Sherman Douglas

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Sherman Douglas
Personal information
Born (1966-09-15) September 15, 1966 (age 53)
Washington, D.C.
Listed height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High schoolSpingarn (Washington, D.C.)
CollegeSyracuse (1985–1989)
NBA draft1989 / Round: 2 / Pick: 28th overall
Selected by the Miami Heat
Playing career1989–2001
PositionPoint guard
Number11, 4, 20
Career history
19891992Miami Heat
19921995Boston Celtics
19951997Milwaukee Bucks
1997–1998New Jersey Nets
1999Los Angeles Clippers
19992001New Jersey Nets
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points8,425 (11.0 ppg)
Rebounds1,672 (2.2 rpg)
Assists4,536 (5.9 apg)
Stats at

Sherman Douglas (born September 15, 1966) is a retired American professional basketball player from Syracuse University who played for the Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, New Jersey Nets and the Los Angeles Clippers from 1989 to 2001. His nickname, The General is a play on his first name and his position as a point guard (as a floor general). He was known for revolutionizing the running "floater" shot in the lane.


Sherman Douglas set the all-time NCAA assist record with the Syracuse Orangemen in 1989 before becoming the Heat's first starting point guard. Although he was only a second-round draft choice in 1989, his strong campaign (14.3 ppg and 7.6 apg) earned him a spot on the NBA's All-Rookie First Team. He bettered that campaign in 1990–91, when he led the Heat in scoring (18.5) and assists (8.5) and was named the team's most valuable player.

After holding out before the 1991–92 season, Douglas played five games with Miami before being dealt to the Boston Celtics for Brian Shaw on January 10, 1992. Douglas would play the best basketball of his career for the Boston Celtics, managing to pilot the team to the playoffs in 1994–1995 season despite their 35-47 record in the final season of the Boston Garden. Douglas averaged 14.7 points and 6.9 assists per game that year.

He played for the Los Angeles Clippers in the 1998–99 season and then was traded back to the Nets the season after.

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