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Darryl Dawkins
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Personal information
Born (1957-01-11)January 11, 1957
Orlando, Florida, U.S.
Nationality American
Died August 27, 2015(2015-08-27) (aged 58)
Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
High school Maynard Evans (Orlando, Florida)
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 251 lb (114 kg)
Career information
NBA Draft 1975 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall
Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Pro career 1975–2000
Career history
1975–1982 Philadelphia 76ers
1982–1987 New Jersey Nets
1987 Utah Jazz
1987–1989 Detroit Pistons
1989–1991 Auxilium Torino (Italy)
1991–1992 Olimpia Philips Milano (Italy)
1992–1994 Libertas Forlì (Italy)
1994–1995 Harlem Globetrotters
1995–1996 Sioux Falls Skyforce (CBA)
1999–2000 Winnipeg Cyclone (IBA)
Career NBA statistics
Points 8,733 (12.0 ppg)
Rebounds 4,432 (6.1 rpg)
Blocks 1,023 (1.4 bpg)

Darryl Dawkins (January 11, 1957 – August 27, 2015) was an American professional basketball player. He was known for his days with the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets. He also played briefly for the Detroit Pistons and Utah Jazz late in his career. His nickname was "Chocolate Thunder". It was given to him by Stevie Wonder. He was known for his powerful dunks, which led the NBA to adopt breakaway rims because he shattered the backboard two times in 1979.

Dawkins died on August 27, 2015 from a heart attack in Allentown, Pennsylvania, at the age of 58.

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