On the last night of October, who would have thought the Minnesota Timberwolves would win the game against the Utah Jazz while seeing the return to form of the youngest MVP in National Basketball Association (NBA) History? Derrick Rose (D-Rose) scored 50 points, including the game-clinching block against Dante Exum.
NBA players, including Lebron James, were happy for the injury-laden D-Rose, who was traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers, then waived by the Jazz before signing up with the T-Wolves for a veteran minimum salary.
D-Rose in tears as he leaves the floor 🙏
50 points. pic.twitter.com/cEDUQB50yi
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 1, 2018
If Rose can come back, maybe there is hope for some other NBA players who made an impact in the past but are now relegated to being reserves—or journeymen playing for one team after another without really fitting in. We hope these players regain prominence:
After so many championships won with the San Antonio Spurs, the French baller signed a $10 million, two-year contract with the Charlotte Hornets. Unlike his teammate Manu Ginobili, Parker thinks he has something left to bring to the game, and we hope he is right.
He once made seven three-point shots in an All Star Game. When he was traded by the Atlanta Hawks to the Cleveland Cavaliers on January 7, 2017, Korver had a 43-percent career three-point shooting. He is fourth on the NBA’s all-time 3-pointers made. At 37 years old, however, Korver was taken out of the rotation by the Cavaliers management. Rather than see him languish on the bench, it would be nice to see him again in a contender of a team.
Howard, who once donned a Superman cape, has played for the Orlando Magic, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Houston Rockets, the Atlanta Hawks, the Charlotte Hornets, and the Washington Wizards. Did we forget any team? What we have not forgotten are the blocks, the dunks, and double-digit rebounds that he once produced, and which he might still be able to deliver.
Jae Crowder and Isaiah Thomas
Both are former players of the Boston Celtics who had cap-friendly salaries. Both hard workers and traded in the wake of the deal that sent Kyrie Irving to Boston.
Thomas, of course, had a hip injury, and saw his effectiveness decrease. Journeying from Cleveland to LA and now to Denver, maybe he has another chance to shine.
Crowder seems to have found a home with the Jazz, scoring 20 points in a recent win against the Celtics.
Featured image from Minnesota Timberwolves Instagram account.
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