San Antonio, TX - Corey Maggette is entering what would be his 15th NBA season, but on Sunday the former star left the NBA world wondering if he will be seen in another regular season game.
While Maggette has never been though of as a superstar, he most certainly was a former superstar at scoring the basketball at least. He had three years where he averaged more than 20 points per game and five years of 18 points per game or more. Due to his increasing age, he has been unable to get to the rim like he used to, but is still a very capable NBA bench player.
Maggette is currently on a non-guaranteed roster with the Spurs, and has acknowledged that he is facing an uphill battle to make the regular season roster. He did help his case this evening against the Phoenix Suns by posting a 10-point performance, and could force the Spurs to take a closer look at carrying him into the regular season as a depth player.
Offense is not the only area that Maggette has excelled at throughout his NBA career. He has been known as a good defensive player as well, but those days seem to have passed him by for the most part as age has caught up to him. Back in his younger days, Maggette had great athleticism and lateral quickness that helped him stay in front of the best opposing wings that he faced, especially during his tenure with the Los Angeles Clippers.
It would certainly be a sad day for quite a few NBA fans who have watched the game for the last 10-15 years if Maggette does decide to hang up the sneakers and call it a career. He has always been a professional both on and off the court, and has been a hard worker throughout his career as well. You can’t help but root for him as he strives to make a very talented Spurs roster.
Maggette has posted career numbers of 16.0 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per contest. Those numbers certainly aren’t shabby if this is indeed the end of the line for Maggette.