the exception to that rule.
Of course, he’d barely see the floor with the Warriors, although to be fair, Golden State has a lot of garbage time in his games. Still, he would be the team’s third point guard and provide some depth considering just Steph Curry and injury-prone Shaun Livingston are the team’s current point guards.
3. Portland Trail Blazers
The Portland Trail Blazers were lacking some presence down low the past season since Festus Ezeli wasn’t even able to suit up until they finally managed to put their hands into former Denver Nuggets center Jusuf Nurkic.
So, even though the team really improved upon Nurkic’s arrival and Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum are playing the best ball of their career and are yet to hit their ceiling, the team’s in need of some veteran leadership and a guy that could lead the second unit while their standout backcourt duo rests, and that’ exactly where Marbury comes handy.
2. Washington Wizards
The Washington Wizards were one of the most quiet teams during this year’s offseason, as apparently the team’s front office and Scott Brooks were more than satisfied with the roster they had and they believed they could reach the Eastern Conference finals without making much noise in free agency.
Still, this team lacks a lot of depth and if they don’t make the required adjustments, they’re looking for yet another second-round exit this season. Marbury would help Wall get some pressure off his shoulders like Brandon Jennings did, and they need as much help as they can get if they want to beat the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers.
1. New York Knicks
If Marbury wants to redeem himself, there simply won’t be a better destination for him than the New York Knicks, a team he arrived to as the future franchise player but that failed to deliver after constantly being involved in conflicts with Larry Brown, Isiah Thomas and later Mike D’Antoni.
Marbury was supposed to take the Knicks to a whole new level after having an amazing run with the Phoenix Suns, so now he could try and take care of the team’s second unit while mentoring French rookie Ntikilina.