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Earl Cureton
Cureton (left) coaching a 2002 Summer League game
Personal information
Born (1957-09-03) September 3, 1957 (age 63)
Detroit, Michigan
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High schoolFinney (Detroit, Michigan)
NBA draft1979 / Round: 3 / Pick: 58th overall
Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Playing career1980–1997
PositionPower forward / Center
Number25, 23, 35
Career history
As player:
19801983Philadelphia 76ers
1983Olimpia Milano
19831986Detroit Pistons
1986–1987Chicago Bulls
19871988Los Angeles Clippers
1988–1989Charlotte Hornets
1989–1990Olimpia Milano
1991Charlotte Hornets
1991New Haven Skyhawks
1991–1992Tours Joué Basket
1993–1994Sioux Falls Skyforce
1994Houston Rockets
1996–1997Toronto Raptors
As coach:
1998Camden Power
2003–2004Long Beach Jam
2004–2005Orange County Crush
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As coach:

  • ABA champion (2004)
Career NBA statistics
Points3,620 (5.4 ppg)
Rebounds3,172 (4.7 rpg)
Assists678 (1.0 apg)
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Earl Cureton (born September 3, 1957) is an American retired professional basketball player. His nickname was "The Twirl".

NBA player

He was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 3rd round of the 1979 NBA draft (58th overall pick) after playing collegiately for Robert Morris University and the University of Detroit. During his twelve seasons in the National Basketball Association, the 6'9" forward-center played for the Philadelphia 76ers (1980–1983), Detroit Pistons (1983–1986), Chicago Bulls (1986–87), Los Angeles Clippers (1986–88), Charlotte Hornets (1988–89, 1990–91), Houston Rockets (1993–94) and Toronto Raptors (1996–97). He played 674 NBA regular games and 54 playoff games, averaging 5.4 PPG and 4.7 RPG in 18.4 minutes per game. He won two NBA Championships: with Philadelphia 76ers in 1982/83 and with Houston Rockets in 1993/94.[1]

Post-playing career

Cureton serves as a Community Ambassador for the Detroit Pistons, a position he has held since 2013.[2] This role includes leading Pistons organizational outreach and community partnerships.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Earl Cureton Stats |". Retrieved 2017-01-22.
  2. ^ "Pistons Legends". Detroit Pistons. Retrieved 2017-05-02.
  3. ^ Stevenson-McGee, Patricia. "Vision To Learn Program Provides 1,000th Pair of Glasses to Detroit Students – Ronald Brown Academy". Retrieved 2017-05-02.
  4. ^ "Pistons help build new basketball court near Corktown school". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2017-05-02.