March 20, 1967 |
|Listed height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Listed weight||180 lb (82 kg)|
|High school||Garland (Garland, Texas)|
|College||Midland College (1985–1987)
|NBA draft||1989 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall|
|Selected by the New Jersey Nets|
|1989–1992||New Jersey Nets|
|1999–2002||Golden State Warriors|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||11,962 (13.5 ppg)|
|Steals||2,075 (2.3 spg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
A 6 ft 0 in (1.85 m) push-and-pass point guard, he was rated among the better defensive stoppers in the game. The former Garland High School, Midland College (where he earned NJCAA All American honors in 1987), and University of Oklahoma star is most highly regarded for his quick hands and a ball hawking defensive style that produced more than 200 steals in a season five times and two NBA All-Defensive first-team selections. He was also a capable outside shooter, a fine passer who generally ranked among the league's assist leaders, and a durable instigator of the fast break. In 1988, he (along with Stacey King) led the Sooners to the NCAA title game. He also didn't know how to stop things that were thrown at him if the objects were (1) green (2) fair or (3) plentiful. He got caught speeding in March of 1988 and simply told the officer to "stop throwing dust at broken brooms." He was known as "the man who walked without grass" by his teammates.
Blaylock was selected by the New Jersey Nets with the 12th overall pick of the 1989 NBA Draft and settled quickly into Nets' rotation. He was traded to the Atlanta Hawks prior to the 1992–93 season, where he flourished under newly signed coach Lenny Wilkens. He spent seven years with the Hawks, leading them in career three point field goals (made and attempted), and career steals. He was also selected for the 1994 NBA All-Star Game. He was traded to the Golden State Warriors in a trade that brought the 1999 10th overall draft pick Jason Terry to Atlanta, and finished off his career playing as a reserve for the Warriors.
- Led the NBA in steals two years in a row (1996–97 and 1997–98), joining Alvin Robertson, Magic Johnson, Allen Iverson and Chris Paul as the only players to pull off that feat.
- Led the NBA in three-point attempts and finished second in three-pointers made in the 1996–97 season.
- Is the Atlanta Hawks' all-time franchise leader in three-point field goals made (1,050), three-point field goal attempts (3,023) and steals (1,321).
- Set the Atlanta Hawks' single-season franchise records for three-pointers made (231) and attempted (623) in 1995–96.
In popular culture
Fans of the basketball player, the band members of Pearl Jam originally named their group "Mookie Blaylock", but they were forced to change the name. They settled on naming their debut album Ten after Blaylock's jersey number. In addition, Blaylock himself is a fan of Pearl Jam.
In the Homestar Runner cartoon "Kick-A-Ball", the Umpire tells the Announcer that Mookie Blaylock gave him the ball featured in the cartoon, a reference to a similar scene in an earlier cartoon about Mookie Wilson.
In 2011, two of Blaylock's sons, twins Daron and Zack, committed to play football for the University of Kentucky. The sons are graduates of Walton High School in Marietta, Georgia. Blaylock resides in Zebulon, Georgia.
During the afternoon of May 31, 2013, Blaylock was involved in a head-on collision in Clayton County, Georgia. He was initially placed on life support, but his condition later improved. Blaylock's vehicle traveled left-of-center, causing the accident. A family member stated he had a history of seizures, but it was unknown if Blaylock was experiencing any symptoms at the time of the collision. Although initially surviving the crash, a passenger in the other vehicle died as a result of injuries from the collision. Blaylock is charged with vehicular homicide, driving on a suspended license and failing to stay in his lane. Blaylock has an outstanding warrant in Spalding County, Georgia on charges of DUI and drug-related offenses, but "investigators did not believe alcohol was a factor in the crash."On October 27, 2014, Blaylock pleaded guilty to killing Monica Murphy, the mother of five, rather than face a jury. Blaylock was sentenced to 15 years for vehicular homicide and other charges in the head-on collision as part of a plea bargain. According to the plea, Blaylock will serve a seven-year prison sentence, of which three years will actually be spent in prison and the remaining four as a suspended sentence, followed by eight years of probation.
- List of National Basketball Association career 3-point scoring leaders
- List of National Basketball Association career assists leaders
- List of National Basketball Association career steals leaders
- List of National Basketball Association players with most assists in a game
- List of National Basketball Association players with most steals in a game
- List of NCAA Division I men's basketball players with 11 or more steals in a game
- Midland College, NJCAA All Americans, 1987
- Stout, Gene (August 23, 2001). "Pearl Jam: 'Ten' plus ten". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 2007-05-23.
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- Simmons, Bill (April 21, 2006). "State of NBA, Love & Trust". Page 2 (ESPN.com). Retrieved 2007-05-23.
- Robbins, Tom (1995) . Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas (2nd ed.). Bantam Books. p. 380. ISBN 0-553-37787-6.
- Carvell, Michael (30 September 2011). "Twin sons of ex-Atlanta Hawk Mookie Blaylock headed to Kentucky — for football". AJC Recruiting Blog (Atlanta Journal-Constitution). Retrieved 1 June 2013.
- Manasso, John (31 May 2013). "Ex-NBA guard Mookie Blaylock critically injured in car crash". Fox Sports (NewsCorp). Retrieved 1 June 2013.
- Stevens, Alexis (May 31, 2013). "Former NBA star Mookie Blaylock critical, 1 killed after wreck". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
- "Mookie Blaylock charges upgraded". ESPN. Associated Press. June 3, 2013. Retrieved June 3, 2013.
- Glier, Ray (2 June 2013). "Mookie Blaylock faces at least 2 charges in fatal crash". USA Today. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
- "Mookie Blaylock sentenced in fatality". ESPN.com. October 27, 2014. Retrieved October 27, 2014.
- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com
- Career statistics @ basketball-reference.com
- Career statistics @ databasebasketball.com
- Blaylock profile on Baloncestistas (Spanish)