Sunday , Oct , 07 , 2007 Oly Sandor

NBA’s All-Time Unlucky Players: Ralph Sampson, Sam Bowie, Ed O’Bannon, Carlos Rogers, Jonathan Bender, Jarvis Hayes, Robert Swift, Kenyon Martin, Sean May & Greg Oden

Occasionally, a blue-chip prospect never gets his career on track because of injury. I’m not trying to hit a guy when he’s down, but Sean May is a perfect example of this hard knock life syndrome …

Occasionally, a blue-chip prospect never gets his career on track because of injury. I’m not trying to hit a guy when he’s down, but Sean May is a perfect example of this hard knock life syndrome.

On Friday, news broke that the Charlotte Bobcats’ forward will miss the entire 2007-08 season because of a microfracture knee injury. Of course, May has only suited up for 58 games during his first two NBA seasons.

But he’s not alone. Several high-pub prospects have had their shine in the NBA cut short by spending too much time on injury reserve.  Below is a look at HoopsVibe’s the Blog’s most unfortunate and unlucky players. As always, get at us in the comment box below with your thoughts. 

The Old School:

  • Ralph Sampson: The lanky center averaged 21.5 points per game during his first two seasons. Over the next seven seasons, Sampson only suited up for one of every two games. Last we heard the former All-Star was caught-up in some support payment drama.
  • Sam Bowie: You’ve read enough about this with Greg Oden’s injury.

The Middle School:                                           

  • Ed O’Bannon: The UCLA star never had the same success in the pros because of knee troubles. But word is he had a solid career in Europe.
  •  Carlos Rogers: 298 games played. 9 NBA seasons. Doing the math and averaging out his games played per season will depress me because Rogers oozed potential.
  • Jonathan Bender: The forward only saw the court in one of every three games. And he lasted seven seasons with the Pacers. The former lottery selection officially retired last year. 

Comeback Trail:                             

  • Jarvis Hayes: This gunner could never stay healthy with the Wizards. He’s now a bench piece with Detroit. So look for Hayes to have a good year.
  • Robert Swift: This prospect has been in the league for three seasons, but has only played in 63 games. Swift even missed all of last year; however, he spent significant time in the weight room, adding over forty pounds of muscle.
  • Kenyon Matin: K-Mart has been down-and-out since signing a max deal with the Nuggets. But Martin has rehabbed his knee and looks ready to pull a  Rocky style return in Denver.

Jury Out On New School:

  • Sean May: How much of this is bad luck? And how much of this is poor conditioning?              
  • Greg Oden: I’m rooting for the man-child to make a full recovery.     

Who is your all-time unlucky player? Get at us in the comment box below with your thoughts.

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