10. Shaun Livingston
Fans will never know what could have been for Livingston. He was the fourth overall pick in 2004 coming straight out of high school. The 6’8 guard was having a breakout third season when he suffered a career-altering leg injury. Livingston told the story on the All the Smoke podcast in 2023.
He missed the entire 2007-08 season and played just 12 games the following year. It was not until 2011 that Livingston took part in more than 40 contests in a season. He became a career backup guard that could still show flashes of brilliance. The 6’8 guard never turned into a star, but it was impressive that he played 14 seasons in the league after such a devastating injury early in his career.
Livingston was coming off one of the best seasons of his career when he signed with the Warriors in 2014. His minutes, scoring, and steals per game all dipped in the Bay Area, but he helped them win three titles over his final five seasons. Livingston averaged 17.6 minutes per game in the playoffs and made some key plays in each of those runs.
After retiring in 2019, he joined the Golden State Warriors front office for three more seasons with the team before stepping down in 2023. Shaun Livingston helped them win a fourth ring and was a crucial part of the dynasty, despite not playing his best basketball in the Bay Area.