Terry Furlow

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Terry Furlow
Personal information
Born(1954-10-18)October 18, 1954
Flint, Michigan
DiedMay 23, 1980(1980-05-23) (aged 25)
Linndale, Ohio
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High schoolFlint Northern (Flint, Michigan)
CollegeMichigan State (1972–1976)
NBA draft1976 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall
Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Playing career1976–1980
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
Career history
1976–1977Philadelphia 76ers
19771979Cleveland Cavaliers
1979Atlanta Hawks
1979–1980Utah Jazz
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points2,550 (10.7 ppg)
Rebounds507 (2.1 rpg)
Assists568 (2.4 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Terry Furlow (October 18, 1954 – May 23, 1980) was an American basketball player. Furlow was a 6-foot-4-inch (1.93 m) shooting guard from Flint, Michigan. He played collegiately at Michigan State. In 1975–76, as a senior, he led the Big Ten in scoring, and finished his career at MSU with 1717 points – which places him seventh on the Spartans' all-time scoring list. The 50 points he scored against Iowa on January 5, 1976, is still the Michigan State men's all-time single-game scoring record.[1]

Furlow was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 12th overall pick in the 1976 NBA Draft; he was also selected in the sixth round of the 1975 ABA draft by the Memphis Sounds.[2] In 1977, he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he averaged 11.0 points in one-and-a-half seasons with the team. In 1979, he was traded to the Atlanta Hawks for point guard Butch Lee, and midway through the 1979–80 season, he was traded to the Utah Jazz, where he averaged a career-best 16 points per game.

On May 23, 1980, Furlow was killed in a car accident when he crashed into a pole on Interstate 71 in Linndale, Ohio. An autopsy report confirmed he had cocaine and Valium in his bloodstream when he died.[3] He left behind one son, Terrence O'Neal Paige from Hammond, Indiana.[4]


  1. ^ 2005 Greater Flint Afro-American Hall of Fame -- Terry Furlow - Posthumous Archived 2009-02-02 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "BasketballReference.com Terry Furlow page". basketballreference.com. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  3. ^ https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/sports/1980/08/20/widespread-cocaine-use-by-players-alarms-nba/0eb819b3-bd92-412a-b14c-baed1a9e7c68/
  4. ^ "Daytona Beach Morning Journal - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com. Retrieved January 17, 2019.

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