The fantasy sports landscape wasn’t nearly as popular in the 1990s as it is today, but the statistics were arguably more staggering. During this decade, marquee players logged heavy minutes. It wasn’t uncommon for someone to play over 40 minutes per game. By comparison, Jimmy Butler led the league in minutes per game this past season at 38.7. Times are a bit different now, with minutes guarded more intently. As a result, statistics aren’t as frequently eye-popping today as they were in the ’90s.
This means this article is full of fun, because the stat lines here are rather insane and you likely forgot about these former fantasy studs. We will not be highlighting the obvious stars of this era (Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Hakeem Olajuwon, etc.), as Hall of Famers (or soon-to-be Hall of Famers, think Jason Kidd) aren’t on this list. We instead will rather be looking at under-the-radar guys who once showcased fantasy greatness.
We previously touched on the ’80s, and it’s now time to get rolling with the ’90s. Let’s do this.
Michael Adams, Denver Nuggets (1990-91)
Stat line: 26.5 PPG, 39.4 FG%, 87.9 FT%, 2.5 3PM, 3.9 RPG, 10.5 APG, 2.2 SPG
Adams was totally that chucker on a horrible team (Denver won 20 games), evidenced by his horrendous field goal percentage. The guy launched 8.5 threes per game! Still, 26-plus PPG and 10-plus APG is a rarity in any era, and you also have to love his contributions in threes and steals.
Larry Johnson, Charlotte Hornets (1992-93)
Stat line: 22.1 PPG, 52.6 FG%, 76.7 FT%, 10.5 RPG, 4.3 APG, 0.6 SPG, 0.3 BPG
Johnson was a scoring and rebounding machine in the early ’90s, and his output during 1992-93 earned him one of his two All-Star appearances. He was lacking in the defensive categories, but he picked that up by racking up over four APG from the power-forward slot and garnering quality percentages.
Kevin Johnson, Phoenix Suns (1990-91)
Stat line: 22.2 PPG, 51.6 FG%, 84.3 FT%, 0.1 3PM, 3.5 RPG, 10.1 APG, 2.1 SPG
K.J. compiled three consecutive seasons of notching 20-plus PPG and 10-plus APG. By comparison, Chris Paul has only done this twice in his career. Despite lacking a long-range ball, Johnson had top-tier value as a point guard who put up big-time numbers in multiple categories.
Brad Daugherty, Cleveland Cavaliers (1991-92)
Stat line: 21.5 PPG, 57.0 FG%, 77.7 FT%, 10.4 RPG, 3.6 APG, 0.9 SPG, 1.1 BPG
Daugherty was a consistent scoring and rebounding threat in the late ’80s/early ’90s. His double-double average to go along with stellar percentages highlight his worth. The 7-footer known as “Hooch” even dished out nearly four dimes an outing from the center position, magnifying his versatility.
Kevin Willis, Atlanta Hawks (1991-92)
Stat line: 18.3 PPG, 48.3 FG%, 80.4 FT%, 15.5 RPG, 2.1 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.5 BPG
Points and rebounds, that’s what Kevin Willis did (not to mention quality free throw shooting). He didn’t bring much else to the table, but he could provide points and rebounds in bulk, specifically boards. Willis played for ages (until he was 44), but this was his best individual year as he earned his only All-Star appearance.
Tim Hardaway, Golden State Warriors (1991-92)
Stat line: 23.4 PPG, 46.1 FG%, 76.6 FT%, 1.6 3PM, 3.8 RPG, 10.0 APG, 2.0 SPG
Hardaway had a killer crossover and was an all-around dynamic point guard. He was explosive attacking the rim and was also capable of setting up teammates or knocking down long-range jumpers. His 1991-92 numbers displayed his eye-opening abilities in convincing fashion.
Derrick Coleman, New Jersey Nets (1992-93)
Stat line: 20.7 PPG, 46.0 FG%, 80.8 FT%, 11.2 RPG, 3.6 APG, 1.2 SPG, 1.7 BPG
Coleman was a 20 and 10 threat for years, but this specific year featured sneaky value due to his career high APG and SPG (and close to career highs in BPG and FT%). Sadly, the big lefty known as D.C. didn’t crack the All-Star team this year, and only did so once in his career.
