Malik Sealy (–May 20, 2000)

Malik Sealy (February 1, 1970 – May 20, 2000) was an American professional basketball player, active from 1992 until his death in an automobile accident at the age of 30. Sealy played eight seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons and Minnesota Timberwolves.

Over the course of his NBA career, Sealy averaged 10.1 points per game in 23.8 minutes. His final season’s highlights included his making a game-winning reverse putback shot at the buzzer against the Orlando Magic on December 27, 1999 which gave the Timberwolves a 107–105 road win. He also made a game-winning 3-pointer off the glass as time expired in a 101–100 Timberwolves win over the Indiana Pacers on January 17, 2000.

Sealy was killed in St. Louis Park, Minnesota on May 20, 2000. He was driving home from a birthday celebration for teammate and best friend Kevin Garnett in downtown Minneapolis when his sport utility vehicle was struck by a pickup truck traveling the wrong way down the highway. The truck was driven by 43-year-old Souksangouane Phengsene, who survived the accident with head and chest injuries. Neither driver was wearing a seatbelt. Phengsene’s airbag deployed, but Sealy’s SUV did not have one.

Blood tests indicated that at the time of the accident, Phengsene had been driving drunk; his blood alcohol content was 0.19%. The legal limit in Minnesota at the time was 0.1%. He pleaded guilty to a charge of vehicular manslaughter, was given a four-year prison term, and was released from prison in 2003.

 

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Career highlights and awards
No. 2 retired by the Minnesota Timberwolves
Consensus second-team All-American (1992)
2× First-team All-Big East (1991, 1992)
2× Haggerty Award winner (1991, 1992)
Career NBA statistics
Points 4,955 (10.1 ppg)
Rebounds 1,585 (3.2 rpg)
Steals 518 (1.1 spg)

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