Danny Fortson’s second NBA year was the lockout-shortened 1998-99 season, and it was arguably his best as a pro. That year, as a member of the Nuggets, he led the league in both offensive rebounds and personal fouls. He posted 10.2 points per game, and logged nearly 29 minutes on average.
I’ll always remember him for his hellish year with the Celtics, stuck behind Antoine Walker at the power forward spot. He played 55 games for Boston, with sparse playing time. They tried to trade him to the Raptors in February of that year, but the trade was cancelled after Alvin Williams, who was supposed to come to Boston, failed his physical that would have completed the deal.
At 6’7”, Fortson was an undersized center/power forward, known for his rebounding and high number of technical fouls. He went to college at the University of Cincinatti and, as Youtube user Ousvec points out, Fortson is the best player not named Oscar Robertson to play basketball at the U of C.
Clearly Ousvec is Fortson’s biggest fan.
He was drafted 10th overall by the Bucks in 1997, but was traded to Denver on Draft Night. Fortson played parts of ten seasons in the league, but injuries plagued his career throughout. When healthy, Fortson was a force on the defensive end, and a serviceable body off the bench. For his career, Fortson averaged 8.2 points per game, along with an impressive 7.2 RPG. He was well-traveled, suiting up for five different teams in his day, and was party to four different trades.
His 2004-’05 campaign saw Fortson commit an amazing 23 technical fouls. Even more amazingly, that total placed him just second in the league to the prodigious Rasheed Wallace, who committed 27 that year. He last played in ’06-’07 for the Sonics, and was still under contract when the team moved to Oklahoma City two years later, despite not having played in two years. The team simply relinquished his rights that season. But Obscure Athletes will never relinquish his memory!