Found September 19, 2013 on isportsweb.com:
Courtesy of thesportsbank.net 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. Courtesy of examiner.com 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. Courtesy of clippers.topbuzz.com 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. Courtesy of oregonlive.com 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!   Follow me on Twitter @ZTennen11
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Charlie Villanueva: UConn player scammed me out of $250,000

Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva appeared in federal court Tuesday, testifying against fellow former UConn basketball star Tate George. George, whose buzzer-beater against Clemson in the 1990 NCAA tournament made him a legend in Storrs, has been accused of running a ponzi scheme and is facing federal fraud charges. Villanueva is the most high-profile witness in the case, and he...

Villanueva: George bilked me of $250K

Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva appeared in federal court on Tuesday, testifying against fellow former UConn basketball star Tate George. George, whose buzzer-beater against Clemson in the 1990 NCAA tournament made him a legend in Storrs, Conn., has been accused of running a ponzi scheme and is facing federal fraud charges. Villanueva is the most high-profile witness in the...

Villanueva scammed out of $250K

Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva appeared in federal court on Tuesday, testifying against fellow former UConn basketball star Tate George. George, whose buzzer-beater against Clemson in the 1990 NCAA tournament made him a legend in Storrs, Conn., has been accused of running a ponzi scheme and is facing federal fraud charges. Villanueva is the most high-profile witness in the...

Report: Pistons' Charlie Villanueva lost $250,000 in alleged Ponzi scheme

Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva testified Tuesday in federal court in Trenton N.J. that he lost $250000 in investments with former University of Connecticut basketball player Tate George according to the Trentonian. Villanueva also played for the Huskies. George is on trial for wire fraud for his involvement in an alleged Ponzi scheme as CEO of The George Group. Villanueva...

Josh Smith Working With Rasheed Wallace On Midrange Shots, Post Moves

I some how get the feeling that Rasheed Wallace will go on to be a far superior coach than he was player in the NBA. Wallace will get his first taste of actually coaching on the Pistons roster this season, and it’s already paying dividends for the new look Pistons. The Detroit Free Press is reporting that Josh Smith has been in Detroit getting some early working with Wallace,...

Pistons' Villanueva says he was conned out of 250K

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- A former NBA player best known for his 1990 tournament buzzer-beater for Connecticut is on trial in Trenton, N.J., on federal charges of wire fraud. Tate George is accused of carrying out a Ponzi scheme from 2005 to early 2011, netting him 2 million. He has denied wrongdoing. Prosecutors say George used money investors sank into his purported real estate firm...

Pistons Josh Smith working on post and mid-range game with Rasheed Wallace

Josh Smith was supposed to develop into a super star with the Atlanta Hawks. That didn’t happen. Now Smith has moved on tot the Detroit Pistons and has been working with Rasheed Wallace to polish up his game. Wallace won an NBA championship with the Pistons in 2004 and joined the franchise this off season as an assistant coach. “I’m just trying to polish up on things,” he...

Detroit Piston says fellow UConn alum conned him

A former NBA player best known for his 1990 tournament buzzer-beater for Connecticut is on trial in Trenton, N.J., on federal charges of wire fraud. Tate George is accused of carrying out a Ponzi scheme from 2005 to early 2011, netting him $2 million. He has denied wrongdoing. Prosecutors say George used money investors sank into his purported real estate firm to pay previous investors...

Charlie Villanueva Says He Was Conned Out of $250k By Tate George

Betrayal can be the worst kind of pain, but when it happens to someone you consider family, I think it becomes even worse. The Trentonian is reporting that Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva was in court on Tuesday to testify against former UConn Huskie star and supposed mentor Tate George. Villanueva testified that George conned him out of $250,000 in a ponzi scheme back in 2010...

John Kuester Likely To Become Top Assistant For 76ers

John Kuester is the leading candidate to become the top assistant coach for the Philadelphia 76ers. The 76ers hired Brett Brown as head coach this offseason. Kuester has previously been a head coach with the Detroit Pistons.

Jonny Flynn Signs With Sichuan Blue Whales Of China

Jonny Flynn will sign with the Sichuan Blue Whales of China. "He's going to go play in China,'' said Flynn's high school coach Sal Constantino. "In fact, I think he's leaving this weekend.'' Flynn went to training camp with the Detroit Pistons last season and ended up in Australia with the Melbourne Tigers.

Gerald Henderson’s personal message to Red’s Army: my steal’s better than Bird’s

I’ve called Larry Bird’s steal against the Detroit Pistons the greatest play in Celtics history.  But not everyone agrees.  Some say Gerald Henderson’s steal in 1984 is the best… including Henderson himself in this personal message to me and the Red’s Army crew: For those who don’t know the steal, here’s a quick summary: The Lakers won Game 1, 115-109, and Game 2...
Pistons News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.