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Ralph Lee Sampson Jr. (born July 7, 1960) is an American retired basketball player. A 7-foot-4 phenom, three-time College Player of the Year, and first selection in the 1983 NBA draft, Sampson brought heavy expectations with him to the National Basketball
Basketball
Association (NBA). The NBA Rookie of the Year, Sampson averaged 20.7 points and 10.9 rebounds for his first three seasons with the Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
before injuries began to take their toll. Three knee surgeries later he retired as a four-time All-Star, an NBA Rookie of the Year, and an NBA All-Star Game MVP (1985). One of his many career highlights was a buzzer-beating shot to dethrone the Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
as Western Conference champions in 1986, derailing their hopes for coveted back-to-back NBA titles, and sending the Rockets to their second NBA Finals in the team's history.

Contents

1 Early life 2 College 3 NBA career

3.1 Houston
Houston
Rockets 3.2 Later stops

4 Post-NBA life 5 Personal life 6 Awards 7 Basketball
Basketball
statistics

7.1 College 7.2 NBA

7.2.1 Regular Season 7.2.2 Playoffs

8 See also 9 References 10 Bibliography 11 External links

Early life[edit] Sampson was already 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) tall by the ninth grade, reaching 7-foot-1 in high school in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He averaged nearly 30 points, 19 rebounds, and 7 blocked shots as a senior (after averaging 14 points and 11 rebounds as a sophomore, and 19 points and 17 rebounds as a junior), at Harrisonburg High, leading the team to state AA basketball championships in 1978 and 1979. His senior year he lost the high school player of the year award to another talented center, Sam Bowie. However, he did get a form of revenge against Bowie, outplaying him in the Capital Classic, getting 23 points and 21 rebounds with 4 blocks in a game styled "Battle of the Giants". College[edit] Sampson was arguably the most heavily recruited college basketball prospect of his generation and appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated six times in a span of less than four years (December 17, 1979; December 1, 1980; March 30, 1981; November 29, 1982; December 20, 1982; and October 31, 1983). Playing center for the University of Virginia, he led the Cavaliers to an NIT title in 1980, an NCAA Final Four appearance in 1981 and an NCAA Elite Eight appearance in 1983. He earned three Naismith Awards as the National Player of the Year, only the second athlete to do so ( Bill Walton
Bill Walton
was the first), and a pair of Wooden Awards. Sampson considered leaving Virginia after his junior year and declaring for the 1982 NBA draft. The San Diego Clippers
San Diego Clippers
and Los Angeles Lakers would flip a coin to determine who would draft first overall, but the deadline for Sampson to make himself available came before the scheduled coin flip. Rather than risk playing for the Clippers, Sampson stayed in school.[1] NBA career[edit] Houston
Houston
Rockets[edit] With his size and agility Sampson was expected to score like Wilt Chamberlain and win championships like Bill Russell
Bill Russell
when he reached the National Basketball
Basketball
Association. The Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
picked him first overall in the 1983 NBA draft.[2] 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.[3] The Rockets managed only a 29–53 record in 1983–84, which qualified them to pick first in the 1984 NBA draft. Houston
Houston
selected fellow center Hakeem Olajuwon
Hakeem Olajuwon
out of the University of Houston. Many observers criticized the Rockets' choice, believing the two 7-footers (known as the Twin Towers) would not be effective playing together, while others thought the combination could be overpowering. Sampson, playing a new style of power forward, had new expectations placed upon him. At the time, Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks
Coach Dick Motta
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
Houston
guard John Lucas said of Sampson's move to forward, "He’ll revolutionize the game."[citation needed] 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
NBA All-Star
Game, and Sampson, after scoring 24 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, earned the game's MVP Award.[4] On March 5, 1985, in a loss against the Denver Nuggets, Sampson recorded 30 points, 15 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals and was the first player in NBA history to record at least 30 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals since the league started recording steals.[5] The next season Houston
Houston
won the Midwest Division with a 51–31 record. In the playoffs, the Rockets swept the Sacramento Kings, but faced a stiffer challenge against Alex English
Alex English
