Derrick Coleman

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Basketball player
Derrick Coleman
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Player information
Full name Derrick D. Coleman
birthday 21st June 1967 (age 53)
place of birth Mobile , Alabama , USA
size 208 cm
Weight 104 kg
position Power forward , center
college Syracuse
NBA draft 1990 , 1st Pick , New Jersey Nets
Clubs as active
1990-1995 New Jersey Nets 1995-1998 Philadelphia 76ers 1998-2001 Charlotte Hornets 2001-2004 Philadelphia 76ers 2004-2005 Detroit PistonsUnited StatesUnited States
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Derrick D. Coleman (born June 21, 1967 in Mobile , Alabama ) is a retired American basketball player who was active in the NBA from 1990 to 2005 . Coleman grew up in Detroit and attended Syracuse University . In the 1990 NBA Draft , he was first selected by the New Jersey Nets . In 1994 he was basketball world champion with the USA .


Coleman played the Syracuse Orange for their team at Syracuse University . In college, he became the first player in NCAA history to score more than 2,000 points and get more than 1,500 rebounds . When he left college, he was Syracuse University's top scorer.


After his successful college career, was selected 1st in the 1990 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets . He came into the league as a great talent compared to players like Karl Malone and Charles Barkley . Coleman had a solid first season, winning the NBA Rookie of the Year award , leading the NBA All-Rookie First Team for that year. With the Nets he reached the play-offs three times in a row and was appointed to the All-Star team in 1994 together with his teammate Kenny Anderson . The Nets then went downhill after several key players left the Nets and there was a change of coach. Coleman had arguments with teammates and therefore switched to the 76ers in 1995. His time with the Nets was considered to be the best up until then, with an average of 19.9 points, 10.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists in five years.

In the 1995-96 season he completed only 11 games due to injuries. The two following seasons Coleman scored an average of 18 points and 10 rebounds. However, the Sixers were among the worse teams in the league, which is why the playoffs were missed. In 1998 he moved to the Charlotte Hornets , but was rarely able to convince. He was also now known for his weight problems, bad attitude and injuries. In his last NBA stints with the Sixers and Pistons, Coleman was mainly active as a supplementary player. His career ended when the Pistons removed him from the roster in the 2004/05 season .

Coleman is one of three NBA players in league history to score at least 20 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals and 5 blocks in one game.

Web links

Commons : Derrick Coleman (basketball)  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. 5x5 NBA History