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NBA History: 5 Players who have represented the most number of teams

Punit Pathak
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Jackson in game
Jackson in game

Some players represent a single franchise for the entire duration of their career and others leave in the quest for glory or money.

If a player is good, then the decision remains with him to stay loyal or to leave for better terms, but if he is not performing up to the par, getting old or doesn’t fit in the team, the management decides his fate, even if it is against the player's wishes.

For or one or another reason some players have moved (got traded) a lot and are known as the NBA's Journeyman.

In this presentation, we will take a look at the players who have represented the most number of teams in the NBA.


#5 Mike James

Toronto Raptors v Indiana Pacers
Toronto Raptors v Indiana Pacers

Mike James played for 11 teams in his 12-year NBA career. He went undrafted in the 1998 NBA Draft and decided to play professional basketball in France and Austria. James was a decent player but was criticized for being one dimensional.

Mike's journey started when he signed as a free agent with the Miami Heat during the 2001-02 season.

He went on to play for several teams including Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks, the Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Hornets, Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls and Dallas Mavericks.

After unsuccessful stints with Heat and Celtics, James tasted his first and only NBA Title victory with the Detroit Pistons in 2004 as a back-up guard. He averaged 20.3 points, 5.8 assists, 3.3 rebounds per game during the 2005-06 season with the Toronto Raptors (his best season statistically), playing 79 games for them and also became the first player for the franchise to score 30 or more points in four consecutive games.

James' last NBA appearance came with the Chicago Bulls, who signed him for the 2013-14 season. On July 15, 2014, he was waived by the Bulls and returned to the D-League to play for the Texas Legends.

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