and the Denver Nuggets in the Conference Semi-Finals, eventually winning the series 4–2, with the sixth and deciding game going to double overtime. Against the defending champion Lakers in the Conference Finals, the Rockets were ready to knock off their rivals who had the best of them during the season. The Rockets lost game 1, but the Rockets fought back, winning four straight to take the series four games to one. In Game 5 of that series, Sampson provided one of the most memorable moments in NBA Playoff history. With the score tied at 112, Olajuwon having earlier been ejected, and with only one second remaining on the clock, Sampson took an inbounds pass and launched a twisting turnaround jumper that sailed through the hoop at the buzzer, giving the Rockets a 114-112 victory and a shocking series upset. In the NBA Finals the Rockets faced the Boston Celtics. Boston sportswriters were not happy about not getting revenge against the Lakers who had beaten the Celtics in the Finals the year before, but the matchup was interesting with the young front court challenging the old guard of the Celtics. During the season at the Boston Garden, the Rockets were playing the Celtics well until Sampson suffered a jarring fall on his back. At the start of the Finals, Sampson quickly found himself in foul trouble early in Game 1 as Boston easily went up 2-0 going back to Houston. The Rockets won a close Game 3 under the leadership of Sampson. Game 4 also went down to the wire with the Celtics pulling it out on late Larry Bird
Larry Bird
3-pointer heroics and untimely turnovers by Rockets guard Mitch Wiggins. In a similarly close Game 5 in Houston, (under the 2–3–2 format) Sampson succumbed to taunting by Boston's much smaller 6-foot-1 backup guard Jerry Sichting
Jerry Sichting
resulting in Sampson taking a swing and earning an ejection from the game. Strangely, this fired up the Rockets, who won Game 5 by 15 points without Ralph thanks to the inspired play of Olajuwon, Jim Petersen, and Robert "Bobby Jo" Reid. Game 6 went back to Boston with Sampson finding himself again in foul trouble and of little effect against the older and wiser Celtic front court of Bird, McHale and Parish. After the series, Boston coach KC Jones called the Rockets, "the new monsters on the block" with the future looking very bright for the Rockets. During the six-game championship series loss against the Celtics, Sampson averaged 14.8 points on .438 shooting, 9.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.[6] Later stops[edit] 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
Golden State Warriors
for Eric "Sleepy" Floyd and Joe Barry Carroll. Sampson's knee and back troubles worsened, and he never played a full season in his four seasons with the Warriors. He averaged 6.4 points and 5.0 rebounds with Golden State in 1988–89 and was traded to the Sacramento Kings
Sacramento Kings
for Jim Petersen. Sampson's injury issues continued in Sacramento as he totaled just 51 games in two seasons, averaging 4.2 and 3.0 points, respectively, in 1989–90 and 1990–91. Released by the Kings, Sampson played a 10-game stint with the Washington Bullets
Washington Bullets
in 1991–92 before being waived. The player once predicted to be the greatest ever in the National Basketball
Basketball
Association[citation needed] had played just 441 games in 10 NBA seasons, slightly more than half the 820 scheduled. Post-NBA life[edit] Sampson played eight games for Unicaja Ronda of the Spanish League during the 1991–92 season. He also would play for the Rockford Lightning in the Continental Basketball
Basketball
Association during the 1994–95 season before ultimately retiring for good. Returning to the States, he spent the 1992–93 season as an assistant to head coach Lefty Driesell
Lefty Driesell
at James Madison University
James Madison University
before coaching a minor league professional team in Richmond, Virginia. Reflecting back on his career and its three knee surgeries, Sampson admitted that he had attempted to come back too quickly from them, and said that he tried not to think about what could have been. In 1996, Sampson was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. In 2002, he was named to the ACC 50th Anniversary men's basketball team as one of the fifty best players in Atlantic Coast Conference history – one of only three Virginia Cavaliers so honored. In 2005, Sampson pleaded guilty to owing more than $300K in back child support for two children from different mothers in the Northern Virginia area. In 2006, he was sentenced to two months in prison for mail fraud associated with the purchase of an SUV.[7] On November 22, 2011, Sampson was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Fame. In February 2012, Sampson was honored by Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
and fans as a member of the Decade Team of the 80s. On April 2, 2012, Sampson was named a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Fame's induction class of 2012. In October 2012, Sampson joined the Phoenix Suns' player development staff.[8] In June 2013, Sampson announced that he would not return as an assistant head coach.[9] Personal life[edit] Sampson's son, Ralph Sampson
Ralph Sampson
III, played collegiate basketball for Minnesota.[10] Sampson's younger son, Robert, transferred to Georgia Tech after playing his first three seasons (2010–2013) of college basketball for East Carolina University.[11] Sampson also has two daughters: Rachel Lee Sampson, who graduated from Stanford University and works at ESPN, and the youngest, Anna Aleize Sampson.[12] Awards[edit]

Naismith College Player of the Year
Naismith College Player of the Year
(1981–1983) USBWA College Player of the Year (1981–1983) Adolph Rupp Trophy
Adolph Rupp Trophy
(1981–1983) Associated Press Player of the Year (1981–1983) UPI Player of the Year (1981–1983) John R. Wooden Award
Wooden Award
(1982–1983) NABC Player of the Year
NABC Player of the Year
(1982–1983) Sporting News Player of the Year (1983) NBA Rookie of the Year (1984) NBA All-Rookie Team
NBA All-Rookie Team
(1984) NBA All-Star
NBA All-Star
Game MVP (1985) NBA All-Star
NBA All-Star
(1984–1987) All-NBA Second Team
All-NBA Second Team
selection (1985) National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame inductee (2011) Naismith Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Fame inductee (2012)

Basketball
Basketball
statistics[edit]

Legend

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game

 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw
Free throw
percentage

 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game

 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

College[edit]

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[edit] Regular Season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

1983–84 Houston 82 82 32.8 .523 .250 .661 11.1 2.0 0.9 2.4 21.0

1984–85 Houston 82 82 37.6 .502 .000 .676 10.4 2.7 1.0 2.0 22.1

1985–86 Houston 79 76 36.3 .488 .133 .641 11.1 3.6 1.3 1.6 18.9

1986–87 Houston 43 32 30.8 .489 .000 .624 8.7 2.8 0.9 1.3 15.6

1987–88 Houston 19 19 37.1 .439 .333 .741 9.1 1.9 0.9 1.7 15.9

1987–88 Golden State 29 25 33.0 .438 .000 .775 10.0 2.9 0.8 1.9 15.4

1988–89 Golden State 61 36 17.8 .449 .375 .653 5.0 1.3 0.5 1.1 6.4

1989–90 Sacramento 26 7 16.0 .372 .250 .522 3.2 1.1 0.5 0.8 4.2

1990–91 Sacramento 25 4 13.9 .366 .200 .263 4.4 0.7 0.4 0.7 3.0

1991–92 Washington 10 0 10.8 .310 .000 .667 3.0 0.4 0.3 0.8 2.2

Career 456 363 29.8 .486 .172 .661 8.8 2.3 0.9 1.6 15.4

All-Star 3 2 22.0 .636 – .700 6.3 0.7 0.0 0.3 16.3

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

1985 Houston 5 5 38.6 .430 1.000 .514 16.6 1.4 0.4 1.6 21.2

1986 Houston 20 20 37.1 .518 1.000 .729 10.8 4.0 1.5 1.8 20.0

1987 Houston 10 10 33.0 .514 .500 .814 8.8 2.1 0.2 1.2 18.6

1989 Golden State 3 1 14.3 .409 .000 .500 4.7 0.3 0.3 0.7 6.7

Career 38 36 34.4 .497 .375 .703 10.5 2.9 0.9 1.5 18.7

See also[edit]

National Basketball
Basketball
Association portal

List of National Basketball
Basketball
Association players with most blocks in a game List of tallest players in National Basketball
Basketball
Association history List of NCAA Division I men's basketball career rebounding leaders List of NCAA Division I men's basketball players with 2000 points and 1000 rebounds

References[edit]

^ Springer, Steve (June 21, 1991). "No Matter How It Comes Out, Clippers Always Get Flip Side". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on April 28, 2014.  ^ "1983 NBA Draft". basketballreference.com.  ^ "Rookie of the Year Award winners". basketballreference.com.  ^ "1985 NBA All-Star
NBA All-Star
Box Score". basketballreference.com.  ^ https://www.basketball-reference.com/play-index/pgl_finder.cgi?request=1&match=game&is_playoffs=N&age_min=0&age_max=99&pos_is_g=Y&pos_is_gf=Y&pos_is_f=Y&pos_is_fg=Y&pos_is_fc=Y&pos_is_c=Y&pos_is_cf=Y&c1stat=pts&c1comp=gt&c1val=30&c2stat=trb&c2comp=gt&c2val=15&c3stat=ast&c3comp=gt&c3val=5&c4stat=stl&c4comp=gt&c4val=5&order_by=pts ^ " 1986 NBA Finals
1986 NBA Finals
Composite Box Score". basketballreference.com.  ^ " Ralph Sampson
Ralph Sampson
jailed for mail fraud". NBC Sports. Retrieved on July 22, 2012. ^ Former Superstar Aligns With the Suns ^ Mark West, 2 others join Phoenix Suns’ staff ^ " Ralph Sampson III
Ralph Sampson III
Bio". GopherSports.com. Retrieved April 7, 2015.  ^ http://espn.go.com/ncb/playercard?playerId=51386&src=desktop ^ Author Details Sampson, Rachel Lee, Stanford University Retrieved April 7, 2015

Bibliography[edit]

University of Virginia
University of Virginia
Basketball
Basketball
Media Guide (PDF copy available at www.virginiasports.com)

External links[edit]

Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com

Links to related articles

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Naismith Men's College Player of the Year

1969: Alcindor 1970: Maravich 1971: Carr 1972: Walton 1973: Walton 1974: Walton 1975: Thompson 1976: May 1977: M. Johnson 1978: Lee 1979: Bird 1980: Aguirre 1981: Sampson 1982: Sampson 1983: Sampson 1984: Jordan 1985: Ewing 1986: Dawkins 1987: D. Robinson 1988: Manning 1989: Ferry 1990: Simmons 1991: L. Johnson 1992: Laettner 1993: Cheaney 1994: G. Robinson 1995: Smith 1996: Camby 1997: Duncan 1998: Jamison 1999: Brand 2000: Martin 2001: Battier 2002: Williams 2003: Ford 2004: Nelson 2005: Bogut 2006: Redick 2007: Durant 2008: Hansbrough 2009: Griffin 2010: Turner 2011: Fredette 2012: Davis 2013: Burke 2014: McDermott 2015: Kaminsky 2016: Hield 2017: Mason III 2018: Brunson

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John R. Wooden Men's Player of the Year Award winners

1977: M. Johnson 1978: P. Ford 1979: Bird 1980: Griffith 1981: Ainge 1982: Sampson 1983: Sampson 1984: Jordan 1985: Mullin 1986: Berry 1987: D. Robinson 1988: Manning 1989: Elliott 1990: Simmons 1991: L. Johnson 1992: Laettner 1993: Cheaney 1994: G. Robinson 1995: O'Bannon 1996: Camby 1997: Duncan 1998: Jamison 1999: Brand 2000: Martin 2001: Battier 2002: Williams 2003: T. J. Ford 2004: Nelson 2005: Bogut 2006: Redick 2007: Durant 2008: Hansbrough 2009: Griffin 2010: Turner 2011: Fredette 2012: Davis 2013: Burke 2014: McDermott 2015: Kaminsky 2016: Hield 2017: Mason III 2018: Brunson

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Oscar Robertson Trophy
Oscar Robertson Trophy
winners

1959: Robertson 1960: Robertson 1961: Lucas 1962: Lucas 1963: Heyman 1964: Hazzard 1965: Bradley 1966: Russell 1967: Alcindor 1968: Alcindor 1969: Maravich 1970: Maravich 1971: Wicks 1972: Walton 1973: Walton 1974: Walton 1975: Thompson 1976: Dantley 1977: M. Johnson 1978: Ford 1979: Bird 1980: Aguirre 1981: Sampson 1982: Sampson 1983: Sampson 1984: Jordan 1985: Mullin 1986: Berry 1987: D. Robinson 1988: Hawkins 1989: Ferry 1990: Simmons 1991: L. Johnson 1992: Laettner 1993: Cheaney 1994: G. Robinson 1995: O'Bannon 1996: Camby 1997: Duncan 1998: Jamison 1999: Brand 2000: Martin 2001: Battier 2002: Williams 2003: West 2004: Nelson 2005: Bogut 2006: Morrison & Redick 2007: Durant 2008: Hansbrough 2009: Griffin 2010: Turner 2011: Fredette 2012: Davis 2013: Burke 2014: McDermott 2015: Kaminsky 2016: Hield 2017: Mason III 2018: Brunson

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Adolph Rupp Trophy
Adolph Rupp Trophy
winners

1972: Walton 1973: Walton 1974: Walton 1975: Thompson 1976: May 1977: Johnson 1978: Lee 1979: Bird 1980: Aguirre 1981: Sampson 1982: Sampson 1983: Sampson 1984: Jordan 1985: Ewing 1986: Berry 1987: D. Robinson 1988: Hawkins 1989: Elliott 1990: Simmons 1991: O'Neal 1992: Laettner 1993: Cheaney 1994: G. Robinson 1995: Smith 1996: Camby 1997: Duncan 1998: Jamison 1999: Brand 2000: Martin 2001: Battier 2002: Williams 2003: West 2004: Nelson 2005: Redick 2006: Redick 2007: Durant 2008: Hansbrough 2009: Griffin 2010: Wall 2011: Fredette 2012: Davis 2013: Oladipo 2014: McDermott 2015: Kaminsky

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NABC Player of the Year

1975: Thompson 1976: May 1977: M. Johnson 1978: Ford 1979: Bird 1980: Brooks 1981: Ainge 1982: Sampson 1983: Sampson 1984: Jordan 1985: Ewing 1986: Berry 1987: D. Robinson 1988: Manning 1989: Elliott 1990: Simmons 1991: L. Johnson 1992: Laettner 1993: Cheaney 1994: G. Robinson 1995: Respert 1996: Camby 1997: Duncan 1998: Jamison 1999: Brand 2000: Martin 2001: Williams 2002: Gooden & Williams 2003: Collison 2004: Nelson & Okafor 2005: Bogut 2006: Morrison & Redick 2007: Durant 2008: Hansbrough 2009: Griffin 2010: Turner 2011: Fredette 2012: Green 2013: Burke 2014: McDermott 2015: Kaminsky 2016: Valentine 2017: Mason 2018: Brunson

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Associated Press Men's College Basketball
Basketball
Player of the Year

1961: Lucas 1962: Lucas 1963: Heyman 1964: Bradds 1965: Bradley 1966: Russell 1967: Alcindor 1968: Hayes 1969: Alcindor 1970: Maravich 1971: Carr 1972: Walton 1973: Walton 1974: Thompson 1975: Thompson 1976: May 1977: Johnson 1978: Lee 1979: Bird 1980: Aguirre 1981: Sampson 1982: Sampson 1983: Sampson 1984: Jordan 1985: Ewing 1986: Berry 1987: D. Robinson 1988: Hawkins 1989: Elliott 1990: Simmons 1991: O'Neal 1992: Laettner 1993: Cheaney 1994: G. Robinson 1995: Smith 1996: Camby 1997: Duncan 1998: Jamison 1999: Brand 2000: Martin 2001: Battier 2002: Williams 2003: West 2004: Nelson 2005: Bogut 2006: Redick 2007: Durant 2008: Hansbrough 2009: Griffin 2010: Turner 2011: Fredette 2012: Davis 2013: Burke 2014: McDermott 2015: Kaminsky 2016: Valentine 2017: Mason III 2018: Brunson

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UPI College Basketball
Basketball
Player of the Year Award winners

1955: Gola 1956: B. Russell 1957: Forte 1958: Robertson 1959: Robertson 1960: Robertson 1961: Lucas 1962: Lucas 1963: Heyman 1964: Bradds 1965: Bradley 1966: C. Russell 1967: Alcindor 1968: Hayes 1969: Alcindor 1970: Maravich 1971: Carr 1972: Walton 1973: Walton 1974: Walton 1975: Thompson 1976: May 1977: Johnson 1978: Lee 1979: Bird 1980: Aguirre 1981: Sampson 1982: Sampson 1983: Sampson 1984: Jordan 1985: Mullin 1986: Berry 1987: D. Robinson 1988: Hawkins 1989: Ferry 1990: Simmons 1991: O'Neal 1992: Jackson 1993: Cheaney 1994: G. Robinson 1995: Smith 1996: Allen

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Sporting News Men's College Basketball
Basketball
Player of the Year

1943: Phillip 1944: Hall 1945: Mikan 1946: Kurland 1947–49: None selected 1950: Arizin 1951: White 1952–57: None selected 1958: Robertson 1959: Robertson 1960: Robertson 1961: Lucas 1962: Lucas 1963: Heyman 1964: Bradley 1965: Bradley 1966: Russell 1967: Alcindor 1968: Hayes 1969: Alcindor 1970: Maravich 1971: Wicks 1972: Walton 1973: Walton 1974: Walton 1975: Thompson 1976: May 1977: M. Johnson 1978: P. Ford 1979: Bird 1980: Griffith 1981: Aguirre 1982: Sampson 1983: Jordan 1984: Jordan 1985: Ewing 1986: Berry 1987: D. Robinson 1988: Hawkins 1989: King 1990: Scott 1991: L. Johnson 1992: Laettner 1993: Cheaney 1994: G. Robinson 1995: Respert 1996: Camby 1997: Duncan 1998: Jamison 1999: Brand 2000: Martin 2001: Battier 2002: Williams 2003: T. J. Ford 2004: Nelson 2005: Brown 2006: Redick 2007: Durant 2008: Hansbrough 2009: Griffin 2010: Turner 2011: Fredette 2012: Davis 2013: Oladipo 2014: McDermott 2015: Kaminsky 2016: Hield 2017: Mason III 2018: Brunson

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United States men's basketball squad – 1979 Pan American Games
Pan American Games
– Gold medal

Brooks Clancy Duren Lester Macy McHale O'Koren Sampson Thomas Tolbert Vranes Woodson Coach: Knight

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1981 NCAA Men's Basketball
Basketball
Consensus All-Americans

First Team

Mark Aguirre Danny Ainge Steve Johnson Ralph Sampson Isiah Thomas

Second Team

Sam Bowie Jeff Lamp Durand Macklin Kelly Tripucka Danny Vranes Al Wood

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1982 NCAA Men's Basketball
Basketball
Consensus All-Americans

First Team

Terry Cummings Quintin Dailey Sleepy Floyd Ralph Sampson James Worthy

Second Team

Dale Ellis Kevin Magee John Paxson Sam Perkins Paul Pressey

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1983 NCAA Men's Basketball
Basketball
Consensus All-Americans

First Team

Dale Ellis Patrick Ewing Michael Jordan Keith Lee Sam Perkins Ralph Sampson Wayman Tisdale

Second Team

Clyde Drexler Sidney Green John Paxson Steve Stipanovich Jon Sundvold Darrell Walker Randy Wittman

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Atlantic Coast Conference
Atlantic Coast Conference
Men's Basketball
Basketball
Player of the Year

1954: Hemric 1955: Hemric 1956: Shavlik 1957: Rosenbluth 1958: Brennan 1959: Pucillo 1960: Shaffer 1961: Chappell 1962: Chappell 1963: Heyman 1964: Mullins 1965: Cunningham 1966: Vacendak 1967: Miller 1968: Miller 1969: Roche 1970: Roche 1971: Davis 1972: Parkhill 1973: Thompson 1974: Thompson 1975: Thompson 1976: Kupchak 1977: Griffin 1978: Ford 1979: Gminski 1980: King 1981: Sampson 1982: Sampson 1983: Sampson 1984: Jordan 1985: Bias 1986: Bias 1987: Grant 1988: Ferry 1989: Ferry 1990: Scott 1991: Monroe 1992: Laettner 1993: Rogers 1994: Hill 1995: J. Smith 1996: Duncan 1997: Duncan 1998: Jamison 1999: Brand 2000: Carrawell 2001: Battier & Forte 2002: Dixon 2003: Howard 2004: Hodge 2005: Redick 2006: Redick 2007: Dudley 2008: Hansbrough 2009: Lawson 2010: Vásquez 2011: N. Smith 2012: Zeller 2013: Green & Larkin 2014: Warren 2015: Okafor 2016: Brogdon 2017: Jackson 2018: Bagley

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ACC Athlete of the Year

Athlete of the Year

1954: Joel Shankle 1955: Dickie Hemric 1956: Dave Sime 1957: Lennie Rosenbluth 1958: Dick Christy 1959: Lou Pucillo 1960: Mike McGee 1961: Roman Gabriel 1962: Len Chappell 1963: Art Heyman 1964: Jeff Mullins 1965: Brian Piccolo 1966: Danny Talbott 1967: Bobby Bryant 1968: Larry Miller 1969: Frank Quayle 1970: Charlie Scott 1971: Don McCauley 1972: Barry Parkhill 1973: David Thompson 1974: Tony Waldrop 1975: David Thompson 1976: John Lucas 1977: Phil Ford 1978: Phil Ford 1979: Renaldo Nehemiah 1980: Julie Shea 1981: Julie Shea 1982: James Worthy 1983: Ralph Sampson 1984: Michael Jordan 1985: B. J. Surhoff 1986: Len Bias 1987: Riccardo Ingram 1988: Danny Ferry 1989: Danny Ferry

Male Athlete of the Year

1990: Clarkston Hines 1991: Christian Laettner 1992: Christian Laettner 1993: Charlie Ward 1994: Charlie Ward 1995: Randolph Childress 1996: Kris Benson 1997: Tim Duncan 1998: Antawn Jamison 1999: Elton Brand 2000: Joe Hamilton 2001: Shane Battier 2002: Juan Dixon 2003: Chris Rotelli 2004: Philip Rivers 2005: Sean May 2006: J. J. Redick 2007: Walter Dix 2008: Tyler Hansbrough 2009: Matt Hill 2010: Ned Crotty 2011: Ngoni Makusha 2012: Luke Kuechly 2013: Jarmere Jenkins 2014: Jameis Winston 2015: Laken Tomlinson 2016: Deshaun Watson 2017: Deshaun Watson

Female Athlete of the Year

1990: Shannon Higgins 1991: Dawn Staley 1992: Dawn Staley 1993: Mia Hamm 1994: Beverly Smith 1995: Tisha Venturini 1996: Kelly Amonte Hiller 1997: Sarah Forbes 1998: Vanessa Webb 1999: Cindy Parlow 2000: Jen Adams 2001: Jen Adams 2002: Bea Bielik 2003: Alana Beard 2004: Alana Beard 2005: Kelly Dostal 2006: Paula Infante 2007: Lindsey Harding 2008: Angela Tincher 2009: Casey Nogueira 2010: Whitney Engen 2011: Katie O'Donnell 2012: Rebecca Ward 2013: Crystal Dunn 2014: Alyssa Thomas 2015: Morgan Brian 2016: Molly Seidel 2017: Kenzie Kent

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1983 NBA Draft

First round

Ralph Sampson Steve Stipanovich Rodney McCray Byron Scott Sidney Green Russell Cross Thurl Bailey Antoine Carr Dale Ellis Jeff Malone Derek Harper Darrell Walker Ennis Whatley Clyde Drexler Howard Carter Jon Sundvold Leo Rautins Randy Breuer John Paxson Roy Hinson Greg Kite Randy Wittman Mitchell Wiggins Stewart Granger

Second round

Sidney Lowe Leroy Combs John Garris Rod Foster Larry Micheaux Mark West Glenn Rivers Michael Britt Dirk Minniefield Guy Williams Darrell Lockhart Scooter McCray David Russell Chris McNealy Granville Waiters Jim Thomas Ted Kitchel Mike Davis Pace Mannion Horace Owens Paul Williams Kevin Williams Kenneth Lyons

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NBA first overall draft picks

1947: McNeely 1948: Tonkovich 1949: Shannon 1950: Share 1951: Melchiorre 1952: Workman 1953: Felix 1954: Selvy 1955: Ricketts 1956: Green 1957: Hundley 1958: Baylor 1959: Boozer 1960: Robertson 1961: Bellamy 1962: McGill 1963: Heyman 1964: Barnes 1965: Hetzel 1966: Russell 1967: Walker 1968: Hayes 1969: Alcindor 1970: Lanier 1971: Carr 1972: L. Martin 1973: Collins 1974: Walton 1975: D. Thompson 1976: Lucas 1977: Benson 1978: M. Thompson 1979: E. Johnson 1980: Carroll 1981: Aguirre 1982: Worthy 1983: Sampson 1984: Olajuwon 1985: Ewing 1986: Daugherty 1987: D. Robinson 1988: Manning 1989: Ellison 1990: Coleman 1991: L. Johnson 1992: O'Neal 1993: Webber 1994: G. Robinson 1995: Smith 1996: Iverson 1997: Duncan 1998: Olowokandi 1999: Brand 2000: K. Martin 2001: Brown 2002: Yao 2003: James 2004: Howard 2005: Bogut 2006: Bargnani 2007: Oden 2008: Rose 2009: Griffin 2010: Wall 2011: Irving 2012: Davis 2013: Bennett 2014: Wiggins 2015: Towns 2016: Simmons 2017: Fultz

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NBA Rookie of the Year Award

