New Jersey Nets, NBA
- State Champion at Evan Maynard High School (1975)
- Nicknamed "Chocolate Thunder" for his powerful, backboard-breaking dunks
- 2x NBA Finals appearance with the 76ers
- Former coach in the USBL and at Lehigh Carbon Community College
Darryl Dawkins is a retired NBA player, most noted for his days with the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets, although he also played briefly for the Detroit Pistons and Utah Jazz late in his career. He was nicknamed "Chocolate Thunder" for his powerful dunks, which notably led to the NBA adopting breakaway rims due to him shattering the backboard on two occasions.
In the 1975 Draft, The Philadelphia 76ers made Darry the fifth overall pick, behind David Thompson, David Meyers, Marvin Webster, and Alvan Adams. Darryl and the 76ers made a run in the 1977-1978 season with a team that included Julius Erving, George McGinnis, Lloyd Free, and Doug Collins, advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals before losing to the Washington Bullets in six games. During the 1979–1980 season, he averaged 14.7 points and a career-high 8.7 rebounds, helping the Sixers back to the NBA Finals.
After retiring from basketball, Darryl was the head coach of the American Basketball Association's Newark Express. He also served as the head coach of the Allentown, Pennsylvania-based Pennsylvania ValleyDawgs of the United States Basketball League until they folded. On August 20, 2009, Lehigh Carbon Community College in Pennsylvania announced that Darryl would be the head coach of their men's basketball team for the upcoming 2009–2010 season.
Video Message$99Get a Personal Video Greeting from Darryl Dawkins! He will record a birthday or congratulatory greeting, surprise message for your event, or a client and employee motivational message. You can even save and share the recording afterwards!
NOTE: This request will take 2 business days to process. Your credit card will be charged automatically once the video has been recorded by the Pro.
Tweet$200Promote your brand or business with a tweet from Darryl.
Celebrations$1,000Invite Darryl to join you at your birthday, bar/bat mitzvah, wedding, or anniversary party! He'll be sure to be entertaining company. (Up to 2 hours)
Attend a Game$1,500Have an extra seat at the game? Darryl will join you and your guests and share insight on the game. Discuss Darryl's career with the Nets and his trajectory in becoming a NBA player.
Q&A$2,000 per hourDarryl will share his story to up to 20 people. Your small group of friends, students, coworkers, or event attendees will be inspired by Darryl’s path to success.
Appearance$2,000 per hourHire Darryl Dawkins to make an appearance at your next event! Darryl Dawkins’s appearance will be the perfect way to promote your business or organization. (Up to 60 minutes). Autograph show pricing may vary.
Private Lesson$500 per hourDarryl will be your personal coach giving you access to a NBA player. Darryl will take you through NBA drills, formations and plays. You'll learn firsthand what it takes to be a NBA player.
Group Lesson$750 per hourTo be the best you need to learn from the best. Hiring Darryl as a coach will give you access to a NBA player. Darryl will coach a group of 2-6 people through NBA drills and plays.
Team Coaching$1,000 per hourDarryl will make a guest appearance as a coach for your next team game or practice. Give the perfect gift to your child's team or your corporate league team by taking things to the next level.
* Booking this talent outside of the booking region may result in additional costs. Thuzio Pros are subject to availability.
Sport Basketball League NBA Team
- Philadelphia 76ers (1975-1982)New Jersey Nets (1982-1987)Utah Jazz (1987)Detroit Pistons (1987-1989)
Position Center Home Town Orlando, Florida