Josh Childress is one of those players that had a ton of hype coming out of college as he entered the 2004 NBA Draft, but never panned out over the seven years that he has spent bouncing around the league. In the shortest terms, even if it’s a term that’s overused and sometimes misconstrued, Childress is what you would call a draft bust.
For his career Childress has played in 387 games and has averaged 9.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 26.9 minutes per game while shooting 52.2 percent from the floor, but only 32.9 percent from three. However, over the past three seasons he has shown an obvious decline in his skills and effectiveness.
Last season Childress played in just 14 games for the Brooklyn Nets. In that extremely short amount of time, he only averaged one points and 1.1 rebounds in 7.1 minutes per game and he shot only 28.6 percent from the floor.
Despite the fact that Childress hasn’t had a meaningful NBA moment in recent memory, that didn’t stop the New Orleans Pelicans from scheduling a workout with the forward this week as they try to fill out the rest of their 15-man roster for the upcoming season, per HoopsHype.
Though the Pelicans have greatly improved this summer by adding players like Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans, they aren’t a particularly deep team. However, it really doesn’t seem like Childress is the right guy to provide depth for them. Not only has he shown no signs of being an effective player as of late, but the small forward is actually the deepest position on that New Orleans roster.
Unless Childress comes in and blows everyone away at his workouts, it would be shocking to see him sign with the newly branded Pelicans. His recent track record of ineffectiveness and the Pelicans’ current needs just don’t seem to be a match that needs to be made at this particular time.