I loved The Plastic Man. Not only because he had one of the coolest nicknames in the history of sport, but because he could really throw down dunks. I grew up as a Pistons fan in the late 1980s. While the Pistons had some GREAT teams, including two championships, they didn’t have any big time dunkers or electric swingmen. These were the players that excited me when I was younger. I loved Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars, but they couldn’t dunk.
When the Pistons traded for the lanky Augmon in the summer of 1996, I couldn’t have been more excited. The Pistons finally had their exciting player. I thought he was going to be the next Dominique Wilkins.
Well, Augmon was not the next Human Highlight Film. The former lottery pick played only 20 games for the Pistons and average a paltry 4.5 points per game. This was after averaging 13 points a game during his five years with the Atlanta Hawks.
Augmon would spend the rest of his career as a defensive stopper-type bench player. He was a key role-player on some of those famous “Jail Blazer” teams of the late 1990s and wrapped up his career at the age of 37 with the Orlando Magic. He became a little bit cranky when he joined the Magic.
During the 2004-2005 season, Augmon refused to speak to the media. He collected some fines since this is a violation of league rules. Players are required to make themselves available to the media, but Augmon refused to comply. Later in the season he threw a bottle of lotion at a reporter, getting lotion all over the dude’s suit. Stacey Augmon, not a fan of the media.
Sadly, Augumon’s finest days were in college. He, along with Greg Anthony and Larry Johnson, led UNLV to a pretty impressive run of dominance in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He was deemed worthy to represent the US in the 1988 Olympics and helped the men’s basketball team with a bronze medal. This was the final year that the team was made up entirely of amature players.
Augmon currently works in a player development role with the Denver Nuggets.