In his final season at UNC, Rashad McCants led the Tarheels to a NCAA title. A few months later, the Minnesota Timberwolves made him the 14th overall pick in the NBA Draft. The 6’4″ shooting guard appeared to be on his way to a fruitful pro career.
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After three years in the league, McCants began to flash star potential, averaging 15 points a game off the bench for the T-Wolves. But then he made a decision that he now credits with ending his chances at stardom: He started dating Khloe Kardashian.
The 32-year-old, who’s been out of the NBA for nearly decade, recently spoke with the Charlotte Observer and said, “Without that situation in play, I’m a $60-70 million player. Easily.”
The paper notes that dating Kardashian “gave people an opportunity to doubt his commitment to the NBA.” Maybe, but McCants is looking a little too hard to find the person responsible for his flameout. It wasn’t a woman he dated for six months— it was himself.
McCants may have been a decent young shooting guard, but he was a terrible defender, an unrelenting ball hog and a locker room headache. He clashed with coaches, annoyed teammates and had an ego the size of a superstar. At a time when the NBA was beginning to prioritize two-way players, he was a volume shooter and little else.
If you’re looking for a perfect encapsulation of McCants as player, we’ve found it on YouTube. Here he is coming off a screen, getting into the lane and dunking on two much bigger men. It’s a nice play! And it’s followed by him flexing, running into another player and getting a technical.