Best Benchwarmer (2004)

D.J. Mbenga, Dallas Mavericks

Known to some as "DJ Banger," this 7-foot discovery from the Congo won't offer a lot in the way of scoring or minutes played this year. But several facts about him already make him our favorite Maverick. One, with his wide eyes and small but prominent ears, he looks like Popeye Jones' younger, bigger, thinner brother. Two, he already is the toughest Mav on the team and a person who can at least put some hard fouls on various NBA jerks (we're looking at you, Doug Christie). Three, he was the inspiration for the best line in's Mavs off-season review: "You have to pay a $7 cover whenever DJ Mbenga spins, but it's worth it."


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