Former #1 pick Brad Daugherty launches Hoops Against Hunger

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More people probably know former No. 1 pick and five-time NBA All-Star Brad Daugherty more for being a NASCAR car owner and ESPN analyst than a player, but in the late 80s and early 90s, Brad was a solid center who would easily be a All-NBA 1st or 2nd teamer today.  It might seem random that I'm talking about him today but I have a couple of reasons for doing that.

1: It's his birthday. (Worthless Trivia: The Clippers traded the rights to the #1 pick, which was used to select Brad for Joe Bryant, who also has a birthday today)
2: I just read an interview in Slam with Bone Thugs N Harmony and his name popped up a few times
3: The man deserves some credit for what he did in the NBA
4: He recently launched a "Hoops Against Hunger" campaign, which he hopes to raise a million dollars to fight hunger.

Via Yahoo Sports

The first overall pick in the 1986 NBA Draft who wore the No. 43 to honor seven-time premier series champion Richard Petty helped provide more than 10,000 meals last Thanksgiving in Western North Carolina as part of his Brad Daugherty Foundation. In addition to working with Eblen Charities and the Southern Conference's SoCon for Hoops Against Hunger, he plans to reach out to his basketball and NASCAR contacts to raise $1 million.

"I'm honored to have the opportunity to work with Eblen and the Southern Conference, and to provide a platform where we can feed our children," Daugherty told the Asheville Citizen-Times.

The collection of food and funds will culminate with the SoCon Basketball Championships in March 2015 in Asheville, North Carolina.