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Roy Tarpley
Position Forward-Center
Height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Weight 230 lb (100 kg)
Born November 28, 1964 (1964-11-28) (age 45)
New York, New York
Nationality USA
College Michigan
Draft 7th overall, 1986
Dallas Mavericks
Pro career 1986–1996
Former teams Dallas Mavericks (1986-1991, 1994-1995)
Aris BC (1992-1993)
Olympiacos BC (1993-1994)
Iraklis BC (1995-1996)
Michigan Mayhem (2006)
Awards 1987-88 NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award

Roy James Tarpley (born November 28th, 1964, in New York, New York, USA) is an American former professional basketball player, who was notable during his career for being banned from the NBA because of his drug addiction[1].

Pro career

He starred at the University of Michigan, and in 1986 he was selected by the Dallas Mavericks with the seventh pick of the NBA Draft. Tarpley made the NBA All-Rookie Team in his first season and seemed destined for success until his career was cut short in 1991, when he was expelled from the league for violating the NBA's drug-use policies. He returned to the Mavericks briefly in 1994, but he was then permanently banned from the NBA in December 1995 for using alcohol and violating the terms of a court-imposed personal aftercare program.

Another problem Tarpley had was that he was very injury prone, missing a lot of games due to nagging injuries. He holds NBA career averages of 12.6 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. He also played for Aris BC, Olympiacos BC and Iraklis BC in Greece's top professional basketball league the Greek Championship. He won the Saporta Cup in 1993 with Aris BC and reached the Euroleague final the following year while playing with Olympiacos BC. That same year he lead the Euroleague competition in rebounds with an average of 12.8 per game.

In 2006, he played with the Michigan Mayhem of the Continental Basketball Association.

He sued the Dallas Mavericks and the NBA, claiming that their refusal to reinstate him violated the Americans with Disabilities Act because his addiction was a disability. The suit was settled out of court in March 2009.[2]


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Preceded by
Ricky Pierce
NBA Sixth Man of the Year
Succeeded by
Eddie Johnson

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