sam perkins

Sam Perkins ’84

As a 6'9 forward/center, he was selected by the Dallas Mavericks as the 4th overall pick in the 1984 NBA draft. He was named to the All-Rookie Team that year and went on to enjoy a successful 17 year NBA career. Playing for four different NBA teams (Supersonics, Lakers, Pacers and Mavericks), he scored over 15,000 points during his career and currently holds the Dallas Mavericks record for most points and rebounds recorded in a single game (30 points, 20 rebounds vs. Houston Rockets).

Prior to the NBA, he spent his collegiate career at The University of North Carolina. During that time, he became Carolina’s all-time leading rebounder (1,167) and second-leading scorer (2,145) and was a first-team All-America and All-ACC selection from 1982-84. He garnered ACC Rookie of the Year and ACC Tournament MVP in 1981. He went on to win two ACC Tournament crowns (1981, 1982), a national championship (1982) and gold medals during the 1983 Pan American and 1984 Olympic games.

Although retired, he continues an association with the NBA via the NBA Cares program. This program is the league’s social responsibility initiative that builds on the NBA’s long tradition of addressing important social issues nationally and internationally. As a NBA Cares representative, he has traveled throughout Europe, China and to several countries within Africa. His responsibilities continue to allow him to be involved with United Way, Boys & Girls Club and Habitat for Humanity. In addition to these worth while endeavors, Sam continues to be a philanthropic supporter of the United Negro College Fund, Lupus Foundation, breast cancer and pediatric HIV/AIDS research. He graduated from Carolina in 1984.