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Encyclopedia > Ralph Sampson
Ralph Sampson
Position Center
Height 7 ft 4 in (2.24 m)
Weight 228 lb (103 kg)
Born July 7, 1960 (1960-07-07) (age 47)
Harrisonburg, Virginia
Nationality USA
College Virginia
Draft 1st overall, 1983
Houston Rockets
Pro career 1983–1992
Former teams Houston Rockets (1983 – 1988)
Golden State Warriors (1988 – 1989)
Sacramento Kings (1989 – 1991)
Washington Bullets (1991 – 1992)
Awards 4-Time NBA All-Star
1983-84 NBA Rookie of the Year
1985 All-Star Game MVP
See also: List of college men's basketball players with 2000 points and 1000 rebounds

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Biography

Ralph Sampson came into the NBA as a 7-foot-4 phenomenon, a three-time College Player of the Year, and the No. 1 pick in the 1983 NBA Draft. Accordingly, expectations for Sampson were very high. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ... The Naismith College Player of the Year award, named for basketball inventor James Naismith, is given annually to college basketballs top male and female player. ... The 1983 NBA Draft took place on June 28, 1983 in New York City. ...


For his first three years with the Houston Rockets, Sampson averaged 20.7 points and 10.9 rebounds. He was NBA Rookie of the Year and a four-time All-Star, and he played on a team that dethroned the Los Angeles Lakers from atop the Western Conference and reached the NBA Finals in 1986. But his long, gangly frame proved too much for his knees to bear, and Sampson eventually faded away among injury-plagued seasons and mumblings that he had come up short of his potential. The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... The National Basketball Associations Rookie of the Year Award, first given after the 1952-53 NBA season, is given to the top first-year player in the league. ... The NBA staged its first All-Star Game in the Boston Garden on March 2, 1951. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The 1986 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1985-1986 NBA season The Boston Celtics won the series over the Houston Rockets four games to two. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ...


Sampson was already 6-foot-7 by the ninth grade and was 7-foot-3 in high school in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He averaged nearly 30 points, 19 rebounds, and 7 blocked shots as a high school senior.He lost the player of the year award to another talented center, Sam Bowie. Nickname: Location in Virginia Coordinates: , County Independent City Founded 1737 Government  - Mayor Rodney Eagle[1] Area  - City 45. ... Samuel (Sam) Paul Bowie (Born:March 17, 1961 in Lebanon, Pennsylvania) is a former American National Basketball Association center who is best known for being selected between Hakeem Olajuwon and Michael Jordan in the 1984 NBA Draft. ...


At the University of Virginia he was voted National Player of the Year in three of his four seasons. But even though the Cavaliers made it to the Final Four during his sophomore year, Sampson was criticized for not living up to expectations because his team never won an NCAA Championship. His Virginia team was also criticized for an unpredictable loss to small Chaminade University. The University of Virginia (also called U.Va. ... The Naismith College Player of the Year award, named for basketball inventor James Naismith, is given annually to college basketballs top male and female player. ... This article is about NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Championship. ... Chaminade University of Honolulu is a private coeducational university in Honolulu, Hawaii. ...


Sampson was arguably the most heavily recruited (for both college and the NBA) basketball prospect of his generation. Playing for the University of Virginia, he was one of only two male players in the history of college basketball to receive the Naismith Award as the National Player of the Year three times (Bill Walton of UCLA was the other male, Cheryl Miller of USC won three times, as well). He was the only player to win the Wooden Award twice. The University of Virginia (also called U.Va. ... Game between Illinois State Redbirds & Ball State Cardinals, February 17, 2007 in an ESPN Bracketbuster contest. ... The Naismith College Player of the Year award, named for basketball inventor James Naismith, is given annually to college basketballs top male and female player. ... William Theodore Walton III, better known as Bill Walton (born November 5, 1952), is a retired American basketball player and current television sportscaster. ... Binomial name Ucla xenogrammus Holleman, 1993 The largemouth triplefin, Ucla xenogrammus, is a fish of the family Tripterygiidae and only member of the genus Ucla, found in the Pacific Ocean from Viet Nam, the Philippines, Palau and the Caroline Islands to Papua New Guinea, Australia (including Christmas Island), and the... Cheryl Miller (born on January 3, 1964 in Riverside, California) is a former college basketball player and coach, and considered by many the best female player in the history of the game. ... The Trojan Shrine, better known as Tommy Trojan located in the center of University of Southern California campus. ... The John R. Wooden Award is an award given annually to outstanding mens and womens college basketball players. ...


