Darryl Dawkins was an American professional basketball player, most noted for his days with the National Basketball Association's Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets, although he played for the Detroit Pistons and Utah Jazz late in his career. His nickname, "Chocolate Thunder", was bestowed upon him by Stevie Wonder, he was known for his powerful dunks, which led to the NBA adopting breakaway rims due to his shattering the backboard on two occasions in 1979. Dawkins averaged double figures in scoring nine times in his 14 years in the NBA ranking among the league leaders in field-goal percentage, he played in the NBA Finals three times as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Dawkins set an NBA record for fouls in a season; as a 6'10 senior at Maynard Evans High School in Orlando, Dawkins averaged 32 points and 21 rebounds to lead his team to the state championship. He was recruited by Division I colleges across the country, he narrowed his choices to Florida State and Kentucky.
In a surprise move, Dawkins opted to directly enter the NBA draft out of high school instead of attending college. He made this decision because he wanted to make enough money to help his grandmother and siblings to escape poverty, he was the first player to enter the NBA after high school. With the fifth overall pick in the 1975 NBA draft, the Philadelphia 76ers selected Dawkins, he was drafted behind David Thompson, David Meyers, Marvin Webster, Alvan Adams. He signed a seven-year contract worth $1 million. Dawkins languished on the Sixers' bench for his first two seasons. In his second season, after playing limited minutes during the regular season, Dawkins was called upon to help the Sixers in their playoff run, to battle Dave Cowens of the Celtics and Moses Malone of the Rockets; the Sixers advanced to the NBA Finals. Matched up against Portland's Bill Walton, Dawkins helped the Sixers take the first two games before the Trail Blazers won the next four to win the series in six games. In the second game of the series, Dawkins got into a fight with Maurice Lucas, resulting in both players being ejected.
Dawkins took his anger out on the 76ers locker room by tearing a toilet out of the wall and dislodging a locker stall and barricading the door with it. Dawkins' role in helping the Sixers win the Eastern Conference championship established him as one of Philadelphia's top players, on a team that included Julius Erving, George McGinnis, Lloyd Free, Doug Collins. Now 20 years old, Dawkins was averaging 11.7 points and 7.9 rebounds in nearly 25 minutes per game, while ranked second in the league in field goal percentage at.575. For the second straight year, the Sixers earned the top seed in the Eastern Division and advanced to the conference finals, but they were defeated by the Washington Bullets in six games. Prior to the 1978–79 season Philadelphia traded McGinnis to the Denver Nuggets, clearing way for Dawkins to be a permanent front court starter. Over the next three seasons Dawkins and Caldwell Jones split time at the center and power forward positions. In 1979–80 he averaged 14.7 points and a career-high 8.7 rebounds, helping the Sixers back to the NBA Finals, which they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in six games.
In the 1981 season Dawkins produced a.607 field-goal percentage, second in the NBA to Artis Gilmore's.670. Dawkins averaged 14 points and 7.2 rebounds for the year, but Philadelphia failed to return to the Finals. The club lost in seven games; the 76ers suffered another postseason disappointment in 1982 when they reached the Finals but lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in six games. Frustrated with the team's inability to handle Lakers' center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Sixers management traded Dawkins to the New Jersey Nets and Caldwell Jones to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Moses Malone, who helped Philadelphia win the NBA Championship the following year. Dawkins was traded to the Nets during the 1982 off-season in exchange for a first round draft pick. At age 25, Dawkins joined a Nets club that included Albert King, Buck Williams, Otis Birdsong, his first two seasons with the Nets were successful for both sides, as Dawkins experienced a career renaissance of sorts and the Nets had their most successful seasons to that point.
In the 1982–83 season, Dawkins averaged 12 points and shot.599 from the floor, ranking third in the league in field-goal percentage. The Nets' 49-33 record that year was their best record since the ABA–NBA merger, remained their best record until the 2001–02 season; the next season, he poured in a career-high 16.8 points per game on.593 field-goal shooting and grabbed 6.7 rebounds per contest. He set the Nets' franchise record for blocks in a single game, with 13. In the first round of the playoffs, the sixth seeded Nets were matched up with Dawkins' former team, Philadelphia 76ers; the Nets won the first two games in Philadelphia of the best-of-five series, which were the first playoff game victories in team history. After Philadelphia won the next two games, the Nets won a decisive game 5 when Dawkins' defense on reigning MVP Moses Malone helped New Jersey overcome a late deficit to win their first playoff series; the Nets playoff series win over the defending NBA champions was ranked as the seventh greatest playoff upset by Sports Illustrated.
