Tim McCormick

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Tim McCormick
Personal information
Born (1962-03-10) March 10, 1962 (age 61)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Listed height6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school Clarkston (Clarkston, Michigan)
College Michigan (1980–1984)
NBA draft 1984: 1st round, 12th overall pick
Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Playing career1984–1992
Position Center
Number40, 44
Career history
19841986 Seattle SuperSonics
19861988 Philadelphia 76ers
1988 New Jersey Nets
19881990 Houston Rockets
1990–1991 Atlanta Hawks
1991–1992 New York Knicks
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 4,030 (8.3 ppg)
Rebounds 2,366 (4.9 rpg)
Assists 491 (1.0 apg)
Stats   OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg at NBA.com
Stats   OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg at Basketball-Reference.com

Timothy Daniel McCormick (born March 10, 1962) is an American former professional basketball player from Detroit who played eight seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He currently is a pre- and post-game analyst for the Detroit Pistons.


College career

McCormick spent four years at the University of Michigan. He only played three seasons of college basketball due to missing his second season completely. In his last two seasons he posted solid averages of 12 points per game. As a senior in 1984, McCormick helped lead the Wolverines to the NIT title.

Professional career

Seattle SuperSonics (1984-1986)

McCormick was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the 12th pick in the 1st round of the 1984 NBA draft. However the Cavaliers traded him and Cliff Robinson to the Washington Bullets for Melvin Turpin on the day he was drafted. The Bullets then traded him with Ricky Sobers to the Seattle SuperSonics for Gus Williams on the same day.

After being traded twice on the day of the draft, McCormick finally settled with the SuperSonics. He had a strong start to his NBA career, averaging 9.3 points per game in his rookie season. He spent two seasons with the team, however the SuperSonics struggled during this time and failed to make the playoffs during McCormick's time in Seattle.

Philadelphia 76ers (1986-1988)

McCormick was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers with Danny Vranes for Clemon Johnson and a 1989 1st round draft pick (Shawn Kemp was later selected) on September 29, 1986. McCormick boosted his scoring to 12.8 for his first season in Philadelphia. He also averaged a career high 7.5 rebounds per game for the 1986-1987 season. On November 21, 1986 McCormick set a career high 27 points in a loss to the Detroit Pistons. McCormick gained a lot of success for his first season in Philadelphia and the 76ers weren't struggling. They finished 45-37 and made the playoffs, although they lost in the first round to the Milwaukee Bucks. McCormick played 23 more games for the 76ers in the following season however he left the team through that season.

New Jersey Nets (1988)

On January 16, 1988 McCormick was traded by the Philadelphia 76ers with Roy Hinson and a 1989 2nd round draft pick (Stanley Brundy was later selected) to the New Jersey Nets for Ben Coleman and Mike Gminski. McCormick averaged a career high 14.1 points per game during the remainder of the season in his time with the Nets. While McCormick statistically played a lot better in New Jersey, the Nets were a rebuilding team and posted a horrendous 19-63 record.

Houston Rockets (1988-1990)

On November 2, 1988 McCormick was traded by the New Jersey Nets with Tony Brown, Frank Johnson and Lorenzo Romar to the Houston Rockets for Joe Barry Carroll and Lester Conner. McCormick's production drastically decreased as his stats went downhill ever since the 1988 off season, however he sacrificed his stats to play on a playoff team as the Rockets finished the 1988-1989 season 45-37 and made the playoffs. The Rockets faced off against McCormick's former team, the Seattle SuperSonics, however the SuperSonics prevailed and defeated the Rockets in 4 games. In the following season the Rockets had a less successful campaign however they still managed to make the playoffs with a 41-41 record. As for McCormick, he only played 18 games and had an underwhelming season, averaging a career low 1.7 points per game. The Rockets still made the playoffs; they faced against the dominant Los Angeles Lakers, a team that was greatly feared by other teams during this era. The Rockets put up a strong fight but unfortunately lost in 4 games once again.

Atlanta Hawks (1990-1991)

On September 27, 1990 McCormick was traded by the Houston Rockets with John Lucas and a 1994 1st round draft pick (Charlie Ward was later selected) to the Atlanta Hawks for Roy Marble and Kenny Smith. McCormick played better in the 1990-1991 season compared to his previous season, however at just 28 years old he failed to return to his best level of play that was seen a few years prior. He still played a good part on the team and helped the Hawks reach the 1991 playoffs with a 43-39 record, however once again he couldn't make it past the first round as the Hawks were defeated by the Detroit Pistons in 5 games.

New York Knicks (1991-1992)

On October 3, 1991 McCormick was traded by the Atlanta Hawks with a 1994 1st round draft pick (Charlie Ward was later selected) to the New York Knicks for Maurice Cheeks. McCormick played 22 games for the Knicks. The team played well and finished 51-31 for the 1991-1992 season. The New York Knicks were the best statistical team that McCormick played for. In the 1992 playoffs McCormick was finally able to get out of the first round as the Knicks defeated the Detroit Pistons in 5 games. In the second round the Knicks faced a very difficult opponent, the Chicago Bulls who were led by the dominant Michael Jordan and were in the middle of their first 3-peat. Despite this, the Knicks played well against the Bulls and put up a strong fight. The series was close and went to 7 games, but the Bulls ultimately defeated the Knicks in game 7.


At 29 years old, McCormick decided not to return to the NBA and retired shortly after. [1] McCormick now works as a basketball analyst for ESPN. [2]

Personal life

McCormick holds a bachelor's degree in communications from Michigan. He has worked as a consultant with NBA players over the last two decades teaching strategies to improve performance. He also runs the NBA Players Association's TOP 100 Basketball Camp for the elite 100 high school players in the nation. He is the author of "Never Be Average."

McCormick provides color analysis as a broadcaster for ESPN and NBCSN. He and his wife Michelle live in West Bloomfield, Michigan with their two children. [3]

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  1. College & NBA stats @ basketballreference.com
  2. "Tim McCormick « ESPN MediaZone". Archived from the original on 2012-04-27.
  3. "Meet Tim – Tim McCormick".