Remember Bryant “Big Country” Reeves
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Bryant “Big Country” Reeves might have made the Playboy 1994 All-American Team but there’s nothing sexy about him or his backboard-breaking game. With that said, the Vancouver Grizzlies found the 300 pound center sexy enough to pick with the sixth pick (the franchise’s first ever pick) in the stacked 1995 NBA draft — one pick after Kevin Garnett and one ahead of Rookie of the Year Damon Stoudamire.
Six was the magic number as Reeves only lasted six seasons and was given a six-year, $61 million contract extension in 1997. He retired four seasons later.
To be fair to the likable player who often appears in bust lists, Reeves was a bust because of injuries, not because of his game. He wasn’t an All-star but he was putting up numbers in the 90s that might make him an All-NBA center nowadays; During that 97 season he averaged 17 and 8 and scored a career-high 41 against the Celtics. He also had a stretch of games where he scored 35, 31 and 35. Again, those aren’t numbers that’s going to make Shaq jealous but it’s proof he had game…he just looked so damn corny showing it.
Happy Birthday Big Country!