Vin Baker, Milwaukee Bucks (1996-97)
Stat line: 21.0 PPG, 50.5 FG%, 68.7 FT%, 10.3 RPG, 2.7 APG, 1.0 SPG, 1.4 BPG
Baker compiled some similar statistics to Coleman as a 20 and 10 big man with additional value in other categories. Baker, unlike Coleman, was rewarded as an All-Star and appeared there four times in a row between the ages of 23-26, despite playing for a lowly Bucks team that never made the playoffs. His numbers were even perhaps a bit inflated due to the fact that he logged 40-plus MPG three years in a row.
Vlade Divac, Los Angeles Lakers (1994-95)
Stat line: 16.0 PPG, 50.7 FG%, 77.7 FT%, 10.4 RPG, 4.1 APG, 1.4 SPG, 2.2 BPG
When you think of Vlade Divac, you remember his days with the Sacramento Kings, flopping while trying to guard Shaquille O’Neal. It’s easy to forget that Divac was actually an exceptionally skilled center who did a bit of everything. His savvy skill set led to these superb numbers across the board, but they still weren’t enough to generate an All-Star appearance (he only earned this honor once in 2000-01).
Damon Stoudamire, Toronto Raptors (1996-97)
Stat line: 20.2 PPG, 40.1 FG%, 82.3 FT%, 2.2 3PM, 4.1 RPG, 8.8 APG, 1.5 SPG
Stoudamire racked up some digits as a youngster. Mighty Mouse had a sweet lefty stroke and was also a dime and steal producer. He didn’t lead the Raptors to many wins, but he could’ve seriously helped your fantasy team.
Kenny Anderson, New Jersey Nets (1993-94)
Stat line: 18.8 PPG, 41.7 FG%, 81.8 FT%, 0.5 3PM, 3.9 RPG, 9.6 APG, 1.9 SPG
Anderson played for nine teams during his career, and his best individual output came as a 23-year-old for the Nets. He earned his lone All-Star appearance while averaging close to 20 and 10. Mr. Chibbs and the aforementioned Coleman sparked this Nets squad to their most wins (45) in 10 years and a playoff berth.
Anthony Mason, Charlotte Hornets (1996-97)
Stat line: 16.2 PPG, 52.5 FG%, 74.5 FT%, 11.4 RPG, 5.7 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.5 BPG
The late Anthony Mason is best-known for his physical style of play with the mid-90s New York Knicks. However, his best personal season came once he landed in Charlotte, where he played a league-leading 43.1 MPG during 1996-97. Mase tallied a truly unique line of five-plus APG as a power forward to go along with a double-double. This type of production is hard to find.
Anfernee Hardaway, Orlando Magic (1995-96)
Stat line: 21.7 PPG, 51.3 FG%, 76.7 FT%, 1.1 3PM, 4.3 RPG, 7.1 APG, 2.0 SPG
Hardaway was much more well-known than most on this list, largely because he played with Shaq on a talented Orlando team that made a Finals appearance. Penny even had his own shoe, and he could’ve been a Hall of Famer if it weren’t for injuries. His production declined severely in his later years after the injuries, but the four-time All-Star unquestionably raised eyebrows during his younger years, especially in 1995-96.
Rod Strickland, Washington Wizards (1997-98)
Stat line: 17.8 PPG, 43.4 FG%, 72.6 FT%, 0.2 3PM, 5.3 RPG, 10.5 APG, 1.7 SPG
Strickland’s 1997-98 campaign compares with previous point guards on this list, with not quite as much scoring. Still, Hot Rod produced in multiple categories and even compiled five-plus RPG at the height of 6-3.
Antonio McDyess, Denver Nuggets (1998-99)
Stat line: 21.2 PPG, 47.1 FG%, 68.0 FT%, 10.7 RPG, 1.6 APG, 1.5 SPG, 2.3 BPG
This line from McDyess reads similarly to bigs mentioned earlier, but Dice added a smidge more in terms of SPG and BPG. However, his percentages were a bit underwhelming. McDyess didn’t appear in the All-Star game during this lockout-shortened year in which the Nuggets had an ugly 14-36 record.
Mookie Blaylock, Atlanta Hawks (1996-97)
Stat line: 17.4 PPG, 43.2 FG%, 75.3 FT%, 2.8 3PM, 5.3 RPG, 5.9 APG, 2.7 SPG
I partly wanted to include Blaylock because of a sweet name like Mookie, but his stat line demanded it as well. He contributed remarkably in SPG and 3PM, leading the league in steals and ranking second in three-pointers made. Value like this must be highlighted, especially when you factor in his above-average PPG, APG, and RPG.