Nine Undrafted Free Agents Make NBA Rosters

Nine Undrafted Free Agents Make NBA Rosters
Oct 31, 2006, 02:51 am
Following last year, where 15 undrafted rookie free agents made opening day rosters, nine players made NBA rosters this year. The following nine accomplished the very difficult task of not being one of the 60 players drafted and nevertheless managing to find a way to stick in the league regardless.

Cedric Bozeman
Allan Ray
Jose Juan Barea
Pops Mensah-Bonsu
Tarence Kinsey
Chris Quinn
Robert Hite
Chris McCray
Steven Smith

For comparison, the following undrafted rookie free agents made NBA teams last summer:

Esteban Batista*
Alan Anderson*
Eddie Basden
Rawle Marshall*
Aaron Miles
Devin Green
Anthony Roberson*
Matt Walsh
Sean Banks
Deng Gai
Shavlik Randolph*
Lucas Tischer
Ronnie Price*
Andre Owens
Donell Taylor*

* indicates player made NBA roster this season as well.

Another interesting trend to point out is that while in the 2005 draft every NCAA player taken in the 2nd round (essentially meaning every player not drafted with the intention of being purposefully stashed overseas) made his respective NBA team, this year four players did not. #40 pick Denham Brown received no guaranteed money and was cut by the Seattle Supersonics. #53 pick Guillermo Diaz was stashed by the Clippers in the Czech Republic. JR/Danilo Pinnock was cut after not having received any assurances as the #58 pick, and in perhaps the most shocking event of the past few days. #31 pick James White was cut by the Indiana Pacers. Few should be shedding any tears over White, though, as he signed a two year, 1.1 million dollar guaranteed contract over the summer and will therefore be able to “double up” on contracts both this year and next.

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