Danny Schayes

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Danny Schayes
Personal information
Born (1959-05-10) May 10, 1959 (age 59)
Syracuse, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school Jamesville-DeWitt
(DeWitt, New York)
College Syracuse (1977–1981)
NBA draft 1981 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13th overall
Selected by the Utah Jazz
Playing career 1981–1999
Position Center
Number 24, 34, 10, 26
Career history
19811983 Utah Jazz
19831990 Denver Nuggets
19901994 Milwaukee Bucks
1994 Los Angeles Lakers
1994–1995 Phoenix Suns
1995–1996 Miami Heat
19961999 Orlando Magic
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 8,780 (7.7 ppg)
Rebounds 5,671 (5.0 rpg)
Blocks 840 (0.7 bpg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Daniel Leslie Schayes (born May 10, 1959) is a retired American professional basketball player who played for Syracuse University, and then played 18 seasons in the NBA, from 1981 until 1999. At 6' 11" and 235 pounds, he played at center. He is the son of the late Hall of Famer Dolph Schayes.

Early life[edit]

Schayes is Jewish and was born to a Jewish family in Syracuse, New York, the son of Naomi Eva (née Gross) and basketball Hall of Famer Dolph Schayes.[1] His father's parents were born in Romania, and immigrated to the United States.[2] He grew up in Jamesville, New York.[3]

He is an alum of Jamesville-Dewitt High School, where he scored 1,012 points for the basketball team. The team won the Onondaga League North title in 1977.[4] He played on the US basketball team that won a gold medal at the 1977 Maccabiah Games in Tel Aviv, Israel; he also played for Team USA at the 1981 Maccabiah Games that won a gold medal, and was Head Coach of Team USA in basketball at the 2013 Maccabiah Games as it won a gold medal.[5][6]


During his senior year at Syracuse University, the first year in which he started for the team,[3] Schayes averaged nearly 14.6 points and 8.3 rebounds a game, and compiled 284 rebounds.[3] He was named to the 1981 All-Big East first team and was both an All-American and an Academic All-American. He holds the record at the Carrier Dome for rebounds in a game (23).[5]

Professional career[edit]

He was selected in the first round[3] with the 13th overall pick by the Utah Jazz in the 1981 NBA Draft out of Syracuse University, ahead of all centers in the draft other than Steve Johnson of Oregon.[3]

After a career with the Jazz, he played for a number of different teams, notably with the Denver Nuggets, in which he spent his best years. The highlight of his NBA career was his performance in the 1987–88 season with the Nuggets, when he averaged 13.9 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. In the playoffs that season he averaged 16.4 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. He was 4th in the NBA with a .640 true shooting percentage.

He retired after the NBA lockout-shortened 1999 season, after averaging 1.5 points in an injury-plagued 19-game stint with the Orlando Magic. He averaged 7.7 points and 5.0 rebounds in his career. Schayes was briefly a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves after signing as a free agent prior to the start of the 1999–00 season. However, he made no appearances for them due to his injuries, and was waived.[7] He had an 18-year career in the NBA, in which he averaged 4.4 points and 5.0 rebounds in 1,138 games.[3]

Halls of Fame and awards[edit]

In 1989, he was inducted into the Jamesville-Dewitt High School athletic Hall of Fame. and the school retired his jersey number.[4] Schayes was named "Best male athlete to hail from CNY" by the Post Standard in 2000. He was also added to the Syracuse University All-Century Basketball team and Hall of Fame.[4] Schayes is also a member of the New York Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Schayes is married to Wendy Lucero-Schayes, a former Olympic diver.[8][9] He currently runs No Limits Investing in Phoenix, Arizona, where he now lives.[10][11][12]

Schayes was part of a promotional campaign put on by the Anti-Defamation League that depicts him slam dunking and says, "If you really believe in America, prejudice is foul play!"[13]

While attending Syracuse University, Schayes co-founded the United Students Financial Board, which gathered more than 200 members its inaugural year.

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