Bryant Reeves

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Bryant Reeves
Personal information
Born (1973-06-08) June 8, 1973 (age 48)
Fort Smith, Arkansas
Listed height7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight290 lb (132 kg)
Career information
High schoolGans (Gans, Oklahoma)
CollegeOklahoma State (1991–1995)
NBA draft1995 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th overall
Selected by the Vancouver Grizzlies
Playing career1995–2001
Career history
19952001Vancouver Grizzlies
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points4,945 (12.5 ppg)
Rebounds2,745 (6.9 rpg)
Blocks302 (0.8 bpg)
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at

Bryant Reeves (born June 8, 1973) is an American former professional basketball player. Reeves spent his entire career with the National Basketball Association's Vancouver Grizzlies, playing with the team from 1995 until 2001. He was nicknamed "Big Country" by his college teammate Byron Houston after Reeves was amazed following his first airplane flight across the United States,[1] having grown up in the small community of Gans, Oklahoma.[2]

College career[edit]

Standing 7 feet (210 cm) tall and weighing between 275 and 300 pounds (125 and 136 kg), Reeves was an imposing physical presence on the court and was primed to become a dominant center in the NBA. He had a strong collegiate career with Oklahoma State University, where he averaged 21.5 points per game as a senior and led OSU to the 1995 Final Four.

Professional career[edit]

Vancouver Grizzlies (1995–2001)[edit]

Reeves became the Grizzlies' first-ever draft choice, selected sixth overall in the 1995 NBA draft.[3]

Reeves played six seasons with the Grizzlies. After averaging 13.3 points per game in a solid rookie season, he averaged 16.2 points per game in 1996–97 season and was subsequently awarded with a six-year, $61.8 million contract extension. The next season was his best, when he averaged 16.3 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 1.08 blocked shots per game. During that season he scored a career-high 41 points against the Boston Celtics.

After 1998, weight-control problems and injuries began to take a toll on Reeves, and his numbers fell off dramatically.[4] He was still the starting center for the Grizzlies, but his minutes per game dropped, and his field goal percentage dropped significantly. Eventually, after the Grizzlies moved to Memphis, Tennessee in 2001, Reeves started the season on the injured list due to chronic back pain and was never able to play another game (the only games he played with the team in Memphis were two preseason games). During the preseason play in the fall of 2001, Reeves had experienced back pain and had to be taken off the court on two connected stretchers carried by eight of his teammates.[citation needed] He retired from the league midway through the 2001–02 season.[5]

NBA career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

1995–96 Vancouver 77 63 24.9 .457 .000 .732 7.4 1.4 0.6 0.7 13.3
1996–97 Vancouver 75 75 37.0 .486 .091 .704 8.1 2.1 0.4 0.9 16.2
1997–98 Vancouver 74 74 34.1 .523 .000 .706 7.9 2.1 0.5 1.1 16.3
1998–99 Vancouver 25 14 28.1 .406 .000 .578 5.5 1.5 0.5 0.3 10.8
1999–00 Vancouver 69 67 25.7 .448 .000 .648 5.7 1.2 0.5 0.6 8.9
2000–01 Vancouver 75 48 24.4 .460 .250 .796 6.0 1.1 0.6 0.7 8.3
Career 395 341 30.6 .475 .074 .703 6.9 1.6 0.5 0.8 12.5

Personal Life[edit]

Bryant was the subject of the documentary "Finding Big Country" in 2018. Following his career, Reeves went back to Oklahoma and is now a cattle farmer and a family man.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


External links[edit]