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Scott Dean Wedman (born July 29, 1952) is an American former professional basketball player who played several seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was drafted by Kansas City-Omaha Kings in the first round in the 1974 NBA draft.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Kansas City Kings 3 Later career

3.1 Cleveland Cavaliers 3.2 Boston Celtics 3.3 Seattle SuperSonics

4 Post playing career 5 References 6 External links

Early life[edit] Wedman was born in Harper, Kansas.[1] He lived on a 100-acre farm. His father, Tom, was a Boeing engineer, farm equipment manufacturer and car dealer. His family moved to Denver before moving back to Kansas. His older brother, Mike, was a national class pole vaulter and decathlete at the University of Colorado.[2] Scott was a member of the 4-H club and participated in all aspects of farm life. Though undersized and a late bloomer, Wedman excelled at basketball, also at the University of Colorado. Wedman's parents, Tom and Georgia, encouraged the strict dietary regimen that he has carried with him his entire life. [3] When he was twelve years old, Wedman's midget-league basketball team won the city championship. Wedman was not a varsity starter until his Senior year, when a growth spurt invigorated his game. He averaged 19 points a game and made All-State.[1] Kansas City Kings[edit] Wedman was a proficient shooter. He represented the Kansas City Kings twice in the NBA All-Star Game. During his time in Kansas City, Wedman gained the nickname "The Incredible Hulk" because of his extensive sessions in the weight room. On March 4, 1979, Wedman was involved in a 1-car accident in which his Porsche overturned on a rainy highway in Kansas City. At the time, doctors credited his conditioning with keeping him out of action for only a few games. He hit a career summit in 1979–80 and 1980–81, with a scoring average of 19.0 points per game. On January 2, 1980, he scored 45 points in an overtime win at Utah for his career high. Wedman was a key to Kansas City's postseason success in 1981. Despite finishing the regular season with only a 40-42 record, the Kings caught fire in the playoffs, beating Portland and Phoenix before losing in the Western Conference finals to Houston in five games. At the 1981 NBA draft, seeing that the Kings could not afford to keep both Wedman and fellow All-Star Otis Birdsong, Kansas City traded Birdsong to another team and let Wedman sign with Cleveland. Later career[edit] Cleveland Cavaliers[edit] Wedman never found the same scoring groove after signing with Cleveland, where he averaged only 10.9 points per game in 1981–82. On January 14, 1983, Wedman was traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Boston Celtics for Darren Tillis and cash. Boston Celtics[edit] In Boston, he was instrumental as a player off the bench in the Celtics' NBA championships in 1984 and 1986. Boston fans remember Wedman's performance in the Memorial Day Massacre, an appellation for Game 1 of the 1985 NBA Finals. Coming off the bench, Wedman hit all 11 of his shots, including four three-pointers, in Boston's 148-114 win over the Lakers. He often spelled Larry Bird and Kevin McHale or replaced them when they were injured. Wedman was also a strict vegetarian during his playing career[citation needed], not for any moral reasons but for health purposes. For this, Wedman was teased mercilessly by both Bird and McHale in practices and at meals. Seattle SuperSonics[edit] On October 16, 1987, he was traded by the Celtics with Sam Vincent to the Seattle SuperSonics for a 1989 second-round draft choice. However, he retired and did not play a game for the SuperSonics. Post playing career[edit] He coached the now-defunct Kansas City Knights of the American Basketball Association. Wedman returned to Kansas City where he lives today and operates his real estate business. In June 2007, Wedman was named head coach of the Great Falls Explorers of the CBA. References[edit]

^ a b May, Peter. The Last Banner: The Story of the 1985–86 Celtics and the NBA's Greatest Team of All Time, Simon & Schuster, 2007. ^ 2015 Track and Field Media Guide, University of Colorado, 2016. Retrieved 23 January 2017. ^ McClellan, Michael D. "Picture Perfect: The Scott Wedman Interview". Celtic Nation. Retrieved 2015-10-11. 

External links[edit]

Scott Wedman's NBA statistics

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1974 NBA Draft

First round

Bill Walton Marvin Barnes Tommy Burleson John Shumate Bobby Jones Scott Wedman Tom Henderson Campy Russell Tom McMillen Mike Sojourner Keith Wilkes Brian Winters Len Elmore Maurice Lucas Al Eberhard Cliff Pondexter Glenn McDonald Gary Brokaw

Second round

Don Smith Jan van Breda Kolff Billy Knight Truck Robinson Gus Bailey Len Kosmalski John Drew Leonard Gray Leon Benbow Aaron James Phil Smith Dennis DuVal Fred Saunders Jesse Dark Eric Money Phil Lumpkin Kevin Stacom Rubin Collins

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Boston Celtics 1983–84 NBA champions

00 Parish 3 Johnson 8 Wedman 28 Buckner 30 Carr 31 Maxwell 32 McHale 33 Bird (Finals MVP) 40 Clark 43 Henderson 44 Ainge 50 Kite

Head coach Jones

Assistant coaches Rodgers Ford

Regular season Playoffs

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Boston Celtics 1985–86 NBA champions

00 Parish 3 Johnson 5 Walton 8 Wedman 11 Vincent 12 Sichting 32 McHale 33 Bird (Finals MVP) 34 Carlisle 44 Ainge 45 Thirdkill 50 Kite

Head coach Jones

Assistant coaches Rodgers Ford Badger

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