20. Drew Gooden

When people think of Drew Gooden, they mostly remember him as a journeyman.  That is not an inaccurate statement as the Power Forward played for ten teams over his career, but it was with the Cleveland Cavaliers where he had the longest (and arguably most productive) run of his career.

In his first year (2004/05) in Cleveland (his third team in the NBA) Gooden had career highs in PER (19.7), Win Shares (8.5), Points per Game (14.4) and Rebounds per Game (9.2) in the 2004/05 season. His numbers may have decreased slightly over the following years as a Cav, but he was still a part of Cleveland’s success and would help them reach the 2007 NBA Finals.  

Gooden would be traded late in the 2007/08 season to the Chicago Bulls, and he would leave behind a Cavaliers average of 11.9 Points and 8.6 Rebounds per Game.  In terms of that last statistic, he would finish in the top twenty-three times for Cleveland.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Power Forward
  • Acquired: Traded from the Orlando Magic with Steven Hunter and Anderson Varejao for Tony Battie and the 2005 and 2007 2nd Round Pick (which would be Martynas Adriuskevicius and Brad Newley respectively) 7/23/04.
  • Departed: Traded to the Chicago Bulls with Shannon Brown, Larry Hughes, and Cedric Simmons as part of a three-team trade.  Chicago traded Joe Smith, Ben Wallace and a 2009 2nd Round Pick (which would be Danny Green) to Cleveland. Chicago sent Adrian Griffin to the Seattle SuperSonics.  Cleveland traded Donyell Marshall and Ira Newbie to Seattle.  Seattle traded Wally Szczerbiak and Delonte West to Cleveland 2/21/08.
  • Games Played: 292
  • Per Game Averages: 29.1 MP, .484 eFG%, .740 FT%, 11.9 PTS, 8.6 RB, 1.1 AST, 0.8 STL, 0.6 BLK
  • Advanced Stats: 17.0 PER, .528 TS%, 2.7 VORP, 23.5 WS
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