David Thompson Speaker Profile
Hall Of Fame Forward for the Denver Nuggets
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David Thompson Biography
NBA Hall of Famer, David Thompson was born July 13, 1954 in Shelby, North Carolina and is a former basketball star with the Denver Nuggets of both the National Basketball Association (NBA) and American Basketball Association (ABA), as well as the Seattle SuperSonics.
Thompson was the No. 1 draft pick of both the American Basketball Association and the National Basketball Association in the 1975 drafts of both leagues. He eventually signed with the ABA's Denver Nuggets.
Thompson and Julius Erving were the finalists in the first ever Slam-Dunk Competition, held at the 1976 ABA All-Star Game at McNichols Sports Arena in Denver. The competition organizers had arranged the seedings to assure a final round pairing these two dynamic players. Erving won with the first ever foul-line dunk, to this day the standard for leaping and dunking prowess. Thompson, inexplicably, performed even more difficult dunks in warmups, but not in the competition itself, including a dunk called the "cradle the baby" whereby he cradled the ball in the crook of his arm, raised it above the rim, and punched it through.
Thompson made the NBA All-Star Game four seasons, and reached his peak in 1978 season. On April 9, 1978, the last day of the regular NBA season, Thompson scored 73 points against the Detroit Pistons in an effort to win the NBA scoring title (he barely lost the scoring title to San Antonio's George Gervin, who scored 63 points in a game played later that same day). He also led the Denver Nuggets to the NBA playoffs, but they lost to the eventual Western Conference champion Seattle SuperSonics.
After the 1978 season, Thompson signed a record-breaking contract for $4 million over five-years. That amount was more than any basketball player ever had previously been paid. However, from that point, injuries and persistent problems with substance abuse would trouble Thompson and to the significant detriment of the remainder of his NBA career, which came to an end after the 1983-84 season.
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Posted on 22 November 2013 | 4:20 pm
NBA Hall of Famer and NC State legendary hoops star David Thompson was the keynote speaker at the annual dinner fundraiser for the Community Boys & Girls Club in Wilmington, North Carolina on November 21. Prior to the event Thompson held a news conference and discussed the issues of gang violence in the New Hanover County area and the specific need for after-school programs and a safe...[Read More]
NC State All-American David Thompson was the Keynote Speaker at the Annual North Carolina FCA Banquet
Posted on 25 October 2012 | 5:06 pm
Many basketball players go through their career and are labeled as talented, but few are regarded to be as talented as Michael Jordan, Ralph Sampson, Tim Duncan, Christian Laettner, and Len Bias. For David Thompson, a 4-time NBA All-Star, is considered one of the greatest players in the history of the Atlantic Coast Conference along with those amazing basketball players. Thompson was...[Read More]
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