David Thirdkill
Personal information
Born (1960-04-12) April 12, 1960 (age 62)
St. Louis, Missouri
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight196 lb (89 kg)
Career information
High schoolSoldan (St. Louis, Missouri)
College
NBA draft1982 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15th overall
Selected by the Phoenix Suns
Playing career1982–1996
PositionSmall forward / Shooting guard
Number40, 22, 21, 45
Career history
1982–1983Phoenix Suns
19831984Detroit Pistons
1985Milwaukee Bucks
1985San Antonio Spurs
19851986Boston Celtics
1986–1987Tanduay Rhum Masters
1988Purefoods TJ Hotdogs
1987–1988Rochester Flyers
1989Virtus Roma
1989–1990Chorale Roanne Basket
1991–1994Hapoel Tel Aviv
1994–1995Hapoel Holon
1995–1996Bnei Herzelia
Career highlights and awards
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

David Thirdkill (born April 12, 1960) is an American retired basketball player. He played in the NBA, and was the 1993 Israeli Basketball Premier League MVP.

NBA career

He was selected by the Phoenix Suns in the first round (15th overall) of the 1982 NBA draft.[1] A 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) small forward from the College of Southern Idaho and Bradley University, Thirdkill played in five NBA seasons from 1982 to 1987.[2]

Born in St. Louis, Missouri and nicknamed "The Sheriff",[1][3] he played for the Suns, Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks, San Antonio Spurs and Boston Celtics.[4] On January 24, 1986, he scored a career-high 20 points and grabbed a career-high 8 rebounds in a 135-114 win over the Golden State Warriors.[5] He earned a championship ring with the 1985-86 Celtics.

In his NBA career, Thirdkill played in 179 games and scored a total of 510 points.[6][7] Thirdkill made one 3 point shot as a rookie with Phoenix, then never made another three pointer. He finished his career one for 11 from three point land.[8]

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
1982–83 Phoenix 49 2 10.6 .435 .143 .577 1.5 0.7 0.4 0.1 4.0
1983–84 Detroit 46 0 6.3 .431 .000 .484 0.7 0.6 0.2 0.1 1.7
1984–85 Detroit 10 1 11.5 .522 .000 .455 0.8 0.1 0.3 0.2 2.9
1984–85 Milwaukee 6 0 2.7 .750 .000 .500 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.2
1984–85 San Antonio 2 2 26.0 .455 .000 .833 3.5 1.5 1.0 0.5 7.5
1985–86 Boston 49 0 7.9 .491 .000 .625 1.4 0.3 0.2 0.1 3.3
1986–87 Boston 17 0 5.2 .417 .000 .313 1.1 0.1 0.1 0.0 1.5
Career 179 5 8.2 .457 .091 .565 1.2 0.5 0.3 0.1 2.8

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1984–85 San Antonio 5 0 4.4 .250 .000 .500 0.4 0.4 0.0 0.0 0.8
1985–86 Boston 13 0 3.6 .333 .000 .455 0.6 0.2 0.2 0.0 1.3
Career 18 0 3.8 .318 .000 .467 0.6 0.3 0.1 0.0 1.2

International career

In 1987, Thirdkill played in a tournament (Open Conference) for the Tanduay Rhum Masters team in the Philippine Basketball Association and won the championship aside from being named "Best Import" of the conference. He returned for another conference in 1988, this time for the newly formed Purefoods team, which he led to another finals appearance. Thereafter, he played in Italy for Virtus Roma, in France for Chorale Roanne Basket and Saint-Quentin Basket-Ball.

He then played most notably in Israel for a spell of five years, mainly for Hapoel Tel Aviv, finally retiring in 1996. He was the 1993 Israeli Basketball Premier League MVP.

References

  1. ^ a b In '80s, Bradley spread the news Archived 2007-08-16 at the Wayback Machine, July 28, 2002
  2. ^ "David Thirdkill Player Profile, Boston Celtics, NBA Stats, NCAA Stats, Game Logs, Bests, Awards - RealGM". basketball.realgm.com.
  3. ^ Reynolds, Dave. "Reynolds: 'Sheriff' is back in town in St. Louis". Journal Star.
  4. ^ Smith, Sam. "THIRDKILL FINALLY FINDS HOME WITH CELTICS". chicagotribune.com.
  5. ^ "Golden State Warriors at Boston Celtics Box Score, January 24, 1986". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved May 7, 2020.
  6. ^ "David Thirdkill Stats". Basketball-Reference.com.
  7. ^ "David Thirdkill - Men's Basketball". Bradley University Athletics.
  8. ^ "David Thirdkill Stats".