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David Thompson

David O'Neil Thompson

Position: Guard-Forward
Height: 6-4    Weight: 195 lbs.
Born: July 13, 1954 in Shelby, North Carolina
High School: Crest in Shelby, North Carolina
College: North Carolina State University

Inducted into Hall of Fame as Player in 1996

Drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in the 1st round (1st pick, 1st overall) of the 1975 NBA draft.

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Totals

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Season Age Tm Lg G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1975-76 21 DNA ABA 83 3101 807 1567 .515 3 19 .158 541 681 .794 228 297 525 308 136 102 250 282 2158
1976-77 22 DEN NBA 82 3001 824 1626 .507 477 623 .766 138 196 334 337 114 53 236 2125
1977-78 23 DEN NBA 80 3025 826 1584 .521 520 668 .778 156 234 390 362 92 99 245 213 2172
1978-79 24 DEN NBA 76 2670 693 1353 .512 439 583 .753 109 165 274 225 70 82 186 180 1825
1979-80 25 DEN NBA 39 1239 289 617 .468 7 19 .368 254 335 .758 56 118 174 124 39 38 116 106 839
1980-81 26 DEN NBA 77 2620 734 1451 .506 10 39 .256 489 615 .795 107 180 287 231 53 60 250 231 1967
1981-82 27 DEN NBA 61 5 1246 313 644 .486 4 14 .286 276 339 .814 57 91 148 117 34 29 142 149 906
1982-83 28 SEA NBA 75 64 2155 445 925 .481 2 10 .200 298 380 .784 96 174 270 222 47 33 163 142 1190
1983-84 29 SEA NBA 19 0 349 89 165 .539 0 1 .000 62 73 .849 18 26 44 13 10 13 27 30 240
Career TOT 592 69 19406 5020 9932 .505 26 102 .255 3356 4297 .781 965 1481 2446 1939 595 509 1379 1569 13422
NBA 509 69 16305 4213 8365 .504 23 83 .277 2815 3616 .778 737 1184 1921 1631 459 407 1129 1287 11264
ABA 83 3101 807 1567 .515 3 19 .158 541 681 .794 228 297 525 308 136 102 250 282 2158

Per Game

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Season Age Tm Lg G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1975-76 21 DNA ABA 83 37.4 9.7 18.9 .515 0.0 0.2 .158 6.5 8.2 .794 2.7 3.6 6.3 3.7 1.6 1.2 3.0 3.4 26.0
1976-77 22 DEN NBA 82 36.6 10.0 19.8 .507 5.8 7.6 .766 1.7 2.4 4.1 4.1 1.4 0.6 2.9 25.9
1977-78 23 DEN NBA 80 37.8 10.3 19.8 .521 6.5 8.4 .778 2.0 2.9 4.9 4.5 1.2 1.2 3.1 2.7 27.2
1978-79 24 DEN NBA 76 35.1 9.1 17.8 .512 5.8 7.7 .753 1.4 2.2 3.6 3.0 0.9 1.1 2.4 2.4 24.0
1979-80 25 DEN NBA 39 31.8 7.4 15.8 .468 0.2 0.5 .368 6.5 8.6 .758 1.4 3.0 4.5 3.2 1.0 1.0 3.0 2.7 21.5
1980-81 26 DEN NBA 77 34.0 9.5 18.8 .506 0.1 0.5 .256 6.4 8.0 .795 1.4 2.3 3.7 3.0 0.7 0.8 3.2 3.0 25.5
1981-82 27 DEN NBA 61 5 20.4 5.1 10.6 .486 0.1 0.2 .286 4.5 5.6 .814 0.9 1.5 2.4 1.9 0.6 0.5 2.3 2.4 14.9
1982-83 28 SEA NBA 75 64 28.7 5.9 12.3 .481 0.0 0.1 .200 4.0 5.1 .784 1.3 2.3 3.6 3.0 0.6 0.4 2.2 1.9 15.9
1983-84 29 SEA NBA 19 0 18.4 4.7 8.7 .539 0.0 0.1 .000 3.3 3.8 .849 0.9 1.4 2.3 0.7 0.5 0.7 1.4 1.6 12.6
Career TOT 592 69 32.8 8.5 16.8 .505 0.1 0.3 .255 5.7 7.3 .781 1.6 2.5 4.1 3.3 1.0 0.9 2.7 2.7 22.7
NBA 509 69 32.0 8.3 16.4 .504 0.1 0.3 .277 5.5 7.1 .778 1.4 2.3 3.8 3.2 0.9 0.8 2.6 2.5 22.1
ABA 83 37.4 9.7 18.9 .515 0.0 0.2 .158 6.5 8.2 .794 2.7 3.6 6.3 3.7 1.6 1.2 3.0 3.4 26.0

