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Xavier Maurice McDaniel (born June 4, 1963 in Columbia, South Carolina), is a former NBA player who, at 6' 7", played small forward for the Seattle SuperSonics, Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, and New Jersey Nets. June 4 is the 155th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (156th in leap years), with 210 days remaining. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... Nickname: The Capital of Southern Hospitality, The Metro Location in Richland County, South Carolina Country United States State South Carolina Counties Richland and Lexington Mayor Bob Coble (D) Area    - City 346. ... The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ... LeBron James is one of the premier players listed at small forward. ... The Seattle SuperSonics (or simply Sonics or Supes) are a professional basketball team based in Seattle, Washington. ... The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team based in Phoenix, Arizona. ... The New York Knicks, short for knickerbockers, are a professional basketball team based in New York City. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The New Jersey Nets are a professional basketball team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey. ...


Following a stellar collegiate career at Wichita State University, He led the NCAA in scoring and rebounding in 1985, McDaniel was selected fourth overall in the 1985 NBA Draft by the Seattle SuperSonics. Many opponents and fans referred to McDaniel as X or The X-Man. During his pro basketball career, McDaniel was known widely as an explosive player who could attack the rim and shoot a deadly turnaround jumper. He was also known for using his muscles to physically punish his opponent and box out for a rebound, while intimidating them at the same time with his trash talking. In Seattle, McDaniel was part of a core built around himself, shooting guard Dale Ellis, and power forward Tom Chambers. Wichita State University (WSU) is an American state-supported university located in the middle-size city of Wichita, Kansas, in the south central part of the state. ... 1985 NBA Draft - 18 June 1985 See also: List of NBA Drafts, NBA Draft // Round 1 Round 2 Round Three 48. ... The Seattle SuperSonics (or simply Sonics or Supes) are a professional basketball team based in Seattle, Washington. ... Shooting guard (SG), also known as “two guard” or “off guard”,[1] is one of five traditional positions on a basketball team. ... Dale Ellis (born August 6, 1960 in Marietta, Georgia) was a professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. ... Power forward is a position in the sport of basketball. ... Some people with the name Tom Chambers include the following: Tom Chambers, the former professional NBA basketball player from Utah Tom R. 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...


In his first season, McDaniel averaged 17.1 points per game (second highest ever for a Sonics rookie), and was named the NBA All-Rookie team. In his second season, McDaniel averaged 23.0 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game (all career highs). Later, in 1988, he played in the NBA All-Star Game. The Sonics appeared in a string of Western Conference playoff series in the late 1980s, and with the drafting of point guard Gary Payton and power forward Shawn Kemp in the early 1990s, they rebuilt the team around the two rising stars. McDaniel was traded during the 1990-1991 season to the Phoenix Suns. Immediately following the season, McDaniel was traded to the New York Knicks, where he had quite a remarkable season in 1991-1992. The Knicks had just hired coach Pat Riley, who immediately instated a rough defensive scheme that McDaniel would fit right into as well as bring the best out of teammates Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley, and John Starks. Though the scheme did not provide many scoring opportunities for McDaniel, it did bring the best out of him on defense, where he would intimidate opponents and create many rebounding opportunities. The Knicks rolled to the playoffs, where their defense outplayed that of the aging Detroit Pistons and challenged the defending champion Chicago Bulls. It was in the series with the Bulls that McDaniel truly shined. His intimidating defense threw Scottie Pippen's offense off the entire series. Though he and the Knicks gave the Bulls all they could handle, they eventually lost to them in seven games. Following the season, a contract dispute would prevent any chance of McDaniel's return to the Knicks. By then, his career was in a decline. He signed with the Boston Celtics and eventually moved overseas to Europe to play. He returned to the NBA for two more years with the New Jersey Nets and retired from the league in 1998. The NBA staged its first All-Star Game in the Boston Garden on March 2, 1951. ... The Western Conference of the National Basketball Association is made up of fifteen teams, and organized in three divisions of five teams each. ... Point guard (PG), also called the “one guard” or “lead guard“, is one of the standard positions in a regulation basketball game. ... Gary Dwayne Payton (born July 23, 1968 in Oakland, California) is a professional basketball player currently with the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. ... Power forward is a position in the sport of basketball. ... Shawn T. Kemp (born November 26, 1969, in Elkhart, Indiana) is an American former professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. ... The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team based in Phoenix, Arizona. ... The New York Knicks, short for knickerbockers, are a professional basketball team based in New York City. ... Pat Riley reacts to a call during a game. ... Patrick Aloysius Ewing (born August 5, 1962) is a Jamaican-born American former NBA player. ... Charles Oakley (born December 18, 1963) Cleveland, Ohio is a 6 9 former professional basketball player who played power forward and gained fame in the National Basketball Association as a member of the Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks in the early 1990s. ... John Levell Starks (born August 10, 1965 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is a 65 former basketball player who gained fame while playing at shooting guard for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association in the 1990s. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Chicago Bulls are a professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... Scottie Maurice Pippen (born September 25, 1965 in Hamburg, Arkansas) is an American former professional basketball star 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... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The New Jersey Nets are a professional basketball team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey. ...


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Xavier McDaniel (406 words)
Xavier McDaniel was a forward good in scoring and rebounding for more than a decade in the NBA.
McDaniel was picked up by the Seattle Supersonics in the 4th place of the 1985 draft.
Although the season was a failure, McDaniel did his best to carry the team and honor his $1 million contract, averaging in 24 games 18.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, 2 assists, 1.6 steals and shooting 76% in the free throws, 46% in the field goals and 32% behind the arc.
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