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Plenty of Ex-Wizards in the 2013 NBA Playoffs

Updated: April 21, 2013

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While we’re keeping score…

The Washington Wizards are just one of four NBA franchises which haven’t tasted the playoffs in the last four seasons (since 2009-10). Its contemporaries: the Sacramento Kings, the Toronto Raptors, and the Minnesota Timberwolves. (Yes, the Charlotte Bobcats made the playoffs in 2010 if you’re wondering).

That doesn’t, however, mean that one can’t play for one of these recently–and some more permanently–forlorn franchises and not make the playoffs. There are plenty of ex-Washington Wizards in this year’s regular season afterlife.

Let’s dive into some names and see how these four teams compare. To be listed, ex-players must be on a current playoff roster, and not simply having played for a current playoff team at some point during the season. (Looking at you, Beno Udrih, ex-King who was traded from the Bucks to the Magic in February.)

This exercise is also a fun indication on how these troubled teams have shuffled bodies in and out of the lineup in a desperate pursuit of life past mid-April.

We start with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Out of the 44 guys who have suited up for Minny over the past four seasons, these ex-T’pups are now experiencing the postseason:

  1. Anthony Tolliver (Hawks)

  2. Corey Brewer (Nuggets)

  3. Kosta Koufos (Nuggets)

  4. Anthony Randolph (Nuggets)

  5. Ryan Hollins (Clippers)

The Toronto Raptors have suited up 47 different players over the past four seasons, and six of those are now on playoff teams:

  1. Reggie Evans (Nets)

  2. Marco Belinelli (Bulls)

  3. Jarrett Jack (Warriors)

  4. Jerryd Bayless (Grizzlies)

  5. Ed Davis (Grizzlies)

  6. Chris Bosh (Heat)

Yes, we are only counting players from the last four seasons, otherwise, Tracy McGrady is now a San Antonio Spur, of all things.

The Sacramento Kings: 43 players, seven ex-players now in the playoffs:

  1. Terrence Williams (Celtics)

  2. Carl Landry (Warriors)

  3. Aaron Brooks (Rockets)

  4. Francisco Garcia (Rockets)

  5. Thomas Robinson (Rockets)

  6. Kevin Martin (Thunder)

  7. Samuel Dalembert (Bucks)

Now our beloved Washington Wizards. Having inked 57 different players over the last four seasons, the Wizards can just about field an entire roster’s worth of players more than each of those other teams.

Twelve (12) of those ex-Wizards are now in the playoffs:

  1. Shelvin Mack (Hawks)

  2. DeShawn Stevenson (Hawks)

  3. Jordan Crawford (Celtics)

  4. Andray Blatche (Nets)

  5. Kirk Hinrich (Bulls)

  6. JaVale McGee (Nuggets)

  7. Caron Butler (Clippers)

  8. Ronny Turiaf (Clippers)

  9. Antawn Jamison (Lakers)

  10. Rashard Lewis (Heat)

  11. Mike Miller (Heat)

  12. Earl Barron (Knicks)

Other ex-Wizards, Randy Foye (Clippers), Nick Young (Clippers), Mike Bibby (Heat/Knicks), Josh Howard (Jazz), Yi Jianlian (Mavericks), Hilton Armstrong (Hawks), Brendan Haywood (Mavericks), and even Gilbert Arenas (Magic/Grizzlies), have all tasted the playoffs in recent years, but not this year (over half of those guys aren’t even in the NBA anymore). Haywood, Butler, Stevenson, and Miller all won championship rings since leaving Washington.

Shavlik Randolph, who played with the Wizards in last July’s summer league and during the fall training camp/preseason, is currently on Boston’s roster. Drew Gooden, who doesn’t count because he never suited up, but technically once a Wizard, now plays for the Bucks.

And if we’re mentioning Tracy McGrady on the Spurs, we’re definitely mentioning Juwan Howard, who was both a Bullet and a Wizard, being on the roster of the Miami Heat. Plenty to root for, or not root for, but once a Wizard, you’re branded forever.

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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.