Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday …Terry Cummings

Yes we went way back in the files for this one. Terry Cummings was a true power forward who made like difficult for those guarding him. For a man with an irregular heartbeat who wasn’t supposed to play 18 years he managed just fine. Cummings attended DePaul University from 1979 to 1982. He averaged 16.4 points per game over 85 games and entered the 1982 NBA Draft after departing from school. He was selected in the first round by the San Diego Clippers, and in his inaugural 1982-83 season, he won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award after putting up 23.7 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. These figures would turn out to be the highest of his career in those categories. Late in his rookie season, Cummings suffered from heartbeat irregularities, which would keep him out the remaining two weeks of the season. The team lost every game without him.

After the next season (1983–84), he was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks, where he would continue to post above 20 point and 8 rebound averages for four out of his five years on the team. As a Buck, Cummings was selected to play in the 1984-85 and 1988-89 NBA All-Star Games.

He was traded to the San Antonio Spurs where he would remain for six years. His scoring and rebounding averages for the 1989-90 through 1991-92 seasons were close to 20 and 8, respectively, and he helped his team to consecutive 50-win seasons and playoff appearances. By this time, he was recognized as a reliable power forward in the league.

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday salutes… Terry Cummings

Career history


San Diego Clippers


Milwaukee Bucks


San Antonio Spurs


Milwaukee Bucks


Seattle SuperSonics


Philadelphia 76ers


New York Knicks


Golden State Warriors

Career highlights and awards

2× NBA All-Star (1985, 1989)
All-NBA Second Team (1985)
All-NBA Third team (1988)
NBA Rookie of the Year (1983)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1983)
Consensus first team All-American (1982)

Career NBA statistics


19,460 (16.4 ppg)


8,630 (7.3 rpg)


1,255 (1.1 spg)

Published by bklynboy59

Welcome to Smallthoughtsinasportsworld. We keep it fun and we keep interesting and informative. On Tuesdays we go back in time with Old School Tuesdays, on Thursdays we keep it fun by Smallthoughts Trivia Thursday and on Fridays is Smallthoughts: Rant of the Week and Smallthoughts:Rave of the Week and we also post the answer from Smallthoughts:Trivia Thursday. I am a lifelong New York Mets, Knicks and Jets and Giants fan. I root hard for my teams and have rooted for them even when it wasn't and in some cases still isn't easy. I enjoy talking sports, and on here I get to write about it as well. I have my thoughts hence Small thoughts, we will not always agree, but respectfully speak about what we feel. I invite your comments and feedback as well. You can also follow me on twitter @bklynboy59 and facebook Jerry bklynboy Small

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