Despite his personal issues, Dwayne Schintzius was regarded as a good NBA prospect due to his performance on the court. He was chosen as the 24th pick of the first round by the San Antonio Spurs in the 1990 NBA Draft. He injured his back during his rookie season and was traded to the Sacramento Kings for Antoine Carr on September 23, 1991. He later revealed then Spurs GM Bob Bass disliked his distinct haircut and told him to shave it, which he did. Schintzius then sent him the shavings in an envelope.