The 20 Greatest Basketball Players to Never Play in the NBA

10. Demetrius "Hook" Mitchell

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Your favorite point guards like Gary Payton and Jason Kidd played with Hook Mitchell growing up in Oakland. He was the west coast version of Earl "The Goat" Manigault (more on him in a bit). At 5'10", Hook had crazy hops and often dunked over cars during playground dunk contests. He played a couple years in college, but could never turn his back to drugs and a life of crime. The documentary, Hooked: The Legend of Demetrius "Hook" Mitchell, tells of his days on the Oakland playgrounds where he made his name. Kidd and Payton believe had he made it to the L, Hook had the talent to be greater than they were. That says a lot coming from two future Hall of Famers.

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