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5 of the worst NBA players to grace the court
Top 5 of the most forgettable players in recent memory
Most players can be useful when the simplest of opportunities fall on their lap. Even a strictly defensive player without an ounce of offense can accumulate some (garbage) points aka tip-ins, put-backs, and dunks. And they don't necessary have to drop in bunches in one full game. Just enough to shy away from establishing an ongoing meltdown marred by simple uncontested plays, that you ought to bury in those little offensive sequences; so a player can avoid the moniker 'miserable joke'.
That's what separates players like Felton Spencer, Mark West, Jon Koncack, and Jason Collins to players with no offense and nothing else.
Here are 5 of the worst players in modern era -
5) Mark Madsen P/F - 6'8 - 240lbs
Never particularly athletic, so being the mad dog Madsen meant he had to be aggressive. But too much aggression with little IQ shapes up as a major disaster. At least when he misses, there's a chance the ball can be re-possessed by an offensive rebound. Instead, he routinely bulldozes himself onto players, committing plenty of offensive charges. On a nightly basis, Madsen averages more fouls than scoring points; securing a severely negative ratio on the stat sheet. A massive let down to his team especially considering how poor of a scorer he is (2.2 ppg for his career).
If he's five feet away, and not knocking down players, often, the forward is whistled for travelling violation. When Madsen somehow evades those mis-haps, literally his feet has to be planted right underneath the rim, and still needing some space so he can nail it in at an average of 40%.
4) Jim Mccilvaine C - 7'1 - 260 lbs
Mark Eaton had the stumbling hook shot tumble gently periodically, Mccilvaine tried to duplicate, but was forever too abysmal for the public viewers.
Surely this defiantly declares Mccilvaine to eligibly be a poorman's Mark Eaton on offense. Yikes.
3) Greg Kite C - 6'11 - 240 lbs
Kite was la suck on the offensive end in the 1980s. On put-back attempts (being his only offensive domain), far too constantly, spilling the ball to the wrong hands, implements one team is playing with four players against six.
Luckily his Celtic team never encountered more than a little disparity heading their way. Kite rode the pine as a 12th man off the bench after all, and not to be completely out done, managed to own one of the darndest pair of hands the game has seen.
2) Manute Bol C - 7'7 - 210 lbs
Averaging 3.1 ppg (37% shooting) was a career high in 1989. A 7'7 beanpole lacking serious mobility spells misery for one, yet a pleasure to behold for all around, subsequently prompted the utmost awkward shot attempts ever assembled, bricking off and around the rim in the ugliest fashion.
A given lay-in would be a high degree of difficulty, usually ending looking like a turnaround jump hook. There's no such thing as an easy field goal made for the Sudanese giant.
Being a teammate of his can be apprehensive and very frustrating. Bol had his little share of miracles in his time; under those bizarre circumstances, when the ball found it's way through the hoop, an eruption of sirens ignited the crowd into a state of euphoric frenzy.
1) Michael Ruffin P/F - 6'9 - 248 lbs
Arguably, there's no other player who committed more career personal fouls (942) than points in total (716), in his 9 year career. Staggering figures, unbelievable. That's an average of 1.7 pg and 2.3 p/f in 14 mins, equating a statistic of 4.3 ppg (40% shooting) and 5.7 fouls per 36 minutes.
In one 40 min game Ruffin posted 10 points (1 out of 5 shooting) and shot 8 out of 16 in free throws.
Obviously offense wasn't his forte, Ruffin was able to stick in the league due to his tenacity as a defensive player.