Still, with his size and agility—he could dribble with guards and run the floor as well as anyone—he was expected to score like Wilt Chamberlain and win championships like Bill Russell. The Houston Rockets made him the No. 1 pick in the 1983 NBA Draft. As a rookie he averaged 21.0 points and 11.1 rebounds, played in the All-Star Game, and won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. Wilton Norman Wilt Chamberlain (August 21, 1936–October 12, 1999), nicknamed Wilt the Stilt and The Big Dipper, was an American professional National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball player for the Philadelphia / San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers; and also played for the Harlem Globetrotters. ... This article is about the basketball player. ... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... The 1983 NBA Draft took place on June 28, 1983 in New York City. ... The National Basketball Association (NBA) holds an All-Star Weekend every February, with a variety of basketball-related events, exhibitions, and performances culminating in the NBA All-Star Game held on Sunday night. ... The National Basketball Associations Rookie of the Year Award, first given after the 1952-53 NBA season, is given to the top first-year player in the league. ...


The Rockets managed only a 29-53 record in 1983-84 and again earned the right to pick first in the 1984 NBA Draft. This time they chose the 7-foot Olajuwon out of the University of Houston. Many observers felt that the Rockets had made a mistake because it was believed that two 7-footers couldn’t play effectively together. But others thought the combination would be overpowering. Sampson, playing a new style of power forward, had new expectations placed upon him. At the time, Dallas Mavericks Coach Dick Motta said, "That front line, when history is written, when they’ve grown up, might be the best ever assembled on one team. Ever." Houston guard John Lucas said of Sampson’s move to forward, "He’ll revolutionize the game." The 1983-84 NBA Season was the 38th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 1984 NBA Draft saw the selection of four players who would be named among the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History at the leagues 50th anniversary in 1996: Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley and John Stockton. ... Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (born Akeem Abdul Olajuwon on January 21, 1963) is a retired Nigerian-American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... For other system schools, see University of Houston System. ... The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are a professional basketball team of the National Basketball Association based in Dallas, Texas. ... John Richard Motta (b. ... There have been several well-known people named John Lucas, including: Sir John Lucas (Royalist) John Lucas (philosopher) John Lucas, professional basketball player, Houston Rockets, NBA John Meredyth Lucas, screenwriter, director John Lucas (VC), the recipient of the Victoria Cross John P. Lucas - American general in WWII. ...


The so-called "Twin Towers" worked out pretty well. In 1984-85 the Rockets improved by 19 games to 48-34 and made the playoffs for the first time in three seasons. Sampson had his best individual campaign, averaging 22.1 points and 10.4 rebounds and earning a berth on the All-NBA Second Team. He and Olajuwon both played in the 1985 NBA All-Star Game, and Sampson, after scoring 24 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, earned the game’s MVP Award. The 1984-85 NBA Season was the 39th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... This article is about the year. ... The National Basketball Association (NBA) holds an All-Star Weekend every February, with a variety of basketball-related events, exhibitions, and performances culminating in the NBA All-Star Game held on Sunday night. ...


The next season Houston won the Midwest Division with a 51-31 record and defeated Los Angeles, four games to one, in the Western Conference Finals. In Game 5 of that series in Los Angeles, Sampson provided one of the most memorable moments in NBA Playoff history. With the score tied at 112 apiece and a mere second remaining on the clock, Sampson took an inbounds pass and launched a miraculous, twisting turnaround jumper that sailed through the hoop at the buzzer, giving the Rockets a 114-112 victory and a shocking series upset. The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... Current NBA Playoff logo. ... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ...


In the NBA Finals against Boston, Sampson suffered a jarring fall on his back and had a disappointing series. His difficulties were compounded by an incident in Game 5 in which he swung at 6-foot-1 Boston guard Jerry Sichting and was ejected from the game. The 1986 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1985-1986 NBA season The Boston Celtics won the series over the Houston Rockets four games to two. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Jerry Lee Sichting (born November 29, 1956, in Martinsville, Indiana) is an American former professional basketball player in the NBA. Sichting was selected in the fourth round of the 1979 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors out of Purdue University in his home state of Indiana. ...


Injured halfway into the 1986-87 season, Sampson fell out of favor with Rockets Coach Bill Fitch and was traded, along with guard Steve Harris, to the Golden State Warriors for Eric "Sleepy" Floyd and Joe Barry Carroll. But Sampson’s knee and back troubles worsened, and he never played a full slate in the next four seasons. He averaged 6.4 points and 5.0 rebounds with Golden State in 1988-89 and was traded to the Sacramento Kings for Jim Petersen. The 1986-87 NBA Season was the 41st season of the National Basketball Association. ... Bill Fitch (born 1935) is an NBA coach who has been successful in making teams playoff contenders throughout his coaching career. ... Steve Harris (born October 15, 1963 in Kansas City, Missouri), is an American former professional basketball player who was selected by the Houston Rockets in the 1st round (19th overall) of the 1985 NBA Draft. ... The Golden State Warriors are a professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. ... Eric Augustus “Sleepy” Floyd (born March 6, 1960 in Gastonia, North Carolina) is a former professional basketball player. ... Joe Barry Carroll (born July 24, 1958 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas) is a retired American professional basketball player who spent ten seasons in the NBA. A 70 center who starred at Purdue University, he holds the all-time school records for career and single-season rebounds (1148 and 352... The 1988-89 NBA season was the 43rd season of the National Basketball Association. ... The Sacramento Kings are a professional basketball team based in Sacramento, California. ... Jim Petersen (born February 22, 1962 in Minneapolis, Minnesota), is an American former professional basketball player who was selected by the Houston Rockets in the 3rd round (51st overall) of the 1984 NBA Draft. ...


