With the 45th pick of the 1992, NBA draft, the Miami Heat selected Georgia Tech center, Matt Geiger.
Many times, players taken in the mid-to-late second round struggle to make an NBA roster the following season. Competition can be fierce, but Geiger made it for three years with the Heat, until a change of scenery finally broke him into the NBA with respectable stats, as a member of the Charlotte Hornets.
Geiger averaged 10.73 points per-game over three seasons with the Hornets to go along with exactly seven rebounds a game. Eventually, in 1998, Matt Geiger landed in the city of brotherly love, where his career became more interesting than ever.
In his first year with the Sixers, he averaged 13.5 points a game, which was his single-season, career high. He fit in perfectly for former Philadelphia coach, Larry Brown, and his system of hard-nosed, defensive-minded basketball.
Geiger was known for his mid-range jump shot, as well as his above-average rebounding skills. He was just a hard working white boy that gave the Sixers an added spark of energy. Eventually, we found out where a lot of that aforementioned energy came from.
In the midst of the 2000-01 season, Geiger was suspended by the NBA for two games for violating the league’s drug policy. In other words, he was juicing up. Fortunately for him and his bank account, Geiger was rewarded for his gritty play with a five-million-dollar contract in 2001.
He was a part of the epic run to the finals, where the Sixers were beaten in five games against the Los Angeles Lakers. Neither Dikembe Mutombo or Geiger could stop Shaquille O’Neal, who at the time was in the prime of his career.
One event occurred, involving Geiger, in 2002, that could have changed the face of the franchise for years. As a result of him refusing to waive his no-trade kicker, a four-team trade was derailed, involving the Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons and obviously, the 76ers.
This wasn’t the most notable part of the deal. Allen Iverson would have ended with the Detroit Pistons, had the trade gone through. We can all thank Matthew later.
Eventually, knee injuries forced Geiger to retire after 10 seasons in the NBA. Through his career, he averaged 9.2 points and 5.7 rebounds per-game.
The most recent news that we’ve heard regarding the big, white man, didn’t involve basketball. According to Mark Puente of the St. Petersburg Times, Geiger sold his home in January of 2011, which he had purchased in 2002, for 8-million dollars. It had been on the market for over four years, most likely because he originally priced the 28,000 square-foot estate for 20-million dollars.
Pardon the poor quality, but here is one of the biggest shots of Geiger’s career, against the Lakers in the 2001 NBA finals: