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He tried to run for the Utah House of Representatives in , but just lost to the Democratic contender. He was an incredible power forward for Clemson during his four years collegiate career and was thought so highly of that the 76ers eagerly took him with the 6 th overall pick in the NBA Draft.
Eventually, Wright was picked up by Toronto, but a car accident he suffered would hinder his career. From there, Wright spent six seasons on the international scene playing everywhere from Hong Kong to Spain.
In fact, Doug Smith has fallen off the radar so much in recent years that you would almost have no idea that he is one of the greatest players in University of Missouri history and even had his number retired there.
The Dallas Mavericks took him with the number six pick in the draft, and he spent four seasons with the team before he was eventually let go due to underperformance. He was last seen coaching at the Premier Basketball Academy of Arizona.
Incredibly, he would only spend two seasons in the NBA after being drafted by the Nets in He was also the figurehead in the long-term lawsuit against the NCAA for antitrust law violations.
Besides being the name an uninspired writer might give to a character in a moment of desperation, Joe Smith was also the name of a somewhat uninspiring basketball player taken with the number one pick in the NBA Draft.
Maybe that was true, but Joe was never able to mature his skills enough to be a star in the NBA. He has also released a couple of rap albums under the name of Joe Beast.
Shawn Respert is the best point guard the Michigan State Spartans ever had. Respert was drafted by the Trail Blazers in , but would only play games in the NBA over the course of four seasons.
Due to some incredibly disappointing scoring numbers, he was unable to find NBA work and eventually transitioned to the Euro League. In , Respert admitted that he had been battling stomach cancer throughout much of his professional career. He has been undergoing treatment for years and currently serves as the assistant coach for the Memphis Grizzlies. Basketball legend states that Bryant Reeves earned the nickname of Big Country following his reaction to his first flight across the United States.
That name could have just as easily come from his physical presence, though, as the 7 foot tall Reeves managed to dominate nearly every college player during his years as an Oklahoma State University player. He was selected with the Vancouver Grizzlies first ever draft pick and quickly earned a reputation for being an inconsistent big man.
Despite a couple of good seasons, health problems eventually caught up with Reeves in , and he was never able to recover. Despite being fondly remembered as one of the toughest players in NBA history, Reeves had to end his career in Now, he operates a cattle ranch with his wife and kids. The career of Donyell Marshall is one of highs and lows.
On the high side, you have his unbelievable performance as a member of the Cavaliers in which he hit 12 3-point shots in a single game. This puts him in a three-way tie for the single-game record with Steph Curry and Kobe Bryant. On the low side of things, you have pretty much the rest of his professional career.
Marshall did end up having a pretty respectable coaching career, however, as he started off as the assistant coach of the Maine Red Claws and eventually ended up becoming the head coach of Central Connecticut State earlier this year. Before you start thinking the Golden State Warriors were crazy for making that selection, however, remember that Fuller was an unbelievable center for North Carolina State who could seemingly do it all.
Fuller did pretty well for himself in the Euro League following his departure from the NBA and has developed a reputation as a man that loves to travel the world. He has joined volunteer missions designed to help teach island kids basketball and frequently participated in humanitarian efforts. Labeling Jonathan Bender as a disappointment has always been something of a controversy. Bender elected to skip playing in college despite his verbal commitment to Mississippi State, which gave some NBA teams a reason to pause before drafting him.
Despite a hot start, Bender soon settled into a fairly unremarkable role as a generic big man. He would redeem himself late in his career as a member of the Pacers, but never quite lived up to the hype. After a brief return to the league in when he played 25 games for the New York Knicks, Bender finally decided to call it quits. What is it about Duke stars not being able to carry their skills over to the NBA?
William Avery tore up the courts in and while a point guard on the Blue Devils and, at one point, helped the team to win 32 straight games. He broke a sacred Duke tradition by leaving before he graduated, which may help to explain why he never looked like the same player in the NBA.