Years: 1976-1991
Teams: Braves, Pacers, Lakers, Jazz, Pistons, Mavericks, Bucks
Adrian Dantley was the non-Forrest Gump of the NBA-every time something cool started to happen for the team he played for, he got shipped out of town. He won the NBA Rookie of the Year in 1977 for Buffalo-and was promptly traded to the Pacers. After 23 games with Indiana, he was traded to the Lakers, where he played alongside Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for two years before being traded during training camp to the Jazz for Spenser Haywood, just after the Lake Show had drafted some guy named Magic. Dantley then had six great seasons with the Jazz, leading the league in scoring twice and averaging more than 30 PPG during three full seasons (and 29.8 during a fourth), before being traded to the Pistons a year after some guy named Malone arrived; two years after his buddy Stockton came to Utah. Dantley got even closer to the promised land with the Pistons: He led Detroit in scoring in three of the seven games of the 1988 Finals that the Bad Boys lost, only to be traded at the deadline next year to play out his days in the basketball purgatory called Dallas. He had his No. 4 retired by the Jazz in 2007-a year after Stockton and Malone had statues unveiled outside the Delta Center.