I: Over the Hill
When the Minnesota Timberwolves signed 6-foot-10 235-pound center and power forward Jordan Hill, the Timberwolves knew that they were signing a veteran of seven NBA seasons. What the Timberwolves did not realize is the fact that Jordan Hill would end his NBA career with the Timberwolves, and only suit up for seven NBA games in the process.
If you note, many of the players in this list fall in the front court, and more than half are centers. Well, that was certainly the case for Hill.
Hill played one season, seven games in all, and earned $3.91 million for his troubles. Unlike Brandon Roy, there was no comeback tale that preempted the risks. He was 29 years old when he signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and his previous three NBA seasons were quite promising as he averaged approximately 10 points per game and 7.0 rebounds per game.
But he was not able to compete for the Timberwolves. Not only did he only suit up for seven games, but he only averaged 6.7 minutes per game. That is nearly $100K per minute played in the NBA while on the Timberwolves roster.
His lone season with the Wolves would be the last of his NBA career.
He reportedly fell out of favor with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Coach Tom Thibodeau when he failed to report for an optional mini-camp. Originally intended to add depth to the Timberwolves roster, Hill became a veteran mentor for the Timberwolves’ younger players. In the end, he saw next to nothing in terms of live-action. And in doing so, was one of the final players signed by the Minnesota Timberwolves well past his prime.