Coleman in 2014
June 21, 1967 |
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||230 lb (104 kg)|
|High school||Northern (Detroit, Michigan)|
|NBA draft||1990 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall|
|Selected by the New Jersey Nets|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|1990–1995||New Jersey Nets|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||12,884 (16.5 ppg)|
|Rebounds||7,232 (9.3 rpg)|
|Blocks||1,051 (1.3 bpg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Derrick D. Coleman (born June 21, 1967) is an American retired basketball player. Coleman was born in Mobile, Alabama, but grew up and attended high school in Detroit, and attended college at Syracuse University. He was selected first overall in the 1990 NBA draft by the New Jersey Nets.
Throughout his career, the left-handed Coleman was an effective low post scorer, averaging 16.5 points and 9.3 rebounds. He enjoyed his best years as a member of the New Jersey Nets, where he averaged 19.8 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. When Coleman entered the NBA, he was compared to elite power forwards such as Karl Malone and Charles Barkley, and expected to put up similar numbers, only with the added ability to shoot from three-point range. Instead, his career was overshadowed by numerous injuries. Sports Illustrated once remarked that "Coleman could have been the best power forward ever; instead he played just well enough to ensure his next paycheck." Sports Illustrated had several articles portraying Coleman in a poor light. Possibly more than any other basketball player in the history of the magazine. However, Coleman's College and NBA career were successful by any measure. 
His Syracuse jersey number, 44, was retired on March 5, 2006.
Coleman went on to improve during the 1991–1992 season, averaging close to 20 points and 10 rebounds a game. The Nets were an up-and-coming team as well, with young players like Coleman, Kenny Anderson, Chris Morris and Mookie Blaylock teaming up with solid veteran players like Sam Bowie, Chris Dudley, Terry Mills and Dražen Petrović. The addition of coach Chuck Daly, who won two NBA championships with the Detroit Pistons as head coach, was enough to get the Nets a winning record and into the playoffs during the 1992–1993 season. The 1993–1994 season was the peak for Coleman and the Nets during his time with the team. The Nets made it to the playoffs for the third straight season, while Coleman averaged his second straight 20 points, 10 rebounds season and was selected to represent the Nets in the All-Star game along with teammate Kenny Anderson.
Coleman's career ended during the 2004–2005 season, when he was cut by the Pistons during the season. He was one of nine NBA players that faced suspension for his role in the infamous November 2004 Pacers–Pistons brawl.
Coleman is one of only three players in NBA history to record at least 20 points, 10 boards, five assists, five steals, and five blocks in a game (the other two being Hakeem Olajuwon and Draymond Green).
Coleman purchased a home in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, where he resided until 2010, when he moved to Detroit. After the water crisis began in Flint, Michigan, Coleman drove 65 miles daily to bring residents clean bottled water and eating utensils, which they did not have access to.
NBA career statistics
|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|
- List of NCAA Division I men's basketball players with 2000 points and 1000 rebounds
- List of NCAA Division I men's basketball career rebounding leaders
- SI.com, NBA Draft Busts #17
- Hoop hopes: Ex-NBA star aids neglected neighborhood Detroit Free Press
- 1994 USA Basketball
- This article is unavailable - HighBeam Research
- PRO BASKETBALL; Coleman Speaks, And Beard Cringes - New York Times
- Staff. "Score big at the Derrick Coleman Estate sale", The Detroit News, January 15, 2009. Accessed January 28, 2011. "We're selling the entire contents of Derrick's Franklin Lakes NJ home at 75 percent off says Coleman's longtime interior designer Mark Morganroth."
- How former NBA bust Derrick Coleman became a hero