007nites Presents: Tom Chambers
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007nites Presents: Tom Chambers

Full Name: Tom Doane Chambers
Born: June 21, 1959 in Ogden, Utah
High School: Fairview (Boulder, Colorado)
College: University of Utah (1977-1981)
Drafted By: San Diego Clippers, 8th overall, 1981 NBA Draft
Height: 6-10 ; Weight: 220 lbs
Position: Power Forward
Nickname: T.C.

Career Statistics - (1981-1998)

G - 1107
FG% - .468
3PFG% - .307
FT% - .807
Points - 20,049
PPG - 18.1
Rebounds - 6,703
RPG - 6.1
Assists - 2,283
APG - 2.1
Blocks - 626
BPG - 0.6
Steals - 885
SPG - 0.8

Honors: 4 NBA All-Star (1987, 19891991), NBA All-Star Game MVP (1987), 2 All-NBA Second Team (1989, 1990).

High School and College

He starred at Fairview High School in Boulder, Colorado before attending the University of Utah. Hailing from an athletic family, Chambers was a promising 6-2 guard until the summer after his sophomore year. Suddenly, he grew seven inches in the next six months. As a junior, teammates marveled that he had not lost any coordination with that growth. A broken wrist as a senior forced him to use his left hand more, improving his game. An all-Colorado high school player, he was hotly recruited and enrolled at Utah. At Utah, Chambers played center with star forward Danny Vranes. The two led successful teams in the Western Athletic Conference. An excellent athlete, some doubted Chambers would be successful at the NBA level as he would not likely remain a center there. But he ran the floor very well and had good shooting range. So the-then San Diego Clippers took a gamble on Chambers in the 1981 NBA Draft, taking him eighth overall.

NBA career

Chambers was drafted by the San Diego Clippers with the eighth pick of the 1981 NBA Draft. A college center, he began to spend time at forward for the first time. On the injury-riddled young Clippers roster his rookie year, Chambers somehow ended up the team's top scorer at 17.2 points per game. He made a healthy 52.5% of his shots. The following year, the team drafted Terry Cummings, and the club felt it had to choose between the two young prospects. Seattle made him the target of a multi-player deal in August, 1983. Teaming with center Jack Sikma and guard Gus Williams, Chambers became a key piece to a winning team in just his third NBA season. He played all 82 games and averaged 18.1 points per game in the team-oriented attack. The following year, though, Williams was traded, and the point guard who emerged was Gerald Henderson. This key relationship, with Chambers being set up increasingly to catch passes and score, would be strained at best. After posting a team-high 21.5 points per game the season before, Chambers fell to third-most on the team in shot attempts, taking just 28 shots more than Henderson himself that season. He still somehow lead the team at 18.5 points per game, but felt he was being passed around in the offense. The team also declined in the standings. 1986-87, however, was a big season for Chambers. Rookie Nate McMillian took over Henderson's spot and Chambers became one of three key scorers for the Sonics. He posted 23.3 points per game to reach All-Star status for the first time. Chambers' game included plenty of flying drives to the rim, but also made good use of three-point shooting, and a very smart free throw game, where he collected plenty of attempts and put fouls on opponents. Chambers hit 85% of 630 free throw tries that season. He also again played all 82 games. Further, he was the star of the 1987 All-Star Game, played in Seattle. The handsome, popular blonde-haired scorer poured in 34 points on 13 of 25 shooting and was named Game's Most Valuable Player before a roaring home crowd. Chambers was now clearly the star of his team, but was also again seemingly passed around in 1987-88, again third on the team in shot attempts. Chambers again felt he being held back, and Seattle had not yet made out of the first round of the playoffs. His 20.4 points per game would conclude his five-year run there. An avid hunter and horseback rider, Chambers had no interest in playing outside of his native West. He accepted a then-very pricey offer to join the Phoenix Suns in June, 1988. Seattle declined to match the offer. His next three All-Star appearances would be as a Sun, the team he still works for today. In Phoenix, there was no question what coach Cotton Fitzsimmons expected of his new star: Chambers would shoot the ball. In 1988-89, Chambers posted 25.7 points per game, In 1989-90, his total rose to 27.2 points per game. Just as his scoring hit new highs, his team also won. The Suns posted 55-27 and 54-28 records those two years. Each season, the team reached the Western Conference Finals as well. Point guard Kevin Johnson was the passer Chambers had long awaited and the duo became an outstanding NBA tandem for Phoenix. Former Seattle teammate Xavier McDaniel joined the team in 1990-91, and the now 31-year-old Chambers again accepted a more team-oriented role for the Suns. His scoring, and the team's success, declined. He had been twice named All-NBA Second Team, but now just tried to fit in. In 1992-93, the fifth of his five seasons in Phoenix, Charles Barkley arrived to give the team the rebounder the team had long needed to truly contend. The now 33-year-old Chambers accepted a role as Sixth Man, while Barkley and Dan Majerle were the team's key scorers. This version of the team went 62-20 and made the NBA Finals, but lost to Chicago. Chambers still felt he had more to contribute, and accepted an offer to join the Utah Jazz in August, 1993. He would back up star Karl Malone and re-team with Jeff Hornacek from the Suns. The Jazz improved immediately and made it to 1993-94 Western Conference Finals. Now age 35, Chambers had one more year to give before retiring as a 20,000 point NBA scorer. In a remarkable cultural experience, Chambers joined Maccabi Tel Aviv for a season of play in Israel. Largely used up as a player, the 1995-96 season there was a personally-rewarding one. In retrospect, Chambers was a great scorer who could have posted even higher individual numbers in his career, especially during his Seattle years, but he also played a key part on some very good winning NBA teams. Most recall him today as a remarkable white American 6'10 dunker, but Chambers career clearly contained more than that.

He appeared in sixteen total NBA seasons as a member of the Clippers, Seattle SuperSonics, Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, Charlotte Hornets, and Philadelphia 76ers. In the middle of his NBA career, he also played one season (199596) in Israel as a member of Maccabi Tel Aviv BC.

Chambers scored 20,049 total points in the NBA for a career average of 18.1 points per game. His career high was a 60 point performance with the Suns against the Sonics on March 24, 1990. He appeared in four NBA All-Star Games during his career (1987, 1989, 1990, and 1991), earning game MVP honors in 1987 after scoring 34 points. He also played in the 1993 NBA Finals as a member of the Suns, but his team lost to the Chicago Bulls.

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Old 11-29-2010, 04:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That dunk over Jackson is just too awesome.
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Old 11-29-2010, 04:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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There has not been a better dunk in the NBA. Ever. Ever. Ever.

Tommy C gave me inspiration, him and Rex Chapman ( I actually pulled off Chapmans behind the back toos jam once...ahhhh joy) It's here at one minute 45. Also Kenny smith at 38 seconds. This was the dunking inspiration guys my age had to draw from. Man, we were all crazy gym rats!!!!

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he hit Jackson and went even higher... he was still elevating when he threw it down! classic!
i remember him in 'Lakers vs Celtics' or was it 'Bulls vs Blazers' for Sega Genesis... he was unstoppable. drive to the top of the key with chambers and he would do his double pump jam every time! it had to be a glitch... it was the greatest move in the history of sports video games!
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better than the Gretzky around the net sega glitch?

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