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Darrell Griffith
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Shooting guard
Born June 16, 1958 (1958-06-16) (age 51)
Louisville, Kentucky
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
College Louisville
Draft 2nd overall, 1980
Utah Jazz
Pro career 1980–1991
Former teams Utah Jazz (1980–1991)
Awards 1980-81 NBA Rookie of the Year

Darrell Steven Griffith, also known by nickname Dr. Dunkenstein, (born June 16, 1958 in Louisville, Kentucky) is a retired American basketball player who spent his entire NBA career with the Utah Jazz.[1]

Griffith was a first team All-American in college[1] and led the University of Louisville Cardinals to the 1980 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship by scoring 23 points in the Cardinals' 59-54 win over UCLA.[2] With over 2,333 career points, he left college as Louisville's all-time career scoring leader.[3]

The NBA Rookie of the Year in 1981, Griffith played for the Jazz for ten seasons[1] and ultimately had his number 35 retired by the team on December 4, 1993.[4] He was nicknamed Dr. Dunkenstein for his aerial exploits[5] and was often referred to as "The Golden Griff" by Jazz play-by-play announcer Hot Rod Hundley.[4] Griffith participated in the 1985 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, placing sixth out of eight.[6]


  1. ^ a b c Darrell Griffith NBA statistics. Retrieved on February 1, 2010.
  2. ^ "With 59-54 Victory Over UCLA, Griffith Leads Louisville to Title". Herald Journal. March 25, 1980. B2.
  3. ^ Phillip Lee. "Classic catches up with Dr. Dunkenstein". ESPN Classic. November 19, 2003. Retrieved on February 1, 2010.
  4. ^ a b Jazz: Retired Numbers. Retrieved on February 1, 2010.
  5. ^ John Papanek. "A Rookie Gives The Jazz Pizzazz". Sports Illustrated. December 8, 1980. Retrieved on February 1, 2010.
  6. ^ All-Star: Slam Dunk Year-by-Year Results. Retrieved on February 1, 2010.
Preceded by
Earvin Johnson
NCAA Basketball Tournament
Most Outstanding Player

Succeeded by
Isiah Thomas
Preceded by
Larry Bird
John R. Wooden Award (men)
Succeeded by
Danny Ainge
Preceded by
Gregory Kelser
Paul B. McDonald
R. Scott Neilson
Steadman S. Shealy
Marc D. Wilson
NCAA Top Five Award
Class of 1981
Darrell Griffith
Mark D. Herrmann
Donald J. Paige
Ronald K. Perry
Randy Lee Schleusener
Succeeded by
Par J. Arvidsson
Rowdy Gaines
Oliver Luck
Kenneth W. Sims
Lynette Woodard
Preceded by
Larry Bird
NBA Rookie of the Year
Succeeded by
Buck Williams


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