Eddie Lee Wilkins

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Eddie Lee Wilkins
No. 21, 45, 55
Power forward / Center
Personal information
Born (1962-05-07) May 7, 1962 (age 52)
Cartersville, Georgia
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school Cass (Cartersville, Georgia)
College Gardner–Webb (1980–1984)
NBA draft 1984 / Round: 6 / Pick: 133rd overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Pro playing career 1984–1993
Career history
1984–1985 New York Knicks
1985 Connecticut Colonials (USBL)
1986 Westchester Golden Apples (USBL)
1986 Rockford Lightning (CBA)
1986–1987 Valladolid (Spain)
1987 New York Knicks
1987 Staten Island Stallions (USBL)
1987–1988 Savannah Spirits (CBA)
1988 Quad City Thunder (CBA)
1988 Jersey Shore Bucs (USBL)
19881991 New York Knicks
1991–1992 Ranger Varese (Italy)
1992–1993 Philadelphia 76ers
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Eddie Lee Wilkins (born May 7, 1962) is an American former professional basketball player who was selected by the New York Knicks in the 6th round (133rd overall) of the 1984 NBA Draft. A 6'10" forward/center from Gardner-Webb University, Wilkins played in 6 NBA seasons. He played for the Knicks (1984–85, 1986–87, 1988–91) and Philadelphia 76ers (1992–93). Wilkins graduated from Cass High School.

In his NBA career, Wilkins played in 322 games and scored a total of 1,534 points. On November 15, 1990, he had one of his best games as a pro when he scored 20 points in 20 minutes against the Portland Trail Blazers as a member of the New York Knicks. Often backing up Patrick Ewing (who joined the team in 1985-86, Wilkins would only start in 29 of the 296 contests he played for the Knickerbockers.

When Pat Riley came to New York, Wilkins was released. He went to Italy for one season (1991–92, joining Ranger Varese), before returning to the NBA the next season, signing a 2-year deal with the Philadelphia 76ers. Towards the end of the 1992-93 season, on April 15, 1993, the Sixers were playing the Orlando Magic, who were led by rookie Shaquille O'Neal. On a rebound attempt, Wilkins and O'Neal collided and became entangled. Wilkins tore his achilles tendon, missing the remainder of the season. His career was effectively ended.

In 1989, he established the Eddie Lee Wilkins Foundation, which later became the Eddie Lee Wilkins Youth Association. With the help of program director David Archer, Jr., Wilkins and the association began providing athletic and social intervention activities for youth in the Cartersville and North Georgia area. Wilkins currently runs a youth basketball league in Smyrna, Georgia for youth boys ages 4 – 6.

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