Unlike the not-so-beloved Pistons player in the last post, former Piston Richard Hamilton is still floating around the NBA. He comes in at No. 306 in ESPN’s #NBArank. That’s seven spots higher than Charlie Villanueva, and 119 spots lower than last season.
Coming off a pair of forgettable seasons in Chicago, Rip’s kind of at a crossroads in his career — is there anything left for him in the NBA?
It’s impossible to forget how good he was during his time here, but from 2010 to now, he’s really fallen off sharply. That may just be a matter of not fit right with what Chicago was trying to do. But it’s tough to see where Hamilton lands this season, if he lands anywhere at all.
Rip’s a prideful guy, he’s made that obvious many times over his career. Could he be a situational bench player on a title team? Of course. Would he lower himself to being a guy who, quite frankly, wouldn’t be relied on for much at all? I don’t know, but I lean towards no.
Right now, he’s without a contract and coming off his worst season since he was a rookie 12 years ago. I’ll always love reminiscing about Rip as he ran around screens literally all night — piling up what felt like three miles of running a night — before letting those midrange jumpers fly.
Oh, and no, the Pistons shouldn’t think about signing him. Just had to throw that one out there, too.