The Nets lost in the next round to the Milwaukee Bucks in six games. For the playoffs, Dawkins averaged 18.4 points. With the Nets looking to be a team on the rise led by Dawkins, they entered the 1984–85 with high expectations; however injuries limited him to just 39 games. Dawkins appeared to return to form the following season averaging 15.3 points and shooting
University of Portland
The University of Portland is a private Roman Catholic university located in Portland, United States. It is affiliated with the Congregation of Holy Cross, which founded UP's sister school the University of Notre Dame. Founded in 1901, UP has a student body of about 4,000 students. UP is ranked 6th in the west for regional universities in 2018 by U. S. News & World Report; the campus is located in the University Park neighborhood near St. Johns, on a bluff overlooking the Willamette River. With a college of arts and sciences, it is the largest corporation in North Portland and has an annual economic impact on Portland of some $170 million. More than 13,000 alumni live in the Portland metropolitan area; the first institution located on Waud's Bluff was Portland University, established by the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1891. Amid financial setbacks following the Panic of 1893, Portland University vacated the Bluff Campus to hold classes from 1896 to 1897 in East Portland, where it was joined temporarily by the insolvent College of Puget Sound.
According to University of Portland tradition, Archbishop Alexander Christie, the head of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon, saw a large building on the bluff from aboard a ship on the nearby Willamette River. He learned that it was called West Hall and had been unoccupied for several years since the closure of Portland University; the Archdiocese purchased West Hall and the surrounding campus with financial assistance from the Congregation of Holy Cross, named the new institution Columbia University after the nearby Columbia River. The university opened its doors to 52 young men on September 5, 1901, with eight Roman Catholic priests from the local archdiocese serving as professors. At the request of the archbishop, the Congregation of the Holy Cross assumed ownership of the university in 1902. After two decades, Columbia University achieved junior college status. In 1925, the university's College of Arts and Sciences was founded, in 1929, a class of seven men were awarded the university's first bachelor's degrees.
In 1935, the school took on its present name. The 1930s saw the St. Vincent Hospital school incorporated to the University as the School of Nursing, the creation of the School of Business. In 1948 the school of Engineering was founded, followed by the Graduate School in 1950 and the School of Education in 1962. University of Portland admitted women to all courses of study in 1951. Prior to this transition, Marylhurst University had been the only Catholic institution of higher learning to serve the educational needs of Oregon women; the building housing the library was completed in 1957. In 1967 ownership of the school was transferred from the Congregation of Holy Cross to a board of Regents. Multnomah College became part of the University of Portland in 1969; the University of Portland was ranked the 23rd top college in the United States by Payscale and CollegeNet's Social Mobility Index college rankings. It is ranked as the 6th best "Regional University" and 12th "Best Value School" in the West by U.
S. News & World Report; the university is the top producer of Fulbright scholars in the entire nation among "master’s universities". Admission to UP is rated as "more selective" by U. S. News & World Report. For the fall of 2014, UP received 11,099 freshman applications; the average GPA of the enrolled freshmen was 3.63, while the middle 50% range of SAT scores were 540-660 for critical reading and 540-650 for math. Of the 48% of enrolled freshmen submitting class rank, 35% were in the top tenth of their high school graduating class and 73% were in the top quarter. UP has six divisions of study: the College of Arts & Sciences, the Pamplin School of Business Administration, the School of Education, the Shiley School of Engineering, the School of Nursing, the Graduate School; the most popular majors for undergraduates are Nursing, Marketing & Management, Elementary Education, Organizational Communication and Spanish. This is the liberal arts core of the university; the College of Arts and & Sciences has seventeen departments: Biology, Communication Studies, Environmental Science, International Languages & Cultures, Mathematics, Performing & Fine Arts, Physics, Political Science, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Social Work and Theology.
