Darryl Dawkins was an American professional basketball player, particularly known for his tenure with the National Basketball Association’s Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets, although he also played briefly for the Detroit Pistons and Utah Jazz late in his career. His nickname, “Chocolate Thunder”, was bestowed upon him by Stevie Wonder. He was known for his powerful dunks, which led to the NBA adopting breakaway rims due to him shattering a backboard on two occasions in 1979. Dawkins averaged double figures in scoring nine times in his 14 years in the NBA, often ranking among the league leaders in field-goal percentage. He also played in the NBA Finals three times as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Dawkins set an NBA record for fouls in a season.
About Darryl Dawkins
Nicknamed Chocolate Thunder, he was known for his backboard-shattering dunks, as one of the NBA’s first highlight-reel dunkers; played mostly for the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets in a career that spanned from 1975 to 1989.
After a remarkable career at Maynard Evans High School in Orlando, Florida, he was drafted 5th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1975.
He played professional basketball in Italy and for the Harlem Globetrotters after ending his NBA career in 1989.
He had three children with his second wife Janice Dawkins.
He was teammates with Julius Erving on the 76ers from 1976 to 1982.
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