5. Devean George
George was the 23rd overall pick by the Lakers in 1999 and won three championship rings in his first three years in the league. The 6’8 forward did not land a consistent postseason role until year three, but playing with Kobe and Shaq in Los Angeles made George a known commodity.
George signed with the Mavericks as a free agent in 2006. They were fresh off a run to the NBA Finals and had a prime Dirk Nowitzki for the 6’8 forward to work with. George was hoping for more minutes and an increased role, but that was impossible as he continued to be plagued by the same issues.
In his three seasons in Dallas, George averaged 4.6 points and 2.7 rebounds in 18.0 minutes per game. He shot 38.1 percent from the field and 33.0 percent from 3-point range. His most famous moment as a Maverick was delaying the Jason Kidd trade in 2008 because he did not want to go to New Jersey.
Devean George made 38 starts over his three years with the Dallas Mavericks. He was a slightly below replacement-level player and a regrettable starter as the franchise won just one playoff series, and it was with George glued to the bench.