1953: Meineke 1954: Felix 1955: Pettit 1956: Stokes 1957: Heinsohn 1958: Sauldsberry 1959: Baylor 1960: Chamberlain 1961: Robertson 1962: Bellamy 1963: Dischinger 1964: Lucas 1965: Reed 1966: Barry 1967: Bing 1968: Monroe 1969: Unseld 1970: Alcindor 1971: Cowens & Petrie 1972: Wicks 1973: McAdoo 1974: DiGregorio 1975: Wilkes 1976: Adams 1977: Dantley 1978: Davis 1979: Ford 1980: Bird 1981: Griffith 1982: Williams 1983: Cummings 1984: Sampson 1985: Jordan 1986: Ewing 1987: Person 1988: Jackson 1989: Richmond 1990: Robinson 1991: Coleman 1992: Johnson 1993: O'Neal 1994: Webber 1995: Hill & Kidd 1996: Stoudamire 1997: Iverson 1998: Duncan 1999: Carter 2000: Brand & Francis 2001: Miller 2002: Gasol 2003: Stoudemire 2004: James 2005: Okafor 2006: Paul 2007: Roy 2008: Durant 2009: Rose 2010: Evans 2011: Griffin 2012: Irving 2013: Lillard 2014: Carter-Williams 2015: Wiggins 2016: Towns 2017: Brogdon

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NBA All-Star
NBA All-Star
Game Most Valuable Player Award

1951: Macauley 1952: Arizin 1953: Mikan 1954: Cousy 1955: Sharman 1956: Pettit 1957: Cousy 1958: Pettit 1959: Baylor & Pettit 1960: Chamberlain 1961: Robertson 1962: Pettit 1963: Russell 1964: Robertson 1965: Lucas 1966: A. Smith 1967: Barry 1968: Greer 1969: Robertson 1970: Reed 1971: Wilkens 1972: West 1973: Cowens 1974: Lanier 1975: Frazier 1976: Bing 1977: Erving 1978: R. Smith 1979: Thompson 1980: Gervin 1981: Archibald 1982: Bird 1983: Erving 1984: Thomas 1985: Sampson 1986: Thomas 1987: Chambers 1988: Jordan 1989: Malone 1990: Johnson 1991: Barkley 1992: Johnson 1993: Stockton & Malone 1994: Pippen 1995: Richmond 1996: Jordan 1997: Rice 1998: Jordan 1999: No game played 2000: O'Neal & Duncan 2001: Iverson 2002: Bryant 2003: Garnett 2004: O'Neal 2005: Iverson 2006: James 2007: Bryant 2008: James 2009: Bryant & O'Neal 2010: Wade 2011: Bryant 2012: Durant 2013: Paul 2014: Irving 2015: Westbrook 2016: Westbrook 2017: Davis

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Members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Fame

Players

Guards

R. Allen Archibald Beckman Belov Bing Blazejowski Borgmann Brennan Cervi Cheeks Clayton Cooper-Dyke Cousy Dampier Davies Drexler Dumars Edwards Frazier Friedman Galis Gervin Goodrich Greer Guerin Hanson Haynes Holman Hyatt Isaacs Iverson Jeannette D. Johnson E. Johnson K. Jones S. Jones Jordan Kidd Lieberman Maravich Marcari Marčiulionis Martin McDermott McGrady D. McGuire Meyers R. Miller Monroe C. Murphy Nash Page Payton Petrović Phillip Posey Richmond Robertson Rodgers Roosma J. Russell Schommer Scott Sedran Sharman K. Smith Staley Steinmetz Stockton Swoopes Thomas Thompson Vandivier Wanzer West J. White Wilkens Woodard Wooden

Forwards

Arizin Barkley Barry Baylor Bird Bradley R. Brown Cunningham Curry Dalipagić Dantley DeBusschere Dehnert Endacott English Erving Foster Fulks Gale Gates Gola Hagan Havlicek Hawkins Hayes Haywood Heinsohn Hill Howell G. Johnson King Lucas Luisetti K. Malone McClain B. McCracken J. McCracken McGinnis McHale Mikkelsen C. Miller Mullin Pettit Pippen Pollard Radja Ramsey Rodman Schayes E. Schmidt O. Schmidt Stokes C. Thompson T. Thompson Twyman Walker Washington N. White Wilkes Wilkins Worthy Yardley

Centers

Abdul-Jabbar Barlow Beaty Bellamy Chamberlain Ćosić Cowens Crawford Daniels DeBernardi Donovan Ewing Gallatin Gilmore Gruenig Harris-Stewart Houbregs Issel W. Johnson Johnston M. Krause Kurland Lanier Leslie Lovellette Lapchick Macauley M. Malone McAdoo Meneghin Mikan Mourning S. Murphy Mutombo Olajuwon O'Neal Parish Pereira Reed Risen Robinson B. Russell Sabonis Sampson Semjonova Thurmond Unseld Wachter Walton Yao

Coaches

Alexeeva P. Allen Anderson Auerbach Auriemma Barmore Barry Blood Boeheim L. Brown Calhoun Calipari Cann Carlson Carnesecca Carnevale Carril Case Chancellor Chaney Conradt Crum Daly Dean Díaz-Miguel Diddle Drake Driesell Ferrándiz Gaines Gamba Gardner Gaze Gill Gomelsky Gunter Hannum Harshman Haskins Hatchell Heinsohn Hickey Hobson Holzman Hughes Hurley Iba Izzo P. Jackson Julian Keaney Keogan Knight Krzyzewski Kundla Lambert Leonard Lewis Litwack Loeffler Lonborg Magee McCutchan McGraw A. McGuire F. McGuire McLendon Meanwell Meyer Miller Moore Nelson Nikolić Novosel Olson Pitino Ramsay Richardson Riley Rubini Rupp Rush Sachs Self Sharman Shelton Sloan D. Smith Stringer Summitt Tarkanian Taylor Teague J. Thompson VanDerveer Wade Watts Wilkens G. Williams R. Williams Wooden Woolpert Wootten Yow

