Mike Gminski

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Mike Gminski
Mike Gminski.jpg
Personal information
Born (1959-08-03) August 3, 1959 (age 63)
Monroe, Connecticut
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High schoolMasuk (Monroe, Connecticut)
CollegeDuke (1976–1980)
NBA draft1980 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall
Selected by the New Jersey Nets
Playing career1980–1994
PositionCenter
Number42, 43
Career history
19801988New Jersey Nets
19881991Philadelphia 76ers
19911994Charlotte Hornets
1994Milwaukee Bucks
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points10,953 (11.7 ppg)
Rebounds6,480 (6.9 rpg)
Assists1,203 (1.3 apg)
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at NBA.com
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at Basketball-Reference.com

Michael Thomas Gminski (born August 3, 1959) is an American former professional basketball player and a college basketball TV analyst for CBS Sports.[1] In 2003, Gminski, of Polish descent, was inducted into the National Polish American Sports Hall of Fame.[2]

Early career[edit]

Gminski played his high school ball for Masuk High School in Monroe, CT, where he graduated in three years.

College career[edit]

Gminski at Duke.

From there he played four seasons with the Duke Blue Devils, from 1977 to 1980. He led the team in scoring during his junior and senior years. Gminski was named the ACC Rookie of the Year (tied) in 1977, first team All-ACC three years, 1978, 1979, and 1980, and ACC Player of the Year in 1979. He was also named an AP Second Team All-American in 1979 and 1980, and a UPI First Team All-American in 1979 and Second Team All-American in 1980.[3]

At the time of graduation, he was the Duke career leader in points (2,323), rebounds (1,242), and blocked shots (345). As of early 2020,[4] he is eighth all time in the ACC in points and rebounds. He is sixth in blocked shots all-time in the ACC and second in Duke history. He is also second in Duke career rebounds behind Shelden Williams and fifth in points behind JJ Redick, Johnny Dawkins, Christian Laettner, and Kyle Singler. His jersey number 43 is retired by the Duke men's basketball team. In 2002, Gminski was named to the ACC 50th Anniversary men's basketball team as one of the 50 greatest players in Atlantic Coast Conference history.

NBA career[edit]

Gminski was drafted in the first round by the New Jersey Nets of the NBA. He played for the Nets from 1980 to 1988. Gminski played in the Summer Pro League in 1981, where during a game he was elbowed in the back which caused an infection and blood clot.[5] He went on to play with the Philadelphia 76ers, as well as the Charlotte Hornets and Milwaukee Bucks. He wore jersey No 42 throughout his career and only got to wear No 43 (his Duke number) in his final 8 games with the Milwaukee Bucks. He scored 10 points in his final NBA game.

In a remarkable start to the 1990 season, Gminski and teammates made a pact that if the Sixers won 10 in a row, they would each get their ears pierced. When the team pulled off 12 in a row, he, Rick Mahorn and the others were sporting diamond earrings to commemorate the feat.[6]

Gminski was an exceptional free throw shooter, especially compared to other big men (Gminski was listed at 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)). During his career, he converted over 84% of his attempts.[citation needed]

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
 *  Led the league

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1980–81 New Jersey 56 - 28.2 .423 .000 .767 7.5 1.3 1.0 1.8 13.2
1981–82 New Jersey 64 6 11.6 .441 .000 .822 2.9 0.6 0.3 0.8 5.2
1982–83 New Jersey 80 1 15.7 .500 .000 .778 4.8 0.8 0.4 1.5 7.5
1983–84 New Jersey 82* 2 20.2 .513 .000 .799 5.3 1.1 0.5 0.9 7.6
1984–85 New Jersey 81 54 29.9 .465 .000 .841 7.8 2.0 0.5 1.1 12.8
1985–86 New Jersey 81 78 31.2 .517 .000 .893 8.2 1.6 0.7 0.9 16.5
1986–87 New Jersey 72 66 31.6 .457 .000 .846 8.8 1.4 0.7 1.0 16.4
1987–88 New Jersey 34 34 35.1 .454 .000 .861 9.4 1.6 0.8 1.0 16.9
1987–88 Philadelphia 47 47 37.6 .445 .000 .938 10.5 1.8 0.8 1.8 16.9
1988–89 Philadelphia 82* 82 33.4 .477 .000 .871 9.4 1.7 0.6 1.3 17.2
1989–90 Philadelphia 81 81 32.8 .457 .176 .821 8.5 1.6 0.5 1.3 13.7
1990–91 Philadelphia 30 29 26.4 .384 .125 .841 6.7 1.1 0.5 1.1 9.1
1990–91 Charlotte 50 50 28.1 .473 .167 .789 7.6 1.2 0.5 0.4 11.4
1991–92 Charlotte 35 10 14.3 .452 .333 .750 3.4 0.9 0.3 0.5 5.8
1992–93 Charlotte 34 0 7.4 .506 .000 .900 2.5 0.2 0.0 0.3 2.7
1993–94 Charlotte 21 6 12.1 .392 .000 .786 2.8 0.5 0.6 0.6 3.5
1993–94 Milwaukee 8 1 6.8 .208 .000 .750 1.9 0.0 0.0 0.4 1.6
Career 938 547 25.6 .465 .122 .843 6.9 1.3 0.5 1.1 11.7

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1981–82 New Jersey 1 - 10.0 .667 .000 .500 2.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 5.0
1982–83 New Jersey 2 - 14.5 .667 .000 .750 4.5 0.5 0.0 2.0 7.5
1983–84 New Jersey 11 - 20.3 .580 .000 .692 5.0 0.5 0.6 1.4 8.5
1984–85 New Jersey 3 0 27.0 .545 .000 1.000 6.3 1.3 1.0 1.7 14.0
1985–86 New Jersey 3 3 36.3 .372 .000 .963 10.0 1.7 1.3 0.7 19.3
1988–89 Philadelphia 3 3 39.3 .396 .000 .688 7.7 0.7 0.0 2.7 16.3
1989–90 Philadelphia 10 10 34.2 .487 .000 .933 5.4 1.1 0.8 2.3 12.8
1992–93 Charlotte 2 0 2.5 .500 .000 .000 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0
Career 35 16 26.2 .485 .000 .795 5.5 0.8 0.6 1.6 11.2

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mike Gminski (CBS Sports Analyst)". CBS Sports. Retrieved March 20, 2020.
  2. ^ "Mike Gminski – NPASHF". polishsportshof.com. Archived from the original on August 16, 2012. Retrieved March 20, 2020.
  3. ^ "Michael T. Gminski". goduke.com. December 14, 2005. Retrieved March 20, 2020.
  4. ^ "ACC Men's Basketball Records". www.scacchoops.com. Retrieved March 30, 2020.
  5. ^ Hasen, Jeff (August 21, 1981). "The New Jersey Nets, last year's Atlantic Division basement...". United Press International.
  6. ^ Weiss, Dick (February 14, 1990). "Sixers Dressed For Success Gminski, Mahorn Now Have Earrings". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Archived from the original on December 20, 2013. Retrieved March 20, 2020.

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