Per 36 Minutes

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Season Age Tm Lg G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1975-76 21 DNA ABA 83 3101 9.4 18.2 .515 0.0 0.2 .158 6.3 7.9 .794 2.6 3.4 6.1 3.6 1.6 1.2 2.9 3.3 25.1
1976-77 22 DEN NBA 82 3001 9.9 19.5 .507 5.7 7.5 .766 1.7 2.4 4.0 4.0 1.4 0.6 2.8 25.5
1977-78 23 DEN NBA 80 3025 9.8 18.9 .521 6.2 7.9 .778 1.9 2.8 4.6 4.3 1.1 1.2 2.9 2.5 25.8
1978-79 24 DEN NBA 76 2670 9.3 18.2 .512 5.9 7.9 .753 1.5 2.2 3.7 3.0 0.9 1.1 2.5 2.4 24.6
1979-80 25 DEN NBA 39 1239 8.4 17.9 .468 0.2 0.6 .368 7.4 9.7 .758 1.6 3.4 5.1 3.6 1.1 1.1 3.4 3.1 24.4
1980-81 26 DEN NBA 77 2620 10.1 19.9 .506 0.1 0.5 .256 6.7 8.5 .795 1.5 2.5 3.9 3.2 0.7 0.8 3.4 3.2 27.0
1981-82 27 DEN NBA 61 5 1246 9.0 18.6 .486 0.1 0.4 .286 8.0 9.8 .814 1.6 2.6 4.3 3.4 1.0 0.8 4.1 4.3 26.2
1982-83 28 SEA NBA 75 64 2155 7.4 15.5 .481 0.0 0.2 .200 5.0 6.3 .784 1.6 2.9 4.5 3.7 0.8 0.6 2.7 2.4 19.9
1983-84 29 SEA NBA 19 0 349 9.2 17.0 .539 0.0 0.1 .000 6.4 7.5 .849 1.9 2.7 4.5 1.3 1.0 1.3 2.8 3.1 24.8
Career TOT 592 69 19406 9.3 18.4 .505 0.1 0.3 .255 6.2 8.0 .781 1.8 2.7 4.5 3.6 1.1 0.9 3.0 2.9 24.9
NBA 509 69 16305 9.3 18.5 .504 0.1 0.4 .277 6.2 8.0 .778 1.6 2.6 4.2 3.6 1.0 0.9 3.1 2.8 24.9
ABA 83 3101 9.4 18.2 .515 0.0 0.2 .158 6.3 7.9 .794 2.6 3.4 6.1 3.6 1.6 1.2 2.9 3.3 25.1

