At 24, it’s far too soon to write Flynn off as a player that will never make a return to the NBA. Perhaps dominating the NBL is all the former Syracuse star needed to re-discover his confidence.
6. J.R. Giddens
In 2003, J.R. Giddens burst onto the scene as a smooth-shooting athlete at the University of Kansas. He posted averages of 11.3 points and 3.6 rebounds on 40.7 percent shooting from beyond the arc as a freshman.
One year later, Giddens averaged 10.1 points on 33.7 percent shooting. After being charged with battery during a fight in which he was stabbed, Giddens transferred to the University of New Mexico. Giddens proceeded to average 15.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists in his first year there. In 2007-08, Giddens upped those numbers to 16.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 blocks per game.
Giddens was named the Mountain West Conference co-Player of the Year and was an Honorable Mention All-American. Giddens was then selected 30th overall by the Boston Celtics in the 2008 NBA draft.
Giddens was traded to the New York Knicks in 2010. He played 11 games in New York before heading to Europe.
Giddens has since played in Poland, Greece and the NBA D-League. Giddens now plays in Italy for Brescia Basket Leonessa—a team in Italy’s second division, which often breeds players for future success.
It is there that the former Kansas and New Mexico standout plays with former Winthrop star Michael Jenkins. Giddens is averaging 16.3 points and 8.8 rebounds.
7. Stephon Marbury
Stephon Marbuary played 13 seasons in the NBA. In that time, he spent seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves, New Jersey Nets, Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks and Boston Celtics.
Starbury retired with career averages of 19.3 points, 7.6 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game.
Marbury averaged at least 20.0 points in seven separate seasons. He also averaged at least 8.0 assists in eight different seasons.
Even still, the mercurial point guard made just two All-Star appearances. Perception is everything, folks. And Marbury was perceived as a malcontent. Since leaving the NBA after the 2009 season, Starbury has spent time with three different Chinese teams. In that time, he’s become a three-time CBA All-Star, the 2010 CBA All-Star Game MVP and a leader on the 2012 CBA champion Beijing Ducks.
This season, he is averaging 29.7 points per game. He also wants to someday be the coach of the Chinese National Team.
8. Tracy McGrady
From 2000 to 2008, Tracy McGrady was one of the most prolific scorers the NBA had ever seen. He led the league in scoring at 32.1 points per game in 2003 and again in 2004 at 28.0.
For his career, McGrady was a two-time scoring champion, seven-time All-Star and seven-time All-NBA selection. He also won the 2001 NBA Most Improved Player of the Year award.
Furthermore, McGrady holds the Orlando Magic’s franchise record with 62 points scored on March 10, 2004 against the Washington Wizards. Unfortunately, McGrady battled a series of injuries and is no longer playing in the NBA.
As of the 2012-13 season, McGrady is playing in China for the Qingdao Eagles, averaging 25.0 points per game. Unfortunately, his team is in last place.