Who Am I? Legends Edition Part 1

This player was one of the first ever Grizzlies greats. Can you correctly guess who he is?

Who Am I will be a series where I will describe a player without using his name and have you try and guess who I am describing. If you guess correctly I will shout you out via my twitter account. If you do not have a twitter account I will recognize you in the next article of this series. Can you guess this Memphis Grizzlies great without searching this player up on Google?

I was born on December 11, 1976, and I am the second eldest in a family of twelve children. I played basketball at Joseph Wheeler High School where I was named “Mr. Basketball” after leading the school to a state championship in 1994.  Later I attended the University of California where I averaged 21 points and 8.4 rebounds per contest.

With these impressive numbers, I was selected as the conference player of the year in which I was the first freshman in NCAA history to do so. I was also named Pac-10 freshman of the year. After setting single-season records at the Unversity of California I decided that it was best for me to sign up for the NBA draft.

I was selected third overall by a team now known as the Memphis Grizzlies formerly based in Vancouver. I quickly became the Grizzlies leading scorer averaging 18.7 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 2.2 assists which was a franchise record at the time. After my rookie campaign concluded I finished third in rookie of the year voting just behind two notable and stellar players, One of whom is currently in the NBA Hall of Fame.

I went on to play a total of five seasons with the Vancouver Grizzlies before I was traded. It would mark the first time that I was in my hometown since I was n high school. It was a short stay because after a few short seasons I was traded again. For my entire career, I went on to play with a total of 5 teams.

I retired in 2008 because of a knee injury that became bothersome. Shortly after I decided to become an assistant coach with that team which would mark the debut of my coaching career. I rose up through the ranks fast as after being an assistant coach position I was promoted to assistant manager. Later on, I became the director of player personnel before my departure in 2014.

This player is one of the most underrated players in NBA history that is often not referenced when the greats are spoken of. Since the Vancouver Grizzlies were an expansion team established in 1995 this player has become synonymous when discussing the history of the Memphis Grizzlies franchise.

For all of the 2k gamers out there this player is featured on one of the classic teams rosters. He is also one of the earliest tweener players that have played in the NBA. When you think of the Grizzlies franchise as a whole, it would be hard telling the story without this player being mentioned as he is one of the first, if not the first cornerstone in this franchises storied history. But the question remains, who am I?

Da’Vonte Hughes| @CookieByNature

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