I remember being really psyched when I’d get a Sherman Douglas card in pack of basketball cards. I’m still not sure why, but I really thought he was a star. Let me get one thing straight right now, Sherman Douglas was no star.
Douglas was a second round pick by the Miami Heat after their first season in the NBA. Since the Heat really sucked, Douglas walked right into a starting job as a rookie even though he was just a second round pick. As a rookie, he averaged 14 points a game and nearly 8 assists. Not bad right? He was even better the next season when he averaged 18.5 and 8.5 a game. Following that rookie season he was named to the NBA All-Rookie team, the only award he would ever receive as an NBA player.
Douglas then suffered through some injuries in the 1991-92 season and was shipped to the Boston Celtics for the legendary Brian Shaw. He returned to form for the 1993-94 season when he averaged nearly 9 assists a game for the Celtics and appeared to be on the verge of a comeback.
In the 1995-96 season things really started to speed up for Douglas. He was dealt to the Bucks and then switched teams every couple of months for the next few years. Douglas played for four teams over his final four years in the league and saw his numbers take a dive until he retired from the NBA at the age of 34.
Aside from his first two years with the Heat, Douglas’ top performances were in college with Syracuse. Douglas, know as The General, set several assists records and was one of the top true point guards in the country. His main issue was that he was small, listed at 6’0” and wasn’t really all that quick for a little guy.
Even now, at the age of 28, far removed from my childish love for any athlete, I would be cool if my hometown Pistons signed Douglas. Sure he faded out nearly 10 years ago and is currently 43 years old, I really believe he would do a decent job as a backup point guard.
Sadly, the facts show that he was totally mediocre. Peep this:
- 2nd round pick
- Really short
- Peaked at the age of 24
- Traded for Brian Shaw
- Traded for Todd Day and Alton Lister