They get courtside seats and contribute a point or two to the team and are lucky enough to get a ring. No, not the cast of Basketball Wives: LA, we’re talking about our favorite “benchwarmers” who have been lucky enough to have a team that picks up their slack. Take a look at our top 10 Benchwarmers with Rings!
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1. Anthony “Tony” Allen
Anthony “Tony” Allen scored a championship title in 2008 while on the Boston Celtics and was later signed for a 2-year $5 million contract. Allen averaged 1.3 points-per-game during the 2008 playoffs.
2. Antoine Walker
Antoine Walker won a championship title in 2006 with the Miami Heat. Throughout the playoffs he shot .324 from the 3-point line and .574 from the free-throw line. Luckily, Dwyane Wade and Shaq were there to save the series.
3. Brian Scalabrine
Brian Scalabrine has pretty much mastered the art of posing while on the bench. Scalabrine never even made it off of the bench during the 2008 playoffs when his team, the Boston Celtics won.
4. Darko Millicic
The No. 2 pick in the 2003 NBA Draft who was picked over Carmelo Anthony, unfortunately could not live up to his title after being signed to the Detroit Pistons. With the Pistons, Darko Milicic won his first championship ring against the Los Angeles Lakers. Milicic averaged 4.7 minute-per-game along with 1.4 points-per-game.
5. D.J. Mbenga
You might remember when Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum got injured during the 2009 playoffs and every Laker fan seemed to panic. That’s when we met the seven-footer known as Mbenga, who played seven games and scored .3 points-per-game. Fortunately for him, his team won the 2009 and 2010 playoffs, which helped him get two rings.
6. Glenn Robinson
Glenn Robinson won a NBA title in 2005 with the San Antonio Spurs. Robinson only averaged 8 minutes-per-game during the playoffs.
7. Joel Anthony
Congratulations Joel Anthony! You averaged about 5 minutes-per-game during these finals and were able to win your second straight NBA title with the Miami Heat. Anthony averaged 1.4 points-per-game during the 2012-2013 season and .4 points-per-game during the playoffs.
8. Josh Powell
Believe it or not he was on the Los Angeles Lakers and won two rings with the decorated team in both 2009 and 2010. He’s played 315 games and averages 3.9 points per game.
9. Luke Walton
Luke Walton might just be the most successful benchwarmer ever. In 2009 he earned $4.8 million for contributing his 2.4 points-per-game. He ‘earned’ a ring in 2009 and 2010.
10. Scot Pollard
Scot Pollard has been traded from team to team. Having played on the Detroit Pistons, Sacramento Kings, Indiana Pacers and Cleveland Cavaliers, Pollard won his first NBA championship title with the Boston Celtics in 2008. He averaged 1.8 points-per-game during the regular season.