We know we’ve been neglecting the NBA lately, with all the March Madness and Spring Training, so keeping with today’s NBA theme, we visit the Warriors of yesteryear. The 1996-97 Golden State Warriors traded Rony Seikaly, Clifford Rozier and a second-round pick to the Orlando Magic in exchange for Donald Royal, Jon Koncak and of course, Felton LaFrance Spencer [pictured above, middle]. The seven-foot, 300-pound plodder instantly became the starting center for the last place Warriors, averaging a laudable 5.1 points per game, along with 5.7 rebounds and 0.69 blocked shots.
That year, his season highlight was a season-high 14 points against Utah.
By the 1997-98 season, Spencer’s role was lessened, with the arrival of high-profile draft pick Adonal Foyle. Spencer still appeared in 68 games, but only averaged 2.4 points per game in 12 minutes per game. Not one to be deterred, Spencer gave it one final go-around in the 1998-99 season. In his final year with the club, he averaged 1.6 points in 6.1 minutes.
After the season, he signed with the Spurs, followed by a brief stint with the Knicks before calling it a career in 2002.
Felton Spencer [NBA.com]
Photo from a phenomenal photo set [Flickr]