NBA white guy of the day Greg Ostertag
Gregory Donovan Ostertag was something in his NBA career. Another instance of drafting a guy for being over 7 foot tall. I just can’t get enough of guys like Greg Ostertag. He was on one of the greatest teams in the NBA ever, but of course was overshadowed by the Bulls in the 90’s. Remarkably Greg played for 11 years in the NBA, averaging 4.6 points and 5 rebound.
Early playing days
Ostertag was the best player I’d say ever at Duncanville High School in Texas, a suburb of Dallas. The 7’2″ giant averaged 22.5 points and 13 rebounds per game his senior season. During that year in 1991, Greg led the Panthers to their first state championship. On that stage, big schools started to notice him, I’m assuming because he is a huge center. This punched his ticket to the University of Kansas. This force clogged up the paint for them enough to reach a Final Four in 1993, in his junior year. That turned out to be Gregs best year averaging 10 points and 8 rebounds per game. I almost don’t have to tell you this but at Kansas, this giant also set the school record of 97 blocked shots that year. In 1995 he graduated from Kansas with 968 points 770 rebounds and 258 blocked shots. At the time he held the record for most blocked shots.
You almost had to feel sorry for this guy. Some of the best Centers to ever play was in his era. He was stacking up against Hakeem Olajuwon, David Robinson, Tim Duncan, and Shaq in their prime. This was the gauntlet of players he would have to face every year in the playoffs. He should brag a little bit because he beat all of them twice in a row, making the NBA finals in 97 and 98. Playing against these Hall of Famers eventually netted him a six-year $39 million dollar contract. Loved watching him play and here are some highlights.