Sam Perkins is a former professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. He played for a number of NBA teams, namely the Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle SuperSonics, and the Indiana Pacers. He also represented the United States of America in a number of international basketball competitions including the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics where the team went home with the gold.

Player Profile and Personal Life

Samuel Bruce Perkins was born on June 14, 1961, in Brooklyn, New York. He stands 206 cm tall and his weight was last listed at 107 kg. He was raised a Jehovah’s Witness and he does not stand for the National Anthem because of his faith.

High School and College Career

He started high school attending Samuel J. Tilden High School in Brooklyn, New York before moving to attend Shaker High School in Latham, also in New York. In his final year of high school, he was honored as the USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year in 1984. He was also given All-American honors.

Position Power Forward
Height / weight 2.06 m / 107 kg
Born 14 Jun 1961
Nationality United States United States
Playing Style Left Handed
Team History
Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 1999 - 2001
Seattle SuperSonics Seattle SuperSonics 1993 - 1998
Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Lakers 1990 - 1993
Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 1984 - 1990

Perkins went on to play collegiate basketball for the University of North Carolina from 1980 to 1984. In 1981, he was named the ACC Rookie of the Year and he was also named the ACC Tournament MVP. From 1982-1984, he was named to the All-ACC team. The North Carolina Tar Heels later retired his jersey number.

In 2002, he was named to the ACC 50th Anniversary Men’s Basketball Team. He is considered one of the 50 greatest players in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Professional Career

Perkins joined the NBA in 1984. He was the 4th overall pick of the draft and was chosen by the Dallas Mavericks. His career with the Mavericks spanned from 1984 to 1990. At that time, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team.

In 1990, he signed with the Los Angeles Lakers and played with them for three seasons before moving to play for the Seattle SuperSonics from 1993 to 1998. Before retiring from the NBA, he spent two seasons with the Indiana Pacers.

Career Highlights

  • 1985 - NBA All-Rookie First Team
  • 1982 - NCAA Champion
  • 1983, 1984 - Consensus first-teamAll-American
  • 1982 - Consensus second-teamAll-American
  • 1982–1984 - First-team All-ACC
  • 1981 - ACC tournament MVP
  • 1981 - ACC Rookie of the Year
  • No. 41 honored by North Carolina TarHeels
  • 1984 - USA Basketball Male Athleteof the Year
  • 1980 - First-team ParadeAll-American
  • 1980 - McDonald’s All-American

  • 2018 - College Basketball Hall ofFame

Medal Record, Men’s Basketball, Representing the United States

  • Gold - 1984 Los Angeles OlympicGames
  • Gold - 1983 Pan American Games
  • Gold - 1979 Salvador FIBA U19 WorldChampionship

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