We have seen a lot of players play till their forties in the NBA, and they have been really blessed to do so. However, there is the other side of the coin, with some people having their career cut short due to a variety of reasons. Whether it is a career-ending injury, troubles with the law, or a lost interest in the game, there have been a lot of players who didn't give it their all. Let's have a look at the shortest NBA career of all time, a player who had a bright future in the league, but was never given a chance to prove himself.
His name is JamesOn Curry, and this is not even a typo. His first name is a mix of James and Leon, in honor of his grandfather and his father respectively. He attended the Eastern Alamance High School in North Carolina, where he set the school scoring record with 3.307 points. His averages were simply insane, with 40.2 points per game, to go along with 7.3 rebounds and 6.0 assists as a senior.
He went on to play for the Oklahoma State University from 2004 to 2007 and did quite a good job. He chose to forgo his senior season and entered the 2007 NBA Draft. He was picked at the 51st pick by the Chicago Bulls but was sent down to their D-League affiliate. He was actually pretty active in his numerous teams in the D-League but was waived by the Bulls without playing a single second in the NBA.
He continued to find work in the D-league before trying his luck overseas, but he never really got it going. He eventually got a 10-day contract with the Los Angeles Clippers on January 22, 2010, while averaging 16.1 points, 7.5 assists and 4 rebounds with the Springfield Armor. Which brings us to his first, and only, participation in an NBA game.
He was subbed in the final 3.9 seconds of the Clipper's match against the Celtics, making his debut in the NBA. He only guarded Rajon Rondo for the final seconds of that match and was later on released after just four days.
He might have failed to make an impact in the NBA, but he had a really bright future even from his high-school days. However, he got into numerous troubles with the law, from dealing illegal substances in high-school to urinating in public and resisting arrest. He didn't hire a lawyer and pleaded guilty on both occasions, and it was pretty obvious that he would not have a career in the NBA. The teams just don't want that kind of a headache.