Mike Bantom

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Mike Bantom
Personal information
Born (1951-12-03) December 3, 1951 (age 68)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High schoolRoman Catholic
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
CollegeSaint Joseph's (1970–1973)
NBA draft1973 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8th overall
Selected by the Phoenix Suns
Playing career1973–1989
PositionPower forward / Small forward
Number40, 42
Career history
19731975Phoenix Suns
19751977Seattle SuperSonics
1977New York Nets
19771981Indiana Pacers
1982Philadelphia 76ers
1982–1985Mens Sana Siena
1985–1986Auxilium Torino
1986–1989Virtus Roma
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points8,568 (12.1 ppg)
Rebounds4,517 (6.4 rpg)
Assists1,623 (2.3 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Michael Allen Bantom (born December 3, 1951) is an American former professional basketball player.

A 6'9" power forward/center from Saint Joseph's University, Bantom won a silver medal at the 1972 Summer Olympics as a member of the United States national basketball team, who lost a controversial final game to the Soviet Union. He was selected by the Phoenix Suns with the eighth pick of the 1973 NBA draft, and he embarked upon a nine-year NBA (1973–82) career as a member of the Suns, Seattle SuperSonics, New York Nets, Indiana Pacers, and Philadelphia 76ers. He earned All-Rookie Team honors and ended his NBA career with 8,568 total points, 4,517 total rebounds, and 1,623 total assists. From 1982 until 1989, Bantom played professionally in Italy.

Since retiring as a player, Bantom has served as the licensing manager for NBA International, the NBA International director of marketing, the NBA senior vice president of player development, and the executive vice president of referee operations.[1]

Bantom is a father of four children, three daughters and a son.


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