Rodney Buford always amused me. I notice his presence on the court; his shoulders always seemed so stiff and he would seem to fire at will after coming off the bench. Plus I thought he was in a new team seemingly every season (and I was right). He was just a can't-miss sub.
After his draft placement, he seemed destined to be. He was picked 53rd overall in the 2nd round by the Miami Heat in 1999. And as mentioned, he didn't last more than one season. That's how it was for the rest of his NBA career. He played in the league for five seasons and five teams. And I always noticed his stiff shoulders and shot-chucking.
He played for the Heat, the Sixers, the Grizzlies, the Kings, and the Nets. Buford got some playoff experience with the Sixer team that went to the Finals in 2001 and got extended time (28.1 minutes per game) with the bad Grizzly team in 2001-02. He scored 9.4 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in 63 contests (started 21). He finished his NBA career with the Nets in the 2004-05 season, where he gave another productive season (7 points, 3 boards per game). Still only 27 years old at the time, he opted to go overseas.
Now 34 years old, he's still playing basketball. Buford is now a member of the London Lightning of the National Basketball League of Canada.
At this point, I don't think he's going to get back to the NBA but, at least, he's had an extended professional basketball career.
TNLP would like to give Mr. Buford a shoutout.
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