One of the greatest things about living in the United States of America is the opportunity to receive a second chance to live out your dreams. Especially in the world of basketball, players who were once stars or role players can receive a second opportunity to fulfill their lifelong dreams. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this possibility can happen, and we have already seen it on a few occasions.
Due to NBA players being on the COVID Health and Safety Protocols, teams are struggling to keep a full roster of players for games. So, not only will NBA teams call up G-League players, but also former NBA players that are also currently playing elsewhere have petition their name to get one last opportunity to come back to the league. With everything taking into effect and with the pandemic not stopping anytime soon, here are a few players that I think NBA teams should give an opportunity to.
The NBA fanatics can be quick to forget about “Linsanity”. In 2012, a young Jeremy Lin took the league by storm. In 12 games before the 2011-12 All-Star break, Lin averaged 22.5 points and 8.7 assists with the New York Knicks. In his NBA career, Lin averaged 11.6 points and 4.3 assists for several teams. Currently, Lin plays for the Beijing Ducks of the Chinese Basketball Association, but I feel like a few teams might be interested in a guard who is a capable passer who is a decent pick and roll facilitator.
When you think of the name Jamal Crawford, what comes to mind? One of the greatest ball handlers in NBA history. How about one of two men who have the honor of being a three-time Sixth Man of the Year award winner? Not only the oldest player to score 50+ points in a game, but to have 50+ point outings with four franchises? When you are one of the greatest reserves in NBA history, it is quite shocking that he does not have any interest from teams for that 10-day contract. Give him an opportunity as a veteran leader on a young squad, the team will thrive.
Even though J.R. is currently at North Carolina A&T on a golf scholarship, maybe a return to the Los Angeles Lakers with COVID running rampant, would entice him to return to the league. Smith is one of the most entertaining players in league history, but he can still produce quality stats for the right team. J.R.’s time in Cleveland can attest with a championship in 2016 as a key cog on those LeBron James-led Cavs team. Also, the media attention that any team will receive with J.R.’s return, even under a 10-day contract.
Recently retired, currently silencing the critics every chance he gets on First Take, but when he was playing, Redick was a solid role player. In 15 seasons in the NBA, Redick averaged 10+ points per game in 10 of those seasons. JJ was well known for his great three-point and free throw shooting. Any team right now with a need for veteran leaders should try and call Redick to get a player with three-point prowess. Maybe soon or else Stephen A. Smith will get angry dealing with Redick’s quality takes every day.
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