Several of the departments offer graduate programs in addition to their undergraduate majors, these programs dual report to the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and the Dean of the Graduate School. The Communication Studies department offers a M. A. in Communication and a M. S. in Management Communication. The Performing & Fine Arts department offers the M. F. A. in Directing. This program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre; the Theology department offers a three-year Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry. The M. A. P. M. Program was started in 2000 in collaboration with Gonzaga University, but in 2010 the partnership ended and the University of Portland continues to offer the program independently; the Pamplin School of Business Administration is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Its undergraduate program ranked as among the "Best Undergraduate Business Programs" by U. S. News and its Part-Time MBA is placed in U.
S. News' Best Grad School rankings; the undergraduate program offers a BA in Economics and a BBA in five different areas: Accounting, Economics, Marketi
University of Maryland, College Park
The University of Maryland, College Park is a public research university in College Park, Maryland. Founded in 1856, UMD is the flagship institution of the University System of Maryland, is the largest university in both the state and the Washington metropolitan area, with more than 41,000 students representing all fifty states and 123 countries, a global alumni network of over 360,000, its twelve schools and colleges together offer over 200 degree-granting programs, including 92 undergraduate majors, 107 master's programs, 83 doctoral programs. UMD is a member of the Association of American Universities and competes in intercollegiate athletics as a member of the Big Ten Conference; the University of Maryland's proximity to the nation's capital has resulted in many research partnerships with the federal government. It is classified as one of 115 first tier research universities in the country by the Carnegie Foundation, is labeled a "Public Ivy", denoting a quality of education comparable to the private Ivy League.
UMD is ranked among the top 100 universities both nationally and globally by several indices. In 2016, the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore formalized their strategic partnership after their collaboration created more innovative medical and educational programs, as well as greater research grants and joint faculty appointments than either campus has been able to accomplish on its own; as of 2017, the operating budget of the University of Maryland is $2.1 billion. For the 2018 fiscal year, the university received a total of over $545 million in external research funding. In October 2017, the university received a record-breaking donation of $219.5 million from the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation, ranking among the largest philanthropic gifts to a public university in the country. On March 6, 1856, the forerunner of today's University of Maryland was chartered as the Maryland Agricultural College. Two years Charles Benedict Calvert, a future U.
S. Representative from the sixth congressional district of Maryland, 1861-1863, during the American Civil War and descendent of the first Lord Baltimores, colonial proprietors of the Province of Maryland in 1634, purchased 420 acres of the Riversdale Mansion estate nearby today's College Park, Maryland; that year, Calvert founded the school and was the acting president from 1859 to 1860. On October 5, 1859, the first 34 students entered the Maryland Agricultural College; the school became a land grant college in February 1864. During the Civil War, Confederate soldiers under Brigadier General Bradley Tyler Johnson moved past the college on July 12, 1864 as part of Jubal Early's raid on Washington, D. C. By the end of the war, financial problems forced the administrators to sell off 200 acres of land, the continuing decline in enrollment sent the Maryland Agricultural College into bankruptcy. For the next two years the campus was used as a boys preparatory school. Following the Civil War, in February 1866 the Maryland legislature assumed half ownership of the school.
The college thus became in part a state institution. By October 1867, the school reopened with 11 students. In the next six years, enrollment grew and the school's debt was paid off. In 1873, Samuel Jones, a former Confederate Major General, became president of the college. Twenty years the federally funded Agricultural Experiment Station was established there. During the same period, state laws granted the college regulatory powers in several areas—including controlling farm disease, inspecting feed, establishing a state weather bureau and geological survey, housing the board of forestry. Morrill Hall was built the following year. On November 29, 1912, a fire destroyed the barracks where the students were housed, all the school's records, most of the academic buildings, leaving only Morrill Hall untouched. There were no injuries or fatalities, all but two students returned to the university and insisted on classes continuing. Students were housed by families in neighboring towns until housing could be rebuilt, although a new administration building was not built until the 1940s.
A large brick and concrete compass inlaid in the ground designates the former center of campus as it existed in 1912. The state took control of the school in 1916, the institution was renamed Maryland State College; that year, the first female students enrolled at the school. On April 9, 1920, the college became part of the existing University of Maryland, replacing St. John's College, Annapolis as the University's undergraduate campus. In the same year, the graduate school on the College Park campus awarded its first PhD degrees and the university's enrollment reached 500 students. In 1925 the university was accredited by the Association of American Universities. By the time the first black students enrolled at the university in 1951, enrollment had grown to nearly 10,000 students—4,000 of whom were women. Prior to 1951, many black students in Maryland were enrolled at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore. In 1957, President Wilson H. Elkins made a push to increase academic standards at the university.
