Terry Cummings

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Terry Cummings
Personal information
Born (1961-03-15) March 15, 1961 (age 57)
Chicago, Illinois
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school Carver (Chicago, Illinois)
College DePaul (1979–1982)
NBA draft 1982 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
Selected by the San Diego Clippers
Playing career1982–2000
Position Power forward / Center
Number34, 35
Career history
19821984 San Diego Clippers
19841989 Milwaukee Bucks
19891995 San Antonio Spurs
1995–1996 Milwaukee Bucks
1996–1997 Seattle SuperSonics
1997–1998 Philadelphia 76ers
1998 New York Knicks
19992000 Golden State Warriors
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 19,460 (16.4 ppg)
Rebounds 8,630 (7.3 rpg)
Steals 1,255 (1.1 spg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Robert Terrell Cummings (born March 15, 1961) is an American retired professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association for 18 seasons as a power forward and occasional center.

Basketball team sport played on a court with baskets on either end

Basketball is a team sport in which two teams, most commonly of five players each, opposing one another on a rectangular court, compete with the primary objective of shooting a basketball through the defender's hoop while preventing the opposing team from shooting through their own hoop. A field goal is worth two points, unless made from behind the three-point line, when it is worth three. After a foul, timed play stops and the player fouled or designated to shoot a technical foul is given one or more one-point free throws. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but if regulation play expires with the score tied, an additional period of play (overtime) is mandated.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) is a men's professional basketball league in North America; composed of 30 teams. It is widely considered to be the premier men's professional basketball league in the world. The NBA is an active member of USA Basketball (USAB), which is recognized by FIBA as the national governing body for basketball in the United States. The NBA is one of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. NBA players are the world's best paid athletes by average annual salary per player.

Power forward (basketball) position in the sport of basketball

The power forward (PF), also known as the four, is one of the five positions in a regulation basketball game. It has also been referred to as the "post" position. Power forwards play a role similar to that of center. They typically play offensively with their backs towards the basket and position themselves defensively under the basket in a zone defense or against the opposing power forward in man-to-man defense. The power forward position entails a variety of responsibilities, one of which is rebounding. Many power forwards are noted for their mid-range jump-shot, and several players have become very accurate from 12 to 18 feet. Earlier, these skills were more typically exhibited in the European style of play. Some power forwards, known as stretch fours, have since extended their shooting range to three-point field goals.


College Years

Born in Chicago and a graduate of Carver High School, Cummings attended DePaul University from 1979 to 1982. He averaged 16.4 points per game over 85 games and entered the 1982 NBA draft after departing from school.

Chicago City in Illinois, United States

Chicago, officially the City of Chicago, is the most populous city in Illinois and the third most populous city in the United States. As of the 2017 census-estimate, it has a population of 2,716,450, which makes it the most populous city in the Midwestern United States. Chicago is the county seat of Cook County, the second most populous county in the United States, and the principal city of the Chicago metropolitan area, which is often referred to as "Chicagoland." The Chicago metropolitan area, at nearly 10 million people, is the third-largest in the United States, the fourth largest in North America, and the third largest metropolitan area in the world by land area.

Carver Military Academy

George Washington Carver Military Academy is a public 4–year military high school located in the Riverdale area on the far south side of Chicago, Illinois, United States. Carver is named for African-American scientist and educator George Washington Carver. Carver opened in 1947.

DePaul University private university in Chicago, Illinois

DePaul University is a private, Roman Catholic university in Chicago, Illinois. Founded by the Vincentians in 1898, the university takes its name from the 17th-century French priest Saint Vincent de Paul. The students embody St. Vincent's values, beliefs, and influence through the question: what must be done, in terms of community outreach. In 1998, it became the largest Catholic university by enrollment in the United States. In 2018 it was still considered nation's largest Catholic university. Following in the footsteps of its founders, DePaul places special emphasis on recruiting first-generation students and others from disadvantaged backgrounds. DePaul's two campuses are located in Lincoln Park and the Loop. The Lincoln Park Campus is home to the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Science and Health, and Education. It also houses the School of Music, the Theatre School, and the John T. Richardson Library. The Loop campus houses the Colleges of Communication, Computing and Digital Media, and Law, as well as the School of Public Service and the School for New Learning. It is also home to the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, which is part of the nationally ranked Driehaus College of Business, the tenth oldest business school in the nation. The Loop campus also houses the Loop Library, the Rinn Law Library, and the Barnes and Noble-based Student Center.


San Diego Clippers

He was selected in the first round by the San Diego Clippers, and in his inaugural 1982–83 season, he won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award after putting up 23.7 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. These figures would turn out to be the highest of his career in those categories. Late in his rookie season, Cummings suffered from heartbeat irregularities, which would keep him out the remaining two weeks of the season. The team lost every game without him.

The National Basketball Association's Rookie of the Year Award is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) award given to the top rookie(s) of the regular season. Initiated following the 1952–53 NBA season, it confers the Eddie Gottlieb Trophy, named after the former Philadelphia Warriors head coach.

Milwaukee Bucks

After the next season (1983–84), he was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks, where he would continue to post above 20 point and 8 rebound averages for four out of his five years on the team. As a Buck, Cummings was selected to play in the 1984–85 and 1988–89 NBA All-Star Games.

Milwaukee Bucks American professional basketball team

The Milwaukee Bucks are an American professional basketball team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Bucks compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member club of the league's Eastern Conference Central Division. The team was founded in 1968 as an expansion team, and play at the Fiserv Forum. Former U.S. Senator Herb Kohl was the long-time owner of the team, but on April 16, 2014, a group led by billionaire hedge fund managers Wes Edens and Marc Lasry agreed to purchase a majority interest in the team from Kohl, a sale which was approved by the owners of the NBA and its Board of Governors one month later on May 16. The team is managed by Jon Horst, the team's former director of basketball operations, who took over for John Hammond in May 2017.

