Wayman Tisdale


Quick Hits

Position: Power Forward


  • University of Oklahoma (1982-1985)
  • Indiana Pacers (1985-1989)
  • Sacramento Kings (1989-1994)
  • Phoenix Suns (1994-1997)


  • 3-time All-American at Oklahoma
  • Won a gold medal with Team USA in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles
  • 2nd overall pick in the 1985 NBA Draft (after Patrick Ewing)
  • Averaged 22.3 points and 7.5 rebounds during the 1989-90 season for the Sacramento Kings
  • Scored over 12,000 career points and grabbed over 5,000 rebounds in his 12-year NBA career
  • Now an accomplished jazz musician


Tisdale played his college ball at the University of Oklahoma after attending high school in Tulsa. He played 3 seasons at OU, and is still the only Division I player to be named an All-American in each of his first 3 seasons in college. He was also the first freshman ever to be named an All-American (a feat that has been accomplished only 3 times since, most recently by Kevin Durant and Greg Oden). In addition to his All-American nominations, Tisdale was Big Eight Conference Player of the Year in each of his 3 seasons and holds Oklahoma’s scoring records for a single game, season, and career. He averaged 25.6 ppg and 10.0 rpg while at OU.

Tisdale’s stellar college career earned him a spot on the 1984 U.S. Olympic team that competed in the Los Angeles summer games. The team included college stars such as Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, Steve Alford, and Chris Mullin. They defeated Spain for the gold medal.

1984 Team USA highlight video:

Medal ceremony:


Selected 2nd overall in the 1985 draft by Indiana, Tisdale played 3 1/2 seasons for the Pacers before being traded to the Sacramento Kings, where he had the best years of his career. He averaged 18.4 ppg in his 5 full seasons with the Kings. Tisdale played the final 3 years of his career with the Phoenix Suns, and retired in 1997 with 12,878 career points, 5,117 career rebounds, and 500 career blocks. (Wayman Tisdale’s season-by-season statistics)


Tisdale is now a very successful jazz musician. His most recent album, Rebound, made it to #1 on the Billboard contemporary jazz albums chart. It currently sits at #2 on the chart. Here is his discography:

Power Forward [1995] (Buy)


In the Zone [1996] (Buy)


Decisions [1998] (Buy)


Face to Face [2001] (Buy)


21 Days [2003] (Buy)


Hang Time [2004] (Buy)


Way Up! [2006] (Buy)


Rebound [2008] (Buy)

For more information on Tisdale’s jazz career and to hear some of his songs, visit his website, www.waymantisdale.com, or check out his Myspace page.

In 2007, Tisdale was diagnosed with cancer in his knee after falling down the stairs and breaking his leg. Apparently, everything has gone well with his treatment so far and he is feeling “better than ever.” He is even back touring and performing.


Promotion for Tisdale’s newest album, Rebound

Mini-documentary on his 2006 album, Way Up!


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