Darryl Dawkins, RIP

ACADEME BLOG

When I was in graduate school at Lehigh University, Darryl Hawkins was playing professional basketball for the Philadelphia 76ers. He was part of the team assembled around Julius Erving, and coached by Billy Cunningham, and they were among the best teams in the league year after year, in a few instances coming tantalizing close to the title that they would win only after Moses Malone had replaced Dawkins on the roster.

Ironically, Moses Malone had been the first player drafted directly out of high school when he had been selected by the Utah Stars of the ABA. The next year, Dawkins had become the first player drafted directly out of high school by an NBA team. By the time that he retired, Malone had accumulated career statistics that made him a lock for the Hall of Fame, and he has been included on just about every subsequent list of the…

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