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.