Position: Shooting Guard
- Bradley University (1985-1988 )
- Team USA (1988 )
- Philadelphia 765ers (1988-1993)
- Charlotte Hornets (1993-1995)
- Seattle SuperSonics (1995-1999)
- Chicago Bulls (1999-2001)
- Averaged 36.3 points per game in 1988 with Bradley (a Division 1-high)
- 1988 Oscar Robertson Trophy (Bradley)
- Member of Team USA 1988 (Bronze Medal)
- 6th Overall Pick in the 1988 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers (Traded to the 76ers)
- All-NBA Rookie First Team Honors (1989)
- Averaged 22.1 points per game in 1991
- NBA All-Star (1991)
- 1999 NBA Sportsmanship Award
- Retired in 2001 with 14,470 career points and a ranking of 15th all-time in career three point field goals made.
The College Years
(Hawkins ballin’ for Bradley U.)
Watch a 1988 ESPN profile on Bradley’s Hersey Hawkins (Link)
Watch the first 10 minutes of ESPN’s broadcast of the ’88 MVC championship game between Bradley and Illinois State (Link)
Here’s an a brief interview with Hersey for a segment titled Bradley’s Best.
Hawkins’ outstanding career at Bradley earned him a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team in 1988, which competed in the Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. They took 3rd place behind the Soviets and Yugoslavia.
Hawkins was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team with the 76ers during the ’88-’89 season and made the All-Star game two years later. It was Hawkins’ only All-Star appearance (he averaged 22.1 ppg that season, a career high).
After a brief stop in Charlotte from ’93-’95, Hawkins went to Seattle, where he teamed up with Shawn Kemp, Gary Payton, and Detlef Schrempf to reach the 1996 NBA Finals.
The Seattle Times published an article in March of ’96 speculating that perhaps Hawkins was the final piece of the puzzle for the Sonics to win an NBA title. However, they came up just short in the finals, losing the best of 7 series 4-2 to the Chicago Bulls (who went 72-10 during the regular season that year).
Hawkins must have liked what he saw in that series, because he finished his career with the Bulls.
Who had the better NBA career, Hersey Hawkins or Ron Harper? Apparently, some people spend time arguing over this.
How many of you have this poster in your room? Yeah, thats Hawkins getting, um…., rejected. Hard.
Here’s an awesome piece of artwork courtesy of Normandin Art:
I want a T-Shirt with that slogan on it. “Hersey Hawkins…enough said.” That would be an incredible addition to my wardrobe. Someone make it happen.
Hawkins with the #8 play of the week:
The intro to Game 6 of the 1996 NBA Finals between the Sonics and Bulls (NBA on NBC had the best intros ever):
You can actually watch the entire 4th quarter of Game 6 on Youtube.
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