"Once or twice a year, we empty the entire ball rack by throwing or punting each ball into the stands, then make the rookies climb the steps to get each ball. I'm not sure why, but I really like doing that." - Nick Collison
Ager has been covered a few times this summer, the most in-depth of which was here. He was reportedly going to go to camp with the Knicks, yet may have chosen more wisely in coming to New Orleans, who need a two guard more than New York does.
Maurice Ager - Ager started the year with the Timberwolves, surprisingly (and commendably) returning to the NBA after a terrible first three years. He played 29 minutes in 4 games, and shot 6-11 from the field, one of which was this:
Ager was waived when the Wolves needed a roster spot with which to sign an emergency point guard (Sundiata Gaines). He has remained unsigned since. However, with Gaines now waived, there may be an opportunity to return.
- Mo Ager - Ager went to Spain last year, but was no better there than he was in the NBA. He shot only 28% in 12 games for Cajasol Sevilla before being let go, returning to America to play in the D-League. Joining the Maine Red Claws saw Ager's professional career finally get underway, with averages of 15.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 22 games. But three years after leaving Michigan State, that's all Ager has to his name so far. His career needs a kickstart.
EDIT - Since this was written, Ager has agreed to a deal with the Knicks.
Ager had one of the worst NBA careers of all time. It lasted three years, in which time he played 78 games and 476 minutes for two teams, taking 178 shots and hitting only 58. Ager scored 156 points on those 178 shots for a career true shooting percentage of .382, and yet took a shot every 2 minutes and 40 seconds despite the fact he missed them all. As a self-appointed shooter, Ager hit only 8 three pointers in 36 months, a career total rebounding percentage of 8.9% and a career assist percentage of 6.1%. He did nothing but try to score, usually in garbage time, and he didn't do that either.
It was not a good NBA career, all told, and the Nets let him walk unchallenged last summer. Ager then went to Spain where he signed with Cajasol Sevilla; unfortunately, it was more of the same. Ager kept putting up the shots, and they kept not going in. In 12 ACB games for Sevilla, Ager averaged 3.3 points and 1.1 rebounds per game, shooting 28% from the field and 29% from the three point line. Understandably underwhelmed by this poor production from a former NBA first round draft pick import, Sevilla let him go, and Ager returned to America to join the D-League. He stopped the rot there, averaging 15.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 22 games for the stacked Maine Red Claws. However, that's the sum total of his career to date. We're headed towards year five and he just hasn't gotten started yet.
Despite how terrible his NBA career was, Ager is the only person on this list, other than Collison and Thornton, to have any NBA experience. The rest have not even had as much as a training camp contract between them. Contrast this with Utah's roster, broken down previously, and you can see why this is notable. But it's not necessarily wrong.
That said, some of the lesser earning are incredibly serious about their craft. Maurice Ager, for example, has produced a large volume of songs over the years; arbitrarily, here is a song he produced about his alma mater, the title of which becomes immediately obvious.
Maurice Ager - Ager hasn't played since a four game stint with the Timberwolves at the very start of the 2010/11 season. Instead, he's turned to music, and is now a producer and occasional rapper. Ager's first album, "Moe Town," was released last month; here's a video clip of a bonus track, called "Pistons." You'll recognise one sample.
Ager is also in Spain, in the ACB (first division) with Cajasol Sevilla. Unfortunately, his statline there this season is unnervingly similar to his NBA statlines of the last three seasons; that is to say, he's struggling mightily. In eight games, Ager is averaging 2.4 points, 1.3 rebounds and 0.3 assists, shooting 22% from the field, 20% from three point range and 67% from the line. He has gone scoreless four times in those eight outings, has fouled in seven of them, and has played in only about half of the team's games. Cajasol are having a decent season, ranked 6th overall in the ACB with an 8-6 record, but they're doing so with a 7 man rotation. They could use Ager's help, particularly now that Domen Lorbek has left. But they're not getting it. It also won't help that Cajasol just made a big move in acquiring Ivan Radenovic, who, despite not playing Ager's position, gobbles up some of his available minutes.
Note: Non-US teams that the player
has played for are, unless stated otherwise, from the top division in
that nation. If a league or division name is expressly stated, it's not
the top division. The only exceptions to this are the rare occasions where
no one league is said to be above the other, such as with the JBL/BJ League
split in Japan.