The Journeyman Finals

MIAMI — Trivia: Name the two NBA teams that no current Heat or Mavs player has ever played for.

Answer below…

If you’re not a fan of the Miami Heat or the Dallas Mavericks, you probably still have an interest in the outcome of the 2011 NBA Finals.

There’s plenty of anti-Heat sentiment among fans of the league’s 28 other teams, of course. But there’s also plenty of former-player sentiment as well. There are likely Nets fans out there hoping to see Jason Kidd get a ring or Hornets fans who’d like to see Tyson Chandler win a title.

These are two veteran squads, with a total of seven guys who have played for at least five different franchises in their careers …

Eddie House (9): Boston, Charlotte, L.A. Clippers, Miami, Milwaukee, New Jersey, New York, Phoenix and Sacramento
Juwan Howard (7): Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Miami, Orlando, Portland and Washington
Brian Cardinal (6): Dallas, Detroit, Golden State, Memphis, Minnesota and Washington
Jamaal Magloire (6): Dallas, Miami, Milwaukee, New Jersey, New Orleans and Portland
Mike Bibby (5): Atlanta, Memphis, Miami, Sacramento and Washington
Mike Miller (5): Memphis, Miami, Minnesota, Orlando and Washington
Peja Stojakovic (5): Dallas, Indiana, New Orleans, Sacramento and Toronto

And the list above doesn’t include Chandler, who has played for four teams and was originally drafted by a fifth (the Clippers), or Erick Dampier, who’s played for four and was on the Charlotte Bobcats’ roster for two months last summer before being waved.

In total, 26 of the other 28 teams have at least one former player on one of the two rosters in this series, with the Washington Wizards leading the way. Between the Mavs and Heat, seven guys (four above plus Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson) played for the Wizards at one time. An eighth, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, was a member of the Wizards for eight days last season, but never played a game for Washington.

So who are the two teams that don’t have a former player in these Finals?

Answer: Oklahoma City (even when you count the Seattle years) and Philadelphia.

But the Thunder get an asterisk, because Dallas’ Rodrigue Beaubois was originally drafted by the Thunder (and sent to the Mavs later that night).

11 Comments

  1. Renato says:

    Lets go Heat Mavericks sucks its all sbout 2.

  2. watcher says:

    OKC have an Eddie House…Oh wait…his name is Westbrook (lame cheap shot). Also Juwan Howard, even at his best, was not even close to being a center. I also have reservations about Magloire being basically anything positional. I’m also aware of a number of players snoozing at the spectrum (or whoever bought the stadia name), as the public library was closed at the time. Judging by the last 8 years I think that could be considereed as good as suiting up for the 76ers. So I asked Buford about Mahimi. He asked Mahooi?

  3. JR 29 says:

    Mavs will win in the nba fianls THIS 2010 -2011 SEASON ( 4 -1). Go go go MAVS

  4. IcanSEEit says:

    hmmmm smells good… 1-0

  5. erick says:

    Lets get it on! Final score tonight will be MAVS 113 – MIAMI – 98 🙂

  6. Reinhardt Schuhmann says:

    Also worth noting: 3 centers – Juwan Howard, Jamal Magloire and Eric Dampier – have played for both the Heat and the Mavs.

    John, we may be related.

  7. ivascu alin says:

    and for the lakers caron butler in ’04-05!!

  8. ivascu alin says:

    ian mahimi played for san anonio man!

  9. Joel says:

    Also curious about who has played for the Lakers?

  10. vug3 says:

    i may be mistaken but i don’t see anyone from San Antonio???

  11. malandiako says:

    Wow inetresting. This is really a good match up composed of vetran players all around he league . It only means that this series is worth to watch. BTW players tend to find a team where they could win more and win champ just like whaty bosh and lebronm did. Go Heat http://sportales.com/sports/miami-heat-the-2011-nba-champions/