Maurice Cheeks was a underrated but an important player for the Philadelphia 76ers during the Dr. J era in Philly. Cheeks was solid at both ends of the floor offense and defense and played unselfishly keeping the stars of the team involved offensively.
Cheeks played 15 years as a point guard in the NBA, including 11 with the Philadelphia 76ers, He earned four trips to the NBA All-Star Game, and he helped the 76ers earn three trips to the NBA Finals in a four-year span in the early 1980s (1980, 1982, and 1983), including one NBA championship in 1983. While starting at point guard for a Sixers team that at times included stars such as Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Andrew Toney, and Charles Barkley, Cheeks was well regarded for his unselfish team play and excellent defensive skills. As a result, he was named to four straight NBA All-Defensive squads from 1983 to 1986, and then earned a spot on the second team in 1987.
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In NBA history, Cheeks ranks fifth all-time in steals and eleventh all-time in assists. At the time of his retirement from the NBA in 1993, Cheeks was the NBA all-time leader in steals and ranked fifth all-time in assists. He averaged 11.7 points per game for his career and notched over 2 steals per contest.
Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday spotlights… Maurice Cheeks.
|1989–1990||San Antonio Spurs|
|1990–1991||New York Knicks|
|1993||New Jersey Nets|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||12,195 (11.1 ppg)|
|Assists||7,392 (6.7 apg)|
|Steals||2,310 (2.1 spg|