Sam Perkins (1993 – Hoops #211)

Samuel “Sam” Perkins was a 2 time All-American and a teammate of Hall Of Famers Michael Jordan and James Worthy at North Carolina (where they won the National Championship in 1982) under Dean Smith (who was alerted to Perkins by my lifelong friend, Peter Goddard, while still in High School in Latham, N.Y.)  After College he was the 4th overall pick in the 1984 NBA Draft, taken by the Dallas Mavericks (right after Jordan) and played in the NBA for 18 years (1984 – 2001) for 4 different teams.  During his 7 years with Dallas he was voted to the NBA All-Rookie first team in 1985 and he recorded the first 30-20 game, with 31 points and 20 rebounds, in Mavericks history.  He, also, once scored 45 points in a game against the Golden State Warriors in 1990.  Overall he appeared in total of 164 play-off games during his career and appeared in the 1991 NBA Finals for the Los Angeles Lakers and again in 1996 with the Seattle Supersonics (both times against the Chicago Bulls during the Bulls two 3-peats)  Sam Perkins was a member of the Gold Medal winning Team in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. He was named Vice President of Player Relations for the Indiana Pacers in 2008.  He is currently, as of 2015, 53 years old.

Sam Perkins 1993 Hoops #211

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One response to “Sam Perkins (1993 – Hoops #211)

  1. It does not seem possible that Sam Perkins is now 53 years old, as when I lived between Albany, NY and Saratoga, there was a high school there in a town called Latham, NY, and that is where Sam Perkins became so well known as the finest high school basketball player in the entire state of NY! He was a very tall and skinny Junior when he became so well known and played for a very good Latham school. I contacted the late Dean Smith of NC as they were my favorite college team, and told Coach Smith he should get in touch with Perkins, as he was outstanding, and the next thing I knew, Smith got Perkins into UNC on a scholarship and the rest is history. I received a beautiful thank you handwritten letter in blue ink written by Coach Smith and he was so wonderful and gracious in thanking me for telling him about Perkins. I wish I still had that letter from Coach Smith, but unfortunately, have no idea anymore whatever happened to it-lost during my many moves along the way. PG

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