The guard who went undrafted in 2008, worked his way through the D-League and eventually got a contract with the Miami Heat last season, in which he went on to win the championship with them. He is still part of the Miami rotation and plays as a backup shooting guard.
At the age of 40, Grant Hill is still a beast on the court. Presently with the Los Angeles Clippers in the capacity of a reserve small forward, Hill is regarded as one of the most versatile players who have graced NBA in the last couple of decades. Not only is he a brilliant shooter and a penetrator, the forward is an effective rebounder and has a canny knack of making some creative plays. His career averages give a fair reflection of his ability and currently stand at 17.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 4.2 assists in nearly a thousand games.
Captain Jack as he is commonly known, Stephen Jackson is perhaps the most well travelled veteran in the league. He has been part of eight NBA franchises so far in his career, and is presently playing for the San Antonio Spurs, with whom he won a championship back in 2003.
Jackson struggled to make an impact in the first two years of his career which started in 2001, but since then has established himself as a lethal scoring machine, who can also put significant numbers as far as rebounds, assists and blocks are concerned. Jackson recently suffered from a injury which has ruled him out for nearly a month.
Wesley Johnson was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 4th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, and although he hasn’t been able to live upto his full potential so far, the 6 ft 7 in wingman has shown shades of his talent. The Minnesota Timberwolves traded him to the Phoenix Suns in a three team deal this off season and the player is all set to become a restricted free agent this coming summer.
DeAndre Jordan is one of those youngsters in NBA, who never got recognized by the talent scout during the draft process, and eventually turned out to be the game changers for their franchise. Selected at the 42nd place in the 2008 NBA draft, Jordan has in the last three years become an integral part of the Clippers, and forms an excellent front court partnership with Blake Griffin.
Although his low post skills have room for improvement, Jordan is a beast on the glass and is an effective shot blocker. Last summer, he was a restricted free agent and got a qualifying offer of as much as $ 43 million from the Golden State Warriors. The Clippers, however were in no mood to let go of a man who they consider an integral part of their future, and matched the offer the very next day.
There was a time when Rashard Lewis was considered as one of the elite forwards in the league. After 14 years of NBA basketball, he might not be the best in the business, but is still a formidable threat. Lewis started his career with the Seattle Supersonics and it was the place where he gave his best. At the peak of his career though, the versatile forward was traded to the Orlando Magic. He continued to fill in the stat sheets at South Florida, but his performance gradually dipped, mostly due to some nagging off and on injuries.
In late 2010, Lewis was traded to the Washington Wizards, who eventually traded him to the New Orleans Hornets this summer. The Hornets bought out his contract and the man is currently playing as a reserve for the championships Miami Heat. So far in this season, Rashard has been quite impressive, averaging 7.2 points in 15.6 minutes per game.
After going undrafted back in 2005, John Lucas III had stints abroad and in D-League, before the Chicago Bulls gave him a contract in 2010. He played as a back point guard in the windy city for three years and was a valuable part of their bench mob, before becoming a free agent this summer. He was picked up by the Toronto Raptors and has played all the games for them so far.