Adrian Caldwell (born July 4, 1966 in Falls County, Texas) was signed as a free agent by the Dallas Mavericks on October 21, 1997.
Caldwell played his junior year of college ball in Dallas at SMU. He lettered with the Mustangs averaging 2.1 points per game and 2.4 rebounds per game in 28 appearances. Deciding to transfer to Lamar, Caldwell was forced to sit out a year but posted some impressive numbers his senior season. He saw action in 26 games and averaged 14.7 ppg and 10.0 rpg for Lamar.
Undrafted in the 1989 NBA draft, Caldwell caught on with the Houston Rockets, appearing in 51 games his rookie season. The next year, again with Houston, he played in 42 games averaging 1.8 ppg and 2.4 rpg.
Europe came calling the next season and Caldwell took his game to Italy. Playing for Clear Cantu of the Italian League, his scoring average soared to 14.7 points per game. The next season saw similar numbers for Caldwell with his Italian but his mind was on returning State-side.
The 6'9 forward split the next season between Italy, the CBA with Sioux Falls) and a seven-game stint back with the Rockets. In the 1995-1996 season, Caldwell saw action in 51 games for the Indiana Pacers. The following year was split between the Philadelphia 76ers, where he posted his best career numbers at 2.7 ppg and 4.1 rpg, and the New Jersey Nets.
He began the 1997-1998 season with the Mavericks and saw action in only one game garnering three minutes of court time with zeros to show for it. He joins Joao Vianna, Chucky Brown, Rodrick Rhodes, Randell Jackson, Mark Wade and Monti Davis as the answer to the trivia question: Name the players who have played in exactly one game for the Dallas Mavericks.
Caldwell was waived shortly after his only Mavs appearance and completed his career with stints in Spain, Argentina and Venezuela.