Sampson’s days at Sacramento were disheartening. He totaled 51 games in two seasons, averaging 4.2 and 3.0 points, respectively. The player once predicted to be the greatest the NBA had ever seen was waived by the Kings before the 1991–92 season. The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ...


Sampson, who underwent three knee operations during his career, signed as a free agent with the Washington Bullets in a last-ditch effort to salvage his career. But he logged only 10 games with Washington in 1991-92 before the Bullets waived him in January. He finished out the year in Europe, playing eight games for Unicaja Ronda of the Spanish League. Washington Bullets may refer to either the former name of the Washington Wizards basketball team or the song by The Clash, Washington Bullets (song). ... The 1991-92 NBA Season was the 46th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Baloncesto Málaga, more commonly referred to today by its sponsorship name of Unicaja Málaga, is a basketball team based in Málaga, Andalusia that plays in Spains top league, the ACB. // Spanish League  : 2005/06: 1 Copa del Rey de Baloncesto : 2004/05: 1 Korac Cup : 2000... The ACB (Asociación de Clubs de Baloncesto) is the premier professional basketball league in Spain. ...


Sampson finally gave up his playing career at age 32 and decided to try his hand at coaching. He spent the 1992–93 season as a $16,000-per-year assistant to Lefty Driesell at James Madison University. Charles Lefty Driesell (born December 25, 1931) is a retired college basketball coach. ... JMU redirects here. ...


Looking back on his career, Sampson admitted that he had attempted to come back too quickly from the knee injuries, and said that he tried not to think about what could have been.


In 1996, was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame is located in Portsmouth, Virginia. ...


Basketball statistics

College

SEASON TEAM GP GS MPG FG% FT% RPG APG PPG
'79-80 Virginia 34 34 29.9 .547 .702 11.2 1.1 14.9
'80-81 Virginia 33 33 32.0 .557 .631 11.5 1.5 17.7
'81-82 Virginia 32 32 31.3 .561 .615 11.4 1.2 15.8
'82-83 Virginia 33 33 30.2 .604 .704 11.7 1.0 19.1

NBA Draft: Selected in the 1st round (1st overall). The National Basketball Associations first overall pick is the player who is selected first amongst all eligible draftees by a team during the annual player draft. ...



NBA

SEASON TEAM GP GS MPG FG% FT% RPG APG PPG
'83-84 Houston 82 82 32.8 .523 .661 11.1 2.0 21.0
'84-85 Houston 82 82 37.6 .502 .676 10.4 2.7 22.1
'85-86 Houston 79 76 36.3 .488 .641 11.1 3.6 18.9
'86-87 Houston 43 32 30.8 .489 .624 8.7 2.8 15.6
'87-88 Houston 19 19 37.1 .439 .741 9.1 1.9 15.9
'87-88 Golden State 29 25 33.0 .438 .775 10.0 2.9 15.4
'88-89 Golden State 61 36 17.8 .449 .653 5.0 1.3 6.4
'89-90 Sacramento 26 7 16.0 .372 .522 3.2 1.1 4.2
'90-91 Sacramento 25 4 13.9 .366 .263 4.4 0.7 3.0
'91-92 Washington 10 0 10.8 .310 .667 3.0 0.4 2.2

Post-NBA life

Sampson served one year as an Assistant Coach at James Madison University before coaching a minor league professional team in Richmond, Virginia. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... JMU redirects here. ... Minor leagues in the sense intended in this article are professional sports leagues which are not regarded as the premier leagues in those sports. ... Nickname: Motto: Sic Itur Ad Astra (Thus do we reach the stars) Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia Coordinates: , Country State Government  - Mayor L. Douglas Wilder (I) Area  - City 62. ...


In 2006, Sampson was indicted on perjury charges in a federal child support case. Sampson was held liable for over $300,000 in payments to support children that he fathered with two women. Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In the common law legal system, an indictment (IPA: ) is a formal accusation of having committed a criminal offense. ... Perjury is the act of lying or making verifiably false statements on a material matter under oath or affirmation in a court of law or in any of various sworn statements in writing. ... In many countries, child support or child maintenance is the ongoing obligation for a periodic payment made by a non-custodial parent to a custodial parent, caregiver or guardian, for the care and support of children of a relationship or marriage that has been terminated. ...


