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Danny Ferry
Position(s) Power forward/Small forward
Jersey #(s) 35
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 230 lb (100 kg)
Born October 17, 1966 (1966-10-17) (age 43)
Hyattsville, Maryland, USA
Career information
Year(s) 1989–2003
NBA Draft 1989 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2

Selected by Los Angeles Clippers

College Duke
Professional team(s)
Il Messaggero (Italy) (1989–1990)
Cleveland Cavaliers (1990–2000)
San Antonio Spurs (2000–2003)
Career stats (NBA)
Points     6,439 (7.0 PPG)
Rebounds     2,550 (2.1 RPG)
Assists     1,185 (1.3 APG)
Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Career highlights and awards

Daniel John Willard "Danny" Ferry (born October 17, 1966) is a retired American professional basketball player and currently the general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers franchise of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Known for his superb outside shooting, strong rebounding abilities and full-court vision while in college, [1] Ferry's talents on the court likened him to that of a younger Larry Bird during his career with the three-time Final Four-bound Duke Blue Devils. [1] The consensus All-American standout left Duke setting many school records while earning several national player of the year awards during his senior year. [2] Drafted into the NBA in 1989 as the second overall pick in the draft, Ferry would go on to spend the majority of his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers where he became the team's all-time leader in games played (723 games) until Žydrūnas Ilgauskas surpassed his record on December 2, 2009. [3]

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Early life

Ferry was born in Hyattsville, Maryland [2] to former NBA center and NBA executive Bob Ferry. [2] The younger Ferry began his basketball career in earnest at DeMatha Catholic High School in Maryland where he excelled at the high school level under Morgan Wootten.

College career

Ferry attended Duke University and played basketball for the school over four seasons from 1985 to 1989. During his college career, he helped lead the Blue Devils to the Final Four in 1986, 1988 and 1989, twice winning the MVP award for the East Regional. He was selected to the first team All-America in 1989 and second-team All-America in 1988. Ferry still holds Duke's all-time single game scoring record, scoring 58 points against Miami on December 10, 1988.[citation needed] He is among Duke's greatest players of all time, ranking 5th in career points, 5th in career rebounds, and 7th in career assists–the only player in the top 10 of all three categories.[citation needed] Ferry became the first player in Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) history to collect more than 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 500 assists in his collegiate career. [2] He left Duke with several national player of the year awards under his belt, including the Naismith College Player of the Year, [2] Oscar Robertson Trophy, [4] USBWA College Player of the Year and the UPI player of the year awards. Ferry's number 35 was retired in 1989 at the end of his senior season.[5] In 2002, Ferry was named to the ACC 50th Anniversary men's basketball team honoring the fifty greatest players in ACC history.

Professional career

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Italy

After college, the Los Angeles Clippers drafted Ferry in the first round (second overall pick) of the 1989 NBA Draft; he did not want to play with the Clippers,[citation needed] and Ferry soon afterwards accepted an offer to play for the Italian league's Il Messaggero (now Virtus Roma) instead. Ferry made a name for himself overseas as he averaged 23 points and six rebounds per game during the 1989–90 season, leading the Italian club into the playoffs. [2] The Clippers traded Ferry's rights on November 16, 1989, along with Reggie Williams to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for high-scoring guard Ron Harper, two first-round draft picks and a second-round pick. [6] [2]

Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavaliers signed Ferry to a 10-year guaranteed contract.[citation needed] He had a decent career in Cleveland, but he never became the type of star the Cavs were hoping for based on his outstanding play for Duke.[citation needed] His best season in Cleveland came in 1995–96, where he averaged 13.3 ppg. He had only one other season in which he averaged double figures.

San Antonio Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs signed Ferry as a free agent on August 10, 2000. Accepting a role as an off-the-bench shooter with the Spurs, Ferry played for San Antonio through the 2002–03 season. He then worked in the Spurs front office from 2003–2005.

Management career

On June 27, 2005 the Cleveland Cavaliers signed Danny Ferry to a 5-year contract worth close to $10 million dollars as their eighth general manager.[6] The position gave Ferry final say in all basketball operations.

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Preceded by
Danny Manning
Naismith College Player of the Year (men)
1989
Succeeded by
Lionel Simmons
Preceded by
Riccardo Ingram
ACC Male Athlete of the Year
1988–1989
Succeeded by
Clarkston Hines
Preceded by
Jim Paxson
Cleveland Cavaliers General Manager
2005–present
Succeeded by
incumbent

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