Happy Birthday Bryant “Big Country” Reeves
Bryant “Big Country” Reeves 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 6th pick in the 1995 NBA draft (1 pick ahead of rookie of the year Damon Stoudamire).
6 was the magic number as Reeves only lasted 6 seasons and was given a 6 year $61 million contract extension in 1997. He retired during the 2001 season.
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 would 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. He had game he just looked so damn corny showing it.
Happy Birthday Big Country!