Advanced

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Season Age Tm Lg G MP PER TS% eFG% ORB% DRB% TRB% AST% STL% BLK% TOV% USG% ORtg DRtg OWS DWS WS WS/48
1975-76 21 DNA ABA 83 3101 21.1 .578 .516 7.7 8.8 8.3 13.4 1.9 1.6 11.8 25.3 116 105 9.5 2.9 12.5 0.193
1976-77 22 DEN NBA 82 3001 19.8 .559 .507 4.8 6.5 5.7 17.7 1.6 0.9 99 7.6 3.1 10.7 0.172
1977-78 23 DEN NBA 80 3025 23.2 .578 .521 5.5 7.7 6.6 19.3 1.3 1.7 11.5 26.8 114 104 10.8 1.9 12.7 0.202
1978-79 24 DEN NBA 76 2670 19.9 .567 .512 4.3 6.4 5.4 13.3 1.2 1.6 10.4 25.9 114 106 7.4 2.1 9.5 0.171
1979-80 25 DEN NBA 39 1239 19.0 .549 .474 4.6 10.2 7.3 15.6 1.5 1.6 13.2 27.8 108 109 2.2 0.8 3.0 0.116
1980-81 26 DEN NBA 77 2620 19.4 .571 .509 4.1 7.2 5.6 13.2 0.9 1.2 12.7 27.9 111 113 6.0 0.4 6.4 0.117
1981-82 27 DEN NBA 61 1246 17.6 .571 .489 5.0 7.6 6.4 12.5 1.2 1.2 15.2 28.5 108 116 2.1 0.0 2.0 0.079
1982-83 28 SEA NBA 75 2155 16.1 .545 .482 5.0 8.2 6.7 14.7 1.0 0.8 13.0 23.3 108 106 3.6 1.8 5.4 0.120
1983-84 29 SEA NBA 19 349 20.0 .609 .539 5.9 8.4 7.2 6.0 1.4 2.1 12.0 26.7 114 109 0.8 0.3 1.0 0.144
Career TOT 592 19406 19.9 .568 .507 5.2 7.7 6.5 15.0 1.4 1.3 12.2 26.3 112 106 49.9 13.3 63.3 0.156
NBA 509 16305 19.7 .566 .505 4.8 7.4 6.1 15.4 1.3 1.3 12.3 26.5 111 107 40.4 10.4 50.8 0.150
ABA 83 3101 21.1 .578 .516 7.7 8.8 8.3 13.4 1.9 1.6 11.8 25.3 116 105 9.5 2.9 12.5 0.193

Playoffs

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Totals Shooting Per Game
Season Age Tm Lg G MP FG FGA 3P 3PA FT FTA ORB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS FG% 3P% FT% MP PTS TRB AST
1975-76 21 DNA ABA 13 508 127 237 1 4 88 105 32 83 39 16 5 50 54 343 .536 .250 .838 39.1 26.4 6.4 3.0
1976-77 22 DEN NBA 6 237 56 121 36 53 13 31 24 9 4 22 148 .463 .679 39.5 24.7 5.2 4.0
1977-78 23 DEN NBA 13 481 131 291 66 80 18 53 52 9 21 39 34 328 .450 .825 37.0 25.2 4.1 4.0
1978-79 24 DEN NBA 3 122 38 69 8 11 7 21 12 4 1 12 12 84 .551 .727 40.7 28.0 7.0 4.0
1981-82 27 DEN NBA 3 66 15 33 1 3 4 7 4 10 6 1 0 8 8 35 .455 .333 .571 22.0 11.7 3.3 2.0
1982-83 28 SEA NBA 2 65 9 25 0 0 6 10 0 0 7 1 1 4 7 24 .360 .600 32.5 12.0 0.0 3.5
Career TOT 40 1479 376 776 2 7 208 266 74 198 140 40 32 113 137 962 .485 .286 .782 37.0 24.1 5.0 3.5
NBA 27 971 249 539 1 3 120 161 42 115 101 24 27 63 83 619 .462 .333 .745 36.0 22.9 4.3 3.7
ABA 13 508 127 237 1 4 88 105 32 83 39 16 5 50 54 343 .536 .250 .838 39.1 26.4 6.4 3.0

