29. Pops Mensah-Bonsu (U.K.)
While the London-born Pops Mensah-Bonsu had more NBA success than numbers 30 and 31 on this list, it wasn’t by much. The 6-9 power forward spent some time in the D-League but was frequently called up by NBA teams throughout his career.
Unfortunately, Pops would only last for a few games before being waived or sent back down to the D-League after he was given opportunities. Mensah-Bonsu spent time with the Raptors, Mavericks, Hornets, Rockets and Spurs, but only played more than 12 games with Toronto.
Pops averaged 1.3 points and 1.0 rebounds with the Rockets in four games in 2009 before being waived. He currently is the general manager for the Capital City Go-Go, the Washington Wizards’ G League affiliate.
28. Bruno Caboclo (Brazil)
One day after making the trade for Robert Covington and acquiring Jordan Bell in the process, the Rockets sent Bell to the Memphis Grizzlies for Bruno Caboclo. The move was likely pretty minor in the grand scheme of things, but according to Rockets insider Alykhan Bijani, the Rockets had their eyes on him for a while.
Caboclo hasn’t been given many minutes in Mike D’Antoni‘s shortened, micro ball rotation, but has still found minutes in five games for Houston this season. So far, the 6-9 forward has scored 10 points, pulled down nine boards and blocked four shots in his 28 total minutes played.
Time will tell if Caboclo gets more opportunities in Houston.
27. Alexey Shved (Russia)
In December 2014, the Houston Rockets dealt guard Troy Daniels and some picks for Corey Brewer and Alexey Shved. The 6-6 shooting guard was averaging 9.9 points and 2.7 assists for the Philadelphia 76ers at the time.
Shved didn’t get much of a chance under Kevin McHale, though, showing up in just nine games for the Rockets. Alexey averaged 3.2 points per game in those nine games before being packaged with two picks for Pablo Prigioni of the New York Knicks.
Shved shined in New York for the 16 games he played with them — averaging 14.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists. He’s currently playing in Russia as a member of BC Khimki.