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Sam Perkins
Position(s) Power forward/Center
Jersey #(s) 41, 44, 14
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 235 lb (107 kg)
Born June 14, 1961 (1961-06-14) (age 48)
Brooklyn, New York
Career information
Year(s) 1984–2001
NBA Draft 1984 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4

Selected by Dallas Mavericks

College University of North Carolina
Professional team(s)
Career stats (NBA and/or ABA)
Points     15,324
Rebounds     7,666
Steals     1,105
Stats @
Career highlights and awards
Olympic medal record
Competitor for  United States
Men's Basketball
Gold 1984 Los Angeles National team

Samuel Bryce Perkins (born June 14, 1961, in Brooklyn, New York) is a retired American professional basketball player, also known by the nicknames "Sleepy Sam" and "Big Smooth." He attended Shaker High School and the University of North Carolina, where he was a teammate of Michael Jordan. He then played in the NBA from 1984 to 2001.

In 2008, Perkins was named vice president of player relations for the Indiana Pacers, with whom he played from 1999-2001.[1]

In September 2008, Perkins was inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame along with NBA stars Kenny Anderson and Rod Strickland, coach Pete Gillen and pioneers Lou Bender and Eddie Younger.[2]


Career highlights

  • Member of the 1982 NCAA Champion North Carolina Tar Heels.
  • Named to the ACC 50th Anniversary men's basketball team as one of the fifty greatest players in Atlantic Coast Conference history
  • Co-captain of the gold-medal winning 1984 U.S. Olympic basketball team.
  • Named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 1984-85.
  • Has appeared in 164 career playoff games averaging 11.3 ppg and 5.7 rpg.
  • Recorded the only 30-20 game in Mavericks history, with 31 points and a career-high 20 rebounds, against the Houston Rockets on 12/12/86.
  • Scored a career-high 45 points, for the Mavericks, against the Golden State Warriors on 4/12/90.
  • Appeared against the Chicago Bulls in the 1991 NBA Finals with the L.A. Lakers and again in 1996 with the Seattle SuperSonics.
  • Tied an NBA record by hitting 8 three-pointers without a miss with the Seattle SuperSonics against the Toronto Raptors on 1/15/97.
  • Participated in the AT&T Shootout during the 1997 NBA All-Star Weekend in Cleveland.
  • Posted a 1997-98 season-high 21 points, on perfect shooting (5-5 FG, 4-4 3FG, 7-7 FT), and 3 steals against the L.A. Clippers on 12/14/97.

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