Playoffs Advanced

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Season Age Tm Lg G MP PER TS% eFG% ORB% DRB% TRB% AST% STL% BLK% TOV% USG% ORtg DRtg OWS DWS WS WS/48
1975-76 21 DNA ABA 13 508 19.3 .606 .538 6.6 9.7 8.2 11.4 1.4 0.5 15.0 25.0 115 110 1.3 0.3 1.6 0.150
1976-77 22 DEN NBA 6 237 17.5 .513 .463 5.7 8.2 6.9 17.5 1.7 0.9 101 0.4 0.2 0.6 0.120
1977-78 23 DEN NBA 13 481 18.2 .503 .450 3.9 7.2 5.6 16.9 0.8 2.2 10.7 28.6 105 109 0.8 0.1 1.0 0.095
1978-79 24 DEN NBA 3 122 21.3 .569 .551 5.8 12.9 9.2 16.1 1.5 0.4 14.0 27.8 108 109 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.120
1981-82 27 DEN NBA 3 66 10.4 .485 .470 6.5 10.4 8.4 11.8 0.7 0.0 18.1 25.9 91 117 -0.1 0.0 -0.1 -0.065
1982-83 28 SEA NBA 2 65 5.8 .408 .360 0.0 0.0 0.0 15.7 0.8 0.9 12.0 20.6 87 114 -0.1 0.0 -0.1 -0.059
Career TOT 40 1479 17.8 .539 .486 5.2 8.5 6.9 14.8 1.2 1.1 13.1 26.5 108 109 2.6 0.7 3.3 0.106
NBA 27 971 17.0 .508 .463 4.5 7.9 6.2 16.5 1.1 1.4 11.9 27.5 103 108 1.3 0.3 1.7 0.083
ABA 13 508 19.3 .606 .538 6.6 9.7 8.2 11.4 1.4 0.5 15.0 25.0 115 110 1.3 0.3 1.6 0.150

All-Star Games

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Season Age Tm Lg G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1975-76 21 DNA ABA 1 34 9 18 .500 0 0 11 13 .846 8 2 4 29
1976-77 22 DEN NBA 1 1 29 7 9 .778 4 6 .667 0 7 3 3 0 3 18
1977-78 23 DEN NBA 1 1 35 10 16 .625 2 4 .500 0 3 3 1 0 4 4 22
1978-79 24 DEN NBA 1 1 34 11 17 .647 3 7 .429 3 5 2 1 1 1 4 25
1982-83 28 SEA NBA 1 1 17 5 7 .714 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 3 2 10
Career TOT 5 4 149 42 67 .627 0 0 20 30 .667 3 24 12 6 1 8 17 104
NBA 4 4 115 33 49 .673 0 0 9 17 .529 3 16 10 6 1 8 13 75
ABA 1 34 9 18 .500 0 0 11 13 .846 8 2 4 29

College

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Totals Shooting Per Game
Season Age College G MP FG FGA 3P 3PA FT FTA ORB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS FG% 3P% FT% MP PTS TRB AST
1971-72 17 NCSTATE 16 214 386 141 179 217 569 .554 .788 35.6 13.6
1972-73 18 NCSTATE 27 267 469 132 160 220 666 .569 .825 24.7 8.1
1973-74 19 NCSTATE 31 325 594 155 208 245 805 .547 .745 26.0 7.9
1974-75 20 NCSTATE 28 347 635 144 197 229 838 .546 .731 29.9 8.2
Career 86 939 1698 431 565 694 2309 .553 .763 26.8 8.1

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

All-Star Games

1976 ABA
1977 NBA
1978 NBA
1979 NBA
1983 NBA

Awards

1973-74 NCAA AP Player of the Year
1973-74 NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player
1974-75 NCAA AP Player of the Year
1974-75 NCAA Naismith Men's College Player of the Year Award
1975-76 ABA All-Star Game MVP
1975-76 ABA Rookie of the Year
1978-79 NBA All-Star Game MVP

Honors

1972-73 NCAA AP All-America (1st)
1973-74 NCAA AP All-America (1st)
1974-75 NCAA AP All-America (1st)
1975-76 ABA All-ABA (2nd)
1975-76 ABA All-Rookie (1st)
1976-77 NBA All-NBA (1st)
1977-78 NBA All-NBA (1st)

MVP Award Shares

1976-77 NBA 0.020 (7)
1977-78 NBA 0.120 (3)
1978-79 NBA 0.014 (8)
Career 0.154 (72)

Games

1976-77 NBA 82 (3)

Minutes Played

1975-76 ABA 3101 (6)
1976-77 NBA 3001 (10)
1977-78 NBA 3025 (8)

