Sedale Threatt

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Sedale Threatt
Personal information
Born (1961-09-10) September 10, 1961 (age 61)
Atlanta, Georgia
Listed height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High schoolTherrell (Atlanta, Georgia)
CollegeWest Virginia Tech (1979–1983)
NBA draft1983 / Round: 6 / Pick: 139th overall
Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Playing career1983–2002
PositionPoint guard
Number9, 3, 4, 2
Career history
19831987Philadelphia 76ers
19871988Chicago Bulls
19881991Seattle SuperSonics
19911996Los Angeles Lakers
1996Paris Basket Racing
1997Houston Rockets
1997–1998Gymnastikos S. Larissas
2001–2002Lausanne Basket
Career highlights and awards
  • 3× First-team All-WVIAC (1981–1983)
Career NBA statistics
Points9,327 (9.8 ppg)
Assists3,613 (3.8 apg)
Steals1,138 (1.2 spg)
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Sedale Eugene Threatt (born September 10, 1961) is an American former professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Threatt played college basketball at the West Virginia Institute of Technology from 1979 to 1983. Nicknamed "The Thief" for his ability to steal the basketball, Threatt has the distinction of being the last sixth round pick to play in the NBA (the NBA draft was shortened to the now-current two rounds in 1989), played in the NBA from 1983–1997 and finished his basketball career overseas.

Professional career[edit]

Threatt was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the sixth round of the 1983 NBA draft, and is the only player from West Virginia Tech to have ever played in the NBA.[1] During the 1986 NBA playoffs, Threatt played a key role for the 76ers, averaging then career-highs of 13.7 points, 3.5 assists, and 1.9 steals per game.[2] During the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Bucks, Threatt led all scorers with 28 points during the series deciding game seven, but Philadelphia lost by one point, 113-112.[3] In total, Threatt played for four seasons with the 76ers and was traded to the Chicago Bulls in 1986. In 1988, he was traded to the Seattle SuperSonics for Sam Vincent.[4] He played for Seattle for four seasons before being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers on October 2, 1991, in exchange for three second round draft picks.

Threatt was expected to play a backup role to Magic Johnson. However, after Johnson's sudden retirement for medical reasons (he announced that he was HIV positive), Threatt became the starting point guard. Threatt's ability to steal the ball earned him the nickname "The Thief" from Lakers commentators Chick Hearn[5] and Stu Lantz. Threatt led the Lakers in assists, steals and minutes played each in his first two seasons. In 1992-93, he became the second player in Lakers franchise history (after Johnson) to lead the Lakers in scoring (15.1), assists (6.9), and steals (1.7).

He scored a career high 42 points against the New York Knicks on March 10, 1992, and scored a career playoff high 35 points in Game 1 of the 1993 Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Phoenix Suns. He retired from the NBA after the 1996-97 season and went on to play basketball with the Gymnastikos S. Larissas (Greece) before retiring in 2002.

Personal life[edit]

Threatt is thought to have fathered at least fourteen children,[6] and been married twice. He married his first wife, Nicole Plotzker, in 1992.[7] She later left him for Dr. Dre; his second marriage was to Britt Johnson.[citation needed]

In 2000, Threatt was sentenced to six months in prison for failing to pay child support. Threatt had a plea deal with prosecutors, who recommended five months of probation, but U.S. District Judge Mark L. Wolf rejected the agreement and sentenced him to prison. Wolf also ordered Threatt to comply with five other outstanding child-support orders for children in other jurisdictions.[8]

Threatt currently lives in Melbourne, Australia,[9] working alongside his eldest son, Sedale Threatt Jr., in his company, Australian Basketball Development (AUBD).[10] Threatt has another son also named Sedale Threatt Jr., who attended college at Lehigh University and played quarterback on the football team. This Sedale Jr. later went into acting.[6]


  1. ^ Magic Johnson, 'The Thief' and the man who saved the Showtime Los Angeles Lakers
  2. ^ Sedale Threatt Per Game Playoffs
  3. ^ NBA Playoffs : Erving Misses and Bucks Head for Boston
  4. ^ "Sedale Threatt Stats".
  5. ^ "Chick Hearn". Laker Legends. Laker Legends. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Not Much More Than Name Links Threatt Jr. to Father". New York Times. October 10, 2007. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  7. ^ Mike Downey (December 13, 1992). "Word Is Out on Secret of Laker Success". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 28, 2021.
  8. ^ "Threatt jailed for six months | CBC Sports".
  9. ^ Memberto, Brad. "Threatt spreads hoop dreams Down Under". Santa Maria Times. Santa Maria Times. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  10. ^ "The Australian Basketball Development (AUBD)". The Australian Basketball Development (AUBD). Retrieved 2017-03-18.

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