On September 7, 2006, Sampson pleaded guilty to mail fraud in the U.S. District Court in Richmond and received a two month prison sentence. The plea to mail fraud was part of the agreement with federal prosecutors. Also as part of the agreement, charges of making a false claim, making a false statement about his finances in a child support case, and perjury were dropped. Sampson asked to postpone his two month incarceration until April 2, 2007, and U.S. District Judge James Spencer allowed the delay. This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... The United States district courts are the general trial courts of the United States federal court system. ... Nickname: Motto: Sic Itur Ad Astra (Thus do we reach the stars) Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia Coordinates: , Country State Government  - Mayor L. Douglas Wilder (I) Area  - City 62. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...


Sampson now lives in a suburb of Atlanta along with his fiancee and their three year old daughter. He will serve his sentence in a facility located in or near Atlanta. His ex-wife, Aleize from whom he was divorced in 2003, and their four children also live in the Atlanta area. His son Ralph Sampson III is a highly recruited senior from Duluth, GA, and has committed to play at the University of Minnesota. Atlanta redirects here. ... Divorce or dissolution of marriage is the ending of a marriage before the death of either spouse. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Trivia

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Notes

Preceded by
Mark Aguirre
Naismith College Player of the Year - Men
1981–1983
Succeeded by
Michael Jordan
Preceded by
Danny Ainge
John R. Wooden Player of the Year - Men
1982–1983
Succeeded by
Michael Jordan
Preceded by
James Worthy
ACC Athlete of the Year
1983
Succeeded by
Michael Jordan
Preceded by
Albert King
ACC Men's Basketball Player of the Year
1981–1983
Succeeded by
Michael Jordan
Preceded by
Mark Aguirre
Adolph Rupp Trophy
1981–1983
Succeeded by
Michael Jordan
Preceded by
James Worthy
NBA first overall draft pick
1983 NBA Draft
Succeeded by
Hakeem Olajuwon
Preceded by
Terry Cummings
NBA Rookie of the Year
1983–1984
Succeeded by
Michael Jordan
Persondata
NAME Sampson, Ralph
ALTERNATIVE NAMES
SHORT DESCRIPTION American basketball player
DATE OF BIRTH July 7, 1960
PLACE OF BIRTH Harrisonburg, Virginia
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH
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Granville Stephen Waiters (born January 8, 1961 in Columbus, Ohio) is an American former professional basketball player. ... James (Jim) Edward Thomas (born October 19, 1960, in Lakeland, Florida) is a retired American basketball player. ... Pace Shewan Mannion (born September 22, 1960 in Salt Lake City, Utah) is an American former professional basketball player in the NBA. A 67 shooting guard from the University of Utah, he was selected 43rd overall by the Golden State Warriors in the 1983 NBA Draft. ... Kevin Eugene Williams (born September 11, 1961, in New York City, New York) is a retired American professional basketball player in the NBA. A 62 175 lb guard, Williams played college basketball at Saint Johns University from 1979 to 1983. ... NBA redirects here. ... The National Basketball Associations first overall pick is the player who is selected first amongst all eligible draftees by a team during the annual player draft. ... 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Sihugo Green (August 20, 1933–October 4, 1980) was an American professional basketball player. ... Rodney Clark Hundley (born October 26, 1934 in Charleston, West Virginia) is a former professional basketball player and television broadcaster. ... Elgin Gay Baylor (born September 16, 1934 in Washington, D.C.) is an American former basketball forward. ... Bob Boozer, as a collegiate All-American Robert Louis Bob Boozer (born April 26, 1937 in Omaha, Nebraska) is a former professional basketball player. ... Oscar Palmer Robertson (born November 24, 1938 in Charlotte, Tennessee), nicknamed The Big O, is a former American NBA player with the Cincinnati Royals and the Milwaukee Bucks. ... Walter Jones Bellamy (born July 24, 1939 in New Bern, North Carolina) is a former pro basketball player. ... Bill McGill (born September 16, 1939 in San Angelo, Texas) is a retired American basketball player. ... Arthur Bruce Heyman (born June 24, 1941 in New York, New York) is an American former professional basketball player. ... V. James Barnes (April 13, 1941, Tuckerman, Arkansas - September 14, 2002), a. ... Fred W. Hetzel (born July 21, 1942 in Washington, DC) is a retired American basketball player. ... Cazzie Lee Russell (born June 7, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois) is a former pro basketball player and coach. ... James Jimmy Walker (April 8, 1944 - July 2, 2007) was an American professional basketball player. ... Elvin Ernest Hayes (born November 17, 1945 in Rayville, Louisiana) is considered as one of the all-time great collegiate and professional basketball players. ... Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born April 16, 1947 as Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr) is an American athlete and retired professional basketball player, widely considered one of the greatest NBA players of all time. ... Robert Jerry Lanier (born September 10, 1948 in Buffalo, New York) was a professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA. He played collegiately at St. ... Austin George Carr (born March 10, 1948 in Washington, D.C.) is a former professional basketball player for the National Basketball Association. ... LaRue Martin (born March 30, 1950 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American former professional basketball player, widely considered to be the worst first overall draft pick in NBA history [1]. Martin was taken first overall out of Loyola University Chicago by the Portland Trail Blazers in 1972, drafted ahead of... For the Canadian journalist and Holocaust denier see Doug Collins (journalist) Paul Douglas Collins (born July 28, 1951 in Christopher, Illinois), better known as Doug Collins, is a former NBA basketball player and announcer who has also been the head coach of a number of NBA teams. ... William Theodore Walton III, better known as Bill Walton (born November 5, 1952), is a retired American basketball player and current television sportscaster. ... David ONeil Thompson (born July 13, 1954 in Shelby, North Carolina) is a former American professional basketball star with the Denver Nuggets of both the National Basketball Association (NBA) and American Basketball Association (ABA), as well as the Seattle SuperSonics. ... John Lucas (born John Harding Lucas II on October 31, 1953 in Durham, North Carolina) is an American former professional basketball player and coach. ... Benson taking a hook shot Michael Kent Benson (born December 27, 1954 in New Castle, Indiana) is a former collegiate and pro basketball player. ... Mychal Thompson (born January 30, 1955 in Nassau, Bahamas), is a Bahamian American former National Basketball Association player who was the #1 pick in the 1978 NBA Draft. ... Earvin Johnson redirects here. ... Joe Barry Carroll (born July 24, 1958 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas) is a retired American professional basketball player who spent ten seasons in the NBA. A 70 center who starred at Purdue University, he holds the all-time school records for career and single-season rebounds (1148 and 352... Mark Aguirre (born December 10, 1959 in Chicago, Illinois) is a retired American NBA player. ... James Ager Worthy (born February 27, 1961 in Gastonia, North Carolina) is a retired American college and professional basketball player. ... Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (born Akeem Abdul Olajuwon on January 21, 1963) is a retired Nigerian-American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Patrick Aloysius Ewing (born August 5, 1962) is a retired American professional basketball player. ... Bradley Lee Daugherty (born October 19, 1965 in Black Mountain, North Carolina) is an American former basketball player at the University of North Carolina and later with the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA. Brad played basketball at Charles D. Owen High School in Black Mountain, North Carolina. ... David Maurice Robinson (born August 6, 1965)) is a retired American NBA basketball player, who is often considered one of the greatest centers to ever play the game. ... Daniel Ricardo Manning (born May 17, 1966 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi) is a former professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. ... Pervis Ellison (born April 3, 1967 in Savannah, Georgia) is a former college and professional NBA basketball player. ... Derrick D. Coleman (born June 21, 1967, in Mobile, Alabama) is a retired American basketball player in the NBA. Coleman grew up and attended high school in Detroit, Michigan and attended college at Syracuse University. ... For the American basketball player of the 1970s, see Larry Johnson (Buffalo Braves). ... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (pronounced sha-KEEL; born March 6, 1972), frequently referred to simply as Shaq, is an American professional basketball player, regarded as one of the most dominant in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... For the Canadian-born former BBL basketball player, see Chris Webber (Canadian basketball player). ... Glenn Big Dog Robinson (born January 10, 1973 in Gary, Indiana) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA, currently not on any team and inactive. ... For other persons named Joe Smith, see Joe Smith (disambiguation). ... Allen Ezail Iverson (born June 7, 1975, in Hampton, Virginia[1]), nicknamed A.I. and The Answer, is an American professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association. ... Timothy Tim Theodore Duncan (born April 25, 1976 in Christiansted, St. ... Michael Olowokandi (born April 3, 1975 in Lagos, Nigeria), nicknamed The Kandi Man is a Nigerian professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. ... Elton Tyron Brand (born March 11, 1979 in Peekskill, New York) is an American All-Star professional basketball player for the National Basketball Associations Los Angeles Clippers and the USA National Team. ... Kenyon Lee Martin (born December 30, 1977 in Saginaw, Michigan), is an American professional basketball player. ... Kwame James Brown (born March 10, 1982 in Charleston, South Carolina) is an American NBA player who plays power forward and center for the Los Angeles Lakers. ... This is a Chinese name; the family name is Yao (姚) Yao Ming (Chinese: ; Pinyin: ) (born September 12, 1980, in Shanghai, China) is a Chinese professional basketball player and is arguably the best center in the National Basketball Association (NBA) today. ... LeBron Raymone James (born December 