was an All-American at North Carolina and the number one overall pick of the 1986 draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers just ahead of Len Bias. Along with fellow rookies John Hot Rod Williams, Mark Price and Ron Harper, Daugherty ushered in the highest competitive run in Cavalier history. The Cavs were title contenders in the Eastern Conference for the next decade and if it wasn’t for the great Bulls teams, they may have won a few titles. Daugherty averaged 19 points and 10 boards over those ten years and was a five time All-Star. Daugherty had the size (seven feet and 245 pounds) to dominate the middle and as you can see by his stats he was very productive.
Now why won’t he get in? As good as he was Daugherty was overshadowed by superstars Hakeem Olajuwon and Patrick Ewing at the center position. He also somehow developed a reputation of being soft which leads us to his biggest negative. Daugherty only played those ten years in the NBA and retired at 28 due to back injuries. His career though solid and productive was not long enough to warrant Hall of Fame status. He is kind of like the Sterling Sharpe of basketball.
Should Brad Daugherty be in the Hall of Fame?
Definitely put him in! - 42.2%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 39.1%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 14.1%