I used Jacob Goldstein’s multi-year PIPM (player-impact plus-minus) stats to chart each NBA roster as a Thanksgiving meal – which team has a big turkey with all the fixings and which team has nothing but casseroles?
A White Elephant is an extravagant gift, but it is also a useless and impractical gift. And the NBA has White Elephants, too. Using the (fantastic and underrated) Pro Sports Transactions Archive I dug through 4,952 pro-basketball trades dating back to 1950 and found 56 players who were each traded at least six times during their respective careers. Here’s the whole parade, sorted by the number of times each player was traded and his career Win Shares (as a convenient approximation of his value over the years, available from Basketball-Reference).
If you want to filter this chart by the number of years in the league or the number of teams in a career , click on the image above to visit the interactive version in Tableau.
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