Bryant BIG COUNTRY Reeves, The Biggest Flop In NBA History


In 1995, Bryant Reeves became the first player ever drafted by The Vancouver Grizzlies, drafted 6th overall out of Oklahoma State University. Reeves was a redneck country boy from Arkansas, he stood 7 feet tall and was listed at roughly 300 pounds. It isn't clear what the Grizzlies organization saw in Reeves, he was never athletic, he struggled with his weight, and he was destined to be injury prone. After a relatively average first 2 seasons in Vancouver, the Fans were outraged when the team signed him to a new 6 year contract, making him one of the highest paid players in the league at the time, earning over $11.5 million per season.

Despite being paid like a superstar, Reeves never really played well enough to be a starter on most NBA teams, and when he finally succumbed to his injuries in 2001, he had only played 4 seasons, but had collected almost $100 million from the Vancouver Grizzlies. This earns Reeves top spot on ESPN's list of the most overpaid NBA players of all time. Nobody disputes that Big Country was the most overpaid player of all time, however some would argue that others were more overrated, and perhaps even bigger flops. According to, the biggest flop of all time is the Trail Blazers Sam Bowie.

Bowie has the distinction of being drafted higher than both Charles Barkely and Michael Jordan, and for this reason he is considered to be a huge disappointment. Compared to Reeves, Bowie had a far more productive career, and never collected half the money that Reeves was paid, therefore was much less of a strain on the Blazer's franchise.

Whatever Happened To BIG COUNTRY?

After being retired for nearly a decade, nobody had heard from Bryant Reeves, he seemed to just disappear off the grid. Of course he probably doesn't want his whereabouts published in any local Vancouver newspapers, the fans still haven't forgotten about his sloppy ass waddling into Vancouver, lazily jogging up and down the court for a few short seasons before leaving town with a hefty $100 million in salary.

As it turns out, a Canadian journalist took the time to look up the biggest disappointment in NBA history. Knowing that Reeves hometown of Gans, Oklahoma has a population of only 208 people, it seemed realistic to assume that everyone in the small town would know something about him. After looking up a few complete strangers on Facebook, he was able to get a statement from somebody who claimed to be close to Reeves:

"In fact I was actually with him today. He is pretty much just living a country lifestyle. He has moved back to Gans and has a great house on the Arkansas River. He has three kids, 2 boys and a girl. He pretty much is just running his cattle ranch and fishing and hunting when he can. He has a lot of good land and his dreams of basketball faded, so he just lived another dream living a great country life. "

Well isn't that sweet, I guess $100 million bucks can buy a nice little ranch and a cozy lifestyle of fishing, hunting and relaxing in a crappy little town, surrounded by other sloppy hicks and rednecks that probably can hardly spell and won't be able to read this article, therefore there is no risk of offending them.

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Comments 19 comments profile image 4 years ago from Vancouver / Bangkok Author

I dunno who voted for Greg Oden in the poll, but you are entitled to your opinion. I can't see it though, Reeves sucked 100 million out of the Grizz, and I doubt Oden got anywhere near that. Oden got injured, that was unfortunate for the Blazers, but at least they can move on .. and they are still in Portland.

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s211216 4 years ago

Reeves certainly did more for the grizzlies than oden. Before it is all said and done Oden will only be magnified by the success of Kevin Durant.

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Irob 4 years ago from St. Charles

I remember Big Country, old Big Eight adn he gave MIzzou a tough time

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puter_dr 4 years ago from Midwest USA

Oden was a #1 pick who only played I think it was 60 games in 3 seasons.

Funny, i was trying to explain Big Country to my wife just the other night during the final 4. profile image 4 years ago from Vancouver / Bangkok Author

Oden was a disaster, but he wasn't signed to a contract making him one of the highest paid players in the game over 6 seasons. I think it is that monster contract that makes Big Country a bigger flop. After his first two seasons, there was no indication to suggest that Big Country was anymore than a backup center on any decent team, yet the Grizzlies signed him to a contract paying him as if he was a hall of famer.. what a joke!

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s211216 4 years ago

Reeves did at least give the Grizzlies three good years, averaging about 15 ppg. More than the Blazers can say about Oden. I cannot fault them for drafting Oden, but in hindsight, it looks like one of the bigger busts in the history. And Oden did make about 5 or 6 million to sit on the bench. I think he played 60 games in his career? profile image 4 years ago from Vancouver / Bangkok Author

I think if you ask any GM in the NBA, would you rather pay $100 million for a center who averages 15 PPG over 3 seasons, or pay 6 mil for a few seasons for a #1 pick that turns out to be a bust, they will all give you the same answer. If you take money out of the equation (when do you ever do that), then sure, Oden was the bigger bust.

Charlieboz 4 years ago

Hasheem Thabeet is by far the biggest flop in NBA history. Drafted 2nd overall (only because the owner wanted him) the guy was sent down to the frigging D league for god's sake. Did not get offered an extension either, will probably be out of the league after this season ends

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s211216 4 years ago

I guess this all comes down to how you define bust. I would not call a decent player that gets a large contract and ends his career in injury a bust. He had three productive seasons. I bet if you asked a lot of GMs that are drafting number 6 this year if they would take 15 and 8 every night they would probably take it. Was Grant Hill a bust because injuries knocked him off of MVP caliber play? Was the GM dumb for giving Reeves that contract? Yes, but his draft status would not be mentioned as a bust in the same caliber of a Darko or Oden. profile image 4 years ago from Vancouver / Bangkok Author

I don't give Reeves much credit for being a starting center on a horrible team, he managed to put up the stats to suggest he had 3 productive seasons, but how productive is it when you are losing every night? In my opinion he was never talented enough to be a starter in the NBA, the Grizzlies were kidding themselves. As far as GMs taking 15 and 8 every night, at what cost?

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MarkRFox 4 years ago

Na..Greg Oden is the biggest flop in NBA history..especially since he was a #1 draft pick.

redtailedhawk 4 years ago

Well isn't that sweet, I guess $100 million bucks can buy a nice little ranch and a cozy lifestyle of fishing, hunting and relaxing in a crappy little town, surrounded by other sloppy hicks and rednecks that probably can hardly spell and won't be able to read this article, therefore there is no risk of offending them.

It is bewildering how someone such as you can negative toward people in small town America. Maybe they can't read well, but you can't punctuate well either. Here is the proper punctuation:..."able to read this article; therefore there is no risk of offending them." Separate two independent clauses with a semi-colon as you see above, not a comma. Go Fish!

travelinasia 4 years ago

Hey Redtailhawk..

Don't ya reckon if u r gonna give a lecture about grammar, you should probably proofread ur own damn post .. ?

Charley 4 years ago

Wow! You know, make fun of Big Country all you want... He's a million aire, and probably couldn't care less about your opinion anyway, so go ahead! But to characterize small town folks in this way is offensive and WRONG! Some of the smartest people I know came from a small towns. I got the opportunity to march in the Fiesta Bowl a few years ago, and a full grown adult actually asked me with all sincerity how we learned to march with out any paved roads in Oklahoma. It's this kind of ignorance and discrimination that makes these kinds of stereotypes possible.

2 years ago

That was a freakin mean article. it was probably one of the worst I have ever read. I don't know how you can even say that about oklahomans and that town.

2 years ago

At least he made it to the NBA while you are sitting at home probably in your shack because you are so poor writing hate articles.

rev 24 months ago

The person who wrote this article is an idiot. The life you live must have so much meaning?? He is making a killing off his 100 million and you still suck at your job!

Ernie 22 months ago

The biggest bust ever was Robert "Tractor" Trailor. The Milwaukee Bucks should have kept Dirk Nowitzki. Leave Bryan Reeves alone, not everyone has what it takes to be a great basketball player, the Chicago bulls drafted a few players (post Jordan era) that were run out of the league in a hurry.

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DiamondDad 22 months ago

This writer is dumb. Bryant Reeves is not from Arkansas. He is from Gans Oklahoma. Bryant was one of the Big 8's greatest big men. He took OSU to the final 4. , and Gans to the state tournament. He made it to the NBA got paid and came home one of the richest people in Sequayah county Oklahoma. Oh yeah, His little brother is now a doctor (M.D) . So this writer can suck it.

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