A member of the Dallas Mavericks championship team in 2010-2011, Ajinca played a whopping 7.5 minutes per game in just 10 appearances all season. Scoring just 29 points all season, Ajinca’s contributions to this team can be measured in teaspoons.
Amazingly, Ajinca started over 40 games for the Pelicans last year.
Another member of Dallas’ title winning squad, Dominique Jones’ numbers were very similar to fellow bench warmer Alexis Ajinca. Jones averaged 7.5 minutes in just 18 appearances. Jones shot just 31.1% in those spare minutes and was generously gifted a ring for his services.
The point guard has fallen off the map since, but of course, no one has really noticed.
Josh Harrellson was a member of the 2011-2012 Miami Heat team. As you all remember, the big three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Josh Harrellson was downright scary. Wait, that doesn’t sound right.
Oh yeah, that’s because Josh Harrellson averaged 1.7 PPG, 20% from three, and 5.2 MPG. Harrellson was just in the right place at the right time. What does he get for that? A nice Finals ring.
Adam Morrison? THE Adam Morrison?
Adam Morrison may have been a bust of all busts, but that doesn’t change the fact that Morrison has two pieces of hand candy from back to back titles with the Los Angeles Lakers from 2008-2010. Morrison was not a factor in either of those squads, as Wikipedia lists him as “inactive” on the Lakers title squad. Morrison may be a laughing stock of a player, but it looks like the joke is on us here.
Perkins is now a joke of a player for the Cavs, but he was not always just an expensive piece of junk. Perkins was, at one point, a productive anchor down low for the champion Boston Celtics in 2007-2008. Perkins started 78 games that season for the Celtics and was a solid rebounder and defender. His statistics have nearly cut in half since that season, and Perkins stands now as more of an obstacle than a valuable piece of the team.
Dorell Wright is not a bad player like many of the guys on this list, but he makes the list due to some good luck. Wright was drafted to be part of the 2006 Miami Heat championship team. As a second year player, Wright averaged just 2.9 points in only 20 appearances that season. He did shoot 50% from three, but I guess that can’t be that hard when you only take 6 three pointers in the entire season. Wright now serves as a journeyman currently with the Portland Trail Blazers.
Udrih has taken home two Finals rings from his days with the Spurs. Since then, Udrih has moved around to Sacramento, Milwaukee, Orlando, New York, and now Memphis. Udrih was always a serviceable backup point guard, but never one that you would think has gone all the way twice. Udrih was able to mooch off the success of Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, as he never averaged over 6 points a game in a Spurs uniform.
Detroit did the impossible in 2003-2004. After receiving the second pick in the draft the previous offseason, Detroit went all the way to the finals and defeated Kobe’s Lakers. You would think the team that selected LeBron James, or Dwyane Wade, or Chris Bosh, or Carmelo Anthony, or even Chris Kaman would have a better shot than winning the finals in their rookie season but no – Big disappointment Darko Milicic was the lucky winner.
Milicic was the second overall pick in the 2003 draft, over the likes of Bosh, Wade, and others. While he averaged worse than benchwarmer numbers (1.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG), he was fortunate enough to fall into a good spot in Detroit. Technically, he is the third most successful player of the top 5 picks in the 2003 draft, as he still holds claim to one more Finals victory than Carmelo Anthony.
The always unpredictable Stephen Jackson has been the definition of a journeyman so far in his long NBA career. Of his nine NBA teams, though, on only one did he experience worthwhile success. Jackson, in just his third NBA season, won a title with the Spurs. Jax is an interesting character who a lot of fans know about, but very few realize he was part of a title team.
Eddy Curry, known for being out of shape and oft injured, was never a big part of the Heat’s plans in 2011-2012. The near 300 pound center was able to stay in Miami for just the right season, though, as he played first string bench heater for LeBron’s first title team. Curry played in just 14 games that season for the Heat, and the ring given to him was more of a way to get rid of him rather than a reward for a great season.
stats courtesy of ESPN or Basketball Reference