30, 1984) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Dwight David Howard (born December 8, 1985, in Atlanta, Georgia[5]) is an American basketball player for the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Andrew Michael Bogut (born November 28, 1984) is an Australian professional basketball player. ... Andrea Bargnani, nicknamed Il Mago (translated to The Magician), (born October 26, 1985 in Rome, Italy) is an Italian professional basketball player with the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association. ... Gregory Wayne Oden Jr. ... The National Basketball Associations Rookie of the Year Award, first given after the 1952-53 NBA season, is given to the top first-year player in the league. ... Raymond Darlington Felix (b. ... Don Meineke of the Fort Wayne Pistons, received the National Basketball Associations first Rookie of the Year Award after the 1952-53 NBA season. ... Bob Pettit (with the ball) as a player of the St. ... Maurice Stokes (born June 17, 1933 in Rankin, Pennsylvania - died April 6, 1970 in Cincinnati, Ohio) was a pro basketball player in the 1950s, whose promising career was shortened by an injury. ... Tom Heinsohn Thomas William Heinsohn (born August 26, 1934) is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame as a player on the Boston Celtics National Basketball Association (NBA) team. ... Woodrow Woody Sauldsberry Jr. ... Elgin Gay Baylor (born September 16, 1934 in Washington, D.C.) is an American former basketball forward. ... Wilton Norman Wilt Chamberlain (August 21, 1936–October 12, 1999), nicknamed Wilt the Stilt and The Big Dipper, was an American professional National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball player for the Philadelphia / San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers; and also played for the Harlem Globetrotters. ... Oscar Palmer Robertson (born November 24, 1938 in Charlotte, Tennessee), nicknamed The Big O, is a former American NBA player with the Cincinnati Royals and the Milwaukee Bucks. ... Walter Jones Bellamy (born July 24, 1939 in New Bern, North Carolina) is a former pro basketball player. ... Terry Gilbert Dischinger (born November 14, 1940 in Terre Haute, Indiana) is a former professional basketball player in the NBA. Dischinger was made the first pick of the second round of the NBA Draft in 1962 out of Purdue University by the Chicago Zephyrs. ... Jerry Ray Lucas (born March 30, 1940) was a legendary basketball star from the 1950s to the 1970s, and is now a world-renowned memory education expert. ... Willis Reed Jr. ... Richard (Rick) Francis Dennis Barry III (born March 28, 1944, in Elizabeth, New Jersey) is an American former professional basketball player. ... David Bing (born November 24, 1943 in Washington, D.C.) is a former All-Star player in the National Basketball Association, primarily for the Detroit Pistons from 1966 to 1975. ... Vernon Earl Monroe (born on November 21, 1944, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American former professional basketball player known for his flamboyant dribbling, passing and play-making. ... Westley Sissel Wes Unseld (born March 14, 1946 in Louisville, Kentucky) is an American former basketball player and coach in the NBA. Unseld is a prominent member of Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African-Americans. ... Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born April 16, 1947 as Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr) is an American athlete and retired professional basketball player, widely considered one of the greatest NBA players of all time. ... Dave Cowens David William Cowens (born October 25, 1948 in Newport, Kentucky) is a former professional basketball player and NBA Head Coach. ... Geoff Petrie (born April 17, 1948 in Darby, Pennsylvania) is the Sacramento Kings President of Basketball Operations (as of 2005) and a former NBA basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers. ... Sidney Wicks (born September 19, 1949 in Los Angeles, California) is a retired American basketball player. ... Robert Allen Bob McAdoo (born September 25, 1951 in Greensboro, North Carolina) is a former professional basketball player who spent his fourteen-season career between the center and power forward positions in the National Basketball Association. ... Ernie DiGregorio (born January 15, 1951 in North Providence, Rhode Island) is a former NBA basketball player. ... Jamaal Abdul-Lateef Wilkes (born Jackson Keith Wilkes on June 2, 1953 in Berkeley, California) is an American former National Basketball Association player who played the small forward position and won four NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors. ... Alvan Leigh Adams (b. ... Adrian Delano Dantley (born February 28, 1956 in Washington, D.C.) is a former basketball small forward who played 15 seasons in the NBA, many of which were played as a member of the Utah Jazz where he amassed the bulk of his legendary numbers. ... Walter Paul Davis (born September 9, 1954 in Pineville, North Carolina) is a former professional basketball player. ... Phil Jackson Ford (born February 9, 1956 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina) is a former professional player in the National Basketball Association. ... Larry Joe Bird (born December 7, 1956) is a retired American NBA basketball player, widely considered one of the greatest players of all time, and one of the best clutch performers in the history of sports. ... Darrell Steven