(1989) Benoit Benjamin had 25pts, 10rebs, 10blks – so much potential!

Benoit Benjamin might have lasted 15 years in the league but the 3rd pick of the 1985 NBA draft — before Mullin, Karl Malone, Charles Oakley, Detleft Shrempf, Joe Dumars, AC Green — is known for being one of the biggest busts in NBA history.  Looking over his stats and near double-double averages for almost nine years, it’s hard to think that he could be one of the biggest busts but considering how dominant Benjamin was when he was on, you couldn’t help but think that he should have been an All-Star center.

On this day in history, March 31st 1989, Benjamin had a monster game with 25 points 10 rebound and 10 blocks against the Spurs. Most will call it a fluke game but when look at that month of March and April of that season, you will see the following games.

  • 34 points & 23 rebounds & 8 blocks
  • 29 points & 11 rebounds
  • 19 points & 21 rebounds
  • 23 points & 17 rebounds
  • 29 points & 11 rebounds
  • 28 points & 10 rebounds

So unlike many big men that faded away after a couple of seasons or struggled to ever get a double-double, Benjamin is on my busts lists because the only honor in his long NBA career was a rookie of the month mention.

“He has the potential to be a great player,” Former Coach Don Chaney said in 1987. “But he’s his own worst enemy. If he doesn’t reach that level, he has only himself to blame. In order for him to reach that full potential, he has to put in time in the off-season. And I don’t think he’s that dedicated.

Also consider the players he’s been traded for:  Olden Polynice, Sam Bowie and Eric Mobley.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *