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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
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 Rockets
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

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
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
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

Sampson was arguably the most heavily recruited college and professional basketball prospect of his generation, appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated
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
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.

NBA CAREER

HOUSTON ROCKETS

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 . 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 .

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
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."

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. 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.

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 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 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.

LATER STOPS

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, had played just 441 games in 10 NBA seasons, slightly more than half the 820 scheduled.

POST-NBA LIFE

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 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.

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
Phoenix Suns
' player development staff. In June 2013, Sampson announced that he would not return as an assistant head coach.

PERSONAL LIFE

Sampson's son, Ralph Sampson III , played collegiate basketball for Minnesota . Sampson's younger son, Robert , transferred to Georgia Tech after playing his first three seasons (2010–2013) of college basketball for East Carolina University . Sampson also has two daughters: Rachel Lee Sampson, who graduated from Stanford University and works at ESPN
ESPN
, and the youngest, Anna Aleize Sampson.

AWARDS

* 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 (1981–1983) * Associated Press Player of the Year (1981–1983) * UPI Player of the Year (1981–1983) * John R. Wooden Award (1982–1983) * NABC Player of the Year (1982–1983) * Sporting News Player of the Year (1983) * NBA Rookie of the Year (1984) * NBA All-Rookie Team (1984) * NBA All-Star Game MVP (1985) * 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 STATISTICS

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

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

Regular Season

YEAR TEAM GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

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

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

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

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

1987–88 Houston
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

YEAR TEAM GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

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

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

1987 Houston
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

* 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

* ^ 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 27, 2014. * ^ "1983 NBA Draft". basketballreference.com. * ^ "Rookie of the Year Award winners". basketballreference.com. * ^ "1985 NBA All-Star Box Score". basketballreference.com. * ^ http://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 Bio". GopherSports.com. Retrieved April 7, 2015. * ^ http://espn.go.com/ncb/playercard?playerId=51386MARGIN:0 4EM">LINKS TO RELATED ARTICLES

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Basketball
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1981 NCAA Men\'s Basketball
Basketball
Consensus All-Americans

FIRST TEAM

* Mark Aguirre
Mark Aguirre
* Danny Ainge
Danny Ainge
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Isiah Thomas

SECOND TEAM

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

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1982 NCAA Men\'s Basketball
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Consensus All-Americans

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* Terry Cummings * Quintin Dailey * Sleepy Floyd * Ralph Sampson * James Worthy
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
Patrick Ewing
* Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
* Keith Lee * Sam Perkins * Ralph Sampson * Wayman Tisdale
Wayman Tisdale

SECOND TEAM

* Clyde Drexler
Clyde Drexler
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Basketball
Player of the Year

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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
Brian Piccolo
* 1966: Danny Talbott * 1967: Bobby Bryant * 1968: Larry Miller * 1969: Frank Quayle * 1970: Charlie Scott
Charlie Scott
* 1971: Don McCauley * 1972: Barry Parkhill
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
James Worthy
* 1983: Ralph Sampson * 1984: Michael Jordan
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
Charlie Ward
* 1994: Charlie Ward
Charlie Ward
* 1995: Randolph Childress * 1996: Kris Benson * 1997: Tim Duncan
Tim Duncan
* 1998: Antawn Jamison * 1999: Elton Brand
Elton Brand
* 2000: Joe Hamilton * 2001: Shane Battier
Shane Battier
* 2002: Juan Dixon * 2003: Chris Rotelli * 2004: Philip Rivers * 2005: Sean May * 2006: J. J. Redick * 2007: Walter Dix * 2008: Tyler Hansbrough
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
Deshaun Watson
* 2017: Deshaun Watson
Deshaun Watson

FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

* 1990: Shannon Higgins * 1991: Dawn Staley * 1992: Dawn Staley * 1993: Mia Hamm
Mia Hamm
* 1994: Beverly Smith * 1995: Tisha Venturini
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
Morgan Brian
* 2016: Molly Seidel * 2017: Kenzie Kent

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1983 NBA Draft
1983 NBA Draft

FIRST ROUND

* Ralph Sampson * Steve Stipanovich * Rodney McCray * Byron Scott
Byron Scott
* Sidney Green * Russell Cross * Thurl Bailey
Thurl Bailey
* Antoine Carr * Dale Ellis * Jeff Malone * Derek Harper * Darrell Walker * Ennis Whatley * Clyde Drexler
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
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 ;background:none transparent;border:none;-moz-box-shadow:none;-webkit-box-shadow:none;box-shadow:none;">v

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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 ;background:none transparent;border:none;-moz-box-shadow:none;-webkit-box-shadow:none;box-shadow:none;">v

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Members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Fame

