19. Terry Cummings

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19. Terry Cummings
Terry Cummings was an All-American at DePaul in the heyday of Demon basketball during the early 80's.  He teamed with the likes of Mark Aguirre and Tyrone Corbin to lead dominant teams that never got over the hump during the NCAA tournament although they always seemed to be seeded number one.  Drafted second in 1982 by the San Diego Clippers, Cummings had a brilliant rookie season averaging 23.7 points and 10.4 rebounds a game and deservedly won Rookie of the Year. He was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks after the 83-84 season and continued to put up impressive numbers.  Cummings was a consistent twenty point scorer and ten rebound guy for most of his career and was one of the most reliable power forwards in the league. 
After a trade to San Antonio in 1989 he teamed with David Robinson to make the Spurs a title contender helping the team reach back to back 50 win seasons in the early 90's.  Cummings tore up his knee prior to the 92-93 season and missed most of the season.  This injury greatly affected Cummings ability and he became a role player for the rest of his career bouncing from team to team.  He still ended up with great career numbers of 19,460 points which places him in the top 50 all time and 8630 rebounds which places him in the top 60 of that category.  Cummings will always be remembered as one of the great power forwards to play the game. Who knows what kind of numbers he would have ended up with if not for his injury and more importantly how good those 90's Spurs could have been.

Should Terry Cummings be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 70.1%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 16.5%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 9.3%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 4.1%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Sunday, 01 January 2006
  • Position: Center, Power Forward
  • Played For: Philadelphia 76ers, New York Knicks, Golden State Warriors, Seattle Super Sonics, Milwaukee Bucks, San Antonio Spurs, San Diego Clippers
  • College: DePaul
  • Drafted: 1st Round, 2nd Overall in 1982
  • Major Accolades and Awards: NBA Rookie of the Year (1982-83)
    NBA All Star Teams (2) (1985 & 1989)
    Second Team All NBA Selection (1) (1984-85)
    Third Team All NBA Selection (1) (1988-89)
    First Team All American (1) (1982)
    Championship Rings: None
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: Field Goals (5) (1983-84, 1984-85, 1985-86, 1988-89 & 1989-90)
    Top Ten Finishes: Offensive Rebounds (4) (1982-83, 1983-84, 1984-85 & 1988-89)
    Top Ten Finishes: Rebounds (1) (1983-84)
    Top Ten Finishes: Points (2) (1983-84 & 1984-85)
    Top Ten Finishes: Points Per Game (3) (1982-83, 1983-84 & 1984-85)
    Top Ten Finishes: Rebounds per Game (1) (1982-83)
    Top Ten Finishes: PER (2) (1982-83 & 1984-85)
    Top Ten Finishes: Win Shares (1) (1984-85)
  • Notable All-time Rankings: 28.  Offensive Rebounds: 3,183
    40.  Field Goals: 8,045
    48.  Games Played: 1,183

Should Terry Cummings be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 70.1%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 16.5%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 9.3%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 4.1%


0 #3 Itsyeboiterry 2016-11-11 08:29
Put him in the hall of fame. He's that good yo. My mans needs to be put in. He has fire music too. You can't stop the TERRY. He's UNSTOPPABLE. HE CANT BE STOPPED. #TERRYNATION BOI
+2 #2 Matt 2013-03-22 05:09
I am a big Terry Cummings fan, but I don't necessarily agree that the knee injury robbed him of his skills. He was 31 when that happened, and 32 by the time he came back. San Antonio picked up Dennis Rodman and JR Reid in the meantime, so when TC came back there was less of a role for him.

When you consider that he averaged 9 points and 5 rebounds in just 20 minutes a game at the age of 37, I'd say he still had plenty of game left. He just didn't have any teams willing to give him starter's minutes at his age.
-1 #1 EverestMeisterNeg1 -0001-11-30 00:00
The fact that Cummings was drafted between James Worthy and Dominique Wilkins probably doesn't help his legacy.

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