Frequent 2012/13 Starters Without NBA Contracts

Richard Hamilton started the majority of the regular season games the Bulls played last season, but the three-time All-Star is without NBA work as opening night approaches. Hamilton finds himself with plenty of company. A dozen players started at least 10 games for a single NBA team last season, yet are without an NBA playing contract for 2013/14. Jason Kidd started an even greater share of the Knicks regular season games than Hamilton did, but rather than seek another playing gig, he sought and won the Nets head coaching job.

We’ll list those 12 players here, along with their team from last year and the number of games they started for that club. Anyone who bounced around and collected 10 or more starts with multiple teams isn’t listed — we’re focusing on players who had a significant role with a single team last season:

Basketball-Reference was used in the creation of this post.

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[…] Only three players who remained unsigned this month started more games for their team last year than the 32 that Jamaal Tinsley started for the Jazz, who finally re-signed him to a minimum-salary contract this week. The point guard still didn’t get anxious as he stayed at home without a contract this fall. […]


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