Xavier McDaniel is a former professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. In 1988, he was named an NBA All-Star while with the Seattle SuperSonics. McDaniel also played basketball internationally for the Iraklis Thessaloniki team in Greece.

Player Profile and Personal Life

Xavier Maurice McDaniel was born on June 4, 1963, in Columbia, South Carolina. He stands 201 cm tall and his weight was last listed at 99 kg. He is the father of Xylina McDaniel, who played in the Under 17 Basketball Team Trials. She went on to play for the North Carolina Tar Heels. His son Xavier McDaniel Jr. also played collegiate basketball.

High School and College Career

McDaniel attended the AC Flora High School in his hometown. Later, he went on to play for Wichita State University from 1981 to 1985.

Position Small Forward
Height / weight 2.01 m / 99 kg
Born 4 Jun 1963
Nationality United States United States
Playing Style Right Handed
Team History
New Jersey Nets New Jersey Nets 1996 - 1998
Iraklis Thessaloniki 1995 - 1996
Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 1992 - 1995
New York Knicks New York Knicks 1991 - 1992
Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 1990 - 1991
Seattle SuperSonics Seattle SuperSonics 1985 - 1990

In 1984 and 1985, he was named the MVC Player of the Year. He also received All-American honors in 1985 and he led the NCAA in scoring that year. McDaniel also led the NCAA in rebounds in 1983 and 1985. Later, the Wichita State Shocker retired McDaniel’s jersey number.

Professional Career

McDaniel joined the NBA in 1985 and was chosen in the first round as the 4th overall pick by the Seattle SuperSonics. In his first year with Seattle, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. In 1988, he was named an NBA All-Star.

In 1990, he was traded to the Phoenix Suns. In the next season, he played for the New York Knicks under Coach Pat Riley. From 1992 to 1995, he played for the Boston Celtics. In 1995, he played internationally for a while in Greece for the Iraklis Thessaloniki of the Greek Basketball League.

He returned to the NBA in 1996 and started playing for the New Jersey Nets for two more seasons before retiring after the 1998 season.

Career Highlights

  • 1988 - NBA All-Star
  • 1986 - NBA All-Rookie First Team
  • 1985 - Consensus first-teamAll-American
  • 1985 - NCAA season scoring leader
  • 1983, 1985 - NCAA rebounding leader
  • 1984, 1985 - MVC Player of the Year
  • No. 34 retired by Wichita StateShockers

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