16 Players the Mavericks never should have gambled on

The Dallas Mavericks regretted acquiring these talents.

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10. Eddy Curry

Curry had a mountain of potential when he was selected fourth overall in the 2001 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls. They traded for the second overall pick, which became Tyson Chandler, and believed the two big men would return them to glory. Michael Jordan was just coming back for the Wizards, and Chicago hadn’t made the playoff since his retirement in 1999.

Curry showed promise but never became a star. His struggles (subscription required) are well-documented. He looked on the cusp in both Chicago in New York, but his career was derailed in his mid-20s. Over his final five years in the NBA, Curry played a total of 26 games and the final two came with the Mavs.

The seven-footer spent the 2012 training camp with the Spurs but did not make their regular-season roster. Dallas was quick to snatch him, but he lasted just eight days on their roster. Curry produced nine points and four rebounds in his 24.8 minutes in a Mavericks uniform. The 29-year-old was waived to sign Troy Murphy in early November. Eddy Curry never played in the league again.

It was a low-risk signing that did not work. Curry never lived up to the hype, and his stint with the Mavericks was forgettable.