Darryl Dawkins

Basketball Player-coach
Born Jan 11, 1957

Darryl Dawkins is a retired American professional basketball player, most noted for his days with the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets, although he also played briefly for the Detroit Pistons and Utah Jazz late in his career. He was nicknamed "Chocolate Thunder" for his powerful dunks, which notably led to the NBA adopting breakaway rims due to him shattering the backboard on two occasions in 1979.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Darryl Dawkins.


1957 Birth Born on January 11, 1957.


The team won the state championship in 1975, a year after the ABA's Utah Stars had plucked Moses Malone right out of Petersburg (Virginia) High School.


1977 20 Years Old In the 1977–78 season Dawkins finally found a regular role, coming off the bench for nearly 25 minutes per game. … Read More
1979 22 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1979–80 he averaged 14.7 points and a career-high 8.7 rebounds, helping the Sixers back to the NBA Finals, which they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in six games.
1981 24 Years Old 1 More Event
In the 1981 season Dawkins produced a .607 field-goal percentage, second in the NBA to Artis Gilmore's .670. … Read More
1982 25 Years Old In the 1982–83 season Dawkins averaged 12. points and shot .599 from the floor, ranking third in the league in field-goal percentage behind Gilmore and Steve Johnson. … Read More
1983 26 Years Old The 1983–84 season was Dawkins' last full season. … Read More
1985 28 Years Old Midway through the 1985–86 season, he slipped in his bathtub and injured his back. … Read More
1986 29 Years Old 1 More Event
On April 7, 1986, he appeared at WrestleMania II as a guest judge for a boxing match between Mr. T (with Joe Frazier, The Haiti Kid) versus Roddy Piper (with Bob Orton and Lou Duva). … Read More


1987 30 Years Old The following autumn, the two were planning to divorce when she committed suicide on November 1, 1987, at her parents' home in New Jersey; Dawkins was in Utah with his team at the time.
1988 31 Years Old In 1988 Dawkins married a former Nets cheerleader, Robbin Thornton; they divorced after 10 years. … Read More


1999 42 Years Old In 1999, Saturday Night Live named Dawkins the "Man of the Millennium" in a Weekend Update sketch.


2015 59 Years Old Dawkins died on August 27, 2015, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, at the age of 58. … Read More
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