4. Ricky Davis
From 1998 to 2010, Ricky Davis was one of the most exhilarating players in the NBA. Whether on an actual court or in a video game, Davis dazzled fans on a nightly basis with his furious dunks and impenetrable will to score.
That includes a beautiful between-the-legs dunk that Davis pulled off with more than two minutes remaining in a regular season game.
Davis consistently clashed with his coaching staff, but he backed up his brash words with the quality of his play on the court. During an era in which hero ball was at a premium, Davis roamed the NBA as a journeyman scoring machine who had never met a shot he didn’t like.
This led to six seasons with at least 15.0 points per game. It also led to Davis serving seven tenures with six different teams during his 12-year career.
No matter where he went, Davis was certain to bring a show along with him. The question for every NBA fan and video game aficionado, right now, is simple.
Where in the world is Ricky Davis?
Davis last played an NBA game on February 9, 2010. It was then that Davis’ tenure with the Los Angeles Clippers ended and his time in the NBA came to a close.
Since then, Davis has been bouncing around the globe. In 2010 and 2011 alone, Davis played in Turkey, China, France and the NBA D-League. Most recently, Davis spent an extended period of time in Puerto Rico with Piratas de Quebradillas.
5. Andre Emmett
From 2001 to 2004, Andre Emmett was legendary head coach Bob Knight’s go-to player for Texas Tech. If that doesn’t tell you how talented this former Texas Tech Red Raider is, what more will it take?
If you need evidence of his athletic abilities, Emmett had one of the greatest dunk contest performances in history during the 2004 College Basketball competition.
As for what he did during actual games, Emmett was one of the rare players who stood a step above the rest. From a mental perspective, Emmett always seemed to know where to be and when to arrive in order to make a play.
That’s a major reason why Emmett remains, to do this day, the Red Raiders’ all-time leading scorer.
Beyond his ability to light up the scoreboard, Emmett was your quintessential college star. When it was late in games, Emmett was placed on center stage. When it was early and the team needed a spark, Emmett was the catalyst.
With this role thrust upon him, Emmett proved to be one of the top players in a deep Big 12 conference.
For his career, Emmett averaged 20.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.5 steals. Perhaps most impressive of all, Emmett shot 51.4 percent from the floor—as a primary ball handler and star player.
After leaving Texas Tech, Emmett would be selected with the 35th pick in the 2004 NBA Draft. He went to the Seattle SuperSonics, but was traded more often than he played.
This would lead Emmett to what was a very successful career in the NBA D-League. He’s improved upon his 3-point shooting, developed into a much better facilitator and continues to score at a high rate.
In 2012, Emmett averaged 23.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.7 steals on a slash line of .521/.419/.795.
When he wasn’t playing in the D-League, Emmett was making appearances all over the world. He’s played in China, France, Lithuania, Belgium, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.
As for the present day, Emmett is currently playing for Amchit Club of the Lebanese Basketball League, Division A. Emmett continues to perform up to his standards and has led his team to a record 21-0 start.
Bob Knight’s former star continues to perform at a high level, regardless of where he’s playing.
6. Jordan Farmar
Jordan Farmar is a former UCLA star and a six-year NBA veteran. Unfortunately for his faithful fans in America, Farmar ended up signing overseas during this past offseason.
A move that proved to be wise on his behalf.
Before we get into where he is now, it’s important to acknowledge where he was before. For instance, Farmar has been one of the most highly-acclaimed California basketball players since high school.
Conveniently, Farmar’s career kept him in his hometown of L.A. up until the 2010-11 NBA season. Prior to that point, however, there wasn’t much more for Farmar to do to win over local fans.
After putting on a sensational display of poise and highlight-reel facilitating as a freshman, Farmar was honored with the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year award. He took it to another level in year two, winning All-Pac 10 honors and leading the UCLA Bruins to the National Title game.
Shortly thereafter, Farmar was drafted 26th overall by the Los Angeles Lakers—the California love continued.
For four years, Farmar was considered to be one of the better backup point guards in the NBA. Just as those who doubted his legitimacy began to gain traction, Farmar played an intricate role in the Lakers winning consecutive championships in 2009 and ’10.
From there, Farmar would sign with the New Jersey Nets and ultimately lose playing time due to injuries. Even still, Farmar padded his resume as a respectable reserve.
During the 2011 NBA Lockout, Farmar opted to take his talents overseas. He signed with Maccabi Tel Aviv of Israel and played well enough to win Player of the Week honors.
Rather than report to the Atlanta Hawks once his rights were traded this past offseason in the Joe Johnson deal, Farmar signed a three-year deal with Anadolu Efes of Turkey, thus reuniting with former Lakers teammate Sasha Vujacic.
This has proven to be a blessing for Farmar, as he’s presently receiving starter’s minutes and producing at a high rate. In fact, Farmar ranks in the Top 20 in both points and assists during EuroLeague play.
The L.A. native is doing just fine away from home.