Clemson, SC-Four of the seven former Clemson players in the NBA for
the 2001-02 season will be participating in the 2002 NBA Playoffs.
The eight first-round series get underway this weekend.
The former Tigers in the NBA who will be participating are
Greg Buckner (Dallas Mavericks), Horace Grant (Orlando Magic), Dale
Davis (Portland Trailblazers) and Elden Campbell (Charlotte Hornets).
The Hornets vs. Magic first-round matchup will feature two former
Tiger teammates going head-to-head at center. Elden Campbell and
Horace Grant were teammates on Clemson's 1986-87 team that won a
school record 25 games.
Davis is a starter for the Portland Trailblazers and will go
against Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal, while Buckner is
an off and on starter with Dallas. The Mavericks will open the NBA
playoffs against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Clemson had a record seven former players in the NBA this
past season. In addition to the four players still active in the
playoffs, Chris Whitney (Washington Wizards), Will Solomon (Memphis
Grizzlies) and Harold Jamison (Los Angeles Clippers) were also NBA
regulars this year.
Many of the former Tigers ranked among the top 20 in the league in
various categories. Four former Tigers shot at least 50 percent from
the field, four shot at least 70 percent from the foul line and four
averaged at least eight points per game. Five of the seven averaged
at least 20 minutes per game.
Davis ranked fourth in the NBA in offensive rebounds and was
14th in overall rebounding. He will be in his 100th career playoff
game when the Trailblazers open against Los Angeles. The only Tiger
basketball player in the Clemson Ring of Honor shot 70.8 percent
from the foul line this year, a career best and he went over 7000
points, 7000 rebounds and 1000 career blocked shots this past
season. He had 23 double-doubles in 2001-02, 28th best total in the
NBA. He is now shooting .536 from the field for his career, one of
the top 10 percentages in NBA history.
Grant just finished his 15th NBA regular season. He is a
veteran of 1105 games, 1026 as a starter. He now has 12,747 career
points and 9,202 career rebounds, more than any other former Clemson
player in the NBA. He started 76 of the 82 games for Orlando this
year and shot 51.3 percent from the field, the 12th time in his
career he has shot at least 50 percent from the field. He is a .511
career field goal percentage shooter and owns three NBA World
Championship Rings, all during his career with the Chicago Bulls.
Campbell ranked 19th in the NBA in blocked shots this year.
His 13.9 scoring average was his best since the 1996-97 season and
his .484 field goal percentage was his best since shooting a career
best .503 in 1995-96. He will need just 19 points in the first
regular season game next year to reach 10,000 points for his career.
This past season he went over 1500 career blocked shots and he shot
.797 from the foul line, also a career best. He scored at least 20
points in 16 games and had 15 double-doubles.
Buckner had an injury plagued season and played just 44
games, including just onegame in December and just two in February.
He was in the starting lineup 16 times this season, however. The
four-year Clemson starter shot a career best .525 from the field and
also hit nearly 70 percent from the foul line. He is now shooting 48
percent from the field and 70.3 percent from the foul line for his
Whitney had his finest year as a professional, scoring a
career best 10.2 points per game. The former Clemson junior college
transfer also shot 88 percent from the foul line, seventh best in the
NBA. He was fourth in the league in assist/turnover ratio (3.69) and
was 20th in total three-point goals made with 133. He is now a .878
career free throw shooter and needs just six three-point goals next
year to reach 500 for his career.
Solomon played in 61 games as a rookie with the Memphis
Grizzlies. He had four starts and averaged nearly 14 minutes per
game. He had 12 double figure scoring games, including nine games
with at least 10 in his final 21 contests. He had a season high 23
points against Orlando on January 19th and had 14 points in just 18
minutes against the New Jersey Nets on St. Patrick's Day.
Jamison completed his second year in the NBA with a .512
field goal percentage. He had his first career double-double against
the Miami Heat on Feb. 20 when he had 14 points and 10 rebounds in 27
minutes as a sub for All-Star Elton Brand.
Summary of Clemson Players in the NBA for 2001-02
Player, Team GP-S Min/G FG% FT% RPG APG PPG
Greg Buckner, Dallas 44-16 20.1 .525 .690 3.9 1.1 5.8
Elden Campbell, Charlotte 77-74 28.0 .484 .797 6.9 1.3 13.9
Dale Davis, Portland 78-77 31.4 .510 .708 8.8 1.2 9.5
Horace Grant, Orlando 76-76 29.1 .513 .721 6.3 1.4 8.0
Harold Jamison, LA Clippers 25-2 7.0 .512 .667 1.6 0.2 2.2
Will Solomon, Memphis 61-4 13.9 .344 .662 1.1 1.5 5.2
Chris Whitney, Washington 82-81 26.5 .418 .880 1.9 3.8 10.2