Samaki Walker, to the Dallas Mavericks
Career Recap: A “stretch four” that was probably about two decades too early to enjoy real success in the NBA, Samaki Walker became the youngest-ever player to appear in a game for the Dallas Mavericks. His 8.9 points and 7.4 rebounds per game in his second season would mark the best such totals of his career.
But between 1999 and 2006, Walker would bounce around five different NBA teams, averaging less than 7.0 points per game and never pulling down more than 7.0 rebounds per game for the remainder of his career. He played several more years of professional basketball in Russia, China, and South Korea.
Where Are They Now: As his days in the NBA were coming to an end, Walker formed the Life Choices Foundation, which is a nonprofit aiming to keep youth in inner-city Los Angeles out of trouble. He now runs a coaching business and moonlights as a basketball analyst on NBC radio.