Players who have already earned their money are satisfied with their careers. That doesn’t go for all of them, but it does apply to a few players in this range of rankings. Keep in mind, it is tougher for players to stay conditioned as they reach their 30s and beyond.
Tyrus Thomas (#369): Thomas seemed to attract many NBA teams coming out of LSU in 2006. Ty Thomas was selected 4th in the 2006 NBA Draft by Portland and traded to Chicago. The main reason Chicago was infatuated with him was because of his athleticism at his size and position.
Truth of the matter is, Thomas was never really that talented. College and pro are nothing alike. There weren’t strong enough athletes to hold him back in college. However, in the NBA, you need skill and you can’t just be an athlete.
Through his seven-year NBA career, Thomas has not shown the desire to improve his game. He has been a clear underachiever thus far and that’s why he sits at #369 on NBA rank.
Hedo Turkoglu (#372): I’m here to take a different stance with Hedo Turkoglu. Turk has had a very successful career. He was known for hitting clutch shots in his years with Orlando, especially when they reached the finals in 2009.
Not only was Hedo a clutch player, he was a complete player. In my opinion, Turk has never gotten enough credit for the skills he had outside of scoring. He was one of the handful players who exhibited the point forward position as he had good ball control and desirable court vision.
Turkoglu is 34 years old and there’s no doubt he has something left in the tank. He should continue to be an effective role player and a beneficial locker-room guy.
Corey Maggette (#375): Maggette’s value has continually tumbled down in the last two to three years. Once a consistently explosive scorer, Maggette now struggles to find a good fit in the NBA.
Maggette has been in this league a while. He’s averaged as much as 22 points per game. Maggette was usually known as one of the more muscular wing players. He didn’t care if Yao Ming or Ben Wallace was standing by the hoop, just waiting for him. He would always try to initiate contact and draw the foul, and he was very successful at making a career out of it.
Rarely has Maggette been part of a winning culture. Nowadays, teams just feel he doesn’t bring much to the table. There are far too many great scorers in this league for the 33-year-old to make his way back into that category.
Michael Beasley (#378): Last but certainly not least, Michael Beasley. There’s no need to explain his past. Beasley was a very good talent coming out of college but everything just fell apart after his rookie season with Miami.
Beasley is very fortunate to have another chance. There’s no better place than Miami, the city he started in. Fans will start to love Michael Beasley if he becomes a reliable 6th or 7th man. He clearly isn’t capable of what Miami thought he was capable of when they selected him.
Now, the expectations are a bit different. He just needs to cooperate and play his game, and maybe he’ll help Miami to it’s third straight championship.
Beasley should shoot up these rankings by next summer!
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