Griffith (born June 16, 1958 in Louisville, Kentucky) is a former NBA basketball player who spent his entire career with the Utah Jazz. ... Charles Linwood Williams (born March 8, 1960 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina), better known as Buck, is a former American professional basketball player. ... Robert Terrell (Terry) Cummings was a 69 power forward who played in the National Basketball Association for 18 seasons. ... Patrick Aloysius Ewing (born August 5, 1962) is a retired American professional basketball player. ... Chuck Connors Person (born June 27, 1964 in Brantley, Alabama) is a former professional player in the National Basketball Association. ... Mark A. Jackson (born April 1, 1965 in Brooklyn, New York) is a 6 3 former professional basketball player who played point guard for the New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Nuggets, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz, and Houston Rockets in the NBA in a career spanning from... Mitchell James (Mitch) Richmond (born June 30, 1965 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida) is a retired American basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... David Maurice Robinson (born August 6, 1965)) is a retired American NBA basketball player, who is often considered one of the greatest centers to ever play the game. ... Derrick D. Coleman (born June 21, 1967, in Mobile, Alabama) is a retired American basketball player in the NBA. Coleman grew up and attended high school in Detroit, Michigan and attended college at Syracuse University. ... For the American basketball player of the 1970s, see Larry Johnson (Buffalo Braves). ... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (pronounced sha-KEEL; born March 6, 1972), frequently referred to simply as Shaq, is an American professional basketball player, regarded as one of the most dominant in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... For the Canadian-born former BBL basketball player, see Chris Webber (Canadian basketball player). ... Grant Henry Hill (born October 5, 1972)) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the NBAs Orlando Magic. ... Jason Frederick Kidd (born March 23, 1973) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA who currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks. ... Damon Lamon Stoudamire (born September 3, 1973 in Portland, Oregon) is an American NBA basketball player, currently playing for the Memphis Grizzlies. ... Allen Ezail Iverson (born June 7, 1975, in Hampton, Virginia[1]), nicknamed A.I. and The Answer, is an American professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association. ... Timothy Tim Theodore Duncan (born April 25, 1976 in Christiansted, St. ... Vincent Lamar Vince Carter (born January 26, 1977) is an American All-Star basketball player in the NBA. He currently is a player and co-captain for the New Jersey Nets. ... Elton Tyron Brand (born March 11, 1979 in Peekskill, New York) is an American All-Star professional basketball player for the National Basketball Associations Los Angeles Clippers and the USA National Team. ... Steve DShawn Francis (born February 21, 1977, in Silver Spring, Maryland,[2] U.S.) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the NBA. Nicknamed The Franchise[1] and self-described as Steve-O, his on-court and off-court antics have generated considerable controversy throughout... Michael Lloyd Mike Miller (born February 19, 1980 in Mitchell, South Dakota, United States) is a professional basketball player currently playing with the Memphis Grizzlies. ... Pau Gasol Sáez (born July 6, 1980, in Sant Boi de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain) is a 2. ... Amare Carsares Stoudemire (born November 16, 1982 in Lake Wales, Florida) is an American All-Star professional basketball player for the NBAs Phoenix Suns and the USA National Team. ... LeBron Raymone James (born December 30, 1984) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Chukwuemeka Ndubuisi Okafor, abbreviated as Emeka Okafor (born September 28, 1982, in Houston, Texas), is an American professional basketball player playing at power forward and center for the Charlotte Bobcats of the National Basketball Association. ... Christopher Emmanuel Paul (born May 6, 1985, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays point guard for the New Orleans Hornets of the NBA. // Paul was born to Charles and Robin Paul. ... Brandon Roy (born July 23, 1984 in Seattle, Washington) is an American professional basketball player with the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association. ... Ed Macualey (born March 22, 1928 in Saint Louis, Missouri), is a former professional basketball player. ... Paul Joseph Arizin (April 9, 1928 – December 12, 2006), nicknamed Pitchin Paul, was an American basketball player who spent his entire National Basketball Association career with the Philadelphia Warriors from 1950 to 1962. ... George Lawrence Mikan, Jr. ... Robert Joseph Cousy (born August 9, 1928 in New York City, is an American former professional basketball player, who played point guard with the NBAs Boston Celtics from 1951 to 1963 and (briefly) with the Cincinnati Royals in the 1969-1970 season, being recognized as one of the greatest... William Walton Bill Sharman (born May 25, 1926 in Abilene, Texas) is a former professional basketball player and coach. ... Bob Pettit (with the ball) as a player of the St. ... Robert Joseph Cousy (born August 