By Roscoe Whalan
The musical chairs that is the NBA trade deadline has stopped and while some players switched seats, a lot are now left awkwardly standing around the room. What’s left are the Buyout Bargains, the Journeyman, the Stop-gappers — okay, maybe the team name isn’t quite there yet but the roster sure is coming together.
Here are the best, who’ve been around the block, sitting on the sidelines waiting for a call up:
Coach: Brian Shaw
Until today, this team didn’t have a head coach. Fortunately, for those playing left right out, now, they have their leader. Brian Shaw had troubles relating to his team in Denver, rapping scouting reports to players. Let’s get this man a sick beat and introduce the starters…
Center: JaVale McGee
The big man didn’t even stand a chance. He played just six games for the 76ers — only producing one piece of McGee magic in his short tenure. Not surprisingly, the 76ers didn’t think McGee would be the best mentor for young centres Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid — who would’ve thought?
Power Forward: Malcolm Thomas
This former 76er has to hold some sort of record. After a 17-game stint in Philadelphia he was waived. He’s played for five teams (San Antonio, Golden State, Utah, Chicago and Philadelphia) in just 40 NBA games. How does that even happen?!
Small Forward: John Salmons
In the twilight of his career, the big fish has swum in the murky waters of uncertainty before. John Salmons is a regular feature of “Who does he play for now?” game after this season being traded for the seventh time.
Shooting Guard: Ray Allen
Will Ray Allen have a Rip Hamilton moment and just one day announce his retirement to which the collective basketball world will reply, “Huh?” Jesus Shuttleworth has been the most coveted man without a team all season but the closer it gets to playoffs time, it seems more and more unlikely that he joins a contender.
Point Guard: Nate Robinson
Stops in New York, Boston, Oklahoma City, Golden State, Chicago and Denver but the 5’9 Nate is still looking to keep the dream alive. He’s been off the court for a couple of months but Robinson doesn’t give up — remember that dunk contest?
O’Neal has spent much of the season lamenting where he may end up, teasing the Twitterverse, dangling the carrot of his potential signing. But then, one day, O’Neal told the League to move on without him, he wasn’t ready — or is he? Maybe. We’ll never know. (Has anyone else notice that a lot of these guys used to be Celtics? Shhh… don’t tell Doc Rivers)
It’s not a huge selling point to say you were waived by a Knicks team that’s been dubbed ‘tragic’ (although a lot of players may hold that honour). However, the Haitian Sensation has frequented six teams in six seasons.
Fresh off of dominating in the Chinese Basketball Association, Andray Blatche is back in the USA and ready to make some bills. He may not be the prototypical journeyman like a lot of this roster. However, his time abroad and successful attempt to have Filipino legislation passed in his name, are sure fire ways of making the list.
Recently made available to the Journeyman, Toney Douglas is fresh off of a couple of 10-day contracts with the New Orleans Pelicans. His career after being drafted in the first round back in 2010 has involved four trades, six NBA teams and a stint in China.
Marshall mightn’t have the resume dotted with different pit stops that most of this roster of veteran’s possesses. However, his three teams in three season after being drafted as a lottery pick is a great start. This journeyman prospect has shown great promise to become one of the all-time stop-gaps for years to come.
Roscoe Whalan is a #BTHype US Correspondent & will be covering games across the East Coast, based in Washington for believethehypeNBA.com this season. Follow him on Twitter: @RoscoeWhalan7