NBA legend Darryl Dawkins died this morning of an apparent heart attack at just 58 years old.
Dawkins was one of the first NBA players who came straight from high school and played 12 years in the NBA for the Philadelphia 76ers (1975-1982), New Jersey Nets (1982-1987), Utah Jazz (1987), and the Detroit Pistons (1987-1989). He averaged 12.0 points and 6.1 rebounds per game for his career.
Dawkins was best known for his amazing athletic and dunking ability, especially as a 6'11", 251-pound center. In fact, his glass-shattering slams were the reason the NBA went to breakaway rims.
He is best known for being one of the first true highflyers and power-dunkers in the NBA, which we celebrate in the video above.