Dickey rushed for 11 TDs as a rookie and had his best season with the Colts in 1983 with 1,122 yards and four TDs. That was the highlight of a seven-year career.
Jackson is tough to rank because, if not for a career-ending hip injury, it’s not a stretch to think he could be ranked No. 1 on this list. Jackson never played for the Buccaneers, but he returned to the NFL with the Raiders and averaged 5.4 yards per carry over four seasons.
Cleveland Cavaliers: It’s still early in George Hill’s Cleveland career, but those expecting a boost in stats after he was traded from Sacramento have to be disappointed so far. In his first two games with the Cavs, the veteran point guard has averaged 9.5 PPG and 2.5 APG in 22.5 MPG.
Dallas Mavericks: Wesley Matthews remains available in 65 percent of ESPN leagues and is an excellent option if you’re looking to boost your 3-point category. The veteran swingman has made 2.4 3PG this season and is red-hot from behind the arc in the past five games (44.1 percent).
And when Bradley wasn’t smothering an opponent’s best guard, he was sinking 3s on the offensive end. He was arguably the most important player on a Celtics team that was making the transition back to perennial playoff contender. Imagine how much less of an impact Thomas would have had without Bradley around to cover for him on defense.
Gibson is the first player on this list from the last successful Bulls era. As a backup to perennial AND ONE bullhorn Carlos Boozer, the former USC Trojan provided needed defensive support with the second unit. As Boozer’s midrange jumper faded, Gibson’s value rose, and he quickly became a formidable low-post defensive matchup.
His tenacity when grabbing rebounds and getting defensive stops made him the perfect player for coach Tom Thibodeau’s system. Off the court, he served an important role as the glue guy in charge of limiting in-fighting among players, right up to February 2017, when Chicago traded Gibson to the Thunder for assets that are already gone.