Darrell Griffith

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Basketball player
Darrell Griffith
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Player information
Full name Darrell Steven Griffith
birthday 16th June 1958 (age 62)
place of birth Louisville , Kentucky , United States
size 193 cm
position Shooting Guard
college Louisville
NBA draft 1980 , 2nd pick, Utah Jazz
Clubs as active
1980-1991 United StatesUnited States Utah Jazz

Darrell Steven Griffith (born June 16, 1958 in Louisville , Kentucky ) is a retired American basketball player . Between 1980 and 1991 he played in the NBA for the Utah Jazz . Because of his spectacular style of play, Griffith was also named “Dr. Dunkenstein "called. He was also a dangerous distance shooter and set a league record in 1984 and 1985 with 91 and 92 converted three-point throws . Hence his nickname "The Golden Griff", which Rod Hundley gave him.

Griffith was selected second in the 1980 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz. He was supposed to replace Pete Maravich , who had previously left the team. After a convincing season, he won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award as the best newcomer and was appointed to the NBA All-Rookie Team . Together with Adrian Dantley , Griffith formed one of the dangerous offensive duos in the NBA. Griffith himself averaged 20 points in the first five seasons. In 1984 the Jazz reached the play-offs for the first time in team history . Griffith's best season was 1984-85, when he hung up 22.6 points on average.

With the arrival of the young stars Karl Malone and John Stockton , his statistics dropped and he was increasingly struggling with injuries. Nevertheless, Griffith remained an important part of the jazz rotation and had a large part in the rise of jazz to a regular play-off participant. In 1991 Griffith ended his career after only being used sporadically. For his services, the Utah Jazz withdrew his jersey number 35 in 1993 and have not given it to other players since.

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