Recently, NBA reporter Adrian Wojnaroski announced via Twitter that the San Antonio Spurs had waived veteran forward Corey Maggette after inviting him to training camp. In addition, Wojnaroski reported that Maggette would retire from the NBA following his departure from the Spurs.
Corey Maggette was drafted #13 overall in the 1999 draft. In his fifteen NBA seasons, he played for the Orlando Magic, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Golden State Warriors, the Milwaukee Bucks, the Charlotte Bobcats, and the Detroit Pistons. He finished with career averages of 16.0ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.1 apg, and a field goal percentage of 45%, all of which are respectable career numbers.
Maggette remains as one of those “what could have been” players in the NBA. From 2002 all the way until 2010, Maggette was a fringe All-Star whose only knock against him was that whatever team he played for at the time wasn’t a playoff team. In those years, however, he averaged between 17 and 22 points per game in each of those seasons. He racked up 48.2 win shares during that stretch, which is only about ten fewer win shares than Tracy McGrady had during that same stretch and only 0.6 fewer than Carmelo Anthony (though he did not play during the 2002-2003). His career true shooting percentage is .577, which is higher than that of Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, and Paul Pierce.
Unfortunately, Corey Maggette’s career began to fizzle because of injuries and being on teams that weren’t going anywhere. Maggette has made one playoff appearance in his career, which was in 2006 when he was with the Clippers. In twelve games, Maggette averaged 15.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in only 25 minutes per game while shooting 47% from the field, which is very impressive. Unfortunately, Maggette often found himself in unlucky situations, most notably as a part of the 2011-2012 Charlotte Bobcats, who recorded the lowest winning percentage in NBA history.
Though he never reached superstar status, Maggette was a very good NBA player who might have made a greater name for himself had he played on better teams throughout his career. Unfortunately, he will go down in NBA history as just another pretty good player. That said, his highlights are pretty fun to watch, at least so that we can appreciate how much talent he truly had.