The National Basketball Association All-Star Game is a basketball exhibition game hosted every February by the National Basketball Association (NBA), matching a mix of the league's star players, who are drafted by the two players with the most votes. Each team consists of 12 players, making it 24 in total. It is the featured event of NBA All-Star Weekend. NBA All-Star Weekend is a three-day event which goes from Friday to Sunday. The All-Star Game was first played at the Boston Garden on March 2, 1951.

San Antonio Spurs

He was traded to the San Antonio Spurs where he would remain for six years. His scoring and rebounding averages for the 1989–90 through 1991–92 seasons were close to 20 and 8, respectively, and he helped his team to consecutive 50-win seasons and playoff appearances. By this time, he was recognized as a reliable power forward in the league.

San Antonio Spurs American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas

The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. The Spurs compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Western Conference Southwest Division. The team plays its home games at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.

Cummings suffered a serious knee injury in the summer of 1992 in a casual pickup game. He would miss the first 74 regular season games. Upon his return to the lineup, he could no longer put up near-All-Star numbers, and from then on he was used in a more suitable role as a reserve. Cummings would play in San Antonio until 1994–95.

Return to Bucks

In November 1995, he joined the Milwaukee Bucks again. He played in 81 games averaging 8.0 points per game in 21 minutes of work.

Seattle Supersonics

In January 1997 he signed with the Seattle SuperSonics as a free agent. He contributed as a role player helping the Sonics reach the Western Conference Semi-finals where they lost to the Houston Rockets in 7 games.

Seattle SuperSonics Professional basketball team based in Seattle, Washington, USA 1967–2008

The Seattle SuperSonics, commonly known as the Sonics, were an American professional basketball team based in Seattle, Washington. The SuperSonics played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member club of the league's Western Conference Pacific and Northwest divisions from 1967 until 2008. After the 2007–08 season ended, the team relocated to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and now plays as the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Houston Rockets American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas

The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. The Rockets compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA), as a member of the league's Western Conference Southwest Division. The team plays its home games at the Toyota Center, located in downtown Houston. The Rockets have won two NBA championships and four Western Conference titles. The team was established as the San Diego Rockets, an expansion team originally based in San Diego, in 1967. In 1971, the Rockets moved to Houston.

Philadelphia 76ers

He signed with the 76ers in September 1997. He played in 44 games averaging 5.3 points per game.

New York Knicks

Just before the trade deadline in February 1998, he was traded to the New York Knicks for Herb Williams and Ron Grandison. For New York he played in 30 games to finish the 1997-98 season and a total of 74 games combined between Philadelphia and New York.

Golden State Warriors

Prior to the lockout ending in 1999, he was traded by the Knicks along with John Starks and Chris Mills to the Golden State Warriors for Latrell Sprewell. He managed to play 2 seasons for the Warriors, then retired from basketball after the 1999-2000 season.

Career summary

In 18 seasons Terry Cummings scored 19,460 points, falling just short of the 20,000 point mark, but placing him among the top 50 career scorers. He finished with averages of 16.4 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game. He also played in 1,183 Games, had 33,898 minutes, a .484 field goal percentage (8,045 for 16,628), .706 free throw percentage (3,326 for 4,711), 8,630 total rebounds (3,183 offensive, 5,447 defensive), and 1,255 steals.


Cummings has been an ordained Pentecostal Minister since 1977 [1] and performed service at the wedding of former teammate Sean Elliott. He has three sons, Antonio, T. J., and Shawn.

In a creative turn of his career, Cummings released an album, T.C. Finally in early 2007, of songs which he wrote, sang, and played keyboards. The album is reminiscent of the R&B/soulstyles of musicians such as Marvin Gaye, Al Green, and Sam Cooke.

NBA career statistics

  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage 3P%  3-point field goal percentage FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game APG  Assists per game SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

Regular season

1982–83 San Diego 706936.2.523.000.70910.
1983–84 San Diego 818035.9.494.000.7209.
1984–85 Milwaukee 797834.5.495.000.7419.
1985–86 Milwaukee 828232.5.474.000.6568.
1986–87 Milwaukee 827733.8.511.000.6628.
1987–88 Milwaukee 767634.6.485.333.6657.
1988–89 Milwaukee 807835.3.467.467.7878.
1989–90 San Antonio 817834.8.475.322.7808.
1990–91 San Antonio 676232.8.484.212.6837.
1991–92 San Antonio 706730.7.488.385.7119.
1992–93 San Antonio 809.5.379.5002.
1993–94 San Antonio 592919.2.428.000.5895.
1994–95 San Antonio 762016.8.483.5855.
1995–96 Milwaukee 811321.9.462.143.6505.
1996–97 Seattle 45318.4.486.600.6954.
1997–98 Philadelphia 44214.9.458.000.6723.
1997–98 New York 30117.6.477.7004.
1998–99 Golden State 50020.2.4391.000.7115.
1999–00 Golden State 22018.1.429.8214.


1985 Milwaukee 8838.9.577.000.8288.
1986 Milwaukee 141436.4.514.6949.
1987 Milwaukee 121036.9.488.6877.
1988 Milwaukee 5538.6.562.6597.
1989 Milwaukee 5424.8.362.000.8756.
1990 San Antonio 101037.5.528.200.8089.
1991 San Antonio 4431.0.510.000.5009.
1992 San Antonio 3340.7.515.000.50011.
1993 San Antonio 10013.8.443.000.6253.
1994 San Antonio 4118.0.500.8336.
1995 San Antonio 1529.0.375.000.7332.
1997 Seattle 12624.3.489.6676.
1998 New York 8115.0.441.2504.

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