Sam Perkins

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Sam Perkins
Sam Perkins (cropped).jpg
Sam Perkins in 2012
No. 41, 44, 14
Power forward / Center
Personal information
Born (1961-06-14) June 14, 1961 (age 53)
Brooklyn, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school Shaker (Latham, New York)
College North Carolina (1980–1984)
NBA draft 1984 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall
Selected by the Dallas Mavericks
Pro career 1984–2001
Career history
19841990 Dallas Mavericks
19901993 Los Angeles Lakers
1993–1998 Seattle SuperSonics
19982001 Indiana Pacers
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 15,324 (11.9 ppg)
Rebounds 7,666 (6.0 rpg)
Blocks 933 (0.7 bpg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Samuel Perkins (born June 14, 1961) is a retired American professional basketball player. He won a gold medal with the US national team at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

Known by the nicknames "Sleepy Sam" and "Big Smooth," he attended Samuel J. Tilden High School, Shaker High School and the University of North Carolina, where he was a teammate of future Hall of Famers James Worthy and Michael Jordan.[1] A member of the 1982 NCAA Tournament championship winning Tar Heel squad, he was selected with the fourth pick of the 1984 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks and played in the NBA from 1984 to 2001.

In 2008, Perkins was named vice president of player relations for the Indiana Pacers, for whom he played from 1999-2001.[2]

In September 2008, Perkins was inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame along with NBA stars Kenny Anderson and Rod Strickland, coach Pete Gillen and pioneers Lou Bender and Eddie Younger.[3]

Career highlights[edit]

  • Selected as the large-school player of the year in high school by the New York State Sportswriters Association in 1980.
  • Member of the 1982 NCAA Champion North Carolina Tar Heels.
  • Named to the ACC 50th Anniversary men's basketball team as one of the fifty greatest players in Atlantic Coast Conference history
  • Co-captain of the gold-medal winning 1984 U.S. Olympic basketball team.
  • Named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 1984-85.
  • Appeared in 164 career playoff games, averaging 11.3 ppg and 5.7 rpg.
  • Recorded the first 30-20 game in Mavericks history, with 31 points and a career-high 20 rebounds, against the Houston Rockets on December 12, 1985. (Dirk Nowitzki had 33 points and 23 rebounds on February 21, 2002.)
  • Scored a career-high 45 points, for the Mavericks, against the Golden State Warriors on April 12, 1990.
  • Appeared against the Chicago Bulls in the 1991 NBA Finals with the L.A. Lakers and again in 1996 with the Seattle SuperSonics.
  • Tied an NBA record by hitting 8 three-pointers without a miss with the Seattle SuperSonics against the Toronto Raptors on January 15, 1997.
  • Posted a 1997-98 season-high 21 points, on perfect shooting (5-5 FG, 4-4 3FG, 7-7 FT), and 3 steals against the L.A. Clippers on December 14, 1997.

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1984–85 Dallas 82 42 28.3 .471 .250 .820 7.4 1.6 .8 .8 11.0
1985–86 Dallas 80 79 32.8 .503 .333 .814 8.6 1.9 .9 1.2 15.4
1986–87 Dallas 80 80 33.6 .482 .352 .828 7.7 1.8 1.4 1.0 14.8
1987–88 Dallas 75 75 33.3 .450 .167 .822 8.0 1.6 1.0 .7 14.2
1988–89 Dallas 78 77 36.7 .464 .184 .833 8.8 1.6 1.0 1.2 15.0
1989–90 Dallas 76 70 35.1 .493 .214 .778 7.5 2.3 1.2 .8 15.9
1990–91 L.A. Lakers 76 66 34.3 .495 .281 .821 7.4 1.5 .9 1.1 13.5
1991–92 L.A. Lakers 63 63 37.0 .450 .217 .817 8.8 2.2 1.0 1.0 16.5
1992–93 L.A. Lakers 49 49 32.4 .459 .172 .829 7.7 2.6 .8 1.0 13.7
1992–93 Seattle 30 13 25.4 .511 .452 .795 4.8 .9 .7 1.0 12.1
1993–94 Seattle 81 41 26.8 .438 .367 .801 4.5 1.4 .8 4 12.3
1994–95 Seattle 82 37 28.7 .466 .397 .799 4.9 1.6 .9 .5 12.7
1995–96 Seattle 82 20 26.5 .408 .355 .793 4.5 1.5 1.0 .6 11.8
1996–97 Seattle 81 4 24.4 .439 .395 .817 3.7 1.3 .9 .6 11.0
1997–98 Seattle 81 0 20.7 .416 .392 .789 3.1 1.4 .8 .4 7.2
1998–99 Indiana 48 0 16.4 .400 .389 .717 2.9 .5 .3 .3 5.0
1999–2000 Indiana 81 0 20.0 .417 .408 .825 3.6 .8 .4 .4 6.6
2000–01 Indiana 64 41 15.6 .381 .345 .842 2.6 .6 .5 .3 3.8
Career 1,286 757 28.5 .459 .362 .811 6.0 1.5 .9 .7 11.9

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1985 Dallas 4 42.3 .490 .250 .765 12.8 2.8 .5 .3 18.8
1986 Dallas 10 34.7 .429 .250 .767 8.3 2.4 .9 1.4 14.9
1987 Dallas 4 17.0 .500 .000 .696 8.5 1.3 1.0 .3 17.0
1988 Dallas 17 33.6 .451 .143 .803 6.6 1.8 1.5 1.0 13.5
1990 Dallas 3 39.3 .444 .000 .765 7.3 2.7 1.0 .7 15.0
1991 L.A. Lakers 19 19 39.6 .548 .367 .761 8.3 1.7 .8 1.4 17.7
1993 Seattle 19 17 32.9 .436 .380 .873 7.0 1.9 1.0 1.3 14.4
1994 Seattle 5 0 28.2 .333 .429 .882 7.2 .8 .8 .4 9.8
1995 Seattle 4 1 35.3 .438 .455 1.000 7.8 3.3 .8 1.3 13.5
1996 Seattle 21 1 31.1 .459 .368 .754 4.3 1.7 .7 .3 12.3
1997 Seattle 12 6 28.3 .337 .311 .862 4.4 1.3 1.0 1.0 8.4
1998 Seattle 10 1 21.0 .381 .417 .600 3.2 1.4 .3 .5 5.4
1999 Indiana 13 0 11.2 .514 .458 .667 1.9 .5 .0 .2 4.1
2000 Indiana 23 0 18.1 .324 .348 .905 3.2 .4 .2 .3 4.8
2001 Indiana 3 0 6.3 .250 .250 1.3 .0 .0 .0 1.7
Career 167 28.7 .444 .363 .785 5.6 1.5 .7 .8 11.1

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