Dominique Wilkins Biography
Dominique Wilkins was one of the best high flyers in the history of the game. He earned the nickname “Human Highlight Film” for the dunks he would perform in games on a nightly basis.
He was born January 12, 1960 in Paris France. His father was stationed there while he served in the United States of America Air Force. When his family moved back to the states, they settled in Washington, North Carolina. It was there that Wilkins would begin to make a name for himself on the hardwood.
Dominique played high school basketball at Washington High School. He earned the MVP honors for the team's back-to-back state championships from 1978-1979. After graduating high school, Wilkins would enroll at the University of Georgia.
He would play three years for the Georgia Bulldogs and before he would leave, become one of the most exciting players in the SEC to watch. He would average over 21.6 points a game in three years at Georgia. He currently sits as the fourth all-time leading scorer in school history with 1,688 points in 78 games. He also holds the record for the most points scored in a single season with 732 points scored during the 1980-81 season.
Wilkins was recognized for his play on the court while at Georgia, too. He was chosen to the All-SEC First Team in 1981 and 1982. To go along with the All-SEC honors, he was also chosen as the SEC Player of the Year for the 1981 season. In 1982 he was also chosen as an All-American, being voted onto the second team.
After his junior season at Georgia, Wilkins decided to forgo his senior year and enter the NBA draft. He would end up being selected with the third overall pick in the 1982 draft by the Utah Jazz. He would never suit up for the Jazz, though. Wilkins did not want to play in Utah and forced the Jazz to trade him. He would end up being traded to the Atlanta Hawks.
It was in Atlanta where Wilkins would make a name for himself as one of the best scorers in the NBA. He would end up being named to the All-NBA Rookie Team in 1983, the first of many awards to come for Wilkins. He would be named to seven All-NBA teams during his career also. He would win two slam dunk contests in 1985 and 1990. He would lead the NBA in scoring in 1986 with 30.3 points per game average as well. In addition, he was selected to nine NBA All-Star teams.
Wilkins would play for five NBA teams in his career; Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs, and Orlando Magic. He also played one season in Greece and one in Italy. When he retired he would end up seventh on the all-time NBA scoring list with 26,668 points scored, averaging 24.8 points a game. He is still the Hawks all-time leading scorer with 23,292 points scored.
In 2006 he was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. In 2004 he was named the Vice President of Basketball for the Atlanta Hawks, a position he still holds today.
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