Dominique Wilkins

Jacques Dominique Wilkins (born 12 January 1960) is a retired American professional basketball player who primarily played for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Wilkins was a nine-time NBA All-Star, and one of the best dunkers in NBA history, earning the nickname The Human Highlight Film. In 2006, Wilkins was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. A nine-time NBA All-Star and the winner of two NBA slam dunk contests, Wilkins registered 26,668 points and 7,169 rebounds in his NBA career. As of 2014, he ranks 12th on the NBA scoring list

Wilkins was born in Paris, France because his father was stationed there while in the U.S. Air Force. Wilkins’ family then moved to Dallas and Baltimore before settling in Washington, North Carolina, where he attended Washington High School. He was the back-to-back MVP for the team’s consecutive Class 3-A State Championships (1978–1979). Wilkins was in the “Faces in the Crowd” section of Sports Illustrated while in high school for a performance in a game vs. a higher classification school in which he scored 48 points, had 27 rebounds, 9 dunks, and 8 blocks. Wilkins then starred in the McDonald’s All-American Game, The Capital Classic, The Kentucky Derby Festival Classic, and The Dapper Dan Classic All-Star Games. He had 16 points and 12 rebounds in the McDonald’s, 26 points in the Capital, and 22 points in the Derby Classic. He entered the University of Georgia in 1979 with an established reputation as an exciting player. Wilkins averaged 21.6 points a game over his career and was named SEC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year in 1981. He left college after his junior year and was selected third overall (behind James Worthy and Terry Cummings) by the Utah Jazz in the 1982 NBA draft.

Clyde Dexler

Wilkins

Career highlights and awards
9× NBA All Star (1986–1994)
All-NBA First Team (1986)
4× All-NBA Second Team (1987–1988, 1991, 1993)
2× All-NBA Third Team (1989, 1994)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1983)
NBA scoring champion (1986)
2× NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion (1985, 1990)
3× NBA Shooting Stars champion (2013–2015)
Atlanta Hawks all-time leading scorer
No. 21 retired by Atlanta Hawks
Euroleague champion (1996)
Euroleague Final Four MVP (1996)
Greek Cup champion (1996)
Greek Cup MVP (1996)
Second-team All-American – NABC, UPI (1982)
Third-team All-American – AP (1982)
SEC Player of the Year (1981)

Men’s basketball Competitor for United States
FIBA World Championship
Gold medal – first place 1994 Canada National team

 

 

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