His efforts resulted in the creation of one of the first Academic Probation Plans. The first year the plan went into effect, 1,550 students (18% of the total student body
William Joseph Raftery is an American basketball analyst and former college basketball coach. Raftery attended Saint Cecilia High School in Kearny, New Jersey, where he starred in basketball and became the all-time leading scorer in state history with 2,192 points, a record surpassed after 35 years, he earned all-state honors in basketball and led his team to the state championship in his senior season. He was named all-state in baseball and soccer, he has been named, retroactively, Mr. Basketball USA for 1959. Raftery played at La Salle University under coach Donald "Dudey" Moore. During his freshman year he scored a freshman record 370 points, followed by a team leading 17.8 points per game in his sophomore year. As a senior, he co-captained the Explorers to the National Invitation Tournament. Following his senior year at La Salle, Raftery was selected in the 14th round of the 1963 NBA draft by the New York Knicks but never played in the NBA. Raftery began his coaching career at Fairleigh Dickinson University at Madison where he was the head basketball coach from 1963 to 1968.
Raftery coached golf and served as associate athletic director. From 1970 to 1981, he was the head coach of Seton Hall University, where he posted a 154–141 record and led the Pirates to four ECAC post-season tournaments and two National Invitational Tournament appearances. In 1979, he was named Coach of the Year by the New Jersey Sports Writers Association, his 154 wins as a coach places him fourth on the all-time list at Seton Hall behind Honey Russell, P. J. Carlesimo, Frank Hill. Raftery has consecutively served as an analyst and play-by-play announcer for CBS Sports' college basketball coverage for over 33 years. Raftery was an analyst with ESPN partnered with Sean McDonough and Jay Bilas and Mike Gorman for Big East games, he has served as an analyst for CBS Radio/Westwood One's coverage of the NCAA Men's Final Four along with Kevin Kugler and John Thompson. Raftery has served as an analyst for the New Jersey Nets and was an on-course commentator for PGA Tour Champions Tour events. On June 27, 2013, Raftery signed with FOX to call Big East basketball games on the upstart network Fox Sports 1 with Gus Johnson.
During CBS' coverage of March Madness, Raftery had been partnered with Verne Lundquist. His trademark quotes are "Onions!", "Send It In Big Fella!", "A Little Nickel-Dimer!" and, "A Little Lingerie On The Deck!". He is remembered for "Send It In, Jerome!", his call after Jerome Lane of the University of Pittsburgh shattered the backboard with a powerful dunk during a 1988 game. Another phrase he is known for is'Man-to-man', he announces it in a fast and excited voice at the start of all games when the defending team is in that defense. Starting with the 2014–15 collegiate basketball season, CBS/Turner Sports partnered Raftery with Jim Nantz and Grant Hill to make up the primary announcing team for the remainder of the regular season, all the way through the NCAA men's basketball tournament and the Final four. On June 8, 2015, Raftery was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association's Hall of Fame, he won the Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Event Analyst in 2015 and 2016.
Aside from his commentating duties, Raftery was the president of W. J. Raftery Associates, an event/marketing firm. Born William Joseph Raftery in Orange, New Jersey, Bill Raftery grew up in an Irish Catholic family with Irish immigrant parents, his sister is a nun. Raftery earned a B. A. in history from La Salle University in 1963 and an M. A. E. in education from Seton Hall University in 1966. In 2001, he received an honorary doctorate from La Salle, he lives in Florham Park, New Jersey with his wife and has four children and four grandchildren. His son, Billy and narrated a documentary entitled, With a Kiss, about his father's life in basketball; the documentary premiered hours before the longtime broadcaster called his second Final Four as a television analyst for CBS Sports
Charles Stanley Albeck is a former professional basketball coach. Albeck has coached for several teams in the American Basketball Association and National Basketball Association, including the Denver Rockets, the San Diego Conquistadors, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the San Antonio Spurs, the New Jersey Nets, the Chicago Bulls. Albeck graduated from Chenoa High School in Chenoa and received his bachelor's degree at Bradley University in 1955 and his masters at Michigan State University in 1957, he married Phyllis L. Mann in 1952 and they have five children, he began his coaching at Adrian College in Michigan. Albeck's next head coaching job was at Northern Michigan University. Albeck was head coach at the University of Denver from 1968 to 1970, he was the head coach of the Denver Rockets during most of the 1970–1971 season. The Rockets had begun the season under head coach Joe Belmont, but Belmont was fired after the team lost 10 of its first 13 games. Albeck replaced Belmont as the Rockets' head coach.
