Cliff Pondexter

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Cliff Pondexter
Personal information
Born (1954-09-15) September 15, 1954 (age 62)
Fresno, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 233 lb (106 kg)
Career information
High school San Joaquin Memorial
(Fresno, California)
College Long Beach State (1973–1974)
NBA draft 1974 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16th overall
Selected by the Chicago Bulls
Playing career 1975–1984
Position Power forward / Center
Number 42, 41
Career history
19751978 Chicago Bulls
1978–1981 Tours Joué Basket
1981–1982 Bartolini Brindisi
1982–1984 Scavolini Pesaro
Career NBA and Serie A statistics
Points 1,556 (6.0 ppg)
Rebounds 1,272 (4.9 rpg)
Assists 252 (1.0 apg)
Stats at

Clifton Pondexter (born September 15, 1954) is an American former professional basketball player.

A 6'9" forward/center from Fresno, California, Pondexter played at California State University, Long Beach. At the conclusion of his college career Pondexter was selected by the Chicago Bulls with the sixteenth pick of the 1974 NBA Draft and by the San Diego Conquistadors in the first round of the 1974 ABA Draft.[1][2] Pondexter's NBA career was delayed by a stress fracture in his leg he suffered in the summer of 1974;[3] he did not make his professional debut until a fall 1975 exhibition game against the Kentucky Colonels.[4]

Between 1975 and 1978, Pondexter played 197 games for the Bulls. His best season was 1975-76, when he averaged 5.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.[2] He never fully bounced back from his injury, however, and was waived by the Bulls in the summer of 1978.[5] He then took his career to Europe.[6]

Pondexter's nephew, Quincy Pondexter, was selected by the New Orleans Hornets in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft.[7]


  1. ^ Cliff Pondexter page at Archived 2012-10-10 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b Career statistics. Retrieved on July 24, 2010.
  3. ^ Bob Logan. "Pondexter can only sit, watch Bulls". Chicago Tribune. December 23, 1974. C7.
  4. ^ Bob Logan. "Bulls workout 'Medical Center'". Chicago Tribune. October 4, 1975. SD2.
  5. ^ Bob Logan. "Bulls' top choice has operation". Chicago Tribune. August 16, 1978. E1.
  6. ^ Cliff Pondexter. Legabasket. Retrieved on July 24, 2010.
  7. ^ Bret Martel. "Brackins, Pondexter joining Hornets summer squad". AP. USA Today. July 8, 2010. Retrieved on July 24, 2010.