December 3, 1951 |
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||200 lb (91 kg)|
|High school||Roman Catholic
|College||Saint Joseph's (1970–1973)|
|NBA draft||1973 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8th overall|
|Selected by the Phoenix Suns|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|1977||New York Nets|
|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.
Bantom is a father of four children, two sons and two daughters.