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The Top 5 NBA Players Who Left Courts Too Soon

Out of as much time as they've spent on the court trying to be compensated and achieve their dreams of NBA grandeur, determining when to retire must be one of the most critical choices a pro athlete has to face in his life.

Some players are forced to retire from the game due to injuries, poor labor decisions, a lack of opportunity, or simply because they no longer have what it takes, but some still believe they had more to give on the field when they decided to call it quits. Other players appeared to be debating whether or not to retire, and some are still playing, but it feels like the window for an NBA comeback is closing right before their eyes, despite the fact that they can still contribute on a limited basis to contending teams.

When beloved basketball players depart the league, especially when they are young, they leave a void in their supporters' hearts. Thats why, today, we're going to speak about some of the guys that we think retired too soon or who we think could return to the NBA but we all know it'll never happen. We chose the order on the list according to the popularity and charisma they had during their careers.

Ray Allen
Ray Allen is a first-ballot Hall of Famer, and everyone (including Boston fans) can agree on that. Allen was a major threat as more than a shooter during his early years with the Milwaukee Bucks and Seattle Supersonics, racking up points, steals, and assists as an athletic freak who could crash the greatest defenders on the planet.

He evolved into a spot-up or catch-and-shoot shooter as his career progressed, and he'll go down as one of the most lethal scorers from beyond the arc in NBA history, being one of the most favorite players for prop bets on the NBA bookmakers. Allen was a member of two All-Star teams and a major player on two NBA Championship teams, and everyone expected him to return for two full seasons until he ultimately revealed that he had no plans to do so in 2016. He scored nearly 24,505 points, 4,361 assists, and 2,973 three-pointers during his illustrious career.

Last game in the NBA (38 years old), June 15, 2014, vs Spurs: 5 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal in 31 minutes.

Latrell Sprewell
Latrell Sprewell was an unbelievable star during his time with the New York Knicks, inspiring fans all over the world to put on his characteristic hairdo and buy his sneakers because of his tenacious play on both ends of the court. He even made one All-Defensive team, despite his scoring prowess.

Sprewell’s NBA career came to a spectacular conclusion when he demanded far more money than he was due, despite the reality that the Minnesota Timberwolves had made him a very hefty proposal. Following that, he had to cope with bankruptcy and other challenges, which made it rather shocking for no one to see him return to the league following the end of 2004-05. What remained as Sprewell’s legacy were 16,712 points, 3,664 assists, and 1,294 steals.

Last game in the NBA (34 years old), April 20, 2005, vs Spurs: 4 points and 3 rebounds in 20 minutes.

Ama'’e Stoudemire
Amar'e Stoudemire was as relentless as they come during his Phoenix Suns era, and nobody was going to score on him or stop him without paying the price with his powerful anatomy and surprising athleticism for such a large man of 6 ft 10 in. Older NBA aficionados remember this, younger generations don't, but there's the Internet, there's YouTube so check it out, millennials.

Unfortunately for him, injuries plagued Stoudemire throughout his final years with the New York Knicks and Dallas Mavericks, leading to his decision to play in Israel until 2020. Furthermore, we all expected him to try to make a comeback and retire as an NBA Champion, but the big guy evidently had no takers. "STAT" earned Rookie of the Year, and was named to six All-Star teams and five All-NBA teams during his career, averaging 18.9 points (15,994) and 7.8 rebounds (6,632).

Last game in the NBA (33 years old), May 11, 2016, vs Raptors: 1 rebound and 1 steal in 3 minutes.

Carlos Boozer
Carlos Boozer was once a tremendous force in the paint, particularly during his time with the Utah Jazz. Unfortunately, during his final two years with the Chicago Bulls, things went south quickly for him, and youthful fans have no idea how dominant 'Booz" was in the paint and on the glass.

Boozer played his final season with the Los Angeles Lakers before retiring, but everyone expected him to return at some point during the 2014-15 season on a vet min deal to aid a contender and go down in history as a champion, which has never happened as he went to play in China, ending his career in 2017. Boozer had several All-Star appearances during his career, averaging 16.2 points (13,976) and 9.5 rebounds (8,192) while shooting 52% from the field.

Last game in the NBA (33 years old), April 15, 2015, vs Kings: 10 points and 6 rebounds in 10 minutes.

Nate Robinson
Nate Robinson departed the NBA seven seasons ago and is now the organization's go-to-guy in Venezuela, even though he played in Israel and Lebanon as well, but he's been using social media until a couple of years back to try to gain attention from the NBA teams, indicating that he was eager and more than happy to return to the big state if a team requires his skills.

To be honest, the fact that "Kryptonate" has never been on an NBA roster or even in the G-League after 2015 was a bit surprising, given how much the league prizes firepower and has been favoring small lineups in the days that came after his NBA departure. We all know what Nate can do as an instant offense player off the bench, and while he's a defensive liability, you can't ignore his love and passion for the game.

Last game in the NBA (31 years old), in October 2015 vs Warriors: 3 assists and 1 steal in 19 minutes.