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Shawn Bradley
Position(s) Center
Jersey #(s) 76, 45, 44
Listed height 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m)
Listed weight 275 lb (125 kg)
Born March 22, 1972 (1972-03-22) (age 37)
Landstuhl, West Germany
Career information
Year(s) 1993–2005
NBA Draft 1993 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2

Selected by Philadelphia 76ers

College BYU
Professional team(s)
Career stats (NBA)
Points     6,752
Rebounds     5,268
Blocks     2,119
Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Career highlights and awards
  • 1994 NBA All-Rookie Second Team

Shawn Paul Bradley (born March 22, 1972) is a retired American and German (dual citizen) 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m) basketball player who played center for the Philadelphia 76ers, the New Jersey Nets and the Dallas Mavericks (NBA). Though born in Landstuhl, West Germany, Bradley grew up in Castle Dale, Utah, in the US and has dual American and German citizenship.

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Professional career

Shawn Bradley was highly regarded as an NBA prospect from Brigham Young University. In the 1993 NBA Draft, he was the second pick overall. During his first years with the Philadelphia 76ers, Bradley established himself as a great shot-blocker with limited offensive abilities, averaging 3.5 blocked shots per game. He had a decent short-range jump shot that he rarely used. In 2001-2002 he even managed to shoot 92% from the free throw line, well above his career average.

Bradley, who was very thin, had a tough time against the physical centers and forwards of his generation and had a reputation for being inconsistent and not aggressive when it came to defense. At times, he averaged over 4 fouls per game at just under 30 minutes of playing time. After a couple of solid years with the Dallas Mavericks, Bradley developed knee problems. His production steadily declined, and after the Mavericks acquired Erick Dampier in 2004, Bradley found himself on the bench most of the time. He announced his retirement from professional basketball in June 2005.[1]

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International career

Bradley has competed internationally for Germany; he and Dallas teammate Dirk Nowitzki were members of the German national basketball team that finished in fourth place at the EuroBasket 2001 in Turkey. In order to participate in this tournament, Bradley made use of his German birth to obtain German citizenship.[2]

Post-basketball career

After his retirement as a player, Bradley became involved with West Ridge Academy, a coeducational private school for at-risk youths in West Jordan, Utah. Bradley's role with the school involves some of the functions of a vice principal, counselor, and coach. Describing Bradley, school executive director Ken Allen said, "Shawn has a great presence—due to his size—and has immediate credibility with the kids. His instant credibility when he's talking to kids makes him an incredible mentor. He is a great example of someone who has worked hard and been very successful. Being so tall wasn't always easy for him. He knows about being the 'odd kid' and dealing with that."[3]

Personal life

As of 2006, his wife Annette and he have six children: daughters Cheyenne, Ciera, Chelsea, and Charity and sons Chance and Chase. Bradley enjoys baseball, water skiing and horseback riding and likes listening to country music.[4][5] Bradley is a devout Mormon. When he was 19, he served for two years as a Mormon missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New South Wales, Australia.[6] Among others, Bradley is also known for his charitable nature. He once donated $25 for each block in the 2000-01 season to Bryan's House, a managed facility for children affected by HIV and AIDS, and is a national spokesman for the Children's Miracle Network.[4][5] Bradley has also participated in the "Basketball Without Borders" program with other NBA players like Dikembe Mutombo, DeSagana Diop and Malik Rose and found his experiences with children in Africa uplifting.[7]

During his career, his nicknames were "The Stormin' Mormon", "The Deathstick", "Missionary Impossible", the "Mormon Mantis", the "Praying Mantis", "The Human Toothpick" and "Siggi" (during his time in the German national basketball team).

TV and movie appearances

Bradley had a role in the film Space Jam in 1996,[8] depicted as one of the NBA stars who lose their talent alongside Muggsy Bogues, Larry Johnson, Charles Barkley, and Patrick Ewing.

He also appeared as himself in Walker, Texas Ranger,[8] and had a cameo appearance as an auto mechanic in The Singles Ward.[8]

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