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Encyclopedia > Spud Webb
Webb playing for the Atlanta Hawks.

Anthony Jerome Webb (born July 13, 1963 in Dallas, Texas), better known as Spud Webb, is a retired American NBA basketball point guard. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The Atlanta Hawks are an American professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... is the 194th day of the year (195th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... “Dallas” redirects here. ... “NBA” redirects here. ... This article is about the sport. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

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Career

Standing at 5 feet 6 inches (169 cm) tall,[1] Webb did not play much on the team at Wilmer Hutchins High School until his senior year because "the coaches were giving the guys who were seniors the chance to play."[2] However, he did learn to dunk during the summer before his senior year. Rumor has it that Webb first dunked on a regulation rim at just 4 feet 11 inches tall. [[Media:Media:Example.oggFailed to parse (unknown error): <nowiki>Insert formula here</nowiki>--~~~~ ---- --~~~~ ---- #REDIRECT [[ ---- Insert text#REDIRECT [[<s>Insert text</s><br /><sup> <gallery> Superscript text </gallery><!-- Comment --></sup>]]]] ]]


After graduating from high school, he was not recruited by most colleges mainly due to his size. Finally he attended Midland Junior College (in Midland, Texas) where he led his team to the junior college national title in 1982. Webb attracted the attention of Tom Abatemarco, an assistant coach at North Carolina State University, who arranged for Webb to meet head coach Jim Valvano, who offered Webb a scholarship. In two years at N.C. State, Spud averaged 10.4 points and 5.7 assists per game. Midland College is a junior college based in Midland, Texas. ... Nickname: Location within the state of Texas Country United States State Texas Counties Midland County Government  - Mayor Mike Canon Area  - City 173. ... North Carolina State University is a public, coeducational, extensive research university located in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. ... James Thomas Anthony Valvano (March 10, 1946–April 28, 1993), nicknamed Jimmy V, was an American college basketball coach. ...


He was then drafted in the 4th round of the 1985 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. His first six seasons were played with the Atlanta Hawks, but he had his best years statistically with the Sacramento Kings, where he played as a starter from 1992-1995. He then split a season between the Atlanta Hawks and the Minnesota Timberwolves before finishing his career after one season with the Orlando Magic and retiring from basketball in 1998. He averaged 9.9 points per game in 12 seasons. 1985 NBA Draft - 18 June 1985 See also: List of NBA Drafts, NBA Draft // (*) compensation for draft choices traded away by Ted Stepien This draft marks the first time the NBA Draft Lottery was introduced it was put into place so teams did not have to intentionally lose games to... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... The Atlanta Hawks are an American professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... The Sacramento Kings are a professional basketball team which is based in Sacramento, California. ... The Atlanta Hawks are an American professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Orlando Magic is a professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ...


Webb lives in Dallas, where he appears on pre-game and post-game shows for the Dallas Mavericks on a local TV station. The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are an NBA basketball team based in Dallas, Texas. ...


Webb is the third shortest player to play in the NBA. Only Earl Boykins (5 feet 5 inches) and Muggsy Bogues are shorter. Earl Antoine Boykins (born June 2, 1976 in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American professional basketball player currently with the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association. ... Tyrone Curtis Muggsy Bogues (born January 9, 1965, in Baltimore, Maryland) is a retired American professional basketball point guard and former head coach of the now-defunct Charlotte Sting of the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA). ...


Slam Dunk Contest

Webb, the shortest person to compete in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, won the event in 1986. His participation surprised teammate and defending dunk champion Dominique Wilkins, who had "never seen me dunk before," Webb said. [2] His dunks included the elevator two-handed double pump dunk, the one-handed off the backboard one-handed jam, a 360-degree helicopter one-handed dunk, a 180-degree reverse double-pump slam, and finally, the 180-degree reverse two-handed strawberry jam from a lob bounce off the floor. He beat Wilkins with two perfect 150-point scores in the final round. Atlanta coach Mike Fratello said, "Spud kind of duped him. He told Nique he never had anything prepared, didn't practice for it. So, Nique maybe thought his normal assortment would be good enough to get through" (The Spud Webb Story). Twenty years after Webb's victory in the Slam Dunk contest, he helped New York Knicks point guard Nate Robinson (who stands at 5 feet 9 inches tall) win the event. Webb tossed the ball to Robinson, who leaped over Webb and dunked, earning 50 points from the judges. Robinson went on to win, making him the second player in basketball history under six feet to win since Webb. LeBron James considers Spud Webb to be one of his favorite slam-dunkers of all time. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The Slam Dunk Contest is an annual NBA competition held during the week of the NBA All-Star Game. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Slam Dunk Contest. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Jacques Dominique Wilkins (born January 12, 1960, in Paris, France) is a retired American professional basketball player in the NBA and Basketball Hall of Famer. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Nate Robinson jump over Spud Webb in the 2006 Slam Dunk Contest Nathaniel Cornelius Nate Robinson (born May 31, 1984, in Seattle, Washington) is an American professional basketball player who plays for the New York Knicks of the NBA. Robinson is one of the shortest players in the league, listed... 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. ...


References

  1. ^ DatabaseBasketball.com: Spudd Webb Past Stats, Satistics, History and Awards
  2. ^ a b Russ Bengtson, "Slam" magazine

External links

  • Spud Webb Official Website
  • 2004 interview, "Catching Up with Spud Webb"
  • Slam Magazine online
  • Spud's college statistics
  • The Spud Webb Story

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