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Justin Hamilton's winding road has him back in the NBA

Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports

Center Justin Hamilton was selected 45th overall in the 2012 draft by the Philadelphia 76ers (then traded to the Miami Heat). He's spent most of his time since developing his skills overseas and in the NBA D-League.

Over time, the 7-footer has extended his range to the 3-point line. Hamilton shot around 40 percent from downtown while in the D-league and overseas, but has a .325 3-point shooting percentage due to his limited 49 career NBA games

Hamilton is confident he can finally prove himself as a valuable NBA player while with the Brooklyn Nets:

    "'It's a great situation,' Hamilton said. 'It’s a situation where they give you the confidence of a two-year deal and they're telling you they want you to play, so it'll be fun to actually earn my spot in the rotation. It's a whole new system, new team, new organization, so we're all looking to prove something.' ... 'Every player will have a different story. Some guys are first-round picks and they have the easier way, but it's still tough to be in the NBA,' Hamilton said. 'You just have to be mentally tough.'"