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When Quinton Ross > DeShawn Stevenson > Jay Humphries > NBA Cocaine Trafficking Ring

Updated: March 29, 2010

Quinton Ross has a player option for $1,146,337 million next season. I’m sure some Wizards fan out there don’t want him to take it. Get over it. He probably will.

But yea, Ross is bad … well, at least his stats are, which certainly serve as a partial reflection of his abilities as a player, but are incapable of telling the whole story … such as his reputation for being a good defensive player, which can certainly be debated.

Leading up to Saturday’s game against the Jazz, in Ross’ 19 games and 193 minutes with the Wizards he had a PER of -0.3.

On Saturday, taking and making one shot, along with committing a single foul in five minutes of action pushed his PER with the Wizards into positive territory at 0.1.

Bless his heart. But I’d definitely rather Ross than Stevenson. He’s easier to tolerate, if you will … and kinda less hideous to look at.

According to Basketball-Reference’s NBA database going back to 1946-47, and taking Ross’ numbers in his first 19 games with just the Wizards, not the Mavericks, only one other player in the history of history has appeared in over 15 games, played over 150 minutes, also at over a 10 minute per game average, and had a PER less than zero (of course, this is drawing from data over the course of an entire season, not a partial season as I’m doing with Ross’ numbers).

Jay Humphries achieved this in 1994-95, his last year in the league, partially with the Utah Jazz (12 games), and partially with the Boston Celtics (six games). Mostly due to his play with the Jazz, Humphries finished that season with a PER of -0.9.

Also, according to Wikipedia, and the New York Times, and Hoops World, in April of 1987, Humphries and two other Phoenix Suns teammates, James Edwards and Grant Gondrezick, were indicted as part of a 13 person cocaine and/or marijuana trafficking venture. The indictment also included a Suns’ photographer, the son of teammate William Bedford‘s agent, who was also Bedford’s roommate, a manager of a Phoenix-area nightclub and the owner and a waiter from another lounge, both team hangouts. Two former Suns players were also indicted … Garfield Heard and Mike Bratz.

GAR HEARD! …. the once head coach of the Washington Wizards! The GARBOT 2000!


“Don’t think it can’t get any worse, because it can,” Flip Saunders once said.

This cocaine trafficking scandal sounds pretty bad, but hey, it was the 80s … things like this happened all the time, right?

I’m actually more surprised that I’ve never really heard about it. Could you imagine this happening to the Wizards in the present day? It would’ve caused more of an uproar than Gun-Gate … at least that’s what I think. You can tell me what you think in the poll at the bottom of this post.

Gondrezick was given three years of probation for tampering with a witness. Humphries and Edwards got the “go to a drug counseling program” slap on the wrist. None of the players involved tested positive for cocaine, but another Sun, Walter Davis, admitted to using cocaine and was suspended without pay. Gondrezick evidently fell on hard times and dealt with cocaine addiction afterward, among other issues. The charges were dropped against Gar Heard, and Bratz was never extradited.

SIDE NOTE: Bratz holds the distinction of being the last Chicago Bull to wear No. 23 before Michael Jordan and was an assistant under former Wizards coach Eddie Jordan in his last season as head coach of the Sacramento Kings. Bratz was once director of basketball operations for the Cleveland Cavaliers, but is now director of scouting for the Denver Nuggets.

Humphries is currently the head coach of the D-League’s Reno Bighorns.

So to recap, Quinton Ross is greater than DeShawn Stevenson (who, by the way, has a meager 1.8 PER with the Mavs, down from 3.4 during his time with the Wizards this season), and Stevenson is probably greater than Jay Humphries. Although, unlike Stevenson, I don’t think Humphries was ever involved in a shooting, with loaded guns and strippers from Destiny Club, in his home. Still, guns in Stevenson’s home is probably much less worse than a drug ring involving several players from the same team.

In any case, when you wonder why Ross is on the Wizards next season, as he is likely to be, just think that it could always be worse.

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Kyle founded TAI in 2007 and has been weaving in and out the world of Wizards ever since, ducking WittmanFaces, jumping over G-Wiz, and avoiding stints on the DNP-Conditioning list. He has covered the Washington pro basketball team as a member of the media since 2009. Kyle currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, loves basketball, and has no pets.