Derrick Coleman hosts “Midwest Challenge” in Detroit


derrick-coleman-speakingDetroit native and former NBA star Derrick Coleman gave back to his city, by hosting the first annual Derrick Coleman Midwest Challenge on Dec. 9 at Detroit Mumford.

Four Detroit Public School team participated in the event, going up against some of the best teams from Chi-Town. Chicago won the challenge 3-1.

During his New Jersey days, Derrick Coleman was truly one of the best power forwards in the NBA. He could dribble, rebound and knock down outside shots. He could also dunk, as O’Neal has already mentioned.

A 1994 All-Star, Derrick Coleman played for New Jersey Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Philadelphia 76ers and Detroit Pistons throughout his career.

He averaged 18.4 ppg and 10.3 rpg in his rookie season. Coleman averaged double-double in 11 of his 15 years in the NBA.

He averaged career high 20.7 ppg for New Jersey in 1992-93. Coleman holds career averages of 16.5 ppg, 9.3 rpg and 1.3 bpg in 33.2 minutes of playing time. He appeared in 781 NBA games, starting in 672 of them.

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