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Jay Williams had a standout rookie year after being drafted 2nd overall by the Bulls behind Yao Ming. He showed lots of promise in his first season, eventually making the All Rookie 2nd Team. This all came to a crashing halt when Jay crashed his motorcycle without a helmet on and sustained multiple injuries. The fact that he was driving a motorcycle broke his contract with the Bulls. Williams was eventually cut by the Bulls, and even though the team could have cut him without pay because he broke his contract, the team gave him 3 million dollars when he was cut. However, in his 2016 biography, Williams states that most of the money went into feeding his illegal painkiller addiction. Williams is now a host with ESPN and has spoken about his struggles and how he overcame them.
Maurice Stokes was a dominant rebounder and overall player, averaging a double double with 17 rebounds per game. Stokes only played 3 seasons in the NBA, before injury ended his career. In the last game of the season, the Cincinnati Royals forward fell and hit his head, knocking him unconscious. 3 days following this, Stokes went into a coma and was permanently paralyzed. His team mate and friend, Jack Twyman, helped Stokes with his medical expenses and became his legal guardian. Stokes eventually died in 1970, and his name has become lost in the history of the NBA. However, some of his old coaches and team mates have commented on Stokes, saying he could have been a top 10 all time player.

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