32 players you forgot were once NBA All-Stars

Luol Deng, Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer
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6) Carlos Boozer

Former NBA veteran Carlos Boozer had an unusual path to stardom. He was taken 41st overall in the 2003 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, and he spent his first two seasons there. However, after exceeding expectations by averaging 15.5 points and 11.2 rebounds per game for the Cavaliers, they agreed to decline his team option and negotiate a new contract.

Boozer then signed a 6-year, $68 million deal with the Utah Jazz. That understandably led to some hurt feelings from the Cavaliers, who expect him to be a long-term frontcourt partner to LeBron James.

Whether the Cavs were mistaken or Boozer was in the wrong is unclear, but he proved to be a major signing for the Jazz. In 2006-07 and 2007-08, Boozer made consecutive All-Star teams in a loaded Western Conference that featured power forwards such as Pau Gasol, Kevin Garrett, Tim Duncan, and Dirk Nowitzki.

2006-07 Boozer averaged a stellar 20.9 points and 11.7 rebounds for the Jazz, which propelled them to the Western Conference Finals but were outplayed by the San Antonio Spurs and Hall of Famer Tim Duncan. The following year, he was even better, averaging 21.1 points and 10.4 rebounds per game, but the Jazz fell short of replicating the same success.

He later signed with the Chicago Bulls and was initially seen as a key piece on the then-Derrick Rose-led team. Despite that, he wasn't nearly as effective an offensive player and was often singled out on the defensive end, leading to his being amnested. He later finished out his career with the Lakers, playing a total of 861 games and averaging an impressive 16.2 points and 9.5 rebounds over his 14-year career.