10 Greatest Against All Odds Stories in the NBA Today (Part 1)Jul 03, 2021
players who make it to the nba come from all over the world and they all have different backgrounds and different
storiesof how they got into the league some have had an easy road and some have been lucky enough to get to this point alive so we I'm going to look at the top ten
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today, the players who shouldn't have gotten to this point, who shouldn't have been able to do what they have, but through hard work and dedication, they turned their bad lives around. situations. around some of the best stories we've ever seen, starting with number one Jimmy Butler all the way through.
Jimmy has one of the most compelling stories in the league and here's why because almost as soon as Jimmy was born his father walked out on his family leaving him with a single mom and that didn't last long because when he was 13 his mom He told him I don't like the way you look you have to go and kicked him out of the house so he hung out with different friends houses and foster homes hoping to have a place to stay every night and it took him all the way until summer before her senior year of high school to find a real home to stay every night when she moved in with a freshman on the basketball team Jordan Leslie Leslie's mother already had six children living in her house, but they quickly agreed Jimmy in the family and through all of these sports and basketball specifically, they were what kept him going his senior year of high school, he was averaging 20 points and eight. rebounds in one game and was team captain and then voted his team MVP but still went largely underdrafted so he ended up going to Tyler Junior College where he played one season averaging 18, 7 and 3, but was still only named a two-star recruit. but it was enough for him to start gaining interest in d1 schools and eventually earning an athletic scholarship to Marquette, where he started slow.
I've seen five and three as a sophomore, but still one of the hardest workers. ng players in college basketball, his game developed each year, the next season you would put up 14 and 6 and then as a senior you would average 15 and 6 including two game winning shots and helped his team to the NCAA tournament which attracted the Chicago Bulls to draft him. 30th overall in 2011 mph and the same thing happened, he started slow averaging just two points a game as a bench player in his rookie season, but he developed his game each year and in his fourth year in the league he made it clear that he was a All-star player who scored over 20 points per game and was
partof the All-Star team as a member of the Chicago Bulls and
todaycontinues to live up to the reputation of being one of the best two-way players in the league and of all. this has led to his story being described as one of the most remarkable in the history of the league number 2 Steph Curry perhaps you did not expect to see a player on this list whose father played in the NBA and Steph's story is not as intense as some e from the rest of these but it's still worth mentioning because he definitely has one of the best underdog stories but that didn't really start for him until he was in high school because by high school his shooting and handles already they were so good that one day his coach saw him warming up for a game and asked if he could teach him some of those moves so he can use them in his minutes legally - that night and because curry was so good so young he was leading his center on school team to be all at 40 or 50 and night, so his coach started making his team play high school teams and they won a lot of those games, thanks to stuff and n this same crazy skill level translated to high school basketball, right?
Former NBA player Anthony Morrow grew up close to Steph Curry so they played a lot of high school games against each other and Mauro said he was just as skilled then as he is now and all schools had the same game plan for him, who was to swarm Curry the moment he passed half court because if you didn't, it was over, so the ability for Curry was always there, who would go on to be named an All-Conference All-State and carry his team to three state playoff appearances, but no. no matter how good he was, he was still said to look like a 14 year old in his senior year who was six feet tall, one hundred and sixty pounds and not the best athlete, so scouts still said he was too small , which meant he was just a three-star recruit and Steph Curry was overlooked by big colleges across the country, so he ended up going to Davidson, where he instantly put together some of the best scoring and shooting performances in the college basketball history averaging 25 points per game. for his three years there and twenty-eight and five is a senior which led him to show that even though he was small and not the most athletic, he was still capable of playing at any level and still ranked seventh overall in the 2009 NBA Draft when no one believed in him except a select few people, he believed in himself and proved everyone wrong and continues to prove everyone wrong today as he was a two time MVP and became the best shooter of all time. in Athens, Greece, it was a surprise, but his family was poor, so as a child he spent a lot of time walking the streets trying to sell watches and sunglasses just to help his family buy food that day on his time. free, even though he loved it. playing soccer with his brothers and one day when he was 13 years old, a basketball coach from one of the local clubs in Greece saw him and invited him to play on the team and the coach saw great potential in him right away because he he honestly said if he played he would find a job for his parents working with the team so without hesitation he joined but until then he hardly ever played basketball and his coach said he couldn't do layup or dribble the ball and even F Another sample of the potential that this coach saw in Yanis.
