8. JaVale McGee – Without an NBA, McGee would be just some weird 7-footer who calls himself “Pierre.” He’d eat cinnamon with his buddies, spit crazy pick-up lines and walk around Venice Beach shirtless. (Because as you know, that’s what everyone does at Venice Beach.) Instead, McGee is able to sign with a Chinese sneaker company, travel the world and have fans dying to see his next move. Like Wall and Jennings, his is a case where he’s been able to become a bigger personality while there are no NBA games being played.