Hardcore fans know the 12th Man on the 1983 Washington Bullets and what their PPG average was on rainy days in November. It's what hardcore fans do. But to the standard, non-obsessive type, marketability is the key to memory. A superstar who transcends the hardwood will live in the memory of those who don't even have an interest in a particular sport.
My mom knows who Shaq is. My 80-year old grandmother knows who David Robinson was. But eight out of 10 people will definitely get Tim Hardaway and Penny Hardaway confused. Mitch Richmond? Is that a contestant on American Idol?
The NBA had many stars, some even superstars, who are on the fringe of mainstream cultural remembrance and, because of this, are nearly forgotten despite immense career accomplishments and temporary but widespread exposure. Here are five of them. . .
Note: Remember, this is a list of former NBA Stars that, in GENERAL, are not well remembered or somehow forgotten through time. Sports nuts like you and me know them. . .