Sanders, a college star who averaged 26 points and ten rebounds per game when he played for Southern University, was drafted as the 20th pick of the 1978 NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs. Something of a tragic story, Sanders trashed what looked to be a promising career with substance abuse, effectively parting his way out of the NBA. This was likely a major factor behind the poor play (6 points and 2.7 boards per game) which led the Spurs to waive the rookie just 22 games into his first season in the league.
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Sanders' career would continue at lower levels of play, as would his substance abuse problems, but with numbers like what he was averaging before coming into the NBA, you have to wonder what his demons did to destroy what could have been. If you'd like to read more about Frankie, be sure to check this long-form article by tb727.
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