Carlos Boozer certainly made the most out of only going in the second round of an NBA draft.
Although second-round players like Draymond Green and Nikola Jokić have changed that trend in recent years, they enjoyed their success after Boozer paved the way.
Over 10 years after Boozer cashed in with the Chicago Bulls, where is the veteran, bearded big man now?
Carlos Boozer was a star big man in his prime
An All-American and NCAA champion at Duke in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Carlos Boozer entered the NBA as a second-round pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Although Boozer is best known for his six years in Utah and four campaigns in Chicago, he got his start with the pre-LeBron James era Cavaliers. Boozer averaged 10 points and 7.5 rebounds as a rookie, numbers which increased to 15.5 and 11.4 in his sophomore year.
Why didn’t Boozer last with the Cavaliers as James became an NBA legend? Boozer and the Cavaliers had a misunderstanding over free agency.
Cleveland intended to sign Boozer to a six-year, $39 million contract. The Cavaliers made Boozer a restricted free agent instead of re-signing him for one year, then extending him.
Utah swooped in and signed Boozer to a six-year, $70 million contract.
Boozer grew into an All-Star big man with the Jazz. Although Boozer battled injuries in his first two seasons, he and young point guard Deron Williams formed a brilliant duo starting in 2006-07, the first time Boozer played more than 52 games in Utah.
Boozer averaged 19.3 points and 10.5 rebounds in six seasons with the Jazz. He made two All-Star Games and earned All-NBA Third Team honors in 2008.
Boozer earned a lot of money in the NBA
Carlos Boozer traded one talented point guard for another when he signed with former No. 1 overall pick Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls in 2010.
Less than a decade after he went in the second round, Boozer signed a five-year contract worth $80 million with the Bulls. Officially, Chicago acquired Boozer in a sign-and-trade.
The partnership didn’t take off as intended, as Boozer battled injuries in his first year and regressed in the second.
Although Boozer bounced back in 2012-13 with 16.2 points and 9.8 rebounds per night, the numbers dipped the next year. Chicago waived Boozer via the amnesty clause in the summer of 2014.
Boozer spent his final season averaging 11.8 points and 6.8 rebounds for a Lakers team which finished 21-61 in Kobe Bryant‘s penultimate season.
According to Spotrac, Carlos Boozer earned over $143 million in his career. Considering he was a second-round pick, that is a substantial amount of money that shows just how dominant he was in his prime.
Where is Carlos Boozer now?
Carlos Boozer spent a season playing in China before he officially retired. That retirement only lasted so long, technically, as Boozer later played for the BIG3.
Boozer has spent recent years being a father and working with the younger generation. Like other former NBA stars, Boozer has held his share of camps to mentor young players.
Boozer has contributed to NBA TV and TNT as an analyst. He has also regularly appeared on ESPN as a guest contributor.
All contract figures courtesy of Spotrac.