Terry Cummings

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Terry Cummings
No. 34, 35
Power forward / Center
Personal information
Born(1961-03-15) March 15, 1961 (age 53)
Chicago, Illinois
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High schoolCarver (Chicago, Illinois)
CollegeDePaul (1979–1982)
NBA draft1982 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
Selected by the San Diego Clippers
Pro playing career1982–2000
Career history
19821984San Diego Clippers
19841989Milwaukee Bucks
19891995San Antonio Spurs
1995–1996Milwaukee Bucks
1997Seattle SuperSonics
1997–1998Philadelphia 76ers
1998New York Knicks
19992000Golden State Warriors
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points19,460 (16.4 ppg)
Rebounds8,630 (7.3 rpg)
Steals1,255 (1.1 spg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
 
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Terry Cummings
No. 34, 35
Power forward / Center
Personal information
Born(1961-03-15) March 15, 1961 (age 53)
Chicago, Illinois
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High schoolCarver (Chicago, Illinois)
CollegeDePaul (1979–1982)
NBA draft1982 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
Selected by the San Diego Clippers
Pro playing career1982–2000
Career history
19821984San Diego Clippers
19841989Milwaukee Bucks
19891995San Antonio Spurs
1995–1996Milwaukee Bucks
1997Seattle SuperSonics
1997–1998Philadelphia 76ers
1998New York Knicks
19992000Golden State Warriors
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points19,460 (16.4 ppg)
Rebounds8,630 (7.3 rpg)
Steals1,255 (1.1 spg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Robert Terrell "Terry" Cummings (born March 15, 1961) is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association for 18 seasons as a power forward and occasional center.

College and NBA years[edit]

Born in Chicago, Illinois and a graduate of Carver High School, Cummings attended DePaul University from 1979 to 1982. He averaged 16.4 points per game over 85 games and entered the 1982 NBA Draft after departing from school. He was selected in the first round by the San Diego Clippers, and in his inaugural 1982-83 season, he won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award after putting up 23.7 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. These figures would turn out to be the highest of his career in those categories. Late in his rookie season, Cummings suffered from heartbeat irregularities, which would keep him out the remaining two weeks of the season. The team lost every game without him.

After the next season (1983–84), he was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks, where he would continue to post above 20 point and 8 rebound averages for four out of his five years on the team. As a Buck, Cummings was selected to play in the 1984-85 and 1988-89 NBA All-Star Games.

He was traded to the San Antonio Spurs where he would remain for six years. His scoring and rebounding averages for the 1989-90 through 1991-92 seasons were close to 20 and 8, respectively, and he helped his team to consecutive 50-win seasons and playoff appearances. By this time, he was recognized as a reliable power forward in the league.

Post-injury and reserve player years[edit]

Cummings suffered a serious knee injury in the summer of 1992 in a casual pickup game. He would miss the first 74 regular season games. Upon his return to the lineup, he could no longer put up near-All-Star numbers, and from then on he was used in a more suitable role as a reserve. Cummings would play in San Antonio until 1994-95, when he joined Milwaukee again, and would change teams several more times in his career. He would come off the bench for the Seattle SuperSonics, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers, and the Golden State Warriors, where he would retire after the 1999–2000 season.

In 18 seasons Terry Cummings scored 19,460 points, falling just short of the 20,000 point mark, but placing him among the top 50 career scorers. He finished with averages of 16.4 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game. He also played in 1,183 Games, had 33,898 minutes, a .484 field goal percentage (8,045 for 16,628), .706 free throw percentage (3,326 for 4,711), 8,630 total rebounds (3,183 offensive, 5,447 defensive), and 1,255 steals.

Personal/post-retirement[edit]

Cummings has been an ordained Pentecostal Minister since 1977[1] and performed service at the wedding of former teammate Sean Elliott. He has three sons, Antonio, T. J., and Shawn.

In a creative turn of his career, Cummings released an album, T.C. Finally in early 2007, of songs which he wrote, sang, and played keyboards. The album is reminiscent of the R&B/soulstyles of musicians such as Marvin Gaye, Al Green, and Sam Cooke.

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw percentage
 RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
 BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

Regular season[edit]

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
1982–83San Diego706936.2.523.000.70910.62.51.8.923.7
1983–84San Diego818035.9.494.000.7209.61.71.1.722.9
1984–85Milwaukee797834.5.495.000.7419.12.91.5.823.6
1985–86Milwaukee828232.5.474.000.6568.52.41.5.619.8
1986–87Milwaukee827733.8.511.000.6628.52.81.61.020.8
1987–88Milwaukee767634.6.485.333.6657.32.41.0.621.3
1988–89Milwaukee807835.3.467.467.7878.12.51.3.922.9
1989–90San Antonio817834.8.475.322.7808.42.71.4.622.4
1990–91San Antonio676232.8.484.212.6837.82.3.9.417.6
1991–92San Antonio706730.7.488.385.7119.01.5.8.517.3
1992–93San Antonio809.5.379.5002.4.5.1.13.4
1993–94San Antonio592919.2.428.000.5895.0.8.5.27.3
1994–95San Antonio762016.8.483.5855.0.8.5.36.8
1995–96Milwaukee811321.9.462.143.6505.51.1.7.48.0
1996–97Seattle45318.4.486.600.6954.1.9.7.28.2
1997–98Philadelphia44214.9.458.000.6723.4.5.5.15.3
1997–98New York30117.6.477.7004.5.9.5.27.8
1998–99Golden State50020.2.4391.000.7115.11.2.9.29.1
1999–2000Golden State22018.1.429.8214.91.0.6.48.4
Career1,18381528.7.484.295.7067.31.91.1.516.4
All-Star2017.5.423.8336.0.51.51.013.5

Playoffs[edit]

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
1985Milwaukee8838.9.577.000.8288.82.51.5.927.5
1986Milwaukee141436.4.514.6949.93.01.41.121.6
1987Milwaukee121036.9.488.6877.92.31.01.122.3
1988Milwaukee5538.6.562.6597.82.61.8.625.8
1989Milwaukee5424.8.362.000.8756.61.4.6.012.8
1990San Antonio101037.5.528.200.8089.42.2.7.424.9
1991San Antonio4431.0.510.000.5009.31.0.8.514.8
1992San Antonio3340.7.515.000.50011.32.31.31.326.0
1993San Antonio10013.8.443.000.6253.9.5.3.16.7
1994San Antonio4118.0.500.8336.3.51.3.88.0
1995San Antonio1529.0.375.000.7332.1.3.3.13.9
1997Seattle12624.3.489.6676.01.2.9.58.8
1998New York8115.0.441.2504.4.6.5.34.0
Career1106826.9.502.091.7066.71.6.9.615.1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rzeppa, Brian. "Inside The League (6): A TLN Exclusive Interview With Future Hall Of Famer Terry Cummings". Interview. The League News. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 

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