Throwback Thursday - Hersey Hawkins
Hersey R. Hawkins, Jr. was born September 29, 1966. After starring at Westinghouse High School in Chicago, the 6' 3" (1.90 m) shooting guard attended Bradley University. Hawkins was known for his outside-shooting ability. He wore numbers 3 and 33 in his 12-year basketball career.
He was then drafted 6th overall by the Los Angeles Clippers in first round of the 1988 NBA Draft, but his rights were immediately traded to the Philadelphia 76ers for the draft rights to former 1988 Olympic teammate Charles Smith. On the 76ers, "Hawk" was the second scoring option after Charles Barkley. Hawkins earned NBA All-Rookie First Team Honors in 1989. In 1991 he averaged 22.1 points and appeared in the NBA All-Star Game. In a game against the Boston Celtics, he had 9 steals. He also scored a career-high 43 points in a game against the Orlando Magic.
In 1993, Hawkins was traded to the Charlotte Hornets for Dana Barros, Sidney Green and draft picks. In 1994, he made a career-high of 14 rebounds against the Houston Rockets.
After two productive seasons in Charlotte, Hawkins and David Wingate were traded to the Seattle SuperSonics for Kendall Gill. In 1996, he played a key role, complementing Gary Payton, Detlef Schrempf and Shawn Kemp, on a Sonics team that made it to the NBA Finals but they lost 2-4 to his hometown team, the Chicago Bulls.
He won the NBA Sportsmanship Award in his final season in Seattle.
On August 12, 1999, Hawkins was traded to the Bulls but his one-year tenure in Chicago was marred by injury, and he only averaged 7.9 points per game in 61 games.
Return to Charlotte
He returned to Charlotte as a free agent in 2000 for his final season, and he retired in 2001 with 14,470 career points.