Cliff Levingston

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Cliff Levingston
Personal information
Born (1961-01-04) January 4, 1961 (age 56)
San Diego, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school Samuel F. B. Morse
(San Diego, California)
College Wichita State (1979–1982)
NBA draft 1982 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Playing career 1982–1995
Position Power forward
Number 53
Career history
19821984 Detroit Pistons
19841990 Atlanta Hawks
19901992 Chicago Bulls
1992–1993 PAOK
1993–1994 Buckler Bologna
1994–1995 Denver Nuggets
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 5,888 (7.1 ppg)
Rebounds 4,307 (5.2 rpg)
Assists 752 (0.9 apg)
Stats at

Clifford Eugene "Cliff" Levingston (born January 4, 1961) is an American retired professional basketball player, who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Levingston starred at Wichita State University, before being drafted by the Detroit Pistons in 1982. After two seasons with the Pistons, he was traded to the Atlanta Hawks, with whom he would spend the prime of his career.

Professional playing career[edit]

After six seasons with the Hawks, Levingston joined the Chicago Bulls, with whom he won two championship rings in 1991 and 1992. From 1992 to 1994, he played overseas with PAOK of the Greek Basket League, and as such he played in the final four of FIBA European League (now called EuroLeague). In 1994, he returned to America, and joined the Denver Nuggets, and he retired from the league in 1995, with career totals of 5,888 points, 4,307 rebounds, and 593 blocked shots.

In 1986, while playing for the Hawks, Levingston had the rare distinction of "fouling into" an NBA game. In a game where Dominique Wilkins and Antoine Carr were injured, Kevin Willis, Scott Hastings, Spud Webb, and Levingston fouled out of the game. After Doc Rivers was ejected, the Hawks were down to only four players. Under an obscure rule, Levingston, the last player to foul out, was allowed to come back into the game, at the cost of a technical foul.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

In 2000, Levingston began his coaching career as an assistant basketball coach with the Fort Wayne Fury of the Continental Basketball Association (CBA). In 2001, he served as an assistant coach with the Dodge City Legend of the United States Basketball League (USBL). In 2002, he returned to Dodge City, to serve his first stint as a professional league head coach; that year the Legends won the USBL title, and Levingston was named the USBL Coach of the Year.

From 2003 to 2004, Levingston served as an assistant coach for the Harlem Globetrotters. In 2004, he coached the St. Louis Flight of the ABA.

In 2005, Levingston was hired as an assistant coach of the Gary Steelheads, of the CBA; that year, the Steelheads played their best season in franchise history, though they lost the championship game. In 2006, he briefly served as an assistant coach for the Kansas Cagerz, and in November, he was officially hired by the Gary Steelheads (of the USBL), as head coach for the 2007 season.

In the fall of 2007, Micheal Ray Richardson was fired by the Oklahoma Cavalry of the CBA. Levingston was hired to replace him.

In the fall of 2011, Levingston became an assistant coach for Michigan City Marquette High School, in northern Indiana.[2]

In 2012, Levingston was named the 2nd head coach of the Rochester Razorsharks of the Premier Basketball League. He coached the Sharks for one season.


In 2003, he was sentenced to four months in prison, for failure to pay child support.[3]


  1. ^ National Sports Review - The Best and Worst of the '80s: Stories & Anecdotes, Quotes & Lists & Hypes, Passions & Amusements, published 1989, Preview Publishing and InfoSports
  2. ^ Levingston brings 'Good News' to Marquette
  3. ^ Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Archived September 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.

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