Rolando Blackman

Rolando Antonio Blackman (born February 26, 1959) is a retired professional basketball player. He was a four-time All-Star who spent most of his career with the Dallas Mavericks.

Blackman was born in Panama City, Panama, and raised in Brooklyn, New York, from the age of eight.

Rolando Blackman was drafted by the Mavericks in the first round (9th overall) of the 1981 NBA Draft. He became the first Panamanian-born player in the NBA. In eleven seasons with the Mavericks, Blackman was named to the NBA All-Star Team four times and played on six Maverick playoff teams. Blackman made 6,487 field goals with the Mavericks and scored 16,643 points, which was a franchise record for 18 years – until broken by Dirk Nowitzki on March 8, 2008. In his 865 games with the Mavericks, Blackman never fouled out of a game.

Blackman spent his final two seasons in the NBA with the New York Knicks, reuniting with former Dallas teammate Derek Harper, and the team made the Finals in his final year, losing to the Houston Rockets. One of Blackman’s most notable games as a Knick was when he hit the game winning shot in Game 4 of the 1993 Eastern Conference Semi-finals against the Charlotte Hornets, hitting a jump shot with five seconds left in the game that put the Knicks up by two. When he retired from the league following the 1993–94 NBA season, he had career totals of 17,623 points, 3,278 rebounds and 2,981 assists. Blackman was NBA’s all-time scoring leader among Hispanic/Latin players (born in Iberian, Latin American & Spanish-speaking countries) until March 6, 2015, when Pau Gasol overtook him. Blackman’s number 22 jersey was retired by the Mavericks on March 11, 2000.

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Career highlights and awards
4× NBA All-Star (1985-1987, 1990)
No. 22 Retired by the Dallas Mavericks
Third-team All-American – NABC (1981)
Third-team All-American – AP (1980)
Big Eight Player of the Year (1980)
3x First-team All-Big Eight (1979–1981)
No. 25 retired by Kansas State

 

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