A STATISTICAL LOOK AT AN EXTRAORDINARY NBA CAREER
As Terry Cummings prepares to begin life after basketball, it is essential to take a look back before moving forward. When glancing into the rearview mirror at Cummings' 18-year NBA career, an astounding amount of accomplishments pass by unable to be ignored.
In a press conference today, Cummings and the Golden State Warriors are set to announce the retirement of a long and prosperous career. Of course, the fact that Cummings' career is over does not mean the discussions about his game with end. Now that his career in basketball has come to a close, the debate will commence as to whether he is worthy of hall of fame consideration. Below are a few facts and figures that should help solve some questions when discussing the career of Terry Cummings.
*Cummings is one of only eight players in NBA history to play 18 years or more (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Robert Parish, Moses Malone, James Edwards, Tree Rollins, Rick Mahorn, Danny Shayes, Herb Williams).
* He ranks 17th in NBA history in games played (1,183 career games).
* The 6-foot-9, 250-pound forward stands in 29th place in NBA history in points scored (19,460) and 22nd in field goals made (8,045).
* Cummings averaged 23.7 points and 10.6 rebounds during his rookie season in 1982-83, making him one of nine players over the last 20 years to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in his rookie season (Hakeem Olajuwon, Shaquille O'Neal, Alonzo Mourning, Tim Duncan, David Robinson, Elton Brand, Ralph Sampson, Clark Kellogg).
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*In each of his first three NBA seasons, he averaged at least 20 points and nine rebounds, making his one of just six players in the last 20 years to accomplish this feat (Hakeem Olajuwon, Shaquille O'Neal, Alonzo Mourning, Tim Duncan, David Robinson).
* He earned NBA Rookie of the Year honors in 1982-83 with the San Diego Clippers, winning the vote over players such as James Worthy and Dominique Wilkins.
* Cummings was named to the All-NBA Second Team in 1985 and All-NBA Third Team in 1989.
* He was a member of the Eastern Conference All-Star team on two occasions (1985, 1989) during his stint with the Milwaukee Bucks.
* Averaged 20-plus points during a season on seven occasions, including four consecutive years from 1986-87 through 1989-90.
* Played for seven different clubs during his 18-year NBA career (San Diego, Milwaukee,
San Antonio, Seattle, Philadelphia, New York, Golden State).
* Appeared in the playoffs in 13 of his 18 NBA seasons, with his team winning the division title in six of those years.
* Finishes his career with averages of 16.4 points and 7.3 rebounds.
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