Dominique Wilkins pays a touching tribute to former teammate


Dominique Wilkins

Dominique Wilkins

As it does at the end of each year, The New York Times invited readers to submit photos and remembrances of loved ones who died during the previous 12 months, Boston Globe reported.

Many of the stories are sad, some are inspiring, all are affecting. One of them was about former NBA player Dan Roundfield.

What struck was the identity of the person who submitted the picture and story: Dominique Wilkins, who played with Roundfield in Atlanta.

Former NBA player, Hall of famer, Vice President of Basketball for Atlanta Hawks, legendary Dominique Wilkins played 15 years in the NBA, earned his spot on the All-Star team 9 times.

He holds career averages of 24.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg and 35.5 mpg in 1074 (started 995) NBA games.

He scored 26668 points in his career, playing for Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs and Orlando Magic.

“For those of us who knew him, we look at this image and think of Dan the selfless leader, the husband, the father and the fearless teammate and friend,” Wilkins wrote.

Dan Roundfield

Dan Roundfield

“Dan lost his life this year at the age of 59 saving his wife of 37 years from drowning on the beaches of Aruba while on a family vacation. In his last moments, as he himself was fighting for his life, Dan fearlessly lived and died for his family, which is all he ever really wanted.”

In his NBA career, Roundfield played 746 games, averaging 31.4 mpg, 15.2 ppg, 9.7 rpg, and 1.5 bpg.

During his career in the NBA, Roundfield was named to the “All-NBA Second Team (1980)”, 3 times to the “NBA All-Defensive First Team (1980, 1982–1983)”, 2 times to “NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1981, 1984)”. He was also the “MAC Player of the Year” in 1975.

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