6. J.R. Reid
Reid was a top-five pick in the 1989 draft who instantly became a starter for the Hornets. The 6’9 forward had arguably the best year of his career as a rookie, and Charlotte traded him to the Spurs in December of 1992. Reid’s minutes had declined every year, but San Antonio was still willing to part with Sidney Green and two draft picks, including a first-rounder.
Reid averaged 9.9 points and 5.8 rebounds in 24.1 minutes per game after the trade. He made 24 starters and played in all ten of their postseason games, but that was his best stint in the Alamo. Reid stuck with the Spurs for two-plus seasons but averaged under 20 minutes per game and saw his production drop off.
San Antonio traded him with Brad Lohaus and a first-round pick to get Charles Smith and Monty Williams in 1996. Reid started 77 games with the Spurs, despite averaging just 8.2 points and 4.5 rebounds in 20.7 minutes per game over his 249 contests wearing silver and black.
J.R. Reid played four seasons in the NBA after leaving San Antonio and made just 50 more starts. The 6’9 forward never lived up to the hype and should not have been starting next to David Robinson. The Spurs did make the conference finals in 1995, but Reid averaged just 13.9 minutes per game in the postseason.