The Rockets went 27 -- 44 under Albeck to finish the season with a record of 54 losses. They tied the Texas Chaparrals for fourth place in the Western Division and on April 1, 1971 lost a one-game playoff to the Chaparrals, 115–109, to determine who would advance into the ABA Western Division semifinals. During the season Denver's average home attendance dropped to 4,139 fans per game from 6,281 the year before. One week after the playoff loss, on April 8, 1971, Albeck was replaced by Alex Hannum as Denver's head coach. Hannum resigned as coach of the San Diego Rockets to become the Rockets' head coach, general manager and president. Albeck became player personnel director for the Rockets. During the 1972–1973 season Albeck was an assistant coach for the San Diego Conquistadors under head coach K. C. Jones. Albeck served as director of player personnel for the Conquistadors. During most of the 1973–74 he served under'Ques' head coach Wilt Chamberlain. Chamberlain missed a few games, during which Albeck filled in as the Conquistadors' head coach, winning all of them.
Albeck was an assistant coach for the Kentucky Colonels during the 1974–1975 season in which the team won the 1975 ABA Championship. Albeck returned as an assistant coach with the Colonels during their final season in 1975–1976, he was assistant coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, 1976–1979. Albeck was head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, 1979–1980, he was the San Antonio Spurs' head coach for three seasons, from 1980 to 1983. After the Spurs job, Albeck was the head coach of the New Jersey Nets from 1983 to 1985. Next, Albeck was head coach of the Chicago Bulls, 1985–1986, his exit from Chicago raised eyebrows around the NBA as his replacement, Doug Collins, had been hired by General Manager Jerry Krause just 2 months beforehand as a scout. The hire of Collins was kept a secret from Albeck. From 1986 through 1991 Albeck was head coach for his alma mater, he is a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, as well as a Significant Sig and a member of their Significant Sig Hall of Fame. His all time coaching percentages is.535 for his 7 years as a head coach in the NBA.
After serving as an assistant coach for the Atlanta Hawks, Albeck was as an assistant coach for the Toronto Raptors in 2001 when he suffered a debilitating stroke, which left him paralyzed. He has been in rehabilitation since then. BasketballReference.com: Stan Albeck
1984 NBA draft
The 1984 NBA draft was the 37th annual draft of the National Basketball Association. It was held at the Felt Forum at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, on June 19, 1984, before the 1984–85 season; the draft was broadcast in the United States on the USA Network. In this draft, 23 NBA teams took turns selecting amateur U. S. college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players. The Houston Rockets won the coin flip and were awarded the first overall pick, while the Portland Trail Blazers, who obtained the Indiana Pacers' first-round pick in a trade, were awarded the second pick; the remaining first-round picks and the subsequent rounds were assigned to teams in reverse order of their win–loss record in the previous season. The Cleveland Cavaliers were awarded an extra first-round draft pick as compensation for the draft picks traded away by their previous owner, Ted Stepien. A player who had finished his four-year college eligibility was automatically eligible for selection.
Before the draft, five college underclassmen announced that they would leave college early and would be eligible for selection. Prior to the draft, the San Diego Clippers relocated to Los Angeles and became the Los Angeles Clippers; the draft consisted of 10 rounds comprising the selection of 228 players. This draft was the last to be held before the creation of the draft lottery in 1985, it was the first NBA draft to be overseen by David Stern, who would continue as the commissioner of the league for the following 30 years. The draft is considered to be one of the greatest in NBA history, with four Hall of Famers being drafted in the first sixteen picks and five overall; the Houston Rockets used their first pick to draft Akeem Olajuwon, a junior center from the University of Houston. The Nigerian-born Olajuwon became the second foreign-born player to be drafted first overall, after Mychal Thompson from the Bahamas in 1978; the Portland Trail Blazers used the second overall pick to draft Sam Bowie from the University of Kentucky.
