Making it to the NBA is every young player’s dream. From the very first second they learn how to dribble a basketball, they just want to take their talents to the ultimate stage, be famous and well recognized all across the globe.
We all know that this is perhaps one of the toughest goals to achieve. But, even those who make it have to work twice as hard as the rest just to be able to stay there. Sadly, that hasn’t been the case for most of the players with non-guaranteed deals.
The 10 players were about to mention made it. They made the cut for an NBA roster, got their jerseys, and even set foot on the hardwood. Sadly, it only lasted for a couple of minutes (at best). Here, we’ll let you know about the top 10 shortest careers in the NBA:
10. Steven Hill – 2:26 Minutes
Steven Hill was a bit of a tweener for the power forward spot and way too unathletic and slow to play at center. He went undrafted in 2008 and the Blazers signed him to a non-guaranteed deal but waived it almost immediately.
He had the chance to be on the court with the Oklahoma City Thunder for 2:26 minutes. He scored 2 points and went perfect from the field before being waived again. He spent most of his career in the NBA G-League and we haven’t heard from him ever since.
9. Matt Walsh – 2:15 Minutes
Matt Walsh averaged 24.0 points and 12.0 turnovers per 36 minutes throughout his NBA career. How does that even happen? Well, he scored 2 points and had 1 turnover in the 2:15 minutes of playing time he got with the Miami Heat.
The shooting guard out of the University of Florida was signed on August 15, 2005, as a free agent and was waived a month later by the Heat. At least, he had to take a firsthand look at what it’s like to be inside an NBA team locker room and he got to know Dwyane Wade, Gary Payton, and Shaquille O’Neal, so he’s got that going on for him.
8. Gani Lawal – 1:56 Minutes
Gani Lawal was on the court for just 1:56 seconds and registered a PER of -9.1. With that kind of efficiency, you’re not likely to be on an NBA roster for long. Sadly, that’s exactly what happened to him, as he was constantly waived and passed around the league.
The former 2nd round pick spent most of his career in the Development League. He eventually gave up on his NBA dream and played in Italy, China, Israel, Argentina, Greece, etc. At least he got to know the world.
7. Justin Wright-Foreman – 1:32 Minutes
Well, Justin Wright-Foreman has only been on the court for 1:32 minutes thus far but he still has plenty of chances of making his way out of this list. He’s yet to prove his worth for a stacked Utah Jazz team looking to make some noise in the playoffs.
Also, to be fair, Justin Wright-Foreman is on a two-way contract, meaning his playing time in the NBA must be limited anyways. Hopefully, he’ll make a bigger impact next season.
6. Josh Reaves – 1:29 Minutes
Another young player trying to find his way into the big league makes our list. This time, it’s Josh Reaves, who’s had very good games with the Dallas Mavericks’ G-League affiliate but is yet to top the 1:30 minute plateau for Rick Carlisle’s team.
Reaves has the potential to make a huge impact on the defensive end of the floor. He’s showcased his abilities with the Texas Legends and is currently on a two-way contract with the Mavericks, who could really use another defender.
5. Trey McKinney-Jones – 1:14 Minutes
You know what they say: lost time is lost money. That’s why Trey McKinney-Jones didn’t want to waste his valuable time and gave up on his NBA dream after logging just 1:14 minutes with the Indiana Pacers in 2018. He spent most of his time in the G-League and that just wasn’t his thing.
That’s why Trey McKinney-Jones rathered just take his talents overseas. He’s been bouncing around multiple teams and leagues in Japan and is currently balling for the Gunma Crane Thunders of the B.League
4. Tyler Davis – 54 Seconds
Tyler Davis went undrafted in 2018 but his athleticism and scoring ability caught the eye of the Oklahoma City Thunder. They signed him to a two-way contract and had a pretty good stint in their G-League affiliate Oklahoma City Blue.
Davis got the chance to be on the court for 58 seconds before being waived. He’s now playing for the Jeonju KCC Egis of the Korean Basketball League and unlikely to ever play another second in the league.
3. Andrew Panko – 33 Seconds
Sometimes, all you need to thrive is a change of environment – or country. That’s what happened with Andrew ‘Andy’ Panko, who was only on the court for 33 seconds during an almost non-existent tenure with the Atlanta Hawks in 2001.
Panko took his talents overseas and went on to become one of the deadliest scorers in Spanish basketball. He led their league in scoring three times and was even named MVP.
2. Alex Scales – 9 Seconds
Alex Scales was the ultimate journeyman. He played in Italy, China, Spain, and had multiple stints in the G-League. Sadly, he was never given the chance to showcase his talents at the ultimate stage despite being a talented scoring combo guard.
Scales was signed and waived multiple times and was only on an NBA hardwood for as much as 9 seconds. That happened with the San Antonio Spurs in 2005 but hey, the NBA isn’t for everybody.
1. JamesOn Curry – 3.9 Seconds
Well, if you think any of these guys had a tough time in the National Basketball Association just imagine how JamesOn Curry felt like. He’s infamous for having the shortest career in the history of the league with just 3.9 seconds.
He had a somewhat promising career but his off-court issues in college took a major toll in his Draft stock. He was drafted by the Bull but it was the Clippers who gave him the chance to, at least, make his debut.