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Sam Perkins in 2012
|Born||June 14, 1961|
Brooklyn, New York
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||235 lb (107 kg)|
|High school||Shaker (Latham, New York)|
|College||North Carolina (1980–1984)|
|NBA draft||1984 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall|
|Selected by the Dallas Mavericks|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|Number||41, 44, 14|
|1990–1993||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||15,324 (11.9 ppg)|
|Rebounds||7,666 (6.0 rpg)|
|Blocks||933 (0.7 bpg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
|College Basketball Hall of Fame|
Inducted in 2018
Samuel Perkins (born June 14, 1961) is an American retired professional basketball player. He was a three-time college All-American and 1982 national champion, taken as the fourth pick of the 1984 NBA draft by the Dallas Mavericks, and won a gold medal with the US Olympic team at the 1984 Los Angeles Games.
Known by the nicknames "Sleepy Sam" and "Big Smooth", Perkins attended Samuel J. Tilden High School and Shaker High School in New York before becoming a star at the University of North Carolina. A teammate of future Hall of Famers James Worthy and Michael Jordan on the '82 NCAA Championship Team, he was a three-time All-American, three-time First Team All-ACC, and 1984 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year. Taken by the Mavericks after his senior season, he went on to a successful 17-year career as a center and power forward in the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1984 to 2001.
In 2008, Perkins was named vice president of player relations for the Indiana Pacers, for whom he played from 1999–2001. That September he was inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame.
In October 2011, Perkins traveled to South Sudan as a SportsUnited Sports Envoy for the U.S. Department of State, where he worked with Hall of Fame NBA center Dikembe Mutombo to lead a series of basketball clinics and team building exercises with youths of both sexes, the South Sudanese Wheelchair Basketball Team, and 36 coaches. This helped contribute to the State Department's missions to remove barriers, and create a world in which individuals with disabilities enjoy dignity and full inclusion in society.
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- Selected as the large-school player of the year in high school by the New York State Sportswriters Association in 1980.
- Member of the 1982 NCAA Champion North Carolina Tar Heels.
- Named to the ACC 50th Anniversary men's basketball team as one of the fifty greatest players in Atlantic Coast Conference history
- Co-captain of the gold-medal winning 1984 U.S. Olympic basketball team.
- Named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 1984–85.
- Appeared in 164 career playoff games, averaging 11.3 ppg and 5.7 rpg.
- Recorded the first 30-20 game in Mavericks history, with 31 points and a career-high 20 rebounds, against the Houston Rockets on December 12, 1985.
- Scored a career-high 45 points, for the Mavericks, against the Golden State Warriors on April 12, 1990.
- Appeared in three NBA Finals: against the Chicago Bulls in 1991 with the L.A. Lakers, and again in 1996 with the Seattle SuperSonics. He also appeared with the Indiana Pacers in 2000 against the L.A. Lakers.
- Tied an NBA record by hitting 8 three-pointers without a miss with the Seattle SuperSonics against the Toronto Raptors on January 15, 1997.
- Posted a 1997–98 season-high 21 points, on perfect shooting (5-5 FG, 4-4 3FG, 7-7 FT), and 3 steals against the L.A. Clippers on December 14, 1997.
- Named as a member of the 35 Greatest Boys McDonald's All Americans team.
- Was inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame in September 2008 along with NBA stars Kenny Anderson and Rod Strickland, coach Pete Gillen and pioneers Lou Bender and Eddie Younger.
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 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds
- List of National Basketball Association career games played leaders
- List of National Basketball Association career playoff 3-point scoring leaders
- Easy Does It -- Sam Perkins: Selfless, Sacrificial Sonic
- PACERS: Perkins named V.P. of Player Relations
- Mallozzi, Vincent M. "City’s Basketball Hall Welcomes 98-Year-Old Inductee", The New York Times, September 17, 2008. Accessed September 14, 2009.
- "Sam Perkins and Dikembe Mutombo Travel to South Sudan | Exchange Programs". exchanges.state.gov. Retrieved 2016-05-01.
- McCallum, Jack, "Oh Say Should We Sing?" Sports Illustrated, March 25, 1996, accessed October 21, 2016.
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