9, 1928 in New York City, is an American former professional basketball player, who played point guard with the NBAs Boston Celtics from 1951 to 1963 and (briefly) with the Cincinnati Royals in the 1969-1970 season, being recognized as one of the greatest... Bob Pettit (with the ball) as a player of the St. ... Elgin Gay Baylor (born September 16, 1934 in Washington, D.C.) is an American former basketball forward. ... Bob Pettit (with the ball) as a player of the St. ... Wilton Norman Wilt Chamberlain (August 21, 1936–October 12, 1999), nicknamed Wilt the Stilt and The Big Dipper, was an American professional National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball player for the Philadelphia / San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers; and also played for the Harlem Globetrotters. ... Oscar Palmer Robertson (born November 24, 1938 in Charlotte, Tennessee), nicknamed The Big O, is a former American NBA player with the Cincinnati Royals and the Milwaukee Bucks. ... Bob Pettit (with the ball) as a player of the St. ... This article is about the basketball player. ... Oscar Palmer Robertson (born November 24, 1938 in Charlotte, Tennessee), nicknamed The Big O, is a former American NBA player with the Cincinnati Royals and the Milwaukee Bucks. ... Jerry Ray Lucas (born March 30, 1940) was a legendary basketball star from the 1950s to the 1970s, and is now a world-renowned memory education expert. ... Adrian Howard Smith (born October 5, 1936 in Farmington, Kentucky) is an American former NBA player. ... Richard (Rick) Francis Dennis Barry III (born March 28, 1944, in Elizabeth, New Jersey) is an American former professional basketball player. ... Harold Everett Greer (born June 26, 1936 in Huntington, West Virginia) is a former pro basketball player. ... Oscar Palmer Robertson (born November 24, 1938 in Charlotte, Tennessee), nicknamed The Big O, is a former American NBA player with the Cincinnati Royals and the Milwaukee Bucks. ... Willis Reed Jr. ... Lenny Wilkens with the Portland Trail Blazers Leonard Randolph Wilkens (born October 28, 1937, in Brooklyn, New York, USA) is a former National Basketball Association player, as well as the NBAs career leader in coaching wins and losses. ... Jerry Alan West (born May 28, 1938, in Chelyan, West Virginia) is a retired American basketball player who played his entire professional career for the NBAs Los Angeles Lakers. ... Dave Cowens David William Cowens (born October 25, 1948 in Newport, Kentucky) is a former professional basketball player and NBA Head Coach. ... Robert Jerry Lanier (born September 10, 1948 in Buffalo, New York) was a professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA. He played collegiately at St. ... Walter Clyde Frazier (born March 29, 1945, in Atlanta, Georgia) is a retired American basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... David Bing (born November 24, 1943 in Washington, D.C.) is a former All-Star player in the National Basketball Association, primarily for the Detroit Pistons from 1966 to 1975. ... Height: 6-6 Weight: 210 lbs Julius Winfield Erving II (born February 22, 1950 in Roosevelt, New York), commonly known by the nickname Dr. J, is a retired American basketball player who helped launch a modern style of play that emphasizes leaping and play above the rim. ... Randolph Randy Smith (born December 12, 1948 in Bellport, New York) is a former professional basketball player who set the NBA record for consecutive games played. ... David ONeil Thompson (born July 13, 1954 in Shelby, North Carolina) is a former American professional basketball star with the Denver Nuggets of both the National Basketball Association (NBA) and American Basketball Association (ABA), as well as the Seattle SuperSonics. ... George Gervin (born April 27, 1952 in Detroit, Michigan) is a former professional basketball player, a shooting guard for the American Basketball Associations (ABA) Virginia Squires and San Antonio Spurs and the National Basketball Associations (NBA) San Antonio Spurs and Chicago Bulls. ... This article is about the NBA Player. ... Larry Joe Bird (born December 7, 1956) is a retired American NBA basketball player, widely considered one of the greatest players of all time, and one of the best clutch performers in the history of sports. ... 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Chambers, a portraiture and visual artist Tom Chambers, a Virginia-based photographer Tom Chambers, a San Diego journalist Tom Chambers, an English actor Tom Chambers, a Washington State... Karl Anthony Malone (born July 24, 1963) is a retired American professional basketball player. ... Earvin Johnson redirects here. ... This article is about the basketball player. ... Earvin Johnson redirects here. ... This article is about the professional basketball player. ... Karl Anthony Malone (born July 24, 1963) is a retired American professional basketball player. ... Scottie Maurice Pippen (born September 25, 1965 in Hamburg, Arkansas) is a former American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and is most remembered for leading the Chicago Bulls together with Michael Jordan to six championships and being one of the best all-around players... 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Ralph Lee Sampson (born July 7, 1960 in Harrisonburg, Virginia) was arguably the most heavily recruited (for both college and the NBA) basketball prospect of his generation.
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