Mike Bantom

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Mike Bantom
No. 40, 42
Power forward / Center
Personal information
Born (1951-12-03) December 3, 1951 (age 63)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school Roman Catholic
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
College Saint Joseph's (1970–1973)
NBA draft 1973 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8th overall
Selected by the Phoenix Suns
Pro career 1973–1989
Career history
19731975 Phoenix Suns
1975–1977 Seattle SuperSonics
1977 New York Nets
19771981 Indiana Pacers
1982 Philadelphia 76ers
1982–1985 Mens Sana Siena (Italy)
1985–1986 Auxilium Torino (Italy)
1986–1989 Virtus Roma (Italy)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 8,568 (12.1 ppg)
Rebounds 4,517 (6.4 rpg)
Assists 1,623 (2.3 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Michael Allen Bantom (born December 3, 1951) is an American former professional basketball player.

A 6'9" power forward/center from Saint Joseph's University, Bantom won a silver medal at the 1972 Summer Olympics as a member of the United States national basketball team, who lost a controversial final game to the Soviet Union. He was selected by the Phoenix Suns with the eighth pick of the 1973 NBA Draft, and he embarked upon a nine-year NBA (1973–82) career as a member of the Suns, Seattle SuperSonics, New York Nets, Indiana Pacers, and Philadelphia 76ers. He earned All-Rookie Team honors and ended his NBA career with 8,568 total points, 4,517 total rebounds, and 1,623 total assists. From 1982 until 1989, Bantom played professionally in Italy.

Since retiring as a player, Bantom has served as the licensing manager for NBA International, the NBA International director of marketing, the NBA senior vice president of player development, and the executive vice president of referee operations.[1]

Bantom is a father of four children, two sons and two daughters.

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