Brad Daugherty, C, Cavs
With the first pick in the 1986 NBA Draft, the Cavs selected University of North Carolina center Brad Daugherty. By also nabbing second-round pick Mark Price from the Mavericks, Cleveland had transformed its franchise from the disaster that was known as the early 1980s.
Daughtery delivered on being the No. 1 pick, garnering All-Rookie recognition during his first season. He made five All-Star teams during his first seven seasons was named All-NBA during the 1991-1992 campaign.
Back trouble did Daughtery in, limiting the big man to 50 games during the 1993-1994 season.
Had he stayed healthy, who knows what could’ve been.
He would’ve been one of the elite big men in the game at the time of Michael Jordan‘s retirement when center’s could still make a difference.
Hakeem Olajuwon, Patrick Ewing and Shaq were the three centers who reached the NBA Finals when Jordan was off playing baseball. The Cavs were an aging team, but if healthy, Daugherty probably would’ve had enough prime left in his career.
During his All-NBA season during the 1991-1992 season, Daugherty averaged 21.5 points, 10.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.
He ended his career averaging 19.0 points, and 9.5 rebounds.