Clyde Drexler is a former professional basketball player and coach in the National Basketball Association. For most of his career, he played for the Portland Trail Blazers but he also spent time playing for the Houston Rockets. He did not win his first NBA Championship until he moved to the Rockets in 1995. He has been named an NBA All-Star 10 times. In 2022, he was named to the Houston Sports Hall of Fame.

Player Profile and Personal Life

Clyde Austin Drexler was born on June 22, 1962, in New Orleans, Louisiana in the United States. He stands 201 cm tall and his weight was last listed at 101 kg. In high school, he was classmates with Zina Garrison, a future professional tennis player.

He married Gaynell Drexler in 1988, they divorced in 2011. He married again in 2014.

Position Shooting Guard
Height / weight 2.01 m / 101 kg
Born 22 Jul 1962
Nationality United States United States
Playing Style Right Handed
Nickname The Glide
Team History
219 houston rockets Houston 1995 - 1998
227 portland trail blazers Portland 1983 - 1995

High School and College Career

He attended the Ross Sterling High School where he also played baseball in addition to basketball. He was recruited by several colleges but he chose to go with the University of Houston under the recommendation of fellow future NBA player Michael Young.

While in Houston, he was coached by Guy Lewis. There, he majored in finance at Houston and he worked in banks in the summers. While in college, he was named the 1983 SWC Co-Player of the Year.

He was also later named to the Houston Sports Hall of Fame as well as to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. He was also inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.

Professional Career

He joined the NBA during the 1983 NBA Draft and was the 14th overall pick of the draft, selected by the Portland Trail Blazers. In 1986, he was named an NBA All-Star for the first time. In 1991, he was second in voting for the All-Star MVP. He lost to Michael Jordan.

In addition to his professional career with the NBA, he also represented the US internationally and was part of the 1992 “Dream Team” that went on to win the gold in Barcelona during the 1992 Summer Olympics.

Following a hard-fought 1994-1995 season, the Trail Blazers honored Drexler’s request to be traded to his hometown team. Alongside Hakeem Olajuwon, Drexler helped lead the Rockets to an NBA Championship, granting him the only NBA Championship of his career. He retired from the NBA a few seasons later in 1998.

Soon after retiring, he switched to a coaching role with the University of Houston. From 2001-2002, he also served as an assistant coach for the Denver Nuggets.

After he retired, the Trail Blazers retired Jersey Number 22 and the Houston Rockets retired the same jersey number. The Houston Cougars also retired his jersey number. He was later inducted into both the Houston and Texas Hall of Fame. He was later named to the 50th and 75th NBA Anniversary teams.

Career Highlights

  • 1995 - NBA champion
  • 1986, 1988–1994, 1996, 1997 - NBAAll-Star
  • 1992 - All-NBA First Team
  • 1988, 1991 - All-NBA Second Team
  • 1990, 1995 - All-NBA Third Team
  • NBA anniversary team (50th, 75th)
  • No. 22 retired by Portland TrailBlazers
  • No. 22 retired by Houston Rockets
  • 1983 - Consensus second-teamAll-American
  • 1983 - SWC co-Player of the Year
  • No. 22 retired by Houston Cougars
  • 1998 - Texas Sports Hall of Fame
  • 2022 - Houston Sports Hall of Fame

NBA statistics

  • Points - 22,195 (20.4 ppg)
  • Rebounds - 6,677 (6.1 rpg)
  • Assists - 6,125 (5.6 apg)

Medal Record:

  • Gold - 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games
  • Gold - 1992 Portland FIBA AmericaChampionship

Team History:

As a coach:

  • 1998–2000 - Houston
  • 2001–2002 - Denver Nuggets(assistant)

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