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Mookie Blaylock

Mookie Blaylock
Personal information
Born (1967-03-20) March 20, 1967 (age 54)
Garland, Texas
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High schoolGarland (Garland, Texas)
College
NBA draft1989 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall
Selected by the New Jersey Nets
Playing career1989-2002
PositionPoint guard
Number10
Career history
1989-1992New Jersey Nets
1992-1999Atlanta Hawks
1999-2002Golden State Warriors
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points11,962 (13.5 ppg)
Rebounds3,659 (4.1 rpg)
Assists5,972 (6.7 apg)
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Daron Oshay "Mookie" Blaylock (born March 20, 1967) is an American former professional basketball player. He spent 13 years in the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the New Jersey Nets, Atlanta Hawks, and the Golden State Warriors.

College career

A 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) push-and-pass point guard, Blaylock was rated among the best defensive stoppers in the game. The former Garland High School, Midland College (where he earned NJCAA All American honors in 1987[1]), and University of Oklahoma star is most highly regarded for his quick hands and a ball hawking defensive style that produced more than 200 steals in a season five times and two NBA All-Defensive first-team selections. He was also a capable outside shooter, a fine passer who generally ranked among the league's assist leaders, and a durable instigator of the fast break. In 1988, he helped to lead the Sooners to the NCAA title game.

Professional career

"Mookie" (#10) playing for the New Jersey Nets, being guarded by Michael Jordan on the court with players Horace Grant, Bill Cartwright, Chris Dudley, Chris Morris and others

Blaylock was selected by the New Jersey Nets with the 12th overall pick of the 1989 NBA draft and settled quickly into Nets' rotation. He was traded with Roy Hinson to the Atlanta Hawks prior to the 1992-93 season for Rumeal Robinson, where he flourished under newly signed coach Lenny Wilkens. He spent seven years with the Hawks, leading them in career three-point field goals (made and attempted) and career steals. He was also selected for the 1994 NBA All-Star Game. He was traded to the Golden State Warriors in a deal that brought Bimbo Coles, Duane Ferrell, and the 1999 10th overall draft pick, Jason Terry, to Atlanta, and finished off his career playing as a reserve for the Warriors.

NBA achievements

  • Led the NBA in steals two years in a row (1996-97 and 1997-98), joining Alvin Robertson, Magic Johnson, Allen Iverson, and Chris Paul as the only players to achieve that feat.
  • Led the NBA in three-point attempts and finished second in three-pointers made in the 1996-97 season.
  • Is the Atlanta Hawks' all-time franchise leader in three-point field goals made (1,050), three-point field goal attempts (3,023), and steals (1,321).
  • Set the Atlanta Hawks' single-season franchise records for three-pointers made (231) and attempted (623) in 1995-96.

NBA career statistics

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1989-90 New Jersey 50 17 25.3 .371 .225 .778 2.8 4.2 1.6 0.3 10.1
1990-91 New Jersey 72 70 35.9 .416 .154 .790 3.5 6.1 2.3 0.6 14.1
1991-92 New Jersey 72 67 35.4 .432 .222 .712 3.7 6.8 2.4 0.6 13.8
1992-93 Atlanta 80 78 35.3 .429 .375 .728 3.5 8.4 2.5 0.3 13.4
1993-94 Atlanta 81 81 36.0 .411 .334 .730 5.2 9.7 2.6 0.5 13.8
1994-95 Atlanta 80 80 38.4 .425 .359 .729 4.9 7.7 2.5 0.3 17.2
1995-96 Atlanta 81 81 35.7 .405 .371 .747 4.1 5.9 2.6 0.2 15.7
1996-97 Atlanta 78 78 39.2 .432 .366 .753 5.3 5.9 2.7* 0.3 17.4
1997-98 Atlanta 70 69 38.6 .392 .269 .709 4.9 6.7 2.6* 0.3 13.2
1998-99 Atlanta 48 48 36.7 .379 .307 .758 4.7 5.8 2.1 0.2 13.3
1999-00 Golden State 73 72 33.7 .391 .336 .705 3.7 6.7 2.0 0.3 11.3
2000-01 Golden State 69 59 34.1 .396 .324 .697 3.9 6.7 2.4 0.3 11.0
2001-02 Golden State 35 0 17.1 .342 .357 .500 1.5 3.3 0.7 0.1 3.4
Career 889 800 34.9 .409 .336 .736 4.1 6.7 2.3 0.3 13.5
All-Star 1 0 16.0 .400 .500 -- 1.0 2.0 2.0 -- 5.0

