Andrew Toney
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Toney with the 76ers in the 1980s
Personal information
Born (1957-11-23) November 23, 1957 (age 64)
Birmingham, Alabama
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight178 lb (81 kg)
Career information
High schoolCharles B. Glenn
(Birmingham, Alabama)
CollegeLouisiana (1976–1980)
NBA draft1980 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8th overall
Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Playing career1980–1988
PositionShooting guard
Number22
Career history
19801988Philadelphia 76ers
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points7,458 (15.9 ppg)
Rebounds1,009 (2.2 rpg)
Assists1,965 (4.2 apg)
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Andrew Toney (born November 23, 1957) is an American former professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1980 to 1988. A two-time NBA All-Star, he won an NBA championship with the 76ers in 1983.

Professional career

Philadelphia 76ers (1980–1988)

He was dubbed "the Boston Strangler"[1] by Boston sportswriters during the 76ers' and Celtics' rivalry in the early 1980s because of his ability to single-handedly dominate games against the Celtics, including Game 7 of the 1982 Eastern Conference Finals when he scored 34 points in the game. He also scored 30 points in Game 2, 39 points in Game 4 and averaged 26.4 points per game in that series.

Toney was drafted by the Sixers out of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) with the eighth pick of the 1980 NBA draft.

He was named to two All-Star teams, in 1983 and 1984, and averaged 15.9 points per game for his career.

Toney was an integral part of the 1982–83 76ers championship team averaging 20 points a game, alongside teammates Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Bobby Jones and Maurice Cheeks, but his career was cut short after seven seasons by chronic foot injuries; the team did not believe that he was hurting before it was revealed that he had stress fractures on both feet. This led to a few years of bitterness between Toney and 76ers management.[1]

Pat Williams, vice president of basketball operations for the Orlando Magic, shared an anecdote with Tony Rizzo while being interviewed on The Really Big Show on ESPN850 WKNR in Cleveland on February 11, 2010, while promoting his latest book about the late Chuck Daly. Williams said that when he was a general manager back in the days of their great rivalry with the Lakers and Sixers (c. 1980–1983), he asked Danny Ainge, the Celtics guard, what player he worried about the most come playoff time. "Not Magic or Dr. J, it's Andrew Toney that keeps me awake at night!" said Ainge. Williams went on to say that were it not for injuries Toney would have been a Hall of Famer. Charles Barkley stated that Toney was the best player he ever played with.[1]

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
 †  Won an NBA championship

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1980–81 Philadelphia 75 23.6 .495 .310 .712 1.9 3.6 .8 .1 12.9
1981–82 Philadelphia 77 1 24.8 .522 .424 .742 1.7 3.7 .8 .2 16.5
1982–83 Philadelphia 81 81 30.5 .501 .289 .788 2.8 4.5 1.0 .2 19.7
1983–84 Philadelphia 78 72 32.8 .527 .316 .839 2.5 4.8 .9 .3 20.4
1984–85 Philadelphia 70 65 32.0 .492 .371 .862 2.5 5.2 .9 .3 17.8
1985–86 Philadelphia 6 0 14.0 .306 .000 .375 .8 2.0 .3 .0 4.2
1986–87 Philadelphia 52 12 20.3 .451 .328 .796 1.6 3.6 .3 .2 10.6
1987–88 Philadelphia 29 15 18.0 .421 .333 .806 1.6 3.7 .4 .2 7.3
Career 468 246 26.9 .500 .342 .797 2.2 4.2 .8 .2 15.9
All-Star 2 0 20.0 .625 .000 1.000 .5 5.0 2.0 .0 10.5

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1981 Philadelphia 16 22.3 .428 .111 .815 2.3 3.4 .7 .4 13.8
1982 Philadelphia 21 33.7 .507 .333 .796 2.4 4.9 .9 .1 21.8
1983 Philadelphia 12 29.8 .470 .000 .754 2.3 4.6 .9 .1 18.8
1984 Philadelphia 5 36.0 .519 .000 .767 2.2 3.8 .8 .2 20.6
1985 Philadelphia 13 13 34.0 .477 .429 .770 2.5 5.1 .9 .4 16.8
1987 Philadelphia 5 0 20.8 .382 .000 1.000 1.8 5.4 .4 .4 5.6
Career 72 13 29.8 .478 .235 .786 2.3 4.5 .8 .3 17.4

Personal life

Toney's son Channing played NCAA Division I basketball at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and played few matches professionally in Poland with Asseco Prokom Gdynia.[2] He also won the second-tier Finnish Division I championship with Bisons Loimaa.[3]

Today, he lives in Atlanta, working as an elementary school teacher.[4][5]

References

  1. ^ a b c MacMullan, Jackie (March 31, 1991). "Ex-76er Toney now fights pain, bitterness". baltimoresun.com. Archived from the original on March 24, 2020. Retrieved March 24, 2020.
  2. ^ "Asseco Prokom adds two more to roster". Euroleague.net. October 14, 2010. Archived from the original on March 24, 2020. Retrieved March 24, 2020.
  3. ^ "Loimaa vei ratkaisevan divarifinaalin, nousi Korisliigaan". basket.fi. April 4, 2011. Archived from the original on March 24, 2020. Retrieved March 24, 2020.
  4. ^ "Elusive Sixers great Toney finally returns".
  5. ^ "The greatness and reclusiveness of Andrew Toney".