Tree Rollins

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Tree Rollins
No. 30, 15
Center
Personal information
Born (1955-06-16) June 16, 1955 (age 59)
Winter Haven, Florida
Nationality American
Listed height 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)
Listed weight 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school Crisp County (Cordele, Georgia)
College Clemson (1973–1977)
NBA draft 1977 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14th overall
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Pro career 1977–1995
Career history
As player:
19771988 Atlanta Hawks
19881990 Cleveland Cavaliers
1990–1991 Detroit Pistons
19911993 Houston Rockets
19931995 Orlando Magic
As coach:
2002–2003 Greenville Groove (NBA D-League)
20072008 Washington Mystics (WNBA)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 6,249 (5.4 ppg)
Rebounds 6,750 (5.8 rpg)
Blocks 2,542 (2.2 bpg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Wayne Monte "Tree" Rollins (born June 16, 1955) is a retired American professional basketball player who played 18 seasons in the National Basketball Association for the Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic. He was primarily known under his playing name, Tree. The 7-foot-1-inch 275 pound Clemson graduate played center, and gained high esteem for his defense, particularly his rebounding and shot-blocking ability. He finished in the top three in blocked shots six times, leading the league during the 1982-83 NBA season. At the time of his retirement in 1995, he was fourth all-time in career blocked shots, behind only Hakeem Olajuwon, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Mark Eaton, with a total of 2,542 He currently holds the ninth highest total of career blocked shots, having been passed on the list by Dikembe Mutombo, David Robinson, Patrick Ewing, Tim Duncan, and Shaquille O'Neal. During his playing career, Rollins was given the nickname "The Intimidator".[1]

In 1983, as a member of the Atlanta Hawks, playing in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, he got into a fight with Danny Ainge of the Boston Celtics. In retaliation for allegedly being called a sissy, Rollins elbowed Ainge in the face. Ainge subsequently tackled Rollins to the ground and the two began to wrestle. Rollins then bit Ainge's middle finger so badly, that it required a couple of stitches. After the fight, Ainge was ejected and Rollins wasn't. However, the Celtics went on to win the series, 2-1.[2]

In the late 1980s, still with the Hawks, Rollins was asked how he felt about the team playing an exhibition game in the Soviet Union. Rollins replied that he had already been to the Soviet Union, "and I don't need to go back."[3]

During the 1994-95 season, Rollins served as both assistant coach and backup center for the Orlando Magic. He was one-time coach of the now-defunct Greenville Groove of the National Basketball Development League (NBDL).[4]

Rollins joined the WNBA's Washington Mystics in 2006 as an assistant coach. On June 1, 2007, he was named interim head coach following Richie Adubato's resignation early in the season.[1] Rollins led the Mystics to a 17-14 record.[1] On July 19, 2008, following lopsided losses to the New York Liberty and Detroit Shock which put the Mystics at 8-14 on the season and 2½ games out of playoff position, he was relieved of his duties. The Mystics' aggregate record under Rollins over the two seasons was 25-28, second best in Mystics history. He was replaced on an interim basis by one of his assistants, Jessie Kenlaw.[5] In 2013, Rollins became an assistant coach with the WNBA's Chicago Sky.[6]

One small distinction for Rollins was that he was the last player to wear Converse All Stars in the NBA when in the 1979-1980 season he laced up modified Chuck Taylors which had the Circle Star patch removed on the inside ankle. Instead these had star chevrons sewed to the sides of the canvas similar to the Converse All Star II that had been sold earlier. [7]

Awards[edit]

  • First athlete in any sport at Clemson to have jersey number retired
  • Only Clemson basketball player to average double/double in four straight seasons
  • NBA All-Defensive Second Team, 1982-1983 season[8]
  • NBA All-Defensive First Team, 1983-1984 season[8]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1977–78 Atlanta 80 22.4 .487 .703 6.9 1.0 .7 2.7 7.6
1978–79 Atlanta 81 23.5 .535 .631 7.3 .6 .6 3.1 8.4
1979–80 Atlanta 82 25.9 .558 .714 9.4 .9 .7 3.0 8.9
1980–81 Atlanta 40 26.1 .552 .000 .807 7.2 .9 .7 2.9 7.0
1981–82 Atlanta 79 39 25.5 .584 .612 7.7 .7 .4 2.8 6.1
1982–83 Atlanta 80 80 30.9 .510 .000 .726 9.3 .9 .6 4.3 7.8
1983–84 Atlanta 77 76 30.5 .518 .621 7.7 .8 .5 3.6 8.6
1984–85 Atlanta 70 60 25.0 .549 .720 6.3 .7 .5 2.4 6.3
1985–86 Atlanta 74 61 24.1 .499 .000 .767 6.2 .6 .5 2.3 5.6
1986–87 Atlanta 75 58 23.5 .546 .724 6.5 .3 .6 1.9 5.4
1987–88 Atlanta 76 59 23.2 .512 .875 6.0 .3 .4 1.7 4.4
1988–89 Cleveland 60 2 9.7 .449 .000 .632 2.3 .3 .2 .6 2.3
1989–90 Cleveland 48 19 14.0 .456 .000 .688 3.2 .5 .3 1.1 2.6
1990–91 Detroit 37 0 5.5 .424 .571 1.1 .1 .1 .5 1.0
1991–92 Houston 59 5 11.8 .535 .867 2.9 .3 .2 1.1 2.0
1992–93 Houston 42 0 5.9 .268 .000 .750 1.4 .2 .1 .4 .7
1993–94 Orlando 45 1 8.5 .547 .600 2.1 .2 .2 .8 1.7
1994–95 Orlando 51 3 9.4 .476 .677 1.9 .2 .1 .7 1.2
Career 1156 463 20.8 .522 .000 .700 5.8 .6 .4 2.2 5.4

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1978 Atlanta 2 25.5 .583 .250 4.5 .5 .5 2.0 8.0
1979 Atlanta 9 23.6 .412 .692 7.9 .6 .3 2.7 5.7
1980 Atlanta 5 26.8 .581 .600 7.6 .6 .4 2.8 8.4
1982 Atlanta 2 32.5 .333 .750 4.0 1.0 .0 3.0 3.5
1983 Atlanta 3 39.3 .481 .333 10.0 1.0 .3 3.3 9.7
1984 Atlanta 5 30.4 .400 .625 6.8 .2 .4 2.0 5.0
1986 Atlanta 9 9 27.6 .553 .636 8.7 .3 .2 1.7 6.6
1987 Atlanta 9 9 24.6 .536 .714 5.9 .3 .3 1.8 4.4
1988 Atlanta 12 12 27.8 .556 .867 5.9 .5 .8 1.6 4.4
1989 Cleveland 5 0 14.8 .750 .600 3.2 .2 .6 1.4 3.0
1990 Cleveland 3 0 12.7 .333 .750 2.7 .3 .7 .3 2.7
1991 Detroit 6 0 5.3 1.000 .5 .0 .2 .2 .7
1993 Houston 6 0 2.7 .000 .000 .7 .0 .3 .0 .0
1994 Orlando 3 0 9.7 .400 1.0 .0 .3 .3 1.3
1995 Orlando 14 0 5.8 .600 .250 .4 .0 .0 .4 .5
Career 93 30 19.4 .505 .000 .624 4.6 .3 .4 1.4 3.9

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