Terry Cummings

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Terry Cummings
No. 34, 35
Power forward / Center
Personal information
Born (1961-03-15) March 15, 1961 (age 53)
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (206 cm)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school Carver (Chicago, Illinois)
College DePaul (1979–1982)
NBA draft 1982 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
Selected by the San Diego Clippers
Pro playing career 1982–2000
Career history
19821984 San Diego Clippers
19841989 Milwaukee Bucks
19891995 San Antonio Spurs
1995–1996 Milwaukee Bucks
1997 Seattle SuperSonics
1997–1998 Philadelphia 76ers
1998 New York Knicks
19992000 Golden State Warriors
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 19,460 (16.4 ppg)
Rebounds 8,630 (7.3 rpg)
Steals 1,255 (1.1 spg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Robert Terrell "Terry" Cummings (born March 15, 1961) is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association for 18 seasons as a power forward and occasional center.

College and NBA years[edit]

Born in Chicago, Illinois and a graduate of Carver High School, Cummings attended DePaul University from 1979 to 1982. He averaged 16.4 points per game over 85 games and entered the 1982 NBA Draft after departing from school. He was selected in the first round by the San Diego Clippers, and in his inaugural 1982-83 season, he won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award after putting up 23.7 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. These figures would turn out to be the highest of his career in those categories. Late in his rookie season, Cummings suffered from heartbeat irregularities, which would keep him out the remaining two weeks of the season. The team lost every game without him.

After the next season (1983–84), he was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks, where he would continue to post above 20 point and 8 rebound averages for four out of his five years on the team. As a Buck, Cummings was selected to play in the 1984-85 and 1988-89 NBA All-Star Games.

He was traded to the San Antonio Spurs where he would remain for six years. His scoring and rebounding averages for the 1989-90 through 1991-92 seasons were close to 20 and 8, respectively, and he helped his team to consecutive 50-win seasons and playoff appearances. By this time, he was recognized as a reliable power forward in the league.

Post-injury and reserve player years[edit]

Cummings suffered a serious knee injury in the summer of 1992 in a casual pickup game. He would miss the first 74 regular season games. Upon his return to the lineup, he could no longer put up near-All-Star numbers, and from then on he was used in a more suitable role as a reserve. Cummings would play in San Antonio until 1994-95, when he joined Milwaukee again, and would change teams several more times in his career. He would come off the bench for the Seattle SuperSonics, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers, and the Golden State Warriors, where he would retire after the 1999–2000 season.

In 18 seasons Terry Cummings scored 19,460 points, falling just short of the 20,000 point mark, but placing him among the top 50 career scorers. He finished with averages of 16.4 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game. He also played in 1,183 Games, had 33,898 minutes, a .484 field goal percentage (8,045 for 16,628), .706 free throw percentage (3,326 for 4,711), 8,630 total rebounds (3,183 offensive, 5,447 defensive), and 1,255 steals.

Personal/post-retirement[edit]

Cummings has been an ordained Pentecostal Minister since 1977[1] and performed service at the wedding of former teammate Sean Elliott. He has three sons, Antonio, T. J., and Shawn.

In a creative turn of his career, Cummings released an album, T.C. Finally in early 2007, of songs which he wrote, sang, and played keyboards. The album is reminiscent of the R&B/soulstyles of musicians such as Marvin Gaye, Al Green, and Sam Cooke.

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
1982–83 San Diego 70 69 36.2 .523 .000 .709 10.6 2.5 1.8 .9 23.7
1983–84 San Diego 81 80 35.9 .494 .000 .720 9.6 1.7 1.1 .7 22.9
1984–85 Milwaukee 79 78 34.5 .495 .000 .741 9.1 2.9 1.5 .8 23.6
1985–86 Milwaukee 82 82 32.5 .474 .000 .656 8.5 2.4 1.5 .6 19.8
1986–87 Milwaukee 82 77 33.8 .511 .000 .662 8.5 2.8 1.6 1.0 20.8
1987–88 Milwaukee 76 76 34.6 .485 .333 .665 7.3 2.4 1.0 .6 21.3
1988–89 Milwaukee 80 78 35.3 .467 .467 .787 8.1 2.5 1.3 .9 22.9
1989–90 San Antonio 81 78 34.8 .475 .322 .780 8.4 2.7 1.4 .6 22.4
1990–91 San Antonio 67 62 32.8 .484 .212 .683 7.8 2.3 .9 .4 17.6
1991–92 San Antonio 70 67 30.7 .488 .385 .711 9.0 1.5 .8 .5 17.3
1992–93 San Antonio 8 0 9.5 .379 .500 2.4 .5 .1 .1 3.4
1993–94 San Antonio 59 29 19.2 .428 .000 .589 5.0 .8 .5 .2 7.3
1994–95 San Antonio 76 20 16.8 .483 .585 5.0 .8 .5 .3 6.8
1995–96 Milwaukee 81 13 21.9 .462 .143 .650 5.5 1.1 .7 .4 8.0
1996–97 Seattle 45 3 18.4 .486 .600 .695 4.1 .9 .7 .2 8.2
1997–98 Philadelphia 44 2 14.9 .458 .000 .672 3.4 .5 .5 .1 5.3
1997–98 New York 30 1 17.6 .477 .700 4.5 .9 .5 .2 7.8
1998–99 Golden State 50 0 20.2 .439 1.000 .711 5.1 1.2 .9 .2 9.1
1999–2000 Golden State 22 0 18.1 .429 .821 4.9 1.0 .6 .4 8.4
Career 1,183 815 28.7 .484 .295 .706 7.3 1.9 1.1 .5 16.4
All-Star 2 0 17.5 .423 .833 6.0 .5 1.5 1.0 13.5

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1985 Milwaukee 8 8 38.9 .577 .000 .828 8.8 2.5 1.5 .9 27.5
1986 Milwaukee 14 14 36.4 .514 .694 9.9 3.0 1.4 1.1 21.6
1987 Milwaukee 12 10 36.9 .488 .687 7.9 2.3 1.0 1.1 22.3
1988 Milwaukee 5 5 38.6 .562 .659 7.8 2.6 1.8 .6 25.8
1989 Milwaukee 5 4 24.8 .362 .000 .875 6.6 1.4 .6 .0 12.8
1990 San Antonio 10 10 37.5 .528 .200 .808 9.4 2.2 .7 .4 24.9
1991 San Antonio 4 4 31.0 .510 .000 .500 9.3 1.0 .8 .5 14.8
1992 San Antonio 3 3 40.7 .515 .000 .500 11.3 2.3 1.3 1.3 26.0
1993 San Antonio 10 0 13.8 .443 .000 .625 3.9 .5 .3 .1 6.7
1994 San Antonio 4 1 18.0 .500 .833 6.3 .5 1.3 .8 8.0
1995 San Antonio 15 2 9.0 .375 .000 .733 2.1 .3 .3 .1 3.9
1997 Seattle 12 6 24.3 .489 .667 6.0 1.2 .9 .5 8.8
1998 New York 8 1 15.0 .441 .250 4.4 .6 .5 .3 4.0
Career 110 68 26.9 .502 .091 .706 6.7 1.6 .9 .6 15.1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rzeppa, Brian. "Inside The League (6): A TLN Exclusive Interview With Future Hall Of Famer Terry Cummings". Interview. The League News. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 

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