August 29, 1949|
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||215 lb (98 kg)|
Hiram W. Johnson|
|College||San Jose State (1968–1969)|
|NBA draft||1971 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8th overall|
|Selected by the Golden State Warriors|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|Number||20, 28, 30|
|1977–1978||New Jersey Nets|
|1978–1979||Kansas City Kings|
|1979–1980||Golden State Warriors|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career ABA and NBA statistics|
|Points||6,666 (9.8 ppg)|
|Rebounds||5,187 (7.6 rpg)|
|Blocks||782 (1.3 bpg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Darnell "Dr. Dunk" Hillman (born August 29, 1949) is a former professional basketball player.
Hillman graduated from Hiram W. Johnson High School.
The 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) forward played college basketball at San Jose State University. Hillman was selected in the first round of the 1971 NBA draft (the 8th pick overall) by the Golden State Warriors, but opted instead to play for the Indiana Pacers of the American Basketball Association.
Hillman played six seasons for the Pacers, who joined the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the ABA–NBA merger in June 1976. Hillman earned a reputation for his stylish slam dunks and oversized afro hairstyle. He would even be named the winner of the NBA's Slam Dunk Contest in the 1976–77 season, which was a precursor to the event that's known today, although he wouldn't be give an official trophy for it until March 8, 2017. Hillman later played with the New Jersey Nets, Denver Nuggets, Kansas City Kings, and Golden State Warriors in the NBA, and he ended his career in 1980 with combined NBA/ABA totals of 6,666 points and 5,187 rebounds during the regular season, and 7,339 points and 5,809 rebounds including the post-season.
Hillman was once asked by a reporter if it was true he could jump high enough to grab a quarter off the top of the backboard. Hillman responded, "Put a $100 bill up there and see." The reporter, who had heard the stories of Hillman picking quarters off the top of backboards, turned down the offer.
At the 1997 ABA reunion, Hillman won the "Biggest ABA Afro" Award.
Currently, Hillman serves as Associate Director of Camps, Clinics & Alumni Relations for the Indiana Pacers.
- BasketballReference.com Darnell Hillman page
- RememberTheABA.com Darnell Hillman page
- RememberTheABA.com When Big Hair Ruled the ABA page
- 1970 USA Basketball Archived August 24, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.