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1992 New Jersey 4 4 37.0 .309 .167 .750 4.0 7.8 3.8* 0.5 9.5
1993 Atlanta 3 3 33.0 .360 .333 .833 4.3 4.3 1.0 1.3 9.0
1994 Atlanta 11 11 37.7 .340 .344 .833 5.0 8.9 2.2 0.5 13.0
1995 Atlanta 3 3 40.3 .367 .393 .636 4.3 5.7 1.3 0.0 18.0
1996 Atlanta 10 10 42.6 .421 .393 .667 4.3 6.4 2.2 0.8 17.1
1997 Atlanta 10 10 44.1 .396 .329 .667 7.0 6.5 2.1 0.2 16.4
1998 Atlanta 4 4 38.3 .415 .296 .583 5.0 8.3 2.3 0.3 14.8
1999 Atlanta 9 9 39.8 .326 .353 .467 4.0 4.0 2.0 0.2 12.6
Career 54 54 40.0 .370 .350 .683 4.9 6.6 2.1 0.4 14.2

In popular culture

Fans of the basketball player, the band members of Pearl Jam originally named their group "Mookie Blaylock", but they were forced to change the name. They settled on naming their debut album Ten after Blaylock's jersey number.[2][3][4]

In Tom Robbins's 1994 novel Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas, character Larry Diamond uses the name "Mookie Blaylock" as a pseudonym for hotel stays.[5]

In the Homestar Runner cartoon "Kick-A-Ball", the Umpire tells the Announcer that Mookie Blaylock gave him the ball featured in the cartoon, a reference to a similar scene in an earlier cartoon about Mookie Wilson.

Personal life

In 2011, two of Blaylock's sons, twins Daron and Zack, committed to play football for the University of Kentucky. [6] The sons are graduates of Walton High School in Marietta, Georgia.[6] His youngest son, Dominick, is also a graduate of Walton High School, and plays football for the University of Georgia.[7] Mookie Betts, an outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers was named after Blaylock. Blaylock resides in Zebulon, Georgia.[8]

During the afternoon of May 31, 2013, Blaylock was involved in a head-on collision in Clayton County, Georgia. He was initially placed on life support,[9] but his condition later improved.[8] Blaylock's vehicle traveled left-of-center, causing the accident. A family member stated he had a history of seizures, and although it was unknown if Blaylock was experiencing any symptoms at the time of the collision,[8] he was under doctor's orders to not drive due to the seizures.[10] Blaylock had a history of alcohol abuse, and it was determined he suffered a seizure due to alcohol withdrawal.[10] Although initially surviving the crash, a passenger in the other vehicle, Monica Murphy, a mother of five, died as a result of injuries from the collision.[8][9] Blaylock was charged with vehicular homicide,[11] driving on a suspended license and failing to stay in his lane.[12] Blaylock had an outstanding warrant in Spalding County, Georgia on charges of DUI and drug-related offenses at the time, but "investigators did not believe alcohol was a factor in the crash."[8] However, Blaylock had a history of DUIs; at least seven of them.[10]

On October 27, 2014, Blaylock pleaded guilty to killing Murphy. Facing seven to ten years at trial,[10] Blaylock accepted a plea bargain.[13] According to the plea, Blaylock served three years in prison and the fourth as a suspended sentence, followed by eight years of probation.[14]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Midland College NJCAA All Americans, 1987". midland.edu. Midland College. Archived from the original on January 31, 2009.
  2. ^ Stout, Gene (August 23, 2001). "Pearl Jam: 'Ten' plus ten". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 2007.
  3. ^ Slowikowski, Tim (June 24, 2003). "From Mookie Blaylock to Pearl Jam: The Matt Cameron Interview". PopMatters. Retrieved 2007.
  4. ^ Simmons, Bill (April 21, 2006). "State of NBA, Love & Trust". Page 2. ESPN.com. Retrieved 2007.
  5. ^ Robbins, Tom (1995) [1994]. Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas (2nd ed.). Bantam Books. p. 380. ISBN 0-553-37787-6.
  6. ^ a b Carvell, Michael (September 30, 2011). "Twin sons of ex-Atlanta Hawk Mookie Blaylock headed to Kentucky -- for football". AJC Recruiting Blog. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Archived from the original on July 25, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  7. ^ "Roster: Dominick Blaylock". georgiadogs.com. Retrieved 2021.
  8. ^ a b c d e Manasso, John (May 31, 2013). "Ex-NBA guard Mookie Blaylock critically injured in car crash". Fox Sports. NewsCorp. Retrieved 2013.
  9. ^ a b Stevens, Alexis (May 31, 2013). "Former NBA star Mookie Blaylock critical, 1 killed after wreck". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 2013.
  10. ^ a b c d Hanlon, Greg (March 4, 2015). "Mookie Blaylock's downward spiral and the family he dragged with him". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2021 – via SI.com.
  11. ^ "Mookie Blaylock charges upgraded". ESPN.go.com. Associated Press. June 3, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  12. ^ Glier, Ray (June 2, 2013). "Mookie Blaylock faces at least 2 charges in fatal crash". USA Today. Retrieved 2013.
  13. ^ Visser, Steve (October 28, 2014). "Former Hawk Blaylock gets 15 years in fatal crash". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Archived from the original on April 20, 2015. Retrieved 2021.
  14. ^ "Mookie Blaylock sentenced in fatality". ESPN.com. October 27, 2014. Retrieved 2014.

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