Field Goals

1975-76 ABA 807 (2)
1976-77 NBA 824 (4)
1977-78 NBA 826 (3)
1980-81 NBA 734 (9)

Field Goal Attempts

1975-76 ABA 1567 (2)
1976-77 NBA 1626 (3)
1977-78 NBA 1584 (8)

Field Goal Pct

1975-76 ABA .515 (6)
Career NBA .504 (88)
Career .505 (81)

Free Throws

1975-76 ABA 541 (2)
1976-77 NBA 477 (2)
1977-78 NBA 520 (2)
1978-79 NBA 439 (7)
1980-81 NBA 489 (6)

Free Throw Attempts

1975-76 ABA 681 (2)
1976-77 NBA 623 (1)
1977-78 NBA 668 (3)
1978-79 NBA 583 (8)
1980-81 NBA 615 (6)

Steals

1975-76 ABA 136 (9)
Career ABA 136 (60)

Blocks

1975-76 ABA 102 (10)
Career ABA 102 (35)

Turnovers

1975-76 ABA 250 (8)

Points

1975-76 ABA 2158 (2)
1976-77 NBA 2125 (3)
1977-78 NBA 2172 (2)
1978-79 NBA 1825 (9)
1980-81 NBA 1967 (7)

Minutes Per Game

1975-76 ABA 37.4 (6)

Points Per Game

1975-76 ABA 26.0 (3)
1976-77 NBA 25.9 (4)
1977-78 NBA 27.1 (2)
1978-79 NBA 24.0 (6)
1980-81 NBA 25.5 (5)
Career NBA 22.1 (29)
Career 22.7 (27)

Blocks Per Game

1975-76 ABA 1.2 (10)

Player Efficiency Rating

1975-76 ABA 21.1 (7)
1977-78 NBA 23.2 (7)
Career NBA 19.7 (70)
Career 19.9 (67)

True Shooting Pct

1975-76 ABA .578 (4)
1977-78 NBA .578 (9)
Career NBA .566 (88)
Career .568 (80)

Effective Field Goal Pct

1975-76 ABA .516 (6)

Turnover Pct

1975-76 ABA 11.8 (5)
1977-78 NBA 11.5 (8)
1978-79 NBA 10.4 (5)

Usage Pct

1975-76 ABA 25.3 (7)
1980-81 NBA 27.9 (6)
Career 26.3 (37)

Offensive Rating

1975-76 ABA 116.0 (4)
1977-78 NBA 114.4 (2)
Career 112.3 (93)

Offensive Win Shares

1975-76 ABA 9.5 (3)
1976-77 NBA 7.6 (6)
1977-78 NBA 10.8 (1)
1978-79 NBA 7.4 (10)
Career ABA 9.5 (72)

Win Shares

1975-76 ABA 12.5 (5)
1976-77 NBA 10.7 (7)
1977-78 NBA 12.7 (1)
Career ABA 12.5 (98)

Win Shares Per 48 Minutes

1975-76 ABA 0.193 (5)
1977-78 NBA 0.202 (3)
Career NBA 0.150 (89)
Career 0.156 (75)

Hall of Fame Probability

Career 0.278 (125)

Transactions

May 20, 1974: Traded by the New Orleans Jazz (as a 1975 1st round draft pick) with Bob Kauffman, Dean Meminger, a 1974 1st round draft pick (Mike Sojourner), a 1975 2nd round draft pick (Bill Willoughby), a 1976 2nd round draft pick (Alex English) and a 1980 3rd round draft pick (Jonathan Moore) to the Atlanta Hawks for Pete Maravich.

May 29, 1975: Drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in the 1st round (1st pick) of the 1975 NBA Draft.

June 17, 1976: Moved from the ABA to the NBA with the Denver Nuggets.

June 16, 1982: Traded by the Denver Nuggets to the Seattle Supersonics for Bill Hanzlik and a 1982 1st round draft pick (Rob Williams). Denver originally received Wally Walker but he was ruled ineligible.

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