Making it to the NBA is one of the hardest things any basketball player could ever achieve, but moreover, making it isn’t nearly half as difficult as actually being able to stay on an NBA roster for the long run.
Either if you come via Draft, overseas, out of high school or playing some time in the G-League, there’s absolutely no guarantee that you’re going to be able to become a consistent part of any team’s rotation.
Several players just give up on their NBA dreams after being constantly waived by teams, trying their luck overseas on easier leagues where they can get paid big time while thriving against lesser opposition.
Nonetheless, there have been several players that are resilient enough to stay in the G-League to try and create a lot of buzz and make NBA teams notice them and give them another shot, and today, we’re going to let you know about the top 5 former NBA Players that you wouldn’t believe are actually playing in the G-League right now.
5. Perry Jones
Perry Jones was considered to be one of the nation’s most talented prospects due to his great hops and scoring ability, but after injuring his knee in Baylor, he slipped all the way to the 28th spot in the 2012 NBA Draft.
After struggling to become a consistent offensive contributor for the Thunder, Jones was dealt to the Celtics, who immediately waived him before the start of the season. Up to this date, he’s still trying to make a comeback, playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves affiliate; the Iowa Wolves.
4. Anthony Bennett
Coming out of UNLV, the Cleveland Cavaliers decided to trust Anthony Bennett with the 1st overall pick of the 2013 Draft, a decision they would almost immediately regret after seeing his lack of confidence, progress and upside.
The tweener forward was never nearly half as good as expected and after being passed around the league by the Cavs, Wolves, Raptors and Nets, he’s now trying his best at the Maine Red Claws, the Boston Celtics’ G-League affiliate.
3. Kendrick Perkins
Kendrick Perkins had a true shot of making an NBA comeback this season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but he’s still going to have to wait for his turn after failing to impress at the Canton Charge of the G-League.
Perkins’ hard-nosed defense would be a great asset for the Cleveland Cavaliers, but his attitude problems would definitely hurt the team’s locker room, especially considering he’s not likely to have good feelings towards LeBron James following his past with the Celtics and Thunder.
2. Jeremy Evans
And finally, we find Jeremy Evans, still trying to make an NBA Comeback despite never being much of a factor for the Utah Jazz or the Dallas Mavericks, constantly being assigned to the D-League before spending a 1 season tenure playing at Russia.
The Small Forward is playing for the Erie BayHawks, the Atlanta Hawks G-League affiliate, but his lack of a consistent jump shot and offensive explosiveness are going to make it really hard for him to find a home in the NBA at age 30.
1. Shannon Brown
Believe it or not, Shannon Brown is still actually trying to make it to an NBA roster at age 32 after playing for the Cavs, Bulls, Bobcats, Lakers, Suns, Spurs, Knicks and Heat between 2006 and 2014.
Brown was one of the most explosive and athletic dunkers in the league but was never able to become a consistent scorer and struggled a lot on the defensive end of the floor, but he’s still balling at the Delaware 87ers, the Sixers’ affiliate.