PLAYERS

GUARDS

* Archibald * Beckman * Belov * Bing * Blazejowski * Borgmann * Brennan * Cervi * 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 * Lieberman * Maravich * Marcari * Marčiulionis * Martin * McDermott * McGrady * McGuire * Meyers * R. Miller * Monroe * Murphy * Page * Payton * Petrović * Phillip * Posey * Richmond * Robertson * Rodgers * Roosma * Russell * Schommer * Sedran * Sharman * 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 * Howell * G. Johnson * King * Lucas * Luisetti * K. Malone * McClain * B. McCracken * J. McCracken * McHale * Mikkelsen * C. Miller * Mullin * Pettit * Pippen * Pollard * Ramsey * Rodman * Schayes * E. Schmidt * O. Schmidt * Stokes * Thompson * Twyman * Walker * 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 * Krause * Kurland * Lanier * Leslie * Lovellette * Lapchick * Macauley * M. Malone * McAdoo * Meneghin * Mikan * Mourning * Murphy * Mutombo * Olajuwon * O\'Neal * Parish * Pereira * Reed * Risen * Robinson * Russell * Sabonis * Sampson * Semjonova * Thurmond * Unseld * Wachter * Walton * Yao

COACHES

* Alexeeva * Allen * Anderson * Auerbach * Auriemma * Barmore * Barry * Blood * Boeheim * Brown * Calhoun * Calipari * Cann * Carlson * Carnesecca * Carnevale * Carril * Case * Chancellor * Chaney * Conradt * Crum * Daly * Dean * Díaz-Miguel * Diddle * Drake * Ferrándiz * Gaines * Gamba * Gardner * Gaze * Gill * Gomelsky * Gunter * Hannum * Harshman * Haskins * Hatchell * Heinsohn * Hickey * Hobson * Holzman * Hurley * Iba * Izzo * Jackson * Julian * Keaney * Keogan * Knight * Krzyzewski * Kundla * Lambert * Leonard * Lewis * Litwack * Loeffler * Lonborg * Magee * McCutchan * A. McGuire * F. McGuire * McLendon * Meanwell * Meyer * Miller * Moore * Nelson * Nikolić * Novosel * Olson * Pitino * Ramsay * Richardson * Riley * Rubini * Rupp * Rush * Sachs * Sharman * Shelton * Sloan * Smith * Stringer * Summitt * Tarkanian * Taylor * Teague * 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 * Jones * Kennedy * Knight * Lemon * Liston * Lloyd * McLendon * 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 * Tower * Trester * Vitale * Wells * 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
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
Mel Daniels
* Katrina McClain * Reggie Miller
Reggie Miller
* Ralph Sampson * Chet Walker
Chet Walker
* Jamaal Wilkes

COACHES

* Lidia Alexeeva * Don Nelson
Don Nelson

CONTRIBUTORS

* Donald Barksdale * Phil Knight
Phil Knight

REFEREES

* Hank Nichols

TEAMS

* All American Red Heads

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Houston Rockets
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
Hofheinz Pavilion
* HemisFair Arena * The Summit/Compaq Center * TOYOTA CENTER

CULTURE AND LORE

* Red Rowdies * 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 * Game 6 * The Twin Towers

NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS (2)

* 1994 * 1995

Western Conference Championships (4)

* 1981 * 1986 * 1994 * 1995

ADMINISTRATION Owner Leslie Alexander General Manager Daryl Morey
Daryl Morey
Head Coach Mike D\'Antoni

RETIRED NUMBERS

* 11 * 22 * 23 * 24 * 34 * 45 * CD

MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS

* Moses Malone
Moses Malone
* Hakeem Olajuwon
Hakeem Olajuwon

HALL OF FAMERS

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

G LEAGUE AFFILIATE

* Rio Grande Valley Vipers

RIVALS

* San Antonio Spurs * Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks
* Utah Jazz

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Golden State Warriors
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 Arena
* Philadelphia Convention Hall * Cow Palace * San Francisco Civic Auditorium * 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
Santa Cruz Warriors

RETIRED NUMBERS

* 13 * 14 * 16 * 17 * 24 * 42

HALL OF FAMERS

* Paul Arizin
Paul Arizin
* Rick Barry
Rick Barry
* Wilt Chamberlain
Wilt Chamberlain
* Joe Fulks
Joe Fulks
* Tom Gola * Neil Johnston * Jerry Lucas
Jerry Lucas
* Šarūnas Marčiulionis
Šarūnas Marčiulionis
* Chris Mullin * Mitch Richmond
Mitch Richmond
* Don Nelson
Don Nelson
* Robert Parish * Andy Phillip
Andy Phillip
* Guy Rodgers
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
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
NBC Sports Bay Area
Radio KGMZ
KGMZ
Announcers Bob Fitzgerald Jim Barnett Tim Roye

AUTHORITY CONTROL

* WorldCat Identities * VIAF : 67856701 * LCCN : n84008691 * IATH : w6v129t5

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