We Like Obscure NBA Players: Jerald Honeycutt

Here’s a name you might not have heard in a while: Jerald Honeycutt. He was a versatile player but didn’t quite last in the NBA but has made a name for himself overseas. This week TNLP takes a look back at his career–

Honeycutt was 6’8 at the end of his high school days where he had beaten up on smaller players and caught the eye of the Tulane scouts. They had a good eye because he ended up becoming Tulane’s all-time scorer with 2209 points. Not only was he a good scorer at Tulane from ’93-’97, but he was an all-around player scoring 17.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game playing both forward positions. His coach at the time, Perry Clark, spoke highly of Honeycutt and his versatility:

“Jerald Honeycutt was probably the most versatile player that I ever coached and probably was the most versatile player ever at Tulane – maybe in the entire state of Louisiana”

Unfortunately, the scouts in 1997 were less than impressed and had this to say about Honeycutt’s game:

Jerald tends to be perimeter-oriented, and he commits a lot of turnovers. He reminds me of Glenn Robinson.

He also misses a lot of shots (42.1% field goal, 67.2% free throw), turns the ball over (3.9 per game), and plays lazy defense much of the time. He also hasn’t shown any real improvement since his sophomore year. To me he is a heavier, slower Cliff Robinson.

Perhaps it was a little foreshadowing since the Bucks ended up selecting him in the second round as the 38th overall pick. He saw limited playing time on a team that was essentially Glenn Robinson’s team.

He averaged 6.4 points and 2.4 rebounds per game in 38 appearances and was shipped off to Philly towards the end of the following season. Once again he saw very little playing time and logged single digit minutes in each of the 6 games in the opening round of the playoffs against the Indiana Pacers.

That would be the last time he would play in the NBA. He took his game to the CBA to play for the Grand Rapids Hoops and ultimately went overseas to play professionally in the Philippines, Greece and Russia.

Honeycutt now plays in Japan in a league with Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf. There’s even a video of his highlights where he showcases the full repertoire: post moves, outside touch, passing and shot blocking.

There’s no doubt that Honeycutt is still a skilled basketball player and it’s unfortunate that he only lasted in the NBA for 54 games. One thing is for certain, he is definitely not forgotten. The No-Look Pass salutes Jerald Honeycutt.

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