If you’re looking for the definition of the word “journeyman,” you’ll likely find “Josh Powell” referenced. Powell has played for 14 different teams across the globe since 2003. And counting.
Prior to his professional career, Powell attended North Carolina State University. In that time, he fit the mold of your quintessential N.C. State big man, as an undersized but supremely athletic player that can space the floor and run in transition.
In his lone season on the team, Powell averaged 12.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 1.3 blocks per game. He did so on a slash line of .571/.375/.739 and topped double-digit scoring in 22 separate games.
After going undrafted in 2003, however, Powell ended up bouncing around Russia, Italy and famed spring league the World Basketball Association. After experiencing moderate success, Powell received the call from the Dallas Mavericks and his NBA career began.
One that would lead to two NBA championship rings.
During his first two years in the league, Powell would struggle to see consistent playing time with the Mavericks and Golden State Warriors. Fortunately, the athletic big man managed to break out in 2008 by averaging 5.5 points and 5.2 boards in 19.2 minutes for the Los Angeles Clippers.
It was a move to the inter-venue rival L.A. Lakers, however, that truly pushed Powell over the top.
Powell may not have seen major minutes with the Lake Show, but he certainly found success. As a role player that was brought in to run and space the floor, Powell provided quality size and athleticism as the Lakers won two consecutive championships.
After 2011, however, Powell left the NBA. So where is he now?
In 2011-12, Powell joined the Liaoning Dinosaurs of the Chinese Basketball Association. Powell had the best year of his career that season, averaging 16.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. More importantly, he developed a reputation as a player who could, potentially, make an impact in Europe.
This was evident in the fact that famed club Olympiacos took Powell on in November of 2012. Since then, Powell has performed at a quality level and has become a role player for the Greek powerhouse.
An NBA return isn’t out of the picture, but it appears as if Powell has carved out a quality living overseas.