Roy James Tarpley (November 28, 1964 – January 9, 2015) was an American professional basketball player. He played the power forward and center positions in the National Basketball Association (NBA), earning an NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award in 1988. Tarpley was banned from the NBA because of his drug and alcohol abuse.[1] He had great success playing in Europe, most notably for Olympiacos and Aris.


1 College career 2 Professional career

2.1 NBA 2.2 Europe 2.3 CBA

3 Personal 4 References 5 External links

College career[edit] Tarpley starred at the University of Michigan, and was named a 3rd-Team All-American by the AP in 1985 and 1986. In the 1984–85 season Tarpley led the Wolverines to the Big Ten championship, averaging 19.0 points and 10.4 rebounds per game throughout the season, himself earning the Big Ten Player of the Year award.[2][3] On February 7, 1985 he posted a career-high in scoring against Purdue with 31 points.[4][5] In his senior season Tarpley set the school record for most blocked shots in a game against Florida Southern.[4][6] He led his school in blocked shots in each of his college years, and he also led the school in scoring and rebounding in all but his freshman season.[4] As of March 2014, he was the Wolverines' all-time leader in blocked shots with 251.[4] Tarpley finished his college career posting averages of 13.1 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game.[2] Professional career[edit] NBA[edit] In 1986, Tarpley was selected by the Dallas Mavericks, in the first round, with the seventh pick of the NBA draft. Tarpley made the NBA All-Rookie Team, in his first season, and won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award the following year, when he averaged 13.5 points and 11.8 rebounds per game.[7] However, six games into the 1989–90 season, he was arrested for driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest, and suspended by the NBA. In March 1991, he drew another suspension, after being arrested for DWI again. A few months later, he notched a third violation, and was banned from the league for violating the NBA's drug-use policies. He returned to the Mavericks briefly in 1994, but was then permanently banned from the NBA in December 1995, for using alcohol, and violating the terms of a court-imposed personal aftercare program. He finished with NBA career averages of 12.6 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. Europe[edit] Tarpley also played for Aris, Olympiacos, Iraklis, and Esperos Kallitheas in Greece's top-tier level professional basketball league, the Greek Basket League. In the 1992–93 FIBA European Cup season, he won the European-wide second-tier level FIBA European Cup, with Sato Aris, against the Turkish Super League club Efes Pilsen. The tournament's final took place in Turin. He reached the European-wide top-tier level EuroLeague's Final, the following year, by playing in the 1994 EuroLeague Final Four. During the final four, he played with Olympiacos, against 7up Joventut, in Tel Aviv. That same year, he led the EuroLeague competition in rebounds, with an average of 12.8 per game.[8] With Olympiacos, Tarpley also won the Greek League and the Greek Cup. CBA[edit] In 2006, he played with the Michigan Mayhem, of the Continental Basketball Association (CBA).[9][10] Personal[edit] Tarpley sued the Mavericks and the NBA, claiming that their refusal to reinstate him violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, because his addiction was a disability. The suit was settled out of court, in March 2009.[11] On January 9, 2015, Tarpley died at the age of 50. It was reported that he died due to liver failure.[12] References[edit]

^ Athletes Who Damaged Their Careers With Drug Abuse ^ a b "Roy Tarpley Stats". Retrieved April 29, 2015.  ^ "Michigan to Honor 1965, '85 Championship Teams". February 20, 2015. Retrieved April 29, 2015.  ^ a b c d "University of Michigan Basketball History & Record Book" (PDF). University of Michigan. March 24, 2014. Retrieved April 29, 2015.  ^ "College basketball; Illinois upset by Michigan State 64-56". New York Times. February 8, 1985. Retrieved April 29, 2015.  ^ "Michigan 91, Florida Southern 68". Associated Press. December 7, 1985. Retrieved April 29, 2015.  ^ "Roy Tarpley, 50, Center Banished by N.B.A., Dies," New York Times, January 12, 2015. ^ ROY JAMES TARPLEY OLYMPIAKOS BC PIRAEUS. ^ [1] Sports Law Blog ^ [2] Our Sports Central ^ Tarpley Settles Lawsuit with NBA Yahoo! Sports March 16, 2009 ^ "Former Mavericks player Roy Tarpley dies at age 50". Star-telegram. January 9, 2015. Retrieved January 9, 2015. 

External links[edit] historical playerfile College & NBA stats @ FIBA Europe Profile Greek Basket League Profile (in Greek)

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