Originally posted on SLAM Online  |  Last updated 12/16/11
by Cub Buenning / @cubbuenning Two years ago, Jordan Hamilton was one of the nation’s top prep recruits coming out of L.A.’s Dominguez High School. After finally deciding on the University of Texas, the 6-8 swingman followed up an up-and-down freshman campaign with an impressive sophomore season. With averages of 18 points and 8 rebounds and a pro-ready body, Hamilton decided he was ready to test the NBA waters and most thought he would end up somewhere midway through the first round. Just days before the Draft, however, rumors began to swirl around some negative quotes made by JHam’s college coach Rick Barnes and the fallout led to a slight drop in his stock. It surely came as a surprise to those close to Hamilton that his preordained lottery-destined future was suddenly not realistic. His name was finally uttered toward the end of the first round at No. 26 by the reigning champion Dallas Mavericks. The natural scorer’s rights spent just a second in Dallas as he was promptly traded...
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