Carlos Terry

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Carlos Terry
Professional basketball player Carlos Terry.jpg
Terry as a member of the Washington Bullets
Personal information
Born (1956-06-22)June 22, 1956
Lexington, North Carolina
Died March 12, 1989(1989-03-12) (aged 32)
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school Lexington (Lexington, North Carolina)
College Winston-Salem State (1974–1978)
NBA draft 1978 / Round: 5 / Pick: 104th overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers
Playing career 1980–1983
Position Shooting guard
Number 12
Career history
19801983 Washington Bullets
Stats at

Carlos Fernando Terry (June 22, 1956 – March 12, 1989) was an American professional basketball shooting guard who spent three seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the Washington Bullets from the 1980–81 season to 1982–83. Terry attended Winston-Salem State University where he was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the fifth round (104th pick overall) during the 1978 NBA Draft, but was waived before playing in a game. He then took his talents to the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) where he played for the popular Toyota team, which he led to a conference championship (1978 PBA Invitational Conference). Two years later he signed with the Bullets. After his playing career was abruptly done, Terry's life was never the same. Alcoholism and drugs took over; in fact, in January 1989, Terry was convicted of cocaine distribution. Just two months later, at the age of 32, he was killed in a high-speed car crash on the Capital Beltway in Prince George's County, Maryland. Police said that Terry had been drinking and was speeding.[1]


  1. ^ Gaither, Steven J. "WSSU's Carlos Terry: What Could've Been". The News Argus. 

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