David Thirdkill

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David Thirdkill
Personal information
Born (1960-04-12) April 12, 1960 (age 59)
St. Louis, Missouri
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High schoolSoldan (St. Louis, Missouri)
NBA draft1982 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15th overall
Selected by the Phoenix Suns
Playing career1982–1996
PositionSmall forward / Shooting guard
Number40, 22, 21, 45
Career history
1982–1983Phoenix Suns
19831984Detroit Pistons
1985Milwaukee Bucks
1985San Antonio Spurs
19851986Boston Celtics
1986–1987Tanduay Rhum Masters
1988Purefoods TJ Hotdogs
1987–1988Rochester Flyers
1989Virtus Roma
1989–1990Chorale Roanne Basket
1991–1994Hapoel Tel Aviv
1994–1995Hapoel Holon
1995–1996Bnei Herzelia
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

David Thirdkill (born April 12, 1960) is an American retired basketball player who was selected by the Phoenix Suns in the first round (15th overall) of the 1982 NBA draft.[1] A 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) small forward from the College of Southern Idaho and Bradley University, Thirdkill played in five NBA seasons from 1982 to 1987. Born in St. Louis, Missouri and nicknamed "The Sheriff",[1] he played for the Suns, Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks, San Antonio Spurs and Boston Celtics. He earned a championship ring with the 1985-86 Celtics.

In his NBA career, Thirdkill played in 179 games and scored a total of 510 points.

In 1987, Thirdkill played in a tournament (Open Conference) for the Tanduay Rhum Masters team in the Philippine Basketball Association and won the championship aside from being named "Best Import" of the conference, he returned for another conference in 1988, this time for the newly formed Purefoods team, which he led to another finals appearance. Thereafter, he played in Italy for Virtus Roma, in France for Chorale Roanne Basket and Saint-Quentin Basket-Ball, and most notably in Israel for a spell of five years, mainly for Hapoel Tel Aviv, finally retiring in 1996.


  1. ^ a b In '80s, Bradley spread the news Archived 2007-08-16 at the Wayback Machine, July 28, 2002

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