The Final 5 of the Not So Sweet 16 provides you the reader with nothing special. But it does provide you with a reminder that these five individuals did indeed play NBA basketball. Some of them were even OK.
You can’t have a burnathon without a shitty insert card. The 1995-1996 Topps Top Flight of Stacey Augmon fits that bill to a T (or maybe a Q, I’m bad with expressions). A horrendous insert set that featured legends such as some guy named Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Clyde Drexler, and Dominique Wilkins but mostly NBA duds like Cedric Ceballos, David Benoit (nee nee nee nee nee), Dee Brown, and the aforementioned Mr. Augmon. Nobody ever got one of these cards (outside of the Jordan) and was excited. Not even David Benoit.
Terrell Brandon was a pretty good point guard in the mid-90’s. All-Star caliber. But as the 90’s turned into the 2000’s Brandon was involved of three of the most clusterfuckery multi-team trades in NBA history, with each one being progressively worse. He was the main cog leaving Cleveland to Milwaukee in the Vin Baker/Shawn Kemp fiasco. A year and a half later he was off to Minnesota in the Stephon Marbury/Sam Cassell debacle. Then a four team disasterpiece sent him to Atlanta in which Glenn Robinson, Latrell Sprewell, and Keith Van Horn were all in play. But he rocked that abomination of a Cavs’ jersey on his 1995-1996 Fleer Metal so he deserved it.
On his 1995-1996 Upper Deck Tony Dumas is smiling. He wouldn’t be for much longer as he’d be out of the league at the end of 1998. But hey he finished sixth in the 1995 Slam Dunk Contest. That’s good right? Right?
By the time his 2001-2002 Topps was released I really didn’t like Rick Fox. He was in Eddie, which nearly killed being a Knicks fan for me (if the team itself wasn’t enough). Though I admired his game of just jacking up 10 threes a game, there was something about him that made me want to see his ACL tear every time he took the court. Probably the early 90’s R&B singer jerry curls.
And this all leads up to the 1991-1992 Upper Deck of Mike Iuzzolino. What good is there to say about Mike Iuzzolino?