NBA Draft Busts: Marcus Fizer
Former McDonald’s High School All-American, Fizer went on to have an exceptional 3-year collegiate career at Iowa State. Fizer’s junior year was by far his best, racking up multiple awards including Big 12 Player of the Year and NCAA First Team All-American. The Chicago Bulls selected Fizer with the 4th pick of the 2000 NBA Draft. Fizer played under head coach Tim Floyd, the same coach who recruited him to Iowa State. He spent his first 4 seasons with the Bulls, compiling an average of 10 points and 5 rebounds per game during his stay. Fizer’s final season in Chicago ended earlier then expected as he tore his ACL midway through the 2003 -2004 season. Fizer was a free agent during the 2004 expansion draft and thus was drafted by the Charlotte Bobcats. However, he did not make the team and instead signed as a free agent with the Milwaukee Bucks. Fizer spent the 2004 – 2005 season with the Bucks, appearing in only 54 games.
The Bucks did not resign Fizer the following year, so he decided to sign with the NBA D-League’s Austin Toros. Fizer did have a brief stint in the NBA during the 2005 -2006 season, as the then Seattle SuperSonics signed him to a 10-day contract. After not playing during his short time in Seattle, Fizer was sent back to the Toros and finished out the rest of the season. He was named NBA D-League MVP during his one and only season in Austin and shortly after he was again given a 10-day contract, this time with the then New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets. Fizer played in only 3 games with the Hornets before being released. This would be Fizer’s last stint in the NBA. He spent the 2006 – 2007 season in Spain playing for Polaris World Murcia. The following year he played with Capitanes de Arecibo of the Puerto Rican League. Fizer then signed a 2-year contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv of the Israeli League but injuries led to his release just before the start of his second season with the club. In 2010, Fizer went back to play in the Puerto Rican League, this time for the Guaynabo Mets where he was teammates with another former NBA player, Antoine Walker. Marcus Fizer is currently a free agent.