The story of Torrey Craig is the story of a very unlikely NBA champion. While a professional baller in itself, Craig’s career has not exactly been as glamorous, decorated or successful as your LeBrons, Kobes or MJs. In fact, the man has apparently barely held on to this life. But in a serendipitous twist of fate, Torrey Craig will soon be able to claim an NBA championship ring in the 2020-21 season – no matter who wins.
Prior to the current season, Craig signed with the finalist team Milwaukee Bucks and played a total of 18 games before finding his head on the cutting board back in March. Normally this would be what the bra office calls “a shit go”. Luckily for Craig, he landed in Other things finalist team camp: Phoenix Suns. Given the 18 games played with Milwaukee and the 32 games played for the Phoenix side (including eight starts), our NBA player who is lucky enough to come is eligible for a championship ring in both ways.
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Has an average of less than 13 minutes of playing time per. Playoffs with the Suns, as pointed out by SBNation, while Torrey Craig is “perhaps the least notable player” you see on the floor in the upcoming NBA Finals, the fact that he’s still here should not be discounted as stupid luck. If it is anything, it is a “huge proof” of his gravel, grumpy and hard work.
From flying under the national recruitment ranking radar of an overwhelming high school team, grinding away at the lowest level in Division I college basketball, earning a living here in Australia after going untapped and grossing it out in the G-League before it finally became offered a real shot with the Denver Nuggets … “unlikely NBA champion” doesn’t even begin to cover it. This represents a triumph for an underdog against all odds. A triumph that has not been seen since Steve Bradbury at the 2002 Winter Olympics.
The prospect of Torrey Craig receiving a championship ring is also not entirely unprecedented. In 2016, the Cleveland Cavaliers forward Anderson Verajao was traded and eventually wearing a jersey to the Golden State Warriors. A similar set of circumstances, with Cleveland and GSW facing in the final, happened, making Verajao eligible for a championship, no matter what the outcome was. However, he said he would not accept it if his former team secured W (as they did). Whether Craig will accept his honor remains to be seen.
Somewhere out there, Charles Barkley and Allen Iverson hit the air.