Jermaine Taylor hasn't played in an NBA game since the 2010-11 campaign, but he wants back in.
Since then and along the way, the swingman has traveled the world to play basketball --- Spain, China, Israel, New Zealand, and of course, multiple stints in the D-League.
Spending parts of two NBA seasons with the Rockets and Kings after getting drafted as the 32nd pick of the 2009 NBA Draft, his scoring prowess at every level is undeniable. Even as he was still coming into his own as a young athlete, the guard tallied 7.1 points on 48% from the field in just 16 minutes per contest through 26 games for the Kings during his second year.
Taylor arguably made his biggest professional splash when he poured in an eye-popping 49 points (then considered a minor league single-game scoring high) as a member of the Maine Red Claws during a contest in March of 2013.
Months later, he experienced an unfortunate ACL injury while suiting up for Maine the following season. In addition to playing in New Zealand last season, however, Taylor made his way back to play for the Idaho Stampede, averaging 13.7 points on 44% from the field in just 29 minutes per contest. He's obviously gone on to hit the professional hardwood following his injury, but there's no doubt the road to getting back to competing and maintaining himself at a high level was one that required perseverance and dedication. After years of learning, on the job so to speak, Taylor has certainly displayed that and more.
But as he looks back on his journey --- where he's been, why, and where he wants to go, one thing is clear: Taylor has the NBA once again steadily in his sights.
"I dream real big. The short term is to get back into the NBA. I've never gotten my chance. Even when I was drafted, it was tough. But every time I've gotten on the floor, I've produced. I've always heard that I need to find the right situation, or some other thing," Taylor explained to RidiculousUpside.com. "It's never been a question of talent for me. Now, I'm just hoping to get on a team. From there, I want to get on the floor. Then I'll start setting my next goal. I'm taking it as they come."