The Chicago Bulls used the third pick to draft Naismith and Wooden College Player of the Year Michael Jordan from the University of North Carolina. Jordan went on to win the Rookie of the Year Award and was selected to the All-NBA Second Team in his rookie season. Jordan's teammate at North Carolina, Sam Perkins, was drafted fourth by the Dallas Mavericks. Charles Barkley, a junior forward from Auburn University, was drafted fifth by the Philadelphia 76ers. Olajuwon and Barkley, along with the 16th pick John Stockton and the 131st pick Oscar Schmidt, have been inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame; the first four mentioned players were named in the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History list announced at the league's 50th anniversary in 1996. Olajuwon's achievements include two NBA championships, two Finals Most Valuable Player Awards, one Most Valuable Player Award, two Defensive Player of the Year Awards, twelve All-NBA Team selections, twelve All-Star Game selections and nine All-Defensive Team selections.
Olajuwon retired as the all–time league leader in total blocked shots with 3,830 blocks. The third pick, achieved greater success than Olajuwon, he won six NBA championships, six Finals Most Valuable Player Awards, five Most Valuable Player Awards, one Defensive Player of the Year Award, eleven All-NBA Team selections, fourteen All-Star Game selections, three NBA All Star Game MVP Awards, nine All-Defensive Team selections. Barkley and Stockton never won an NBA championship, but both players received numerous awards and honors. Barkley won the Most Valuable Player in 1993 and was selected to eleven All-NBA Teams, eleven All-Star Games, was the MVP of the 1991 All Star Game. Stockton was selected to eleven All-NBA Teams, ten All-Star Games and five All-Defensive Teams before retiring as the all–time league leader in assists and steals and was co-MVP of the 1993 All Star Game along with his Utah Jazz teammate Karl Malone. Jordan and Stockton would play as teammates for the 1992 "Dream Team". Alvin Robertson, the seventh pick, is the only other player from this draft who has won annual NBA awards as a player.
He was selected to one All-NBA Team, four All-Star Games, six consecutive All-Defensive Teams, Two other players from this draft, ninth pick Otis Thorpe and eleventh pick Kevin Willis, were selected to one All-Star Game each. Willis had one selection to the All-NBA Team. Rick Carlisle, the 70th pick, became a coach after ending his playing career and won the Coach of the Year Award in 2002 while coaching the Detroit Pistons. In 2011, he coached the Dallas Mavericks to an NBA Championship; the 1984 draft class is considered to be one of the best in NBA history as it produced five Hall of Famers and seven All-Stars. However, it was marked by the Blazers' selection of Sam Bowie, considered one of the biggest draft busts in NBA history, it is believed that the Blazers picked Bowie over Michael Jordan because they had an All Star shooting guard in Jim Paxson and a young shooting guard in Clyde Drexler, whom they drafted in the 1983 draft. Although Drexler went on to have a successful career, Bowie's career was cut short by injuries.
Despite having a 10-year career in the NBA and averaging 10.9 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, Bowie's career was interrupted by five leg surgeries, which limited him to 139 games in five years with the Blazers. Brazilian Oscar Schmidt was drafted with the 131st pick in the sixth round by the New Jersey Nets. However, Schmidt turned down the offers to play in the NBA and stayed to play in Italy and in Brazil, he played in fi
The small forward known as the three, is one of the five positions in a regulation basketball game. Small forwards are shorter and leaner than power forwards and centers, but taller and larger than either of the guard positions; the small forward is considered to be the most versatile of the five main basketball positions. In the NBA, small forwards range from 6' 6" to 6' 10" while in the WNBA, small forwards are between 5' 11" to 6' 2". Small forwards are responsible for scoring points, defending and as secondary or tertiary rebounders behind the power forward and center, although a few have considerable passing responsibilities. Many small forwards in professional basketball are prolific scorers; the styles with which small forwards amass their points vary widely. Some players at the position are accurate shooters, others prefer to initiate physical contact with opposing players, still others are slashers who possess jump shots. In some cases, small forwards position as off-the-ball specialists.
Small forwards who are defensive specialists are versatile as they can guard multiple positions using their size and strength