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Terry Furlow
Shooting guard
Born October 18, 1954(1954-10-18)
Flint, Michigan, U.S.
Died May 23, 1980 (aged 25)
near Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
College Michigan State
Draft 12th overall, 1976
Philadelphia 76ers
Pro career 1976–1980
Former teams Philadelphia 76ers (1976–1977)
Cleveland Cavaliers (1977–1979)
Atlanta Hawks (1979)
Utah Jazz (1979–1980)

Terry Furlow (October 18, 1954 – May 23, 1980) was an American basketball player. Furlow was a 6-foot-4-inch (1.93 m) shooting guard from Flint, Michigan. He played collegiately at Michigan State. In 1975-76, as a senior, he led the Big Ten in scoring, and finished his career at MSU with 1717 points – which places him seventh on the Spartans' all-time scoring list. The 50 points he scored against Iowa on January 5, 1976 is still the Michigan State men's all-time single game scoring record.[1]

Furlow was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 12th overall pick in the 1976 NBA Draft; he was also selected in the sixth round of the 1975 ABA draft by the Memphis Sounds.[2] In 1977, he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he averaged 11.0 points in a one-and-a-half seasons with the team. In 1979, he was traded to the Atlanta Hawks for point guard Butch Lee, and midway through the 1979-80 season, he was traded to the Utah Jazz, where he averaged a career-best 16 points per game.

On May 23, 1980, Furlow was killed in a car accident when he crashed into a pole on a highway near Cleveland, Ohio. Police reports said there were traces of cocaine and the tranquilizer valium in his bloodstream.[3] He was 25 years old.


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  2. ^ Terry Furlow page
  3. ^ NY Times: An athlete, a cocaine addict: John Drew fights for his life

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