Contributors

Abbott Barksdale Bee Biasone H. Brown W. Brown Bunn Buss Clifton Colangelo Cooper Davidson Douglas Duer Embry Fagan Fisher Fleisher Gavitt Gottlieb Granik Gulick Harrison Hearn Henderson Hepp Hickox Hinkle Irish M. Jackson Jernstedt Jones Kennedy Knight J. Krause Lemon Liston Lloyd McLendon Lobo Mokray Morgan Morgenweck Naismith Newell Newton J. O'Brien L. O'Brien Olsen Podoloff Porter Raveling Reid Reinsdorf Ripley Sanders Saperstein Schabinger St. John Stagg Stanković Steitz Stern Taylor Thorn Tower Trester Vitale Wells Welts Wilke Winter Zollner

Referees

Bavetta Enright Garretson Hepbron Hoyt Kennedy Leith Mihalik Nichols Nucatola Quigley Rudolph Shirley Strom Tobey Walsh

Teams

1960 United States Olympic Team 1992 United States Olympic Team All-American Red Heads Buffalo Germans The First Team Harlem Globetrotters Immaculata College New York Renaissance Original Celtics Texas Western

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Naismith Memorial Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Fame Class of 2012

Players

Mel Daniels Katrina McClain Reggie Miller Ralph Sampson Chet Walker Jamaal Wilkes

Coaches

Lidia Alexeeva Don Nelson

Contributors

Donald Barksdale Phil Knight

Referees

Hank Nichols

Teams

All American Red Heads

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Houston
Houston
Rockets

Founded in 1967 Played in San Diego (1967–1971) Based in Houston, Texas

Franchise

Franchise History Expansion Draft All-time roster Seasons Records Draft history Head coaches Current season

Arenas

San Diego Sports Arena Hofheinz Pavilion HemisFair Arena The Summit/Compaq Center Toyota Center

Culture and lore

Red Rowdies ClutchFans Clutch City Clutch the Rockets Bear The Clock Incident 13 points in 35 seconds The Kiss of Death The Dream Shake 22 in a row Arrest of O. J. Simpson The Punch Dancing Barry

NBA Championships (2)

1994 1995

Western Conference Championships (4)

1981 1986 1994 1995

Administration

Owner Tilman Fertitta General Manager Daryl Morey Head Coach Mike D'Antoni

Retired numbers

11 22 23 24 34 45 CD

Most Valuable Players

Moses Malone Hakeem Olajuwon

Hall of Famers

Charles Barkley Rick Barry Clyde Drexler Elvin Hayes Moses Malone Tracy McGrady Calvin Murphy Dikembe Mutombo Hakeem Olajuwon Scottie Pippen Ralph Sampson Yao Ming

G League affiliate

Rio Grande Valley Vipers

Rivals

San Antonio Spurs Dallas Mavericks Utah Jazz

Media

TV AT&T SportsNet Southwest Radio Sportstalk 790 Announcers Bill Worrell Clyde Drexler Matt Bullard Craig Ackerman

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Golden State Warriors

Founded in 1946 Played in Philadelphia (1946–1962) and San Francisco (1962–1971) Based in Oakland, California

Franchise

Franchise Team history All-time roster Draft history Seasons Head coaches Current season

Arenas

Philadelphia Arena Philadelphia Convention Hall Cow Palace San Francisco Civic Auditorium War Memorial Gymnasium
War Memorial Gymnasium
(University of San Francisco) San Jose Arena Oracle Arena Chase Center

General managers

Tyrell Gottlieb Feerick Vertlieb Stirling Attles Nelson Twardzik St. Jean Mullin Riley Myers

G League affiliate

Santa Cruz Warriors

Retired numbers

13 14 16 17 24 42

Hall of Famers

Paul Arizin Rick Barry Wilt Chamberlain Joe Fulks Tom Gola Neil Johnston Jerry Lucas Šarūnas Marčiulionis Chris Mullin Mitch Richmond Don Nelson Robert Parish Andy Phillip Guy Rodgers Ralph Sampson Nate Thurmond Jamaal Wilkes

NBA Championships (5)

1947 1956 1975 2015 2017

Conference Championships (9)

1947 1948 1956 1964 1967 1975 2015 2016 2017

Culture/lore

Wilt the Stilt

100 point game

Nate the Great Nellie Ball Run TMC The Sleepy Floyd game Splash Brothers Death Lineup Warrior Girls 73–9 The Block

Rivalries

Cleveland Cavaliers

Media

TV NBC Sports Bay Area Radio KGMZ Announcers Bob Fitzgerald Jim Barnett Tim Roye

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 67856701 LCCN: n84008

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