He would help his family with a long commute by driving him to and from practice and even help pay to move the family closer to the team and in a better neighborhood and through it all. he eventually fell in love with the game and practiced for hours every day and quickly got better each year when he was 16 he played on this junior team of a semi-pro team in Greece the next year it's really a game it developed and moved on to the senior team and this is where NBA scouts first learned to be honest. It was reported that all 30 NBA teams except the Knicks.
Great job. New York went looking for him and watching him play, which led to him. Going into the 2013 NBA Draft, he was selected 15th overall by the Bucks. He went from selling watches on the street to never having played basketball. Four years later, he made it to an NBA team. he and really made him play basketball and Yanis never forgot where he came from because he personally thanked that coach and said that he owes him his whole career and as a rookie his whole family was still abroad trying to sort out their papers so that everything sent that he did that he sent them to try to help him so much that he had to run to an NBA game because he had no money left for a cab and in that same season he spent the most money he had ever spent when he bought a PlayStation 4 but he said he couldn't take the guilt that he was using that kind of money on a game well his family was at home struggling so he sold it to an assistant coach and sent them that money too and this humble mindset combined with his work ethic and his abnormal body or led him to become one of the best players in the league a top MVP candidate this year number four Isiah Thomas five foot nine Isiah Thomas if he has always been an elite basketball player considering his size his basketball ability on the court has never been the question and it has never been
partof what held him back which has been the perception that everyone else has had of him from that he was too young to succeed at the next level, except for his father, who nicknamed him a bighead when he was born, but seriously, ideas never let that get to him in his junior year in high school.
The man averaged over 31 points per game and they kept up a pretty similar pace the next year as a senior, but that only got him as a three-star recruit and that was the first time in his eyes that people weren't going to give him the credit. credit he deserved he eventually moved to the University of Washington where he would attend three seasons and in those three years he was not the standout, no pun intended, but he averaged 16 and 4 was a two time PAC tournament MVP and a two time member of the first-team All pac-10 before forgoing his senior season to enter the NBA Draft, which was almost a mistake because As most of us know, he was taken with the last pick in the draft that year, but that was probably the best thing that could have happened to him because throughout his entire career I used this as motivation to try all the other 29 teams. that conveyed to him that they made a mistake and that is exactly what he did.
All Isiah needed was a chance and once he got it, he ran with it and had a solid rookie season in and out of the starting lineup. He would average 11 and 4 and 25 minutes per game and he surprised everyone and finished seventh and Rookie of the Year voting over the years his game would slowly progress and he would continue to try and find a consistent starting role and finally did when the The Boston Celtics finally gave him the break he deserved in his first full season with the team he averaged 22 points and six assists per game before he really made a name for himself by averaging twenty-nine and six on the year making the f or second all-star game. straight year and leading the Celtics deep into the playoffs before he got injured and since that injury his career took a turn for the worse, but we can tell he's working to get back on track. and he's working against the
oddsto prove everyone wrong and make him one of the best players in the league once again, number five Damian Lillard today. to this point he is even more impressive that he has gotten to where he is today through dedication, bravery and hard work.
Trey said that he has had it since he was a child. He grew up in one of the worst parts of Oakland and he grew up there and he saw the things he saw play at a young age a huge factor that he said had made him fearless in life and even more so on the court but ever since he was little before Being a big player, he would sit outside the gates of the local recreation center. and wait for the doors to open at 9:00 am. m. and usually stays until dark when all the other kids go home to play video games.
Dame would still be in the gym watching grown men play while practicing dribbling left handed and this work ethic continued into high school, even into At the time, his coaches described him as fearless and competitive as they had ever seen a boy that age, and Davis said seventh grade was when he really began to worry about winning and losing, and trying to do it put him on the rankings. national so he could see who was better than him and try to get his name up the roster at every game, but unfortunately, even when he entered grade 11, he was still almost unknown nationally.
The Bay Area Scout even told him that he was good but not great and his AAU coach said that Little is the type of person that when he doubts it ignites a fire inside of him that when he is told he is not going to win the game it is not the thing. good enough. He's going to do everything in his power to prove you wrong and that's when his coach took out his lotus eye after practice one day and told them you don't play hard enough and if you don't practice enough you have the potential to play big in college but you can't even play for me and he said this knowing it would light a fire inside Lillard like before and it definitely worked because Dame said this turned out to be a great time in his life because after all the he faced doubts and people telling him he wasn't good enough and he wasn't going to make it.
His coach told him that he believed he had the potential to play at a great university. he was a senior got a better idea of how bad his hometown was when he confronted three men as he was walking home from practice stood tall ready to defend himself until one of them put a gun on him in the forehead
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