Taken with the 9th pick of the 1991 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks, Stacey Augmon, had a very nice Rookie season, playing all 82 games averaging 13.3 points and 5.1 rebounds a game, which earned him first team All-Rookie honours. He was given the nickname ‘Plastic Man’ due to his athletic ability to stretch and dunk on people. I remember the ‘Plastic Man’ featuring regularly in the ‘Top 10, NBA Court-side Countdown’ of the early 90s.
Have a look at the ‘Plastic Man’s’ highlights below:
In his second year, Augmon lifted his scoring averages to 14 points per game, and provided a march needed spark and assistance to the Dominique led Atlanta Hawks. His career best year occurred in 1994, with a stat line of 14.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals. Augmon provided plenty at athletic highlights during his time in Atlanta, however his time there would come to an end after 5 seasons, when he was traded to the Detroit Pistons at the beginning of the 1996-97 season, and he was again traded mid-season to Portland.
From that moment on, Augmon would never see anywhere near the minutes he got in Atlanta which directly resulted in his numbers dropping significantly. To give you an idea he went from averaging 12.7 points per game in his last season with Atlanta to 4.7 points at his new destination. His stats would never recover from that moment on as Augmon was resigned to playing minimal minutes for the rest of his career. He spent some time playing for the Hornets and then the Magic before he retired in 2006. With all that being said, Augmon still had a good 5 seasons at Atlanta, providing many highlights for Hawks fans and early 90s NBA fans alike.
Augmon wore the number #2 throughout his whole NBA career.
Augmon was a participant in the 1992 Slam Dunk Contest.