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David O. Thompson

Enshrined 1996
Boiling Springs, NC
Born: July 13, 1953

Biography

With lightning moves, an explosive 44-inch vertical leap and a precise shooting touch, David Thompson often left opposing defenders in his dust. According to rumor, while at North Carolina State University the awe-inspiring Thompson could grab a quarter off the top of a backboard. A three-time Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year, he was also considered the conference's greatest player. Thompson began his pro career as the ABA's Rookie of the Year in 1976. Thompson starred for nine ABA/NBA seasons with the Denver Nuggets and Seattle SuperSonics. His prolific scoring record was highlighted by the 73 points he tallied in the final game of the 1978 season in the closest scoring title race in NBA history.

Career Highlights

NCAA Championship at North Carolina State, 1974
Associated Press National Player of the Year, 1974, 1975
Only player in history named MVP of both the ABA (1976) and NBA (1977, 1979) All-Star Games
All-NBA First-Team, 1977, 1978