Dan Roundfield

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Dan Roundfield
Dan Roundfield CMU.jpg
Roundfield as a senior at Central Michigan
Personal information
Born(1953-05-26)May 26, 1953
Detroit, Michigan
DiedAugust 6, 2012(2012-08-06) (aged 59)
San Nicolas Zuid, Aruba
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High schoolChadsey (Detroit, Michigan)
CollegeCentral Michigan (1972–1975)
NBA draft1975 / Round: 2 / Pick: 28th overall
Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Playing career1975–1988
PositionPower forward
Number32, 5
Career history
19751978Indiana Pacers
19781984Atlanta Hawks
1984–1985Detroit Pistons
19851987Washington Bullets
1987–1988Auxilium Torino
Career highlights and awards
Career ABA and NBA statistics
Points11,657 (14.3 ppg)
Rebounds7,502 (9.2 rpg)
Blocks1,160 (1.4 bpg)
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at NBA.com
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at Basketball-Reference.com

Danny Thomas Roundfield (May 26, 1953 – August 6, 2012) was an American professional basketball player. The 6'8" forward/center graduated from Detroit's Chadsey Senior High School in 1971. On the collegiate scene, Roundfield was twice selected to the All-Mid-American Conference Team for Central Michigan University; he was also the 1975 MAC Player of the Year.

Roundfield spent 12 seasons in the American Basketball Association and National Basketball Association, playing for the Indiana Pacers (1975–1978), Atlanta Hawks (1978–1984), Detroit Pistons (1984–1985), and Washington Bullets (1985–1987). Then he moved to Turin, Italy, and played a season for Auxilium Torino.

Roundfield earned a reputation as a strong rebounder and tenacious defender, and during his career he was named to five NBA All-Defensive teams and three All-Star teams. His nickname was Dr. Rounds.

On November 21, 1978, Roundfield scored a career best 38 points, along with grabbing 10 rebounds, in a 113-107 win over the San Diego Clippers.[1] In the 1979 NBA Playoffs, Roundfield led the Hawks to a first round win over the Rockets while averaging 18 points, 15 rebounds, and 3.5 blocks a game.[2] However, in the following round, the hawks would be eliminated by the defending champion Washington Bullets in a tough seven game series.[3] Roundfield was selected to the NBA Eastern Conference All-Star team in three consecutive seasons from 1980 to 1982. He made the most of his 1980 All-Star appearance debut, scoring 18 points and grabbing 13 rebounds in 27 minutes coming off the bench. He came close to winning the game's MVP award for his performance, but was overshadowed by fellow Detroit product George Gervin's 34-point output. In the 1982 NBA Playoffs, Roundfield scored a career playoff high 29 points, in a deciding Game 2 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers in a best of three first round series.[4] He was unable to play in the 1982-83 season, though, due to an injury.

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
1975–76 Indiana (ABA) 67 11.4 .424 .000 .631 3.9 0.5 0.5 0.6 5.1
1976–77 Indiana (NBA) 61 27.0 .466 .686 8.5 1.1 1.0 2.1 13.9
1977–78 Indiana (NBA) 79 30.7 .489 .727 10.2 2.5 1.0 1.9 13.4
1978–79 Atlanta (NBA) 80 31.7 .504 .714 10.8 1.6 1.1 2.2 15.3
1979–80 Atlanta (NBA) 81 32.0 .499 .000 .710 10.3 2.3 1.2 1.7 16.5
1980–81 Atlanta (NBA) 63 33.8 .527 .000 .721 10.1 2.6 1.2 1.9 17.6
1981–82 Atlanta (NBA) 61 58 36.3 .466 .200 .760 11.8 2.7 1.0 1.5 18.6
1982–83 Atlanta (NBA) 77 76 36.5 .470 .185 .749 11.4 2.9 0.8 1.5 19.0
1983–84 Atlanta (NBA) 73 72 35.8 .485 .000 .770 9.9 2.5 0.8 1.0 18.9
1984–85 Detroit (NBA) 56 43 26.6 .467 .000 .781 8.1 1.8 0.5 1.0 10.9
1985–86 Washington (NBA) 79 21 29.4 .488 .000 .754 8.1 1.8 0.5 0.6 11.6
1986–87 Washington (NBA) 36 0 18.6 .409 .200 .792 4.7 1.1 0.3 0.4 6.6
Career 813 270 29.7 .482 .111 .735 9.2 2.0 0.9 1.4 14.3
All-Star 1 0 27.0 .467 .444 13.0 0.0 1.0 2.0 18.0

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1976 Indiana (ABA) 2 12.5 .583 .889 5.0 0.0 1.0 2.0 11.0
1979 Atlanta (NBA) 9 37.6 .459 .800 11.8 2.8 0.9 2.6 17.6
1980 Atlanta (NBA) 5 34.8 .464 .000 .629 11.6 2.2 0.8 1.6 17.2
1982 Atlanta (NBA) 2 42.5 .472 .571 11.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 21.0
1983 Atlanta (NBA) 3 41.3 .480 .000 .455 14.0 3.3 1.3 1.3 17.7
1984 Atlanta (NBA) 5 38.2 .435 1.000 .714 8.8 1.7 0.4 1.4 17.2
1985 Detroit (NBA) 9 8 23.9 .485 .941 6.7 1.7 0.4 0.7 9.1
1986 Washington (NBA) 5 0 35.4 .528 .000 .824 9.2 2.0 0.4 0.8 14.0
Career 40 8 33.2 .473 .250 .732 9.7 2.0 0.7 1.5 15.0

Roundfield lived in Atlanta, where he worked for Camp Dresser & McKee Inc.

Roundfield died at Baby Beach in San Nicolas Zuid, Aruba in August 2012, drowning after helping his wife, Bernadine, to safety.[5][6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dan Roundfield Career High 38 Points". Statmuse.
  2. ^ "1979 NBA Eastern Conference First Round". Basketball Reference.
  3. ^ "1979 NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals Hawks vs. Bullets". Basketball Reference.
  4. ^ "Dan Roundfield Postseason Career High 29 Points". Statmuse.
  5. ^ Cunningham, Michael (August 7, 2012). "Former Hawks All-Star Dan Roundfield drowns in Aruba". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Archived from the original on August 9, 2012. Retrieved August 7, 2012.
  6. ^ Lake, Thomas (August 17, 2012). "Sad goodbye to Danny Roundfield, who died heroically saving his wife". CNN Sports Illustrated. Retrieved August 17, 2012.
  7. ^ Araton, Harvey (August 18, 2013). "An N.B.A. All-Star's Ultimate Sacrifice". The New York Times. Retrieved November 4, 2020.

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