Loren Woods is no more a Raptor. He is, however, one of this year's prime candidates for the Chuck Nevitt Award given to the most marginal 7-footer on an NBA roster. Woods signed with the Kings for a nice tidy $1 million, the latest in a long line of Brobdinagians of the Bench. And not a day too soon, either, with fellow practice-time punching bag Jake Voskuhl -- at 6-foot-11, just a couple centimetres short of joining this club of lofty standing, if not achievement -- getting two years and $4 million to be the Bobcats backup.
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Woods' career numbers now put him in with an outside shot of joining a select group that plods along from Anstey to Zidek, headed up, of course, by the 7-foot-5 Charles Goodrich (Chuck) Nevitt -- nine seasons (including a championship ring with the '85 Lakers), 155 games played (no starts) with six different teams, 5.3 minutes per, 1.6 points, 1.5 rebounds. Here's a few of the lot -- and there are a lot of them, too many to list -- and how Woods stacks up:
Dalibor Bagaric. A former first-round reach (Chi '00), the Croatian lasted three seasons and didn't start a game despite 95 appearances, one of the steepest S-R ratios (starts to appearances) in NBA history. Signed to play in Spain this coming season.
Hank Finkel. Seven-footer with the big moustache is one of Nevitt's closest competition, at least in terms of service. Lasted nine seasons and 551 games, but at 5.1 pts, was a veritable stats machine next to these and won a title with the '74 Celtics. Filling the rather large sneakers of Bill Russell, he had a tough job.
Steve Hayes. 212 games played, three starts. I can recall watching Finkel on those Hondo-led Celtics and he shows up a lot on ESPN Classic, but frankly, I can't remember this guy at all.
Priest Lauderdale. 74 games, no starts. At 7-4, he was hard to miss.
Christian Welp. 109 games, three starts. From Germany came Uwe Blab AND Chris Welp. Good thing Dirk Nowitzki came along.
Loren Woods. Five seasons, 208 games (47 starts), 2.6 points, 3.3 rebounds. And counting